The augmented reality in the world of cosmetics

Augmented reality continues to develop and is becoming more and more attractive cosmetic brands. This technology is even becoming the best friend of many brands. But what are the benefits? And what are brands putting in place? We tell you more! 

What does augmented reality in cosmetics mean?

It is necessary in the cosmetics sector to see and test products. Indeed, the texture, the shades, the use and even the container are elements taken into account by the buyers. The digital presence It is therefore interesting for brands to offer experiences that are equally important. immersive and interactive via digital. The aim is to offer equally rich and complete product experiences and proposals even without physical contact. To achieve this, it is interesting to use the augmented reality in order to offer and immerse Internet users in a unique experience. 



The use of digital and augmented reality has accelerated with the health crisis and the health restrictions that no longer allow people to go to the shops. Already topical, this is where technologies based on augmented reality have become even more widespread and have started to be used by more and more users. Brands such as Benefit, Lancôme, Make up For Ever, Urban Decay and many others have directly adapted by offering digital solutions to customers. This proposal is possible thanks to to virtual try-onThis effect consists of integrating 2D/3D elements with reality. In concrete terms, it is possible for a person to try out the new range of lipsticks that a brand has just released simply by using his smartphoneThis is a very practical feature. For example, this is what is offered by Yves-Saint Laurent with a Instagram filter featuring different shades of lipstick. With the effect, users can then see which shade suits them best. The filter then becomes a real help in the purchasing process

In addition to digital, it is also possible to link physical and digital: this is the phygital. The customers then find in the physical outlets tools that allow the continued use of digital, which offers many functionalities and is therefore very practical, while keeping the link and physical contact in the shop if necessary. The use of these major themes really allows to meet the needs of all and ofenriching the customer experience from start to finish.

Actions implemented by the brands

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The French cosmetics group, l'Oréalis anchored in a digitalization strategy via various actions. In particular, in 2018 the group bought the start-up ModiFacea Canadian company specialising in augmented reality. By making this acquisition, the group can offer 3D virtual make-up fittingsThe technology can be used for a variety of purposes, such as to create a new look, to colour the skin and even to diagnose the skin by tracking the face. The ModiFace AR technology is accessible via Amazon, Google and Youtube. Internet users simply use the front camera of their smartphone to virtually try on the products of their choice: the ideal way to project themselves and choose the product that perfectly matches their needs. L'oréal is therefore continuing to develop its digital strategy and is refining its proposals over the years. 


Sephora also launched an augmented reality campaign. The brand wanted to invest in this technology and offer its customers a unique and fun experience by helping them to project themselves. Consumers can then try on face masks from the Sephora Collection. This option was launched in 2018 on various sites such as Au Féminin, Grazia, Vanity Faire and Marie Claire.


Augmented reality is a very interesting tool for a product launch. This is what the brand Nuxe has recently put in place for its 3-in-1 fresh cream. This cream is promoted via Snapchat to introduce them to the product and its various benefits. The effect presents the 3 uses of the cream: moisturising, make-up remover and mask. To show the benefits of the product, a Snapchat filter before/after appears on the users' screen to see how the product looks virtually. With the launch of its Lens Snapchat, Nuxe wants to focus on a totally digital communication with innovative and impactful activations. 


Augmented reality continues to develop, particularly in the cosmetics sector. By digitising their strategy, brands in the sector are offering new and innovative features, each more interesting than the last, to accompany and help internet users in their decision-making. If you have any questions or need advice, do not hesitate to contact our experts!