Foundation sales grew by 8% during this period, driven by long wear foundation and those with added benefits. Longwear foundation sales increased by 13%, while basic foundation saw a decline. Concealer sales increased by 17% and powder by 7%, the latter which has now surpassed blush sales. Completing the makeup package, growth in eyebrow makeup accelerated to 31% and lip color sales increased by 18%.
“In today’s image-driven society, the bar has been raised to maintain a perfected ‘natural’ appearance virtually around the clock,” said Karen Grant, global beauty industry analyst, The NPD Group. “With heightened focus on appearance, the door opens for manufacturers and retailers to fill the need for consumers seeking increased usage of beauty products that can hold up to the rigors of our active lives – including a workout – to look good before, during, and after working out."
Makeup has seen sales increases for products designed specifically to help makeup last; primer sales for the face (+16%), eyes (+6%), and even lips (+23%) have grown. Waterproof mascara (+16%) and eyeliner (+7%) led the gains in their respective categories. To freshen up after a workout, dry shampoo sales increased by 66%, according to NPD.