How will the pandemic change the face of beauty – brunch feature

“As a result of eyeshadow is just too mainstream,” stated Kareena Kapoor Khan within the caption of a current Instagram publish that confirmed her minus make-up. Freed from cosmetics, her face confirmed minor imperfections. However her pores and skin glowed and she or he appeared utterly the diva she is. 

Will this low-key look continue once the lockdown has been lifted?

Will this low-key look proceed as soon as the lockdown has been lifted?

Proper now, right now of lockdown, anybody who seems in your feed with full make-up is sure to look misplaced; you may also imagine that such photos present dangerous style. However will this low-key look proceed as soon as the lockdown has been lifted?

A clear sweep

‘Clear magnificence’ pertains to any product that makes use of natural, pure, pure and sustainable components. Its reputation has been rising steadily for some time. Celeb make-up artist Namrata Soni says, “Folks have turn out to be increasingly more acutely aware concerning the issues they use.”


The sudden pause that the lockdown has created in our lives has additionally made us take into consideration how we deal with nature and so a transfer in direction of clear magnificence is nearly predictable. All world reviews have proven that whereas gross sales of many magnificence merchandise have taken successful throughout lockdown, the gross sales of unpolluted magnificence merchandise have been on the upswing prior to now few weeks. India, with its custom of Ayurveda, has an in-built affinity in direction of herbs, natural world in magnificence rituals.

Vivek Sahni, founder and CEO of Kama Ayurveda confirms the development. “Our communication on social media has seen a rise in engagement. Because of staying house and studying, folks have begun taking good care of their well being to construct immunity. Immunity has turn out to be a buzzword. The usage of chemical-free merchandise, ones which are pure and genuine, is a pure end result of this development.”


Jessica Jayne, who runs the clear magnificence model Pahadi Native, has famous an uptake in clear magnificence merchandise in addition to all the pieces related to wellness. Prospects have been pleased to make pay as you go purchases regardless of realizing there may very well be appreciable delay in supply, she observes. 

“One of many greatest causes for brand spanking new buyer acquisition is with the ability to persuade them that our skincare merchandise are much less dangerous to our pores and skin and to the setting,” says Jayne. Pull facewash, which is a lake sediment salt, has confirmed to be Pahadi Native’s star product right now. “Perhaps that’s as a result of salt can also be assumed to be a wellness product,” explains Jayne. The product additionally doubles as a comfortable exfoliator, including to its appeal. Magnificence rituals, such because the 10-step Korean skincare regime, had reached a painstaking excessive and issues had been getting out of hand.


The perfume market has been “strongly” impacted by this development in direction of pure merchandise. Bengaluru-based Ally Matthan, a number one Indian perfumer, factors out, “There’s a perceived client shift from ‘wellness’ to ‘well-being’ and our providing should mirror these values. Perfume has all the time performed a important function and in these occasions, the moment carry an excellent fragrance affords is deeply appreciated. Of the roughly 3,000 perfume components out there, our palate have to be lowered to non-volatile compounds. Unstable compounds might trigger instantaneous gratification however they’re additionally hazardous to your well being within the long-term – they trigger respiratory issues and pores and skin points other than being delicate hormone disruptors as they’re as poisonous as automotive fumes.”

Pores and skin deep

Staying at house means we’re extra make-up free than standard, and the look and feel of pure pores and skin has turn out to be extra essential than ever. Forest Necessities’ chief managing director Mira Kulkarni says, “As there isn’t a requirement for make-up, the lockdown is enabling folks to lastly be snug in their very own pores and skin.” 


The lockdown has not solely turned us into cooks, it has additionally turned us into kitchen beauticians. This isn’t shocking, on condition that we have now a centuries-old custom of elaborate house cures for skincare and we have now the time to observe them.


The luxurious of time will, in fact, ebb as we return to “a brand new regular,” so Delhi-based Dr Kiran Lohia, who runs the pores and skin, aesthetic and wellness clinic, Isyaderm, is prepared for her shoppers “to come back again in droves.” She says #nofilter will probably be in demand now that laser hair removing is without doubt one of the most missed therapies and she or he additionally believes that invasive therapies like botox and fillers will take the backseat for now and “excessive efficiency skincare and residential care gadgets will certainly be most well-liked over costly cosmetics.” 

