Magnificence in a post-pandemic world

Beauty in a post-pandemic world

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  • We glance to Asia Pacific for solutions

    2020 – the yr we stayed at residence. The yr we didn’t go wherever. The yr we put away our eyeshadow palettes and vibrant lipstick. As a result of who wants a full face of make-up whenever you’re watching reruns of Buddies on Netflix and dealing from a makeshift desk in your backyard shed?

    As an alternative, we targeting our well being. As a result of what else is there to consider throughout a worldwide pandemic? That concentrate on wellbeing unfold to our magnificence regimes too. We took the time to be taught and educate ourselves about how greatest to look after our pores and skin and hair. 

    Final yr additionally noticed a shift in the best way we shopped as properly. With only a few outlets open, we took to the web to replenish our magnificence shares. In response to Finder, in 2020 the beauty industry was worth a whopping £27billion, with 37.2% shifting to buying solely on-line. 

    Listed here are Marie Claire, we took be aware of this variation and have launched The Marie Claire Magnificence Edit – a singular, premium magnificence purchasing platform, solely with Net-A-Porter.

    With international locations in Asia Pacific dwelling pretty regular lives once more, we spoke with Karen Ong, Regional Managing Director, and Avis Easteal, Regional Head of Client, from Luxasia, the main magnificence distribution platform in Asia Pacific, about how 2020 affected their markets and what shopper traits they’ve picked up on as we steadily head out of this troubling time. 

    How did Covid-19 and its restrictions influence shopper habits? What traits emerged in the course of the pandemic?

    Pores and skin well being

    ‘Right here, customers are well-informed and discerning. They’re conscious of the necessity to take excellent care of their pores and skin. Skincare is now a necessity not only for ladies, however for a rising variety of males as properly. It’s extra of a necessity than a need. Additionally, demand for skincare is usually much less elastic to financial circumstances. So gross sales remained regular. 

    ‘The pandemic brought on firm closures, down-sizing, lay-offs, and unemployment. As such, there was a discount within the disposable earnings for a lot of throughout this era. Whereas folks nonetheless continued to care for his or her pores and skin, they targeted on skincare requirements – face washes, sure serums, moisturisers, and face masks.’

    Deal with eyes

    ‘As folks adjusted to utilizing face masks each day, they tailored their product use as properly. Eye and Forehead cosmetics noticed a progress because the higher half of the face turned the focus of the face. Naturally, lip make-up noticed a pointy decline in 2020.’


    ‘Sporting masks additionally meant that buyers moved from magnificence merchandise with wealthy formulations to these with lighter textures to stop mask-induced pimples (mascne). This is applicable to make-up as properly. Magnificence-lovers have migrated to foundations and cheek make-up of lighter protection and formulations, particularly these non-comodogenic ones.

    ‘Additionally they invested in simpler make-up removers, deep-cleansing facial washes, in addition to detoxifying facial merchandise reminiscent of non-clogging lotions and sebum-clearing facial masks.’

    Residence scent

    ‘Gross sales of home scent – luxurious candles, diffusers, and residential sprays – went up. As extra of us are working from residence, we wish to improve the atmosphere of our properties and uplift our moods. People want touches of luxurious to boost on a regular basis moments.’

    On-line purchasing

    2020 noticed the good on-line migration, which noticed an elevated shift of customers to online-shopping by “a decade in days”. We count on this shopper behaviour to stay. Shoppers have now fallen in love with the conveniences and bargains of e-commerce.

    ‘The basket measurement of purchases elevated, with a proportionate discount in buy frequency. Why? As a result of folks wished to purchase much less usually to keep away from operating out of beloved merchandise. When shops reopened, we noticed this development proceed as they tried to cut back their publicity to the virus.’

    What do you expect the way forward for magnificence will seem like?

    Multi-use merchandise

    We’ve witnessed an uptick in multi-functional cosmetics. Issues like hybrid cosmetic-skincare merchandise with multiple profit, like solar safety with some tint for protection.

    Lip make-up is beginning to make a comeback. However once more, there’s rising demand for multi-functional lip merchandise that each color and care.’

    On a regular basis luxurious

    ‘We’re seeing a rising variety of Asia Pacific magnificence customers infusing luxurious into the on a regular basis. Upgrading day by day hygiene, magnificence, and private care rituals. With journey restrictions nonetheless in place, persons are channeling journey spend into magnificence.

    The 12 months of the Eyes

    ‘Digital conferences have put extreme pressure on the eyes, accelerating the event of wrinkles, crow’s ft and darkish circles. Subsequently, there’s now extra want for the most effective eye lotions, gels and serums to guard and enhance the pores and skin across the eyes.

    ‘Given how mask-use obscures many of the face, the eyes are nonetheless the large focus. Eye make-up has out-performed all different make-up classes in 2020. We foresee this to proceed into 2021. Eyeliners, mascara and forehead merchandise have come out as clear winners as a result of they create the eyes to life.

    Enhanced skincare

    ‘There’s a demand for enhanced skincare. That’s to not say shopping for extra merchandise or including extra steps into your skincare routine; it merely means clearly understanding your pores and skin kind and giving your pores and skin what it wants. We predict customers diving deeper into skincare information and schooling, in order that they’ll select what’s really needed and greatest for them.

    Brown skincare bottles

    Sustainability magnificence

    Shoppers wish to know what’s of their merchandise and rightfully so. This added strain has brought on firms to steer in the direction of extra sustainable merchandise, whether or not that’s packaging, formulations or decreasing carbon footprint.

    ‘A giant 2021 focus might be waterless magnificence: decreasing water-use and water waste. That features concentrated formulations for bathtub, physique, and hair merchandise, which scale back water use in manufacturing. That additionally reduces plastic use. Double-win.’


    ‘Because the Covid menace is contained, we foresee the necessity to restart glamour and dressing up. A return to the roaring 20’s of the earlier century will come. Nevertheless, customers will first wait till the virus is contained in their very own and different international locations earlier than this might be really embraced.’

    Model disloyalty

    ‘The largest shopper development of 2021 will probably be model disloyalty, fuelled by curiosity and journey restrictions. As an alternative of experiencing totally different international locations, customers will give attention to experiencing different manufacturers, memorable purchasing experiences and new merchandise of their residence nation. We’ve seen clients, who have been usually loyal to single manufacturers, now including merchandise from totally different manufacturers or classes as a results of broader explorations.’

    This text was in collaboration with Rosie Grant.


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