Beauty News From Around the Web
In a nutshell, this means she smashes, smears, splashes, and stacks makeup and other cosmetics in appealing ways for photographers to shoot for beauty ads, retail catalogs, and magazines. A good chunk of the glossy makeup ads you’ve seen over the last few years were likely styled by her. "I’m kind of like a makeup artist without the models," she explains. Read more at Racked.
Estée Lauder was an early supporter of Kendall Jenner, signing the reality-television star-turned-supermodel as a face of the brand in 2014. But in March 2016, the beauty industry stalwart took its relationship with Jenner a step further, harnessing her social media influence, including an Instagram following of more than 67 million, to launch the Estée Edit, a new product line aimed at Millennials and Generation Z. Read more at Business of Fashion.
Home-shopping giant QVC is making a play to grab a bigger share of the booming beauty business: It is launching a separate TV network dedicated solely to cosmetics, fragrances and skincare. The channel, to be called Beauty iQ, is set to arrive in 40 million U.S. homes in November on providers such as DirecTV and Dish. Read more at The Washington Post.
Launched in 1968, the results-focused company has become one of those iconic brands that's part of the beauty culture. If there was one blemish, it was that while Clinique had legions of fans, Estée Lauder wished more of them were millennials. And turning a younger generation onto a legacy brand was a job that fell to Jane Lauder. Read more at Adweek.
Wende Zomnir embodies her brand, Urban Decay. The company’s committed litmus test—to be feminine, dangerous and fun—is likely inspired by her personal style and character. She’s a self-described beauty junkie who set the bar high with the company’s first tagline, “Does pink make you puke?”, and pushed the cosmetics industry to boundaries that 20 years ago seemed outrageous but today are the new, fabulous norm. Read more at ABC News.
Over the past few decades, putting out a signature perfume has become a standard move for any celebrity — but who remains the most dominant in the fragrance industry? Here are some hints: It’s not Beyoncé. It’s not Taylor Swift. It’s not even Kim Kardashian. It’s Britney... Read more at Racked.
The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., the American beauty conglomerate that owns brands like Clinique, Bobbi Brown and MAC, has signed an agreement to acquire Becca Cosmetics from beauty incubator Luxury Brand Partners. Read more at Business of Fashion.
It’s a thing now: Young men are into makeup, and the industry is going where the boys are. Driven by hyper-connected Generation Z’s disinterest in gender identification, beauty brands are looking to market with a gender-neutral approach. Read more at WWD.
A growing number of male bloggers are now holding court before millions of beauty obsessives across social media, gender norms be damned. Jeffrey Star, a former MySpace it-boy, regularly sells out of his signature lipsticks. Meanwhile, makeup artists Manny Gutierrez and Patrick Simondac command loyal fandoms that, combined, add up to 5.2 million on Instagram alone. Read more at Digiday.
We use personal care products every day, and trial new products as we need or hear about them. What you may not realise is there are some interesting consumer habits somehow hard-wired into our brains that even the most seasoned Cosmetic Chemist finds hard to break when selecting a new product. Read more at Cosmeticsdesign-Europe.
These “beauty boys,” as they’re sometimes called, are not just being accepted into the mainstream beauty world. They are helping to give the cosmetics industry a much-needed modern makeover. Read more at The New York Times.
British hair straightener maker GHD is being sold for £420m to an American company that owns some of the world's best-known hair styling brands. GHD - “Good Hair Day” - was founded by three entrepreneurs in Bradford in 2001 for £15,000. Since then its ceramic straightening irons and hairdryers have become popular with stylists and celebrities. Read more at BBC.
US firm Coty is acquiring the business, where it will sit alongside global hair care brands such as Wella and Clairol.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is pleased with what it called “quite solid” sales growth from July through September that exceeded the results from the first half of 2016. The French luxury conglomerate saw comparable sales in the most recent quarter increase by six percent, and in the first nine months of the year by five percent to €26.3 billion (about $29 billion). Read more at Fashionista.
The beauty industry is so focused on millennials because there’s a lot of money to be made there. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are now the biggest living generation in the US. They are 75.4 million strong, compared to 74.9 million Boomers and a paltry 66 million Gen X’ers. Read more at Racked.
The ability to compose a unique product versus pacing a store floor has inspired a new generation of startups to take aim at the beauty industry. These companies are reimagining how we purchase everything from nail art to hair products.. Read more at Fast Company.
For the first time ever, the cosmetics brand CoverGirl has named a male spokesperson: James Charles, a beauty vlogger with more than 420,000 Instagram followers and 70,000 YouTube subscribers. Read more at
But, as a reporter, it's my job to be constantly educating myself and my readers. Which is how I found myself enrolling in a Korean beauty academy. For my mission, I went straight to the best, Jung Saem Mool. If you’re Korean, you’re sucking in your breath in awe. For the rest of you, I’m going to skip over having to attempt putting into words the sky-high reputation of the school's founding makeup artist by saying she’s like a Korean Lisa Eldridge in terms of career trajectory and influence. There isn’t a Korean celebrity’s face she hasn’t touched with her magic makeup wand. Read more at Refinery29.
Until the middle of the 20th Century, there was no such thing as a women's or a men's fragrance—there were only fragrances. In reality, the only thing that matters in a fragrance is whether or not you like the smell. And more and more, fragrance manufacturers are embracing to that old-school philosophy. Read More at Esquire.
This campaign is coming at a time of rebirth for the company. Avon Products sold its North American division to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management in March of this year after steady revenue declines. Struggling to attract new sales reps — its famous army of Avon ladies — New Avon is looking to refresh its brand to appeal to a younger generation. Read more at Digiday.
Bobbi Brown might be a globally recognised brand - one that hit $1 billion worth of sales last night - the 50 year old founder still has her feet firmly on the ground, albeit in a pair of five inch Prada sandals. Brown was one of the first make-up artists to champion a nude, natural look - and today, she remains an advocate of using make-up to enhance rather than mask or fake natural beauty. Read more at The Telegraph.
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