Homegrown magnificence firm Colorbar is planning to launch two new skincare traces. The corporate’s founder and director Samir Modi says, “We’re additionally evaluating clear magnificence for the color cosmetics part. Increasingly shoppers have been demanding merchandise which are pure and dermatologically and ophthalmologically examined.” This transfer is being referred to as ‘skinvestment’ by these within the enterprise. 

Behind the masks

Sporting masks will probably be a part of the foreseeable future and they aren’t pleasant to heavy make-up, particularly lipstick. For this reason, in cultures the place veils are routinely worn, eye make-up has all the time been of prime significance. Dubai based mostly Huda Kattan, most likely probably the most well-known magnificence influencer within the area, simply launched Legit Lashes Mascara underneath her model Huda Magnificence, which, she says, “creates dramatic horny lashes faster than you may say, ‘Are these actual?’”

“[Legit Lashes Mascara] creates dramatic horny lashes faster than you may say, ‘Are these actual?’” —Huda Kattan, magnificence influencer and proprietor of Huda Magnificence

Most magnificence consultants agree that, going ahead, mascara and kajal (Colorbar’s Modi factors out that already 94 per cent of Indian ladies use kajal) will play an essential function. However ladies should not going to show their again on rosy lips. “I don’t assume ladies will cease carrying lipsticks,” says Soni. “However I do assume eyeliners and comfortable kohl eyes will make an entrance. Somebody ought to invent a clear masks and all the ladies will put on the lip colors they love.” 

The mask will become an extension of the make-up ritual

The masks will turn out to be an extension of the make-up ritual

With Zoom calls changing into  a part of each working girl’s life, we are going to need that coat of lippy, however maybe colors will probably be extra delicate. Soni believes a few of the essential make-up merchandise to make use of proper now are those with pores and skin advantages, like primers and tinted moisturisers. Influencer Scherezade Shroff sees masks changing into a bit like socks – we are going to match them to our appears to be like. The masks will simply turn out to be an extension of the make-up ritual.

The brand new recreation face

Economists have predicted that markets, after this pandemic, will probably be worse hit than after the 1929 Nice Crash. It took the Western world over three years to get well from that. However the 1930s are sometimes referred to as ‘The Golden Age’ as glamour got here into the forefront (consider Hollywood sirens Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo or nearer house, Fearless Nadia). After months of carrying a masks, ladies may crave full-on glamour. 


What makes the 2020 totally different from 1929 is that we had been already marching in direction of a extra pure look earlier than the pandemic. In line with Colorbar, 37 per cent of girls in west India, 16 per cent within the south, 28 per cent within the north and 33 per cent within the east had been already searching for pure make-up. Says Shroff, “Having been make-up free for thus lengthy it will likely be laborious to return to a full face Kim Okay type of vibe.”

Even social media, which has in some ways inspired the usage of daring and delightful colors, is firming issues down. Common magnificence influencer and writer of the best-selling e-book, Roots to Radiance Nikita Upadhyay says, “What makes me pleased is that my followers genuinely need to work on their pores and skin issues somewhat than use concealers.” 

“A majority would need to feel and appear good after the pressured lockdown and thus get their hair again in good condition and their color wanting contemporary” —Avan Contractor, artistic director, B:Blunt and celeb stylist

So there will probably be a brand new steadiness and, in fact, the entire level of make-up is to have the ability to mess around with appears to be like – when within the temper, there’s nothing incorrect with getting your Woman Gaga on! 

Hair too has turn out to be a playground for color. Throughout lockdown, it has turn out to be a method assertion to flaunt your gray. However in international locations like France, as quickly because the restrictions had been lifted, the primary place many ladies headed to was the salon. Artistic director of B:Blunt and stylist to many celebrities Avan Contractor thinks that when lockdown lifts in India, ladies will at first need low-maintenance cuts and color. However she provides, “I do really feel a majority would need to feel and appear good after the pressured lockdown and thus get their hair again in good condition and their color wanting contemporary.”


Shroff, actually, colored each her personal and her mother’s hair with an at-home equipment “out of boredom,” so maybe a distinct segment set of girls will specific pleasure via their tresses. As they are saying, hair all the time grows out.

(Creator bio: Dubai-based vogue journalist Sujata Assomull can also be an writer and an advocate of conscious vogue. She was the launch editor of Harper’s Bazaar India.)

From HT Brunch,Could 24, 2020

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