Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beauty Launch Ideas


Like their fashion counterparts, beauty brands are constantly looking to attract the attention of busy editors and tastemakers by getting creative with the design, location, gifts, and even catering at events. From cosmetic ingredients being used in decor and cakes made to resemble perfume bottles, to drinks served in test tubes and makeup demonstrated using a blender, here's a look at some unusual and creative ideas to inspire your next product launch.
Product launches and press previews for beauty products have historically been dominated by clean, all-white decor, allowing colorful product packaging...

Product launches and press previews for beauty products have historically been dominated by clean, all-white decor, allowing colorful product packaging to take center stage. At a February 21 brunch for L'Oréal, designer and producer Joe Moller added subtle branding to the setup on the Viceroy Miami's outdoor terrace, adding L'Oréal lettering to the backs of chairs and using shallow gold vases filled with products as tabletop centerpieces.

Photo: Joe Moller 


Schwarzkopf Professional chose a different route for a January event in Los Angeles, bringing bright hues to Exchange LA with...

Schwarzkopf Professional chose a different route for a January event in Los Angeles, bringing bright hues to Exchange LA with a color-blocked runway and fringe chandelier. To add branding into the decor, organizers surrounded the catwalk with Ghost chairs marked with the signature silhouette logo.

Photo: Brian Leahy Photography

Red was also the dominant hue at the launch of Beyoncé Heat in 2010, noticeable from the lights that emanated...


Red was also the dominant hue at the launch of Beyoncé Heat in 2010, noticeable from the lights that emanated from the New York venue. Coty's marketing team decided to create a public spectacle out of the intimate press conference and after-party—held at 15 Union Square—by making no secret about what was going on inside.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

To put editors in the right frame of mind, Avon introduced the 2005 fall collection of Mark—the brand's younger, hipper...

To put editors in the right frame of mind, Avon introduced the 2005 fall collection of Mark—the brand's younger, hipper cosmetics line—by hosting an autumnal-themed event in the summer. Orange and red foliage littered the New York affair, where wrought-iron gates, warm yellow lighting, and a small faux maple tree hung with votive candles set a park-like scene for the hair, fragrance, skin, and makeup products.

Photo: Jamie Watts
In 2010, Victoria's Secret turned one of its New York stores into a makeshift flower shop and put Alessandra Ambrosio...


In 2010, Victoria's Secret turned one of its New York stores into a makeshift flower shop and put Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Miranda Kerr in aprons to help promote the launch of the Heavenly Flowers perfume. Standing amidst buckets of artificial flowers, cases of new product, and watering cans, the models autographed glossy photos of themselves for customers who spent $35 or more.

Photo: Marion Curtis/StarTraks

To create a setting that would work for a breakfast presentation as well as a luncheon, Shiseido Cosmetics America mixed...

To create a setting that would work for a breakfast presentation as well as a luncheon, Shiseido Cosmetics America mixed classic and modern furnishings for the launch of its spring 2007 collection in a turn-of-the-century townhouse in New York. A color palette of white kept the look clean, while lighting took on hues matched to the shades of Shiseido’s packaging and makeup.

Photo: Jeff Thomas/ImageCapture
As a way to integrate Rimmel London's identity and heritage into a 2007 product launch, Coty Canada dressed a Toronto...





As a way to integrate Rimmel London's identity and heritage into a 2007 product launch, Coty Canada dressed a Toronto event space with British decor. Tabletop decorations included custom acrylic purple, white, and gold Union Jack placemats and miniature gold-colored double-decker buses.
Photo: BizBash

A club-like vibe pervaded the launch of Salvatore Ferragamo's Attimo fragrance in 2010, the first official event at the Standard...

A club-like vibe pervaded the launch of Salvatore Ferragamo's Attimo fragrance in 2010, the first official event at the Standard New York's bar, Le Bain. To avoid a branding-heavy look, Ferragamo put a neon sign and decor beneath a dance floor that was built over the drained pool; elsewhere the design was a subtle play on the perfume's packaging and ingredients.

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com

In 2007, Bourjois Paris spread the word about its new Docteur Glamour line by creating a beauty ambulance of sorts....

In 2007, Bourjois Paris spread the word about its new Docteur Glamour line by creating a beauty ambulance of sorts. A vehicle with glass sides served as the setting for prearranged appointments with beauty editors outside the offices of several large magazine publishing companies.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman

Betsey Johnson didn't look far for inspiration for her perfume's launch in 2006, bringing 55 beauty editors and fragrance execs...

Betsey Johnson didn't look far for inspiration for her perfume's launch in 2006, bringing 55 beauty editors and fragrance execs to her Greenwich Village apartment for a party. Johnson's own family photos and bric-a-brac gave the affair a personal touch, while balloons, streamers, and rose petals played up the designer's fun-loving personality.

Photo: Daniel D’Errico/Courtesy of Alison Brod Public Relations

When Victoria's Secret launched the Pink fragrance collection in 2009, the brand relied on models, rather than brand representatives, to...

When Victoria's Secret launched the Pink fragrance collection in 2009, the brand relied on models, rather than brand representatives, to articulate and embody the concept behind the three scents. Thoroughly briefed and scripted on their distinct characters, the models became living, talking props and guided editors through the apartment-like vignettes that represented the lifestyle of their specific consumer profile.

Photo: Justin Jay/Courtesy of Victoria's Secret Beauty

L.V.M.H.-owned beauty purveyor Fresh created a gifting bar at an event last year that allowed guests to pick the products...


L.V.M.H.-owned beauty purveyor Fresh created a gifting bar at an event last year that allowed guests to pick the products they wanted to take home. Packages were sent via messenger to attendees the following day.

Photo: Jim Shi

-By Anna Sekula for BizBash







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