18th October 2019

How Digital is Influencing Beauty

Which digital innovations are having the greatest influence on beauty?  We’ve rounded up the top 5 to keep an eye out for: Personalisation and AI – […]
15th October 2019

The Meteoric Rise of CBD Skincare

Google searches for CBD skincare – and allied brands like Disciple, Revolution, Cupid and MGC Derma – have risen by 367%, showing that this year’s hot […]
15th October 2019

Makeup Directions S/S 2020

Vogue have identified the top beauty trends from the spring 2020 runways and highlighted ‘colour and sparkle, individuality and sustainability’ as the main takeaways. In particular, […]
7th October 2019
Independent Beauty Expo

Independent beauty brands rivalling tech for growth, report says

Ahead of their return to London later this month, Indie Beauty Expo has issued a trend report looking at how independent beauty brands are growing more […]
7th October 2019

An apple a day…

A report in Soap, Perfumery & Cosmetics (SPC) demonstrates the potential that apple stem cell extract has for rejuvenating thinning hair. Scientists have used plant stem […]
27th September 2019

And the winner is…

It is with great pleasure that we announce Albiva as the winner of the Next British Beauty Brand. After an application process that attracted more than […]
26th September 2019

The Body Shop becomes a certified B Corp

The Body Shop has announced that it has become a certified B Corporation. B Corp certification is awarded to businesses that meet the highest verified standards […]
24th September 2019
Covent Garden

London Beauty Week 2019

Who else loved the goody bags from London Beauty Week? We were so overwhelmed by the support from such incredible brands who supported by giving so […]
23rd September 2019

Nail the new season polishes

Is it just us or is there a hint of autumn in the air? Neon polishes are already starting to look a bit jaded, so what’s […]
18th September 2019
Olympia Beauty 2019


This year Olympia Beauty comes to London on 29–30 September. We are working closely with our patron Treatwell to bring you the brand-new Treatwell x British […]
18th September 2019

Study reveals most successful fragrance notes

In a new study, scientists have found that using the most common fragrance notes in a perfume will not guarantee success. The survey, carried out by […]
10th September 2019

‘Conscious beauty and wellbeing’ panel discussion

The convergence of beauty, health and wellbeing is a clear industry trend. It’s no longer enough to look good. Consumers want products that make them feel […]
10th September 2019

‘The business of beauty’ panel discussion

Beauty means business. And with the recent launch of the British Beauty Council’s ground-breaking Value of Beauty report, it’s time the discuss the business of beauty. […]
10th September 2019

‘Myth Busting Beauty’ panel discussion

With so much information out there, it’s difficult to know where to go for beauty advice you can trust. We’ve invited a panel of highly-respected professionals […]
10th September 2019

‘Life and Lipstick’ live podcast recording

If you haven’t heard the ‘Life and Lipstick’ podcast, you’re in for a treat! Join makeup artists and friends Hannah Martin and Lisa Potter-Dixon as they chat all […]
9th September 2019

‘Tech in beauty’ panel discussion

Virtual reality mirrors, 3D printed make-up, smart sunscreens… beauty is going digital. Technology is transforming the beauty landscape, changing the way products are made and sold […]
5th September 2019

‘Sustainability is not a slogan’ panel discussion

Sustainability is a hot topic in the beauty industry. Growing concern about environmental issues such as climate change and plastic pollution is driving demand for eco-friendly […]
31st August 2019

London Beauty Week

The first-ever London Beauty Week will launch this September as a partnership between Covent Garden and the British Beauty Council. A week-long event, from 11th – […]
16th August 2019

The Next British Beauty Brand

Long before I was the CEO of the British Beauty Council, I was one half of the duo Ruby & Millie. Ruby & Millie was a […]
15th August 2019

London Beauty Week debuts next month!

