Beauty Matters: 'Gen Z State of Beauty Report' Reveals Gen Z Attitudes on Beauty Industry, Products and Brands

Inaugural Report Uncovers Skincare as Most Important Segment for Gen Z Consumers

Kyra Media released the findings today from its first "Gen Z State of Beauty Report" that explores that particular demographic's attitudes toward the beauty industry, its brands and products. With Gen Z as a generation reimagining and challenging beauty norms and 2020 a game-changing year for everyone, Kyra Media dove deep into the beauty category to better understand what beauty means to Gen Z.

The key takeaways from the "Gen Z State of Beauty Report" are:

  • Skintellectuals: Skincare is widely accepted as a clear signifier of personal well-being with Gen Z and is considered an essential method of self-care:
    • Skincare ranked as the leading segment in the beauty category for Gen Z with Dove as the top skincare brand;
    • 75% of respondents have purchased a skincare product in the last three months;
    • A third of respondents don't wear makeup and focus solely on skincare, with an average of three products as part of their regular skincare regimen;
    • And Gen Z's can't-do-without skincare product? Cleanser.
  • Glowing Up Fast: Experimentation is a key part of being young and expressing oneself, so Gen Z sees makeup as a form of creativity and is constantly seeking inspiration through video or social content:
    • Gen Z's favorite cosmetics product is mascara with Maybelline as the top-ranking brand;
    • A third of Gen Z respondents' must-have is mascara, and foundation ranked lowest as a product they can do without.
  • The Value of Values: Gen Z expects and demands certain standards to be met by brands in terms of aligning with the generation's values.
    • Over a quarter (27%) of respondents have actively bought a beauty product in the last six months because of its sustainable initiatives, with the environment and social justice ranking at the top of the list;
    • A third of Gen Z is looking to brands for insights and information, which presents brands with a major opportunity to educate.
  • Trust is a Must: Gen Z wants the scoop on beauty from real people who reflect what the world really looks like; this emphasis on transparency and inclusivity is critically important to this generation.
    • Gen Z respondents were more likely to add a new cosmetics product to their collection based on a recommendation from a TikTok influencer rather than YouTube or Instagram;
    • Customer online reviews are the most influential on Gen Z's purchase decisions;
    • Gen Z is the most open generation yet, with over two-thirds welcoming content from beauty influencers who are of a different gender identity than their own.

The "Gen Z State of Beauty Report" was conducted in May and June 2021 across the U.S. and the U.K. via Instagram with 3,500 participants aged 13-25. Kyra's expertise in the beauty category includes the creation of Charlotte Tilbury's first TikTok campaign with Abby Roberts, the first TikTok-native fashion and beauty pub Rag Report and Lancome Skincare's first TikTok campaign. Kyra has also been a long-term partner of Maybelline UK. 

"Gen Z is literally changing the face of the beauty industry to be more transparent, socially responsible and inclusive. All of these forces will impact the way products are made and marketed — it's a very exciting time for the industry," said Marina Mansour, Kyra Media's Global Head of Beauty Partnerships.

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Source: Kyra Media