Dubai, UAE: A new showcase of hand-picked brands from across the globe will answer the needs and wants of consumers with darker skin tones and curlier hair textures at next month’s Beautyworld Middle East exhibition in Dubai, as the spotlight gets set to shine on multicultural beauty.
Ready to Beauty is one of several show highlights at the region’s largest international trade fair for beauty products and wellbeing, and promises to take thousands of Middle East and African trade visitors through a ‘journey to discover the next big thing in multicultural beauty.’
The dedicated feature is curated by US-based Dark Metier, and will present a wide range of products, from foundations and cosmetics with shades and formulas created specifically for high-melanin skin types, to hair systems that care for thicker, more textured curls.
Corey Huggins, Founder and Global CEO of Dark Metier, said the retail style set-up will appeal to the vast and diverse population prevalent within the wider region: “Ready to Beauty addresses the unique concerns and evolving tastes of the darker beauty consumer, featuring both cult favourites alongside emerging and niche brands alike,” he said.
“Its popularity will be underlined when trade visitors recognise that this particular version of beauty is finally being revealed and respected. Literally, attendees will be on a discovery journey to find the next big thing in multicultural beauty.”
Ready to Beauty will be located within the USA pavilion at Beautyworld Middle East 2019, which takes place from 15-17 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Huggins highlighted some of the key brands that will be on display, including Camille Rose, a hair and skin care wonder from the USA, and Kenyan-owned Pauline Cosmetics, one of East Africa’s leading makeup brands developed to be inclusive for all shades of Black.
“Ready to Beauty will be a virtual tour of the hottest and newest in beauty and lifestyle; a one-stop-shop focused on the most appropriate products for African, Latin, Middle East and South East Asian beauty.”
Huggins added that mainstream beauty brands are now slowly recognising the power of the multicultural market: “Big brands are starting to launch products that target the darker consumer, particularly in haircare, but there’s a difference between multicultural-suited and multicultural-specific beauty,” he said. “One is gratuitous in nature and the other is authentic. Without question, Ready to Beauty is unapologetically the latter.”
Ready to Beauty arrives at Beautyworld Middle East 2019 amid a growing preference for cosmetics and hair care suited to warmer skin tones and colours. According to industry estimates, multicultural women are also said to spend 80 percent more on cosmetics and nearly twice as much on skincare than other consumer bases.
Elaine O’Connell, Beautyworld Middle East’s show director, said: “In our view, beauty bridges all cultural gaps almost effortlessly, and in Ready to Beauty, we have a unique showcase that will appeal to the diverse cultures and varied skin tones so prevalent in the Middle East and African region.
“Trade visitors can expect to see a wide range of natural haircare products, skincare, personal care, and colour cosmetics varying from perfectly balanced to bold and warm. The special feature is yet another example of how Beautyworld Middle East continues to evolve and cater to the specific needs and requirements of its core market,” she added.
Other notables at Ready to Beauty include emerging Men’s personal care brand UnderGuard; and more Kenyan names such as BU.KE, an artisan brand that handcrafts luxurious skin and haircare, and Sheth Naturals, which makes creams catering to a broad spectrum of hair texture and curls.
Now in its 24th edition, Beautyworld Middle East 2019 will feature more than 1,750 exhibitors from 65 countries.
The annual three-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, covering the six product groups of Hair, Nails, and Salon Suppliers; Cosmetics and Skincare; Personal Care and Hygiene; Machinery, Packaging, Raw Materials, and Contract Manufacturing; Fragrance Compounds and Finished Fragrances; and Natural and Organic.
Ready to Beauty is just one of a number of value-added features that attract tens of thousands of trade buyers and beauty professionals every year. Front Row is the new big headline act for 2019, presenting a three-day programme of live makeup, hair, and nail demonstrations delivered by the region’s premier beauty artists, influencers, and creative talents.
Returning regular features include the ever-popular Quintessence, an exclusive showcase of niche fragrances, and Battle of the Barbers, a live three-day competition where the UAE’s finest male grooming technicians will battle it out for two coveted titles: the UAE’s Best Barber and UAE’s Best Shave.
The Fragrance Station and Nail It! By OPI and Artistic – a nail art competition – are other returning features, while the two-day Beauty Business Conference will cover pertinent topics such as women entrepreneurship in the beauty business and sustainable packaging of beauty products.
With 25 country pavilions, six product groups, and a packed programme of special features, the 24th edition of the annual showcase will again present an unrivalled platform of business networking and inspirational ideas for an expected audience of 35,000-plus trade buyers and beauty professionals.