Back to Basics: AW15 Beauty trends sees a return to the natural palette

March 12, 2015
4 min read

Due to the meteoric rise in social media and blogs over the past decade, women today have the world of beauty and fashion at their fingertips 24/7. This has encouraged them to become increasingly engaged with the latest trends, with inspiration and information constantly available.

The influence of online fashion is fast infiltrating fashion week, with brands such as Burberry and Topshop Unique choosing to live stream shows, reaching a wider audience of consumers and allowing greater access to the brand.

With Paris fashion week coming to a close this week, we take a look back at London Fashion Week and the key trends that will have consumers rushing for the beauty counter…

Fashion goes bonkers for Berry

When in December 2014 Pantone announced Marsala, an earthy burgundy shade, as the colour of the year for 2015, berry made its entrance into the fashion arena. In a statement Pantone described the shade as elegant and full-bodied.

In line with the Marsala Pantone colour of the year, a number of designers showcased a more natural look with their February fashion shows, with a particular focus on dewy skin and rosy flush, as opposed to bolder statement makeup. At Holly Fulton, a lipstick was applied to the cheeks to give it a sheer, glossy cheek colour. There was also a nod to the earthy, berry notes of the Pantone colour of the year. Makeup artist Val Garland described the look she created for Jasper Conran as “rusty rogue”, while Felder Felder featured a berry kissed lip.

The berry and blush looks showcased all featured an imperfect, worn-in edge, lending itself to application with fingertips or direct from the product to recreate this look, which may have implications for the brushes and tools market. We have begun to see this berry and blush colour trend play out already in 2015, as a number of lip and cheek products have been launched in these tones and a sheer formula.

Hairspiration: Trend for healthy, shiny hair can inspire product purchases

Hair with length, body and shine featured in the LFW AW15 shows and can be expected to trigger a desire for healthy looking hair. At both David Koma and Christopher Kane, long hair was worn loose and given a deep side parting with a sleek and shiny finish. At Topshop Unique hair was styled naturally, with a side parting and loose waves. This trend could bode well with UK women, as over two fifths look for shampoo and conditioner products which brighten hair and add shine.

Argan oil as an ingredient in haircare products was a key trend in 2013 to 2014 and has since emerged in the styling market. For example, the Richard Ward Chelsea Collection Anti-Ageing Argan Hairspray can appeal to consumers looking to replicate the long, sleek and controlled styles on display at the LFW show.

Turning up the heat: Eye makeup turns to smoke and bronze

For SS15 eye makeup took an artistic focus with glitter and coloured eyelashes all seen on the runaway. However, the AW15 shows saw a much more subtle approach, with bronze and smoky tones taking precedence. At Matthew Williamson a feminine, bronze eye created subtle drama, whilst Burberry used a country ranch-inspired green and grey eye palette to match the collection.

Nearly a quarter of UK women 16-24 who use point colour makeup feel confident experimenting with bold and bright looks, compared to just one in 10 45-54 year olds. The use of subtler eye colour palettes for AW15 presents an opportunity for colour cosmetics brands to create wearable ‘get the look’ tutorials for women of all ages to replicate.

So how can brands bring the catwalk to life for consumers?

As beauty trends continue to change season to season, the Beauty and Personal Care market benefits from women making new purchases in the categories. Particularly from young women, who are the most likely to follow beauty trends and experiment with their looks.

However the Autumnal trends of subtle makeup and a natural colour palette presents an opportunity for brands to make the category more accessible for older consumers. A way of doing this is through beauty tutorials that can be adapted and tailored for different audiences, showing women of different ages how to replicate runway trends.

As Senior Beauty Analyst for Mintel, Charlotte collates and analyses a wide range of data on the beauty markets, including consumer trends, product sales and new innovations. Charlotte joined Mintel in 2013 as an Analyst across the Beauty & Personal Care and Household sectors and now specialises in Beauty.

Charlotte Libby
Charlotte Libby

Charlotte is a Global Colour Cosmetics and Fragrance Analyst. Her expertise lie in consumer behaviour, trends and product innovation.

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