New Cover

So I have decided to fully change my cover to this. I think that this is more engaging. It captures attention easily because of its colour and obviously the style too. I feel like have done heaps better on this once compared to the first initial sketch. The subject matter holds an animal, a rabbit so that it creates an idea of believability.


Trying to lay out the model with a product. However I am not happy with it just yet. It  definitely need colour and a better layout. Not sure If I want to keep the product.

Sketches/ pencil drawings. Inspired by the feminine drawings of  Kelly Thompson and Kelly Smith.

The images above are by Kelly Thompson.

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Images above were drawn by Kelly Smith.

I have chosen these two artist models according to their style that is suitable for magazine and the age group.

Other examples of traditional drawings feature in today’s magazines:

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The traditional drawings convey the idea of authenticity and it adds MORE TEXTURE AND VALUE to a product.

The 2013 Beauty Packaging Identity Trends

By: Aniko Hill
Posted: August 26, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of GCI Magazine.
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  • Beauty packaging is a key communication device to reach a consumer ready to purchase. Thus, it requires constant thought and strategizing in order to convey the right message.
  • Packaging designs and motifs that are currently being highlighted in beauty packaging include sustainable, animal print, nautical, food and wallpaper themes, as well as those with sculptural and alternative typographic elements.
  • Following trends can be fun and a great way to garner more attention for your brand’s products, but you also always want to make sure your packaging stays true to the core principles of your brand.

Packaging is one of the most important parts of a brand’s presence in today’s crowded marketplace. It is the functional delivery system for the product, and has to work effectively and thoughtfully. It is the billboard for the brand, and should convey a story and a personality. It is also the physical space for product messaging, conveying benefits and instruction. Packaging is often the first and only interaction a consumer has with a brand, and it can be solely responsible for influencing purchase decisions. For this reason, beauty companies tend to invest in packaging design just as much in it—if not more than—any other brand touch point.

This article explores a range of beauty packaging trends taking place in 2013, and includes both superficial visual observations and more thoughtful analysis of brand identity expression. The following represents an audit of notable packaging identity trends for beauty products currently in the marketplace:

Trend #1: Sustainable

The trend toward sustainability in packaging follows a broader cultural shift in consumer thinking, and can be seen in almost all categories. In fact, its arguable that sustainability can really no longer be called a trend, as it’s really more of a movement­—consumers expect corporate responsibility in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Current research even says that women will choose a brand that is socially responsible over another if product benefits and price are competitive.

Brands with sustainable packaging typically reflect the product itself. For example, the formulas are often biodegradable, non-toxic or otherwise eco-friendly in nature. In this trend, both the primary and secondary packaging tends to be manufactured from sustainable materials.

Many companies with brands that follow this trend are visually sustainable, meaning they communicate a natural or eco-friendly look and feel at first glance. Sustainable packaging identities tend to have neutral color palettes or are completely stripped down to the packaging substrate itself. For example, Tay’s skin care line is packaged in 100% eco-friendly bamboo and recyclable PET plastic containers that are long-lasting and can be refilled and reused. The bamboo texture is the primary visual read, and graphics are kept minimal to keep from distracting from the natural beauty of the material.

Because many of the brands with sustainable packaging are responsible in their corporate practices, there is also often a cause marketing tie-in with some of the products in this category. For example, Method’s innovative Ocean Plastic bottles are made from a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic, which results in a unique gray resin that is intentionally left “naked.” The Ocean Plastic initiative is designed to raise awareness about cleaning up the world’s oceans, and Method employees even hand-collect plastic from the beaches of Hawaii for conversion into packaging.

Another example of clever sustainable packaging is Lush’s Little Green Bag, which is designed with minimal and reusable packaging. A selection of five unpackaged cosmetics and a durable aluminum tin are wrapped up in an organic cotton scarf, woven and screenprinted by a non-profit women’s cooperative in India. The only traditional packaging structure is a recyclable cardboard sleeve with instructions on how to use the products, a game and instruction on how to rewrap the scarf with traditional Japanese techniques. There’s even a face sticker on the label of the person who packed it for you.

And the sustainability trend isn’t limited to just boutique specialty brands—mass retail brands such as Pantene are also getting into the mix. Pantene uses plant-based plastic bottles for its Pro-V Nature Fusion line, which are made from more naturally derived ingredients such as cassia.

