Conceptualising Beauty in Consumer Research: A Framework and Research Agenda: An Abstract

Marina Leban*, Benjamin Voyer

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The cosmetic industry has been growing rapidly in the last few decades. Currently, the industry itself generates about $230 billion each year (Forbes 2006). Multinational market leaders in cosmetics such as L’Oreal and Estee Lauder own practically most of the cosmetic brands. Recent studies have shown that 90% of female consumers use cosmetic products daily (Guthrie and Kim 2009). With L’Oreal’s recent business plan to expand the distribution of cosmetic products in emerging markets (Forbes 2014), research on consumer trends in cosmetic products and, in general, on beauty is ever so salient. Yet consumer research has neglected to look at beauty product consumption more closely. Researchers have not been able to explain the underlining mechanisms of motivation as to why consumers use beauty products on an everyday basis. This paper will review beauty in terms of evolutionary, cognitive and cultural influences, as well as the importance of beauty packaging to better understand the concept of beauty and to pinpoint possible gaps existing in the literature. The aim of this paper is to understand beauty consumption as a whole by merging evolution, cognition and culture in a framework so as to encourage marketing research to take into consideration all three levels of beauty perception in future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoundary Blurred: A Seamless Customer Experience in Virtual and Real Spaces : Proceedings of the 2018 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference
EditorsNina Krey, Patricia Rossi
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9783319991801
ISBN (Electronic)9783319991818
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 AMS Annual Conference: AMSAC 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 23 May 20184 Jun 2018
Conference number: 46


Conference2018 AMS Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Internet address
SeriesDevelopments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science

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