The beauty industry is in a state of reflection this morning, with the biggest headlines not so much breaking news, but investigative reporting, from Allure’s deep dive into the speedy rise and fall of CBD Beauty, Beauty Independent’s examination of how companies are looking to revolutionize the textured hair category (spoiler alert, it involves AI), and Business of Fashion’s profile on makeup artist Donni Davy, whose brand Half Magic is launching at Ulta at the end of the month. And continuing this theme of retrospection, take a moment to read Vanessa Friedman’s moving tribute to Sinead O’Connor in The New York Times, in which she examines the singer’s legacy both in terms of her music and her disregard for historical beauty standards. Read these stories and more in the links below.
The Makeup Artist at the Centre of Gen-Z. Mаkeup artist Donni Davy’s work on the Euphoria cast instantly sparked a trend for sparkly, colorful, 3-dimensional makeup amongst Gen-Z. It’s no surprise then, that her brand, Half Magic, is set to launch at Ulta Beauty. (Business of Fashion)
Tennille Kopiasz Named CEO of Fekkai and Bastide. Previously, Kopiasz served as CMO at Fresh and as Senior Vice President, North America marketing at Dior. She succeeds founder Frédéric Fekkai, who maintains his board seat. (WWD)
The Next Stage of the Textured Haircare Market Is All About Addressing Customer Diversity. The textured hair category has historically been under-researched and under-funded, which means it has become stagnant in recent years. Companies are trying to address that with more data compilation and analysis — and are using AI to do so and take the category to the next level. (Beauty Independent)
We Are Gathered Here Today to Say Goodbye to CBD Beauty. CBD Beauty took the industry by storm in 2017. In 2023, however, the trend seems to be over as quickly as it began. Allure investigates what happened. (Allure)
Cetaphil Leans Into Makeup Artists as the Next Wave of Skin Care Experts. Over the past year, the skin-care brand is taking a different approach and tapping celebrity makeup artists like Hung Vanngo and Priscilla Ono — and it appears the strategy is paying off. (Glossy)
Here are Three Ways the Hollywood Strikes Will Impact the TV Business From the Media Buyer’s Perspective. Experts expect the impact of the strikes to be felt across retail media, influencer marketing and connected TV inventory — and perhaps give a boost to live shopping and shopping on social media apps. (Digiday)
The Bald Power of Sinead O’Connor. In this tribute to the singer, who passed away yesterday at the age of 56, writer Vanessa Friedman looks at how O’Connor’s shaved head was as integral and alluring as her music. (The New York Times)