Trend #2: Animal Print

This next trend is purely visual, and is much more fun and playful in nature. Many current package designs out there today have either a graphic or tactile animal print element, which can be seen in both the primary and secondary packaging. The products within this category are highly decorative in nature, as well as influenced by fashion design and trends.

The brand within this trend with the most obvious ties to fashion is Jimmy Choo. Its eau de parfum secondary packaging structure features a pink snakeskin that is a direct nod to the shoe designer’s leathers. Tarte also has a fashionable slant to its brand identity, with an “eco-chic” brand story that describes its philosophy of packaging its natural cosmetics line in runway-inspired cases. For example, its Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara has an embossed purple snakeskin pattern on both the primary and secondary packaging. (And its latest iteration—Lights, Camera, Splashes——lso crosses over into the next trend to be discussed.)

In addition to looking like a fashion accessory, the high contrast repetition of animal print can also simply serve as eye-catching patterns on the shelf, particularly when paired with bright or unexpected color palettes. Victoria’s Secret’s Pink All My Heart fragrance features high contrast black, white and pink leopard print as the main identity on both the primary and secondary packaging, and Pinch Provisions’ Minimergency Kit utilizes a bright teal snake-like pattern on the product, which shows through the clear packaging structure.

Trend #3: Nautical

Because of the summer season, there are a large number of beauty products that are using a nautical or beach theme in their packaging, with some as seasonal offerings and some as permanent expressions of the brand identity. The packages within this trend use elements such as cool color palettes, misty gradations, nautical ropes and water-inspired illustrations or patterns.

Some of the brands within this trend make simple, subtle references to the ocean or beach. For example, the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue fragrance has an abstract misty ocean blue pattern that is reminiscent of pool reflections. Other brands more literally reference the ocean. For example, Crabtree & Evelyn’s Himalayan Blue products feature ocean-inspired graphics that feel like vintage botanical illustrations, as does its Black Sea Mud & Seaweed Triple-Milled Soap.

Following Trends Thoughtfully

As in any consumer market, beauty packaging is susceptible to trends taking place in the industry. Sometimes it’s clear that the brand is intentionally following a trend with a seasonal or limited product offering, while other times a brand’s identity falls into a trend even if the package design authentically reflects a brand’s core identity.

It’s important to remember that analyzing and understanding trends is necessary for staying current and informed, but can also be detrimental to standing out in a crowded marketplace if followed blindly. The best brands stand for a big idea and reflect the company’s personality while effectively conveying the product’s properties and benefits. Some trends can simply be fads that come and go quickly, while others endure the test of time and become visual styles with staying power. It is up to you to figure out what is best for your brand.



Printed magazine advertising works extremely well on several levels because:

1/. Magazines have the ability to tightly target and fully engage an audience (most people are focused while reading a magazine, not multi-tasking).

2/. The experience of relaxing with a magazine is becoming more precious in our fast paced world, hence printed magazines will always be highly valued for their ability to engage and delight.

3/. The audience is often paying to receive the content which shows how much they value it.

4/. The audience trusts magazine content (including ads; studies show readers often enjoy ads as much as articles), and tend to develop a loyal following of editors and writers.

5/. Advertisers gain credibility through being associated with a trusted brand and in the right ‘environment’.

6/. Printed content has longevity.

7/. The ‘pass on’ rate of magazines means they reach additional readers.

8/. The multiple times one reader will refer to each copy (i.e. repeat exposure opportunities for advertisers).

9/. The visual impact of printed/tangible content.

10/. Magazines’ ability to get longer and more complicated messages across.


I learnt how to paint fur on photoshop. obviously it doesn’t have define form but at this stage, i am still on a design process. The red blood is probably too overwhelming for my target audience though. I’m deciding whether to remove it and leave it plain and clean.


So instead of referencing all images from the internet, I took photos of my own for this project so that it’s more meaningful and of course original. I took one of my models on an outdoor photoshoot.. The photographs of the other two model are against a plain white wall so that I could get a softer and more define tone and light. The beauty products are my own and collected from friends and family. Also this are my reference for cosmetic products.

Observation: Just a study of cosmetic packaging design which I will incorporate to my following designs.

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Experimentation with lines and shapes. I just want to make the background for my animal portrait designs really simple and not too distracting.

Front cover design

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At this stage, I’m still not sure if I want to keep working on this or completely start over. I just think that it’s not strong enough to captivate attention. Even though the background looks good, it doesn’t communicate clearly of what it’s all about. Re-thinking about the magazine title too.