Eye make-up increased its share of the prestige make-up market by 3% during and after lockdown, according to The NPD Group. In contrast, the lip segment of prestige make-up decreased its share from 14% pre-lockdown to 12% post lockdown. The popularity of eye products reflects the changing habits of consumers who are now required to wear masks and face coverings in many public settings.
Pre-lockdown, eye make-up accounted for 22% of total prestige makeup sales and increased to 24% of prestige make-up sales during lockdown. Once lockdown was eased, eye make-up increased its share to 25% of total prestige make-up sales. Mascara and eye shadow sales drove the increase in share during this period. The focus on eye products is also evident in the brow segment. The market share of brow products in makeup remained constant during lockdown at 4% and increased to 5% post-lockdown.
“The popularity of eye make-up can be attributed to increased experimentation at home and wearing make-up whilst socialising with family and friends virtually or during conference calls with colleagues. We have also witnessed initiatives such as the #maskmakeup challenge which encouraged makeup experimentation. As consumers are required to wear face coverings in shops, on public transport and other public spaces, the lip segment has declined in share, driven largely by a decline in demand of lip colour as the lip area is no longer visible when wearing a mask.” said Emma Fishwick, account manager, NPD UK Beauty.