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Avon Forms Creative Partnership With Celebrity Makeup Artist Jillian Dempsey

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NEW YORK
Aug 18, 2006

Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) announced today a creative collaboration with celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey, a beauty industry icon whose client roster includes some of Hollywood's freshest faces. In this newly formed, enterprise-wide consulting role as Global Creative Color Director, Ms. Dempsey will work closely with Avon as the company refreshes and elevates its flagship color brand. The alliance with Ms. Dempsey represents the first time Avon has partnered with an outside makeup artist in a role of this kind. Avon will collaborate closely with Ms. Dempsey on the Avon brand to refresh shade palettes, launch limited-edition seasonal color collections and new product concepts, beginning in Spring 2007. Ms. Dempsey will also work with mark., Avon's beauty boutique brand, in the areas of textures, shade development, product forms and packaging.

"Avon was the only beauty brand in my house when I was growing up. I've always known it was a global beauty leader," says Ms. Dempsey. "As a makeup artist, I am passionate about helping women recognize their own beauty, and so it's an honor to collaborate with Avon and embrace their philosophy that every woman can have great style."

"We are thrilled to partner with Jillian, a true visionary and authority in color who embraces Avon's philosophy and passion that every woman can have fun discovering new colors, new looks and new styles," said Jill Scalamandre, Senior Vice President, Avon Global Beauty Brands. "We look forward to working closely with Jillian to help us continue our commitment to providing women with innovative, on-trend products and makeup collections."

Ms. Dempsey is well known in the cosmetics industry as one of the most highly talented and influential artists in the business. Jillian's career has taken her around the world -- from Hollywood to London, Paris and Tokyo -- and she has worked as a key makeup artist in films, TV and in the music industry. Her work has been featured throughout the pages of countless beauty and fashion magazines, including Allure, Elle, Marie Claire and Vanity Fair. Ms. Dempsey is based in Los Angeles, CA where she resides with her husband, Patrick, actor and featured in the television series Grey's Anatomy, and daughter, Talula.

About Avon

Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $8 billion in annual revenue. As the world's largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in well over 100 countries through over five million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon's product line includes beauty products, fashion jewelry and apparel, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Solutions, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, Mark, and Avon Wellness. Learn more about Avon and its products at http://www.avon.com/.

SOURCE: Avon Products, Inc.

CONTACT: Debbie Coffey of Avon Products, Inc., +1-212-282-5660

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