The Great Beauty Green-Up The Great Beauty Green-Up After years of being the preserve of niche brands, green beauty has truly hit the mainstream. Fuelled by continued consumer demand and a collective understanding that action is required, themes like sustainability, zero-waste, organic and transparency have become watchwords in the drive to clean up the beauty industry.
Natural & Organic
11 Jun 2018
Invigorating Brand Values Invigorating Brand Values Smart activewear, fitness and beauty businesses are increasingly turning dynamic and progressive engagement strategies into key pillars of their brand offers. From entertainment-based collaborations to educating the community, we look at who’s getting it right and highlight the commercial benefits of this more experience-driven and altruistic approach.
Insight & Innovation
01 May 2018
A/W 18/19 Women's: Hair & Beauty A/W 18/19 Women's: Hair & Beauty A season of duality, A/W 18/19’s hair and beauty styling showcased both dynamic and softly elegant trends with juicy takeaways. Manipulated texture was key for both hair and nails, while make-up looks tapped into mega-watt shine with glitter and glow-getting product. Bright, vivid colours and pastel shades were unexpected trends across the categories.
14 Mar 2018
A/W 18/19 Men's: Grooming A/W 18/19 Men's: Grooming A contrasting season saw long, tumbling locks vying for attention alongside post-Soviet buzz cuts, while voluminous 80s mullets were pitted against 90s normcore bobs. Texture ranged from frizzy afros to poker-straight shine and shower-fresh gel. Make-up artists prepped skin with multi-step skincare routines, while tough guy eyeliner offered crossover appeal for experimental consumers.
14 Feb 2018
Christmas 2019: Beauty Inspiration Christmas 2019: Beauty Inspiration Drawing inspiration from our Beauty Forecast Dark Nature, Christmas 2019 styling and gifting explores decadent Art Deco glamour and a science-tinged, surrealist view of the natural world. Mirrored, metallic-lacquered and sumptuous velvet finishes abound, while saturated colour comes courtesy of inky blacks and blues, glowing jewel tones and otherworldly acid-tinged phosphorescence.
25 May 2018
Halloween 2019: Beauty Inspiration Halloween 2019: Beauty Inspiration With the average American spending $169 on Halloween (LendEDU, 2017), and the UK Halloween goods market worth an estimated £320m (Mintel, 2017), this booming calendar event offers a huge opportunity for beauty brands. A twisted take on Americana is set to impact Halloween 2019 styling, exploring themes of dystopia and subverted pop culture.
23 May 2018
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Natural & Organic
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Packaging & Graphics
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2018's Contrasting Fragrance Trends 2018's Contrasting Fragrance Trends The tastes of British consumers are diverging from the offerings on the current fragrance market, a May 2018 survey by OnBuy suggests. Although the e-commerce platform’s analysis was solely based on the UK, the findings are useful for global perfume brands.
05 Jun 2018
Personalised Beauty Targets Menstruation Menstruation-Targeted Beauty US naturals start-up Knours is capitalising on the wellness category’s personalised beauty trend by addressing hormonal changes in the skin linked to the menstrual cycle.
Technology & Devices
29 May 2018
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28 May 2018
Men Embrace Genderless Beauty Men Embrace Genderless Beauty Men are ready and willing to spend on genderless beauty products, a new survey by Future Thinking suggests. Although the data company’s analysis was focused on the UK, the findings are encouraging for global brands seeking to expand into this category.
24 May 2018
Recess Launches Portable Active Beauty Recess: Portable Active Beauty New US personal care start-up Recess is tapping into demand for on-the-go beauty solutions in the active category by tackling a pet peeve among gym-goers: queuing up for showers.
22 May 2018
WWD Beauty CEO Summit 2018: Three Key Lessons WWD Beauty CEO Summit 2018 Stylus reveals the three most important lessons from Florida’s WWD Beauty CEO Summit (May 14), where beauty entrepreneurs and brand leaders explored the theme ‘Beauty Unlimited’.
Insight & Innovation
18 May 2018