Edited, the global retail intelligence company, recently released their summer trend analysis reports. Across the research presented, it became apparent that fragrance, skincare, and at-home beauty-tech devices are paving the way as significant trends this summer. Across lifestyle and pure-play retailers, here are this season's biggest beauty trends from May through to July.
"Color and creativity return to beauty, as makeup is the most invested category across retailers in July. Consumers are also searching for bold beauty inspiration online after wearing less makeup during the height of the pandemic. Consumers continue to invest in at-home skincare tools, with mass-market retailer H&M dropping three affordable options in July. With many shoppers cutting back on spending due to inflation, DIY products will continue to be sought after," says Heather Ibberson, Fashion and Beauty Retail Analyst at Edited.
"Skincare has remained a big focus for consumers, who have kept up with routines learned during lockdown. In particular, there has been increased education around SPF and retinol, with shoppers continuing to invest in expert skincare tools and products. Interest in skincare has also extended to the scalp, with a range of brands releasing scalp scrubs and oils this year," continues Ibberson.
Upon analysis of the research period and looking at Instagram and Pinterest, where the likes of tanning drops, Barbiecore makeup, and summer scents heavily trend, Edited believes that Y2K themes will be the biggest trends for 2022. Ibberson comments on this, "Nostalgia continues to influence beauty trends. Bleached brows are rising; silver and frosted eyeshadows, hair clips, glossy lips, and hair gems are also trending and likely to stay for a few more seasons, in line with rising maximalist beauty trends. Subculture trends are also infiltrating the beauty market. The Barbiecore aesthetic sees bold fuchsia eyeshadow looks promoted by retailers and a spike in consumer searches for pink nail inspiration on Pinterest."
As we go through 2022, it is clear that self-care and exterior appearance continue to grow across both physical and online retailers. Consumers want to have fun this summer, with most users looking for bright colors and a sun-kissed glow. The comfort of nostalgia is bringing color, maximalism, and Barbie-like looks to the forefront of the beauty space. The question is worth asking, will these trends simply be for summer, or will they continue to brighten up the beauty industry in the upcoming winter months?
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