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The Future of Beauty: Tech Trends That'll Make You Glow

The beauty industry is undergoing a much-needed (technical) glow-up. As a beauty enthusiast with a keen eye for the latest trends, I've been closely following the rise of immersive technology in this highly competitive landscape. From Augmented Reality to Virtual Reality and beyond, beauty brands are leveraging cutting-edge tools to create unforgettable customer experiences. In this blog post, I'm excited to share three of my favorite activations that demonstrate the power of innovative technologies to revolutionize the global beauty and cosmetic industry. Get ready to be inspired by the future of beauty.

1. SEPHORA: AR VIRTUAL TRY-ON

Sephora's "Virtual Makeup Artist" made waves in the beauty industry when it introduced Augmented Reality (AR) into its e-commerce app back in 2017. This innovative feature allowed users to virtually try on makeup while shopping online, helping them find the perfect shade or product and get inspired by new looks. With over 8.5 million visits generated in the first three years after launch, Sephora’s app provided a successful framework for those that followed (Digital Initiative, 2020). With technology rapidly improving, I’m confident we’ll see even more virtual try-on experiences that enhance our shopping adventures.

Sephora

2. CLINIQUE: AI SKIN DIAGNOSTIC TOOL

Personalization is the driving force in the beauty industry. By offering tailored products and services, beauty brands can cater to the specific needs of their customers. Clinique’s ‘Clinical Reality’ AI skin diagnostic tool is the future of personalized skincare. By using machine learning to analyze customers' individual skin characteristics, this intelligent tool provides customized product recommendations for optimal results. While it raises the bar for digital shopping experiences, it also presents new challenges, like navigating regulatory issues around "unverified" medical advice. Nevertheless, Clinical Reality marks a significant stride in hyper-personalized skincare and showcases the transformative potential of AI in the beauty realm.

Clinique

3. CHARLOTTE TILBURY: E-COMMERCE METAVERSE

As the Metaverse continues to expand, brands are eager to captivate customers with thrilling new experiences. Charlotte Tilbury’s 3D Holiday Store offers customers a wonderland of interactivity and e-commerce. Not only can users browse and purchase new products, but they can also attend live makeup tutorials and interact with celebrity avatars. With the rise of Metaverse-as-a-Service platforms, it’s becoming even easier for brands to experiment with this type of technology, using white-labeled solutions and customization to create branded environments. Compared to traditional retail, the option to shop in an immersive Metaverse environment, mixed with the potential of reward incentives, is a no-brainer. As the Metaverse becomes more mainstream, I expect to see more hyper-curated shopping experiences that blur the line between reality and the virtual world.  

Charlotte Tilbury

CONC.

These three beauty and cosmetic activations are a testament to the game-changing impact of frontier technologies. By integrating these cutting-edge tools, brands are creating unique, enjoyable, and highly effective experiences for their customers. The synergy between immersive technology and the beauty industry is undeniable, and I'm beyond excited to witness the future of this dynamic duo as the sector is projected to reach over $937 billion in revenue by 2030 (Grand View Research, 2022). Let's embrace the glow-up!