The British Beauty Council and Covent Garden will debut ‘London Beauty Week’ next month to coincide with London Fashion Week. The goal is to showcase innovation, […]
24th July 2019

An open letter asking our new PM to support creative industries

CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, Alan Bishop, has written an open letter to the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to support our world-leading […]
22nd July 2019
Beauty is Bouyant

CEO Millie Kendall MBE introduces our landmark report

We’ve just about recovered from the party we threw last week to celebrate the publication of our landmark report The Value Of Beauty. For the first […]
19th July 2019
Beauty is Big Business

Beauty By Numbers

The Value of Beauty report is downloadable here.   Special thanks to Bespoke Films, Jane Boardman, Hannah Martin, Lisa Potter-Dixon, Dija Ayodele, Josh Wood, Millie Kendall MBE […]
19th July 2019

The Value of Beauty an Economic Impact Report

Back in October of 2018 we started the process to value the British beauty industry. We commissioned an in-depth piece of research to determine the real […]
24th June 2019

Alternative plastic not just reserved for premium brands

Among UK and US internet users over 50% ave reduced the amount of disposable plastic they use in the past year. The 2019 edition of Luxe […]
23rd June 2019

The Growing Market For Anti-Pollution Beauty by Pretty Analytics

Air pollution, particularly in busy cities like London, is a major concern. Something that Mayor Sadiq Khan has been actively looking to improve. According to an […]
22nd June 2019

The Council talks to Jo Horgan, British born founder of Mecca

Jo Horgan is in the top tier of our plucky Brit list of beauty entrepreneurs: the British-born founder of Melbourne-based Mecca Brands has transformed the Australian […]
22nd June 2019

Have you heard of the ‘teaspoon method’?

British Beauty Council heard about the teaspoon sun protection trick? A report last year in The Telegraph disclosed that scientists warn we are risking skin cancer by […]
19th June 2019

British Beauty Council founders judging at this year’s Scratch Magazine Star Awards

British Beauty Council founders Millie Kendall MBE and Kate Shapland were very honoured to be invited to judge the upcoming Scratch Magazine Star Awards 2019 last […]
18th June 2019

The world says a sad farewell to two titans of the hairdressing industry

British Beauty Council read a charming goodbye post from Michael Gordon honouring the lives of Patrick Ales and Jean-Louis David. Patrick Ales, 88, was the founder of […]
17th June 2019

Beauty planner change for 2020!

Normally there’s a bank holiday on the Monday of the first weekend in May.  Not in 2020! The government announced only last week that instead of […]
16th June 2019

Emerging Trend: Wildcrafted Beauty by Pretty Analytics

“Farm to table” eating is a concept we see digging its roots deeper into the beauty industry. It’s about creating a sustainable, transparent and traceable journey […]
14th June 2019

Spotted this one yet?

A collaboration you possibly never thought you would see: Bobbi Brown has worked with Walmart to develop a wellness line. EVOLUTION 18 takes its cue from […]
12th June 2019

Buy now, pay later by Pretty Analytics

Time is a luxury – something that e-retailers are understanding as same-day and next day delivery options and express collect in store become increasingly expected by […]
11th June 2019

Looking to grow your beauty business?

DIARY directory and Endaba Group are hosting an event on 25th June aimed at those looking to grow their business, exploring  and addressing some of the […]
7th June 2019

‘Skin Misting’

The last year has seen the concept of ‘skin misting’ develop into a skincare step worth investing in Pretty Analytics reports. The global market for face mists […]
7th June 2019

The rise of adaptogens!

Mintel recently published a report on the rise of adaptogens from niche natural ingredient in supplements, drinks beauty products and snacks, to vital new generation wellness […]
5th June 2019

Nailed It author & nail technician Marian Newman talks about her hopes and fears for the business

“At the very start of my career (30+ years ago) I thought I was learning something ‘fluffy’ and ‘pretty’. What I found was a challenging service […]
5th June 2019

#NoBuy beauty movement

Notes with interest reports of a #NoBuy beauty movement, said to be growing across social media as a reaction against mass consumption, and wonders whether the real message […]
31st May 2019

The UK National Minimum Wage to become the highest in the world

The National Hairdressers Federation reported a bit of brightness on the political horizon last week when they revealed that the UK National Minimum Wage could become […]
31st May 2019

