In the eyes of Daniela Ciocan, Event organizer and founder of one of the most anticipated 2020 beauty trade shows in the nation.

Our professional and personal lives have been altered like we have never imagined; deserted street sets from sci-fi movies are now real-life images seen in major cities like New York, Milan and Paris. Our lives moving forward will bear the scars of this epidemic and the impact will be felt on our behavior as consumers vis-à-vis consumer goods including beauty products. The social distancing or better said physical distancing forced us to modify our habits (hello Zoom!) and the scarcity of certain products (toilet paper anyone?) brought on the realization that we can do with less and also that less is good for our wallets and for the planet. In change lies opportunities and these are a few that will most likely emerge in the ‘new normal’ we will see in the coming months and years.

Event organizer and founder of one of the most anticipated 2020 beauty, fashion, and influential trade shows in the nation, Unfiltered Experience , Daniela Ciocan has already seen adjustments in every industry, but by being on the front lines with the most renowned beauty and wellness brands, buyers, and professionals, she has received insider information on what we will see more of once doors reopen.

  1. The Year of the Minimalism – let’s face it WFH (work from home) requires no time investment on your appearance – no need for serious hair styling, full makeup or dressing up. Do you really need fake eyelashes to visit your home office? The paired down approach to grooming will give rise to more natural beauty looks.
  2. Less made-up = less make-up and more natural looks
  3. Less materialistic needs – we’ve all “Marie Kondo” our closets and homes and realized how much stuff we’ve accumulated
  4. Low Maintenance – looks that require less time and money
  5. Less Is More – Asian rituals with FULL ON regimens will be replaced by more simple care regimens with fewer steps
  6. Natural hair texture and color  
  7. The new ‘Cool’, Be More Environmentally Conscious – this has already been a big trend with Millenials but after we’ve seen the clear skies in China, the dolphins in the Venice canals can we really ignore the impact our choices make on our planet?
    • Heightened awareness of materials used for packaging in consumer goods products including beauty, clothing, cleaning products etc
    • Second Life Clothing / Furniture
    • Goods made out of recycled materials (eg: sneakers and sportswear made from recycled plastic collected from oceans)
  8. New Rising Stars, The Educated Consumer – consumer interest on products they use will be more prevalent and yet new product discovery will still be done through social media
    • Less personality, more authority – the new generation of influencers will be the professionals with knowledge and authority on a subject who can convey to consumers the REAL difference in a new product
    • Authentic Connections – LIVE sessions and STORIES convey the real personalities of the social media influencers and their connection to their community will become stronger
  9. New Rule, Less Ingredients is More – transparency will be the core principle driving buying decisions and clean beauty will graduate from a trend to a widely adopted standard for beauty products
    • Less Ingredients, Simpler Formulas – smart formulas will have fewer ingredients chosen for their function that synergistically work with each other
    • Clean beauty – less chemicals with names that can’t be pronounced and have unknown origins and more organic plant-based ingredients
    • Organic Beauty – not just for yoga and spa lovers
  10. The Rise of Locally Made Products 
    • Supply chains Reassessment – the shutdown in China spotlighted the need for local manufacturers as either ‘backup’ in case of emergency or as a regular ongoing adjustment in production
    • Suppliers will be vetted – with quality control in question and now with possible contaminants ‘Made in the USA’ will bring reassurance to consumers 
    • International Shipments – imports are unpredictable and natural disasters are one more thing to consider when placing important large orders from abroad
    • Safety – are the products I am buying safe, where were they made and under what conditions and by who?
  11. Ethical Conscious Consumerism –  by association consumers align their purchase choices with companies that speak to their values 
    • Do GOOD- give back programs help promote the image of a brand in the eye of the consumer. During the crisis beauty companies jumped in to provide goodies for care workers and were rewarded with social media love and praise (Skin & CO a skincare and body care company born in Italy is giving 30% of product sales to hospitals in UMBRIA Region in Italy)
    • It takes a village- all businesses have a choice to engage with their local community and help where needed
    • Respond to crisis – manufacturers re-adjusting their production to help with shortage (hand sanitizers – LifeTherapy a small indie brand from Chicago created hand sanitizers and donated to care workers) 

While some of these trends surfaced already, their impact will be more significant in light of the economy and the switch we’ve experienced in our lives during the COVID-19 shutdown. Change is progress and progress help us all move forward. Let’s all embrace change for a better tomorrow.