We’ll shortly be coming to the end of the first quarter of 2024 and there’s a number of exciting updates from Design Plus. From the release of our tanning innovation kits and our lovely team visiting Packaging Innovations, to our control brand Que Bella beauty hitting the press and featuring in the iconic Pat McGrath’s makeup look for the Maison Margiela’s Spring-Summer Haute Couture show in Paris.

Tanning Innovation kits

Our Business Development Manager, Sarah has been working closely with our Senior Development Chemist Emily to release our tanning innovation kits. Comprising of a pre tan exfo, priming spray, body oil, moisturiser, face serum and body blur, the kit is designed to be your tanning one-stop-shop, creating the perfect pre and post tanning routines. Please get in touch if you need some inspiration for your next tanning project – we would love to support you.

In the Press

Collaborating with John Galliano, the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath created an iconic porcelain doll-like makeup look for the Maison Margiela Spring-Summer Haute Couture fashion show in Paris in January. The Pat McGrath marketing team dropped the secret formula to achieve the iconic look for content creators across TikTok and Instagram to recreate. This featured not just one Que Bella facemask, but TWO – our Refreshing Watermelon Peel off Mask and our Hydrating Pineapple Peel off Mask. The looks served to be inspired by the gritty glamour of 1930s Paris, creating a smooth, bold, shiny texture on the skin. You can watch the models removing their masks post-catwalk here – how satisfying!

Pat mcgrath banner

New Deputy Managing Director of DCC Health & Beauty Solutions

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mike Hughes has joined DCC Health and Beauty Solutions as Deputy Managing Director, supporting the existing businesses in the UK and US as well as seeking new opportunities to deploy further capital in our long-term growth strategy. We had the pleasure of welcoming Mike to our Morecambe site, and the Design Plus team were thrilled to spend valuable time with Mike and really understand his background and extensive knowledge.


We have a busy year in-store for the Design Plus commercial teams. Having recently attended Packaging Innovations in Birmingham, it provided a great opportunity to catch up with both suppliers and customers, as well as exploring the latest trends, issues and topics within supply chain, innovation, and design.

Next month the team will be visiting In Cosmetics in Paris from 16-18th April to discover all things ingredient innovation (we’ll have our very own Emily in Paris!) We’re excited to visit and collaborate with our partners Enkos Developments who are running the formulation lab at the event, to offer their expert guidance on formulation techniques. To attend the lab sessions, pre-registration is required so make sure you book your place!

Later in the year, we’ll also be attending the Pure Beauty Global Awards on the 23rd May 2024. Design Plus are super proud to be one of the five sponsors of the event. Entries are now closed for the awards and although winners won’t be announced until the ceremony, a shortlist will be revealed this month, so keep your eyes peeled for the exciting news!