Gen Z & Millennial Females’ 10 Favorite Beauty Brands

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Who’s the fairest of them all? Ypulse’s youth brand tracker results reveal the favorite beauty brands of Gen Z and Millennial females…

To be at the top of the beauty market, capturing young consumers is essential—because Millennials and Gen Z consumers are actually buying makeup more than Boomers. The makeup industry has seen a surge in recent years as chasing the latest makeup trends and shopping for products supported by fan-favorite influencers have gained traction with young consumers. The Financial Post reports that Ulta Beauty has seen sales surge from $3.9 billion two years ago to $5.9 billion in 2017, while Sephora revenues “have doubled since 2011.” Not to mention upstarts like Kylie Cosmetics, which raked in $420 million in 18 months, mostly via organic marketing courtesy of founder Kylie Jenner and her 99 million followers. Social media has leveled the playing field between indie upstarts and major brands, and these days one appealing product can kickstart a fledgling retailer and attract major retailers like Sephora to partner up for a product launch.

In the face of heightened competition from indies, big beauty brands are doing everything they can to attract young consumers, from incorporating GIFs and Instagram Stories into online marketing to featuring all natural products. Drugstore beauty wants to dethrone the cult brands, and according to Fashionista, from CoverGirl to St. Ives, drugstore staples have taken a new tack to reach young shoppers by switching up slogans, introducing “[M]illennial-friendly packaging,” and hosting experiential pop-ups. After Fenty Beauty’s groundbreaking inclusive line launch, CoverGirl introduced foundation in 40 shades. This year, after augmented reality became a major trend in beauty marketing, L’Oréal bought Modiface, an augmented…

 
 

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BuzzFeed is getting into the retail game, with plans to open family-focused stores across the country, starting in NYC. The brick-and-mortar venture, called Camp, will sell toys and apparel to Millennial parents and their kids, and the first is scheduled to open in time to capture some holiday spending. The concept is copying Story by changing up products and experiences every eight to 12 weeks, because, “we want to deliver adventure every time they come to the store.” (Ad Age)

Pharma companies are using influencers for social media marketing. Wego is a platform that connects patients with social media followings to pharmaceutical companies for marketing activations, like posts about drugs and devices. One company at least has seen success using the approach: Sunovian's earned media impressions surged from fewer than 100,000 to more than 13.2 million after working with Wego. The biggest caveats to that cashflow could be abiding by FDA regulations and contending with “a myriad of ethical issues." (STAT)

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