Beautystack secures £4m funding from Index Ventures

Beautystack have recently secured £4m investment to develop their team in venture capital from Index Ventures, who have also worked with Asos, Glossier and Facebook, among others. […]
28th May 2019

2019 ‘Hair Icon’ category finalists revealed for Creative HEAD’s Most Wanted

The most highly anticipated announcement in the hair calendar came last week, as industry-leading hairdressing magazine Creative HEAD unveiled ten ‘Hair Icon’ category finalists for its […]
28th May 2019

The return of the perm!

A report in The Guardian by Leah Harper reveals that the perm is having a revival, and while we’ve chosen to illustrate this story with Barbra Streisand’s […]
24th May 2019

DHSC launch new “Clued Up on Cosmetic Procedures” campaign

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have launched a new campaign to make sure people know the risks of cosmetic procedures and where to find […]
23rd May 2019
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This Works acquired in £43M takeover by Canopy Growth Corporation

Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian CBD advocate company has acquired natural skincare brand This Works for £43m. The deal will allow the  Canadian company to develop […]
23rd May 2019

Natura &Co and Avon join forces to create a Direct-to-Consumer global beauty leader

Natura &Co have acquired Avon in all-stock $2 billion deal By adding Avon to a portfolio that already includes Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop, Natura […]
22nd May 2019
night out buying

Is the UK’s night time economy affecting consumer spending habits?

The 2018 report from the Local Data Company on retailing in the high street shows that last year was one of the toughest periods for years […]
21st May 2019

British Beauty Council’s new column in Scratch Magazine

Delighted (and rather proud) to say that we have a shiny new column in the ultimate nail pro monthly forum Scratch Magazine. We’ll be reporting beauty in […]
17th May 2019

The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2019

A great time was had Thursday 16th May at The Fragrance Foundation annual awards. Known as the Oscars of the fragrance industry, the awards celebrate the […]
16th May 2019

A book by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

Co-founder, brand ambassador & creative visionary behind OPI, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann has published her story on how she turned a small dental supply company into the global […]
15th May 2019

Be Body Kind for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), hosted by Mental Health Foundation is body image, and focuses on how we think and feel […]
14th May 2019

Could mirrorless salons be the future for high street hairdressers?

Hair stylist Daniel Kelly thinks so: clients who visit his recently upgraded DK UK Salon  in Peckham won’t have a mirror in front of them while their […]
13th May 2019

“In Bed With Neil Moodie” – with guests Anna-Marie Solowij & Millie Kendall MBE

British Beauty Council CEO Millie Kendall MBE and Advisory Board member Anna-Marie Solowij jump into bed with Global Hair stylist Neil Moodie to talk all things […]
12th May 2019

Quick fire : makeup artist Kay Montano talks about her career

As part of our mission to raise the reputation of the British beauty industry, and give it the voice it deserves among changemakers and political heavyweights, […]
8th May 2019

Black Skin Directory launches Sun Awareness Campaign

While the rates of skin cancer, especially malignant, in skin of colour is low compared to Caucasian, the mortality and morbidity rates for the same is […]
7th May 2019

British women buy a third more false eyelashes than those in any other county in the world*

At a recent trends symposium in Singapore Newby Hands, Net-A-Porter dished some great beauty stats, of which this👆🏻was one. In addition, the online retailer have identified […]
6th May 2019

10 million women identify with having Afro or multi-textured hair in the UK and Europe

The British Afro hairdressing industry is big business and set to grow – digital searches for specific Afro salons is said to have increased by 90% […]
3rd May 2019

United Makeup Artist Expo 2019

British Beauty Council spoke on stage Saturday 4th May at United Makeup Artist Expo 2019 in Manchester with a panel of make-up artists discussing the challenges […]
3rd May 2019

WGSN to support Innovation at British Beauty Council

We’re delighted to announce that WGSN is joining British Beauty Council as consumer insights partner supporting our Innovation Pillar with industry insight, helping us drive talent and brands […]
1st May 2019

