3 Big Beauty Trends (Bigger Than Yellow Blush & Pearl Hair)

Makeup fads can appear and disappear faster than you can say “yellow blush” but these larger trends are helping to reshape the beauty industry, and how young consumers view it…

If you spend time on social media, you have likely witnessed the rise and fall of many a beauty fad. In just the last month, we saw the quick ascent of Yellow Blush, which both mystified and enticed beauty fans, and a quickie fascination with Pearl Hair, the latest hair color hashtag trend. Our weekly Viral List frequently includes the latest makeup fad—from feather brows to meme eye art—many of which disappear as quickly as they arrived. At the same time, some of these beauty fads can stick (especially if there are larger reasons behind them) and create huge opportunities for brands. The unicorn trend started in the beauty world, when bloggers and other fans became obsessed with unicorn inspired brushes, products, and palettes. Today it’s still going strong, with Wet N Wild releasing a much-buzzed-about unicorn collection, and the unicorn/fantasy aesthetic stealing the show at the recent BeautyCon in NYC.

Other big Millennial beauty trends are fueling shifts in the industry as well. Take young consumers’ obsession with natural ingredients. While the U.S. beauty market overall grew 2% last year, the natural sector grew 7%, and is only gaining steam. Indie brands started the shift, but major outlets and drug stores are catching on, with everyone from Ulta to CVS stocking up on non-synthetic skincare. Consumers are willing to ante up three times the price for the products, making up in revenue what they lack in shelf life. Sure, Yellow Blush, Feather Brows, and Pearl Hair might not last forever, but some beauty/makeup trends are big enough to have a lasting impact—here are three we’ve got our eye on:

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