You couldn’t ask for a more outstanding example of the influence of the Digital Lifestyle Ubertrend on our voracious consumer culture. High-definition makeup has captured the consumer’s fancy because it delivers faces good enough to withstand the microscopic scrutiny of high-definition television.
Understandably, this trend starts with the celebrity set, which has entrusted its countenance to the expert hands of makeup artists, who have been using airbrush guns for decades. Now the airbrushed look has spawned a host of high-definition makeup suppliers, including Cargo, Christian Dior, Kett, Makeup Forever, Obsessive Compulsive, Smashbox Studios and Temptu.
Consumers are lining up at department store counters worldwide to lay their hands on a tube of high-definition primer or a bottle of HD foundation. The high-definition phenomenon has floated the boat of the cosmetics industry, helping maintain sales momentum despite a middling economy:
- Market size – In 2010, global cosmetics and toiletries sales were estimated to reach $300 billion, according to Euromonitor International (PDF), up from $270 billion in 2006. Of that market, cosmetics and personal care sales were $140 billion in 2006 (PDF) and are currently estimated to be about $170 billion, $100 billion of which is sold in Europe ($58 billion) and North America ($42 billion). A breakdown of cosmetics categories is shown below:
- Color cosmetics – According to Euromonitor, global color cosmetics sales topped $37 billion in 2007, up 5% over 2006. Color cosmetics include lipstick, nail polish, blush, eyeshadow, foundation, and, now, high-definition makeup. Despite the #nomakeupselfie trend. U.S. sales of color cosmetics grew 5% in 2013.
- Organic makeup – One promising area is makeup containing natural ingredients. In 2007, global sales of natural and organic cosmetics were estimated at $7 billion, driven chiefly by North America and Europe, which accounted for the majority of the $1 billion sales increase. According to Transparency Market Research, global demand for organic personal care products grew to $7.6 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018.
Factors that positively influence the cosmetics market, such as high-tech ingredients for professional results or faster and improved application, are a growing priority for consumers suffering from Time Compression.
This also bodes well for the airbrush appliance market. This market was brought home by Dina Ousely, whose role in Shampoo opposite Warren Beatty helped launch her career as “the original airbrush makeup artist to the stars” in 1981. While the movie industry has been using airbrush systems since the days of MGM’s movie classic Ben Hur, Ousley’s company, Dinair, helped mainstream the device.
The Fountain of Youth Ubertrend and 4K resolution TV, also sometimes called “ultra high definition television,” will fuel an urgent need for high-definition makeup among the Hollywood and fashionista crowd, which is a beautiful thing to see. 😎