How the law affects influencer marketing

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) published a guide for influencers – and those working with them – in January this year. As a result of […]
1st May 2019

British Beauty Council Think Tank

This week we held our first British Beauty Council think tank at Harvey Nichols, Fifth Floor bar discussing and brainstorming questions and ideas around our three […]
28th April 2019

Quick fire 5: Josh Wood & Louise Scott talk about their careers

As part of our mission to raise the reputation of the British beauty industry, and give it the voice it deserves among changemakers and political heavyweights, […]
28th April 2019

How waxing can save lives

Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts by preventing potentially harmful cells developing, but attendance is at a 20 year low, with 1 in 4 […]
26th April 2019

Tune in to the new podcast platform ‘A Different Tweed’

We’ve been enjoying the new podcast platform A Different Tweed hosted by NY-based fashion journalists Bronwyn Cosgrave and Mosha Lundström Halbert. Among their guests since launch in January […]
24th April 2019

the end for ‘cowboy injectors’?

A campaign to tackle botched cosmetic procedures is to be launched by the government next month in response to the rise in the use of self-injected […]
23rd April 2019

90% of American teens prefer to buy beauty instore

A survey by investment bank Piper Jaffray has revealed that, despite buying pretty much everything else online, 90% of American teens prefer to buy beauty instore […]
19th April 2019


The British Beauty Council commissioned BritainThinks to conduct research to produce an agreed definition of the industry and its constituent parts.   The research comprised a […]
18th April 2019

The truth behind natural beauty marketing claims

British Beauty Council has spotted a standout good feature in Fashionista which Jessica Yarbrough (DeFino) fact-checked 8 common fear-mongering natural beauty marketing claims. Among the ‘greenwashing’ clarified by […]
17th April 2019

When beauty does (even more) good!

L’Oréal Group pledged to donate 100 million euros, along with the Bettencourt family, it’s chief shareholder, to help fund the reconstruction of Notre Dame. This is […]
17th April 2019
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Stella Live 2019

British Beauty Council is delighted to have partnered with Stella Magazine or their inaugural beauty, fashion and lifestyle event at Saatchi Gallery on 10-11 May. A celebration […]
16th April 2019

Exploring innovations that will design our future

British Beauty Council‘s CEO Millie Kendall MBE represented the British beauty business at a recent trade event in New York, showcasing the best of British innovation. […]
15th April 2019

China will not require animal testing on cosmetic products from 2020

News that China will not require animal testing on cosmetic products from 2020 is surely music to ears across all sectors of our business. This long […]
15th April 2019

Lush plans to close all social media channels

News that Lush plan to close its social media accounts has been met with a mix of bafflement and indignation this week. The high street natural […]
10th April 2019
defining beauty

Should beauty supplements be categorised as being a beauty product?

As the first body to exclusively represent the British beauty industry, our premiere aim has been to create a landmark definition of our business in order […]
10th April 2019

Makeup Removal Takes On A Zero Waste Approach

Pretty Analytics on how makeup removal is taking on a zero waste approach. A report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) presented that the UK uses more […]
8th April 2019

Beauty Companies Association (BCA): the voice of the beauty industry

British Beauty Council had a inspiring afternoon at the Beauty Companies Association (BCA) seminar last week, where we went to talk about the Council and the […]
5th April 2019

The Mothership has landed in Selfridges London

PAT McGRATH LABS officially opened at Selfridges London yesterday. This is Pat McGrath European HQ – The Mothership – and as part of the launch Pat […]
3rd April 2019

Designing our future

British Beauty Council CEO Millie Kendall MBE is flying the flag for British beauty this week in New York by taking part in the Designing Our […]
2nd April 2019

Billion dollar balms!

British Beauty Council loves a beauty success story and we are high fiving the founder and team of Glossier, who include British Beauty Council co-founder Gemma […]
30th March 2019

Preparing your salon for Brexit

Planning ahead for Brexit has been a struggle for the beauty industry with so much uncertainty over when it’s happening, whether the UK will secure a […]
30th March 2019

The FACE is back!

