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3D Augmented-Reality Makeup Mirror Could Transform Beauty Shopping

Modiface SamanthamurphyBy Samantha Murphy Kelly2014-01-07 01:00:43 UTC

Deciding on makeup products can be a trying task: Women try on different shades, remove them and then repeat the process all over again. But a new 3D augmented-reality technology aims to make color testing much easier.

At the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, facial-recognition company ModiFace launched its 3D Augmented-Reality Makeup and Anti-Aging Mirror, which simulates makeup products, and shows you how they’d look on your face in real-time — without having to upload a photo. Beauty items include blush, eye shadow and anti-wrinkle cream.

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By tapping a shade palette on the Beauty Mirror screen, users can see what the products look like on a split “before” and “after” screen, as though you've applied the colors and creams yourself. It’s also possible to see makeup and skincare effects from different angles, as you turn side to side.

“Initially, our focus will be on retail by partnering with beauty brands,” ModiFace CEO Parham Aarabi told Mashable. “After several in-store experiments with various retailers and brands, we found that an instant mirror-like virtual-product simulation could increase the counter and booth traffic for skin-care brands by 120%, and substantially increase in-store conversions. We just had to focus on getting the technical implementation to be photo-realistic and real-time. It took two years, but it’s now ready.”

The technology will come in the format of a standalone retail kiosk with a touchscreen monitor and camera, as well as a mobile app that can be used on a tablet at counters, or on consumers' tablets and smartphones.

While 2D try-on technology has been increasingly popular among online and in-store retailers in recent years, the company said expanding to 3D technology is a natural step.

“In 2D try-on, the goal is that interacting and virtually trying on makeup or skin products will lead to an increase in sales,” Aarabi said. “In many cases, this works well, especially with mobile apps. However, in retail settings, 2D can be slow and cumbersome since you have to wait, pose for a photo and wait for the result. In these cases, a mirror-like real-time 3D virtual simulation would be the ultimate marketing tool.”

The technology will be rolled out to various retailers later this year.

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Image: ModiFace

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