You know the story: The world had big plans for 2020. Then, the global pandemic happened. Now that the new year has arrived, and with Covid-19 still not making an exit, will a new slew of beauty trends be the way forward?
Michael Nolte, creative director of Beautystreams, a forecasting and reference platform for the global beauty industry, says the coronavirus crisis will continue to have a large impact on the beauty industry. He says: “In 2020, the industry showed that it is indispensable and essential for many reasons, from transforming their businesses to produce essential supplies such as sanitisers… to showcasing how beauty products can lead to physical and psychological well-being.”
The industry will still grow in 2021. Nolte says that in Western Europe, the skincare and personal care categories will recover quickest, with a growth forecast of 3.3 per cent, followed by premium fragrances, hair care, and colour cosmetics.
What’s exciting: niche trends such as sustainability, holisticity and localism, which existed in 2019, have now been accelerated by the global pandemic, and will become mainstream in 2021. The new year promises to be exciting – and is looking pretty Star-Trek-like futuristic.