British Beauty Council is dancing in the aisles over this piece of news. Founded in the Eighties and out of publication since 2004  THE FACE is set […]
26th March 2019

The UK beauty brand that was created to improve accessibility for all

Just when you thought mascara couldn’t get any more clever POW!  Along comes Grace Beauty a new line of specially designed cosmetics and accessories that make makeup […]
26th March 2019

Birchbox UK launch Breakthrough Beauty Incubator Programme

Fledgling beauty brands have a new mentor as of last week with the announcement of a Breakthrough Beauty Incubator Programme Birchbox UK. The beauty subscription box […]
21st March 2019


The Fragrance Foundation have published ‘The Economic Impact of the Fragrance Industry’  – the first-ever formal, independent assessment of the economic impact of the UK fragrance industry. The […]
21st March 2019

Patch Test Party!

Cardiff based CHAIR Salons founder Casey Coleman SRH has devised a rather brilliant initiative to encourage colour clients to have their skin tested before treatment. #PatchTestParty is […]
20th March 2019


As the first industry body to represent all areas of the beauty sector, the British Beauty Council’s initial task has been to create a definition of […]
19th March 2019
skinny beauty marketing

End of the road for ‘skinny’?

British Beauty Council’s CEO Millie Kendall MBE added some sound comment to an interesting feature about ‘skinny marketing’ in Refinery29 UK last week. Author Viola Levy […]
18th March 2019

How changes to the National Minimum Wage could affect your business from April 2019

The National Hairdressers’ Federation have highlighted how key changes to the NMW, tax, pensions, payslips, apprenticeship fees, mat/pat pay and sick pay will affect hair, beauty […]
14th March 2019

Breaking News: Pat McGrath Labs to launch in London April 4th!

The Mothership is landing in London: Pat McGrath – aka ‘mother’ (as the industry affectionately knows her) is due to launch the first and only destination […]
12th March 2019

Ready for Mary?

The V&A museum is opening an exhibition celebrating the work of one of the UK’s most iconic entrepreneurs, Mary Quant which will be held on 6th […]
12th March 2019

Diversifying Hair Care by Pretty Analytics

Pretty Analytics has witnessed hair care branch out into focused product lines providing more inclusive solutions for the diversity of the beauty consumer. Traditional hair concerns […]
8th March 2019

British Beauty Council Announces Advisory Board Members

The newly-formed British Beauty Council is delighted to announce the initial members of its distinguished Advisory Board. As important and influential members of the beauty community, […]
8th March 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 : Balance For Better

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) this year is #BalanceForBetter, a CTA for a more gender-balanced world via collaboration. Since yesterday there have been a series […]
5th March 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) starts today as a government initiative to celebrate and promote the community of apprenticeships around the UK, and highlight the impact […]
4th March 2019

Hair & Beauty insights from the National Hairdressers’ Federation

In their 2018 report on the hair and beauty business, released at the end of last year, the National Hairdressers Federation revealed that the top 10 list […]
3rd March 2019

Raising the bar

It never left some of our bathrooms, but the soap bar is having a great revival, and in large part it’s down to the emergence of […]
28th February 2019

Johnson & Johnson Beauty Awards 2019

The Johnson & Johnson Beauty Awards took place this morning over a scrummy breakfast at Sea Containers House. The event also featured a panel talk, hosted […]
27th February 2019

Cannabis Beauty Revival

“Cannabis will become a whole body supporter, not just a novel skincare ingredient!” Where the US leads, the UK inevitably follows, especially in beauty and wellness, […]
26th February 2019

British beauty at the Oscars 2019

British Beauty Council was loving the British beauty showcased at the Oscars at the weekend. In particular the impossibly talented and modest British Oscar winner Olivia […]
21st February 2019

How transparent is your influencer marketing?

A guide for influencers from the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) explains what influencers, and the brands that work with them, need to do to avoid breaking […]