Motherboard: Researchers Defeated Advanced Facial Recognition Tech Using Makeup. “A new study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that software-generated makeup patterns can be used to consistently bypass state-of-the-art facial recognition software, with digitally and physically-applied makeup fooling some systems with a success rate as high as 98 percent.” I did not plan to have this article and the next one appear in the same newsletter. Just shook out of the queue that way.
PsyPost: Facemasks and makeup result in overestimation of age of young adult women. “According to a new study published in the Applied Cognitive Psychology, facemasks and makeup result in an overestimation of young women’s age, compared to neutral faces. However, the combination of these two is not additive.”
Ubergizmo: Chanel Debuts AI Powered App That Can Find Lipstick In Any Shade. “If you’ve ever seen a person in an advertisement or on TV or in a photograph wear a lipstick whose shade you like, you’ll be able to find that shade for yourself. This is thanks to Chanel who recently debuted an app called the Lipscanner that uses the power of AI to help find the exact shade in the image.”
TechCrunch: Pinterest launches an AR-powered try-on experience for eyeshadow. “Pinterest is expanding its virtual makeup try-on capabilities with today’s launch of a new augmented reality feature that allows online shoppers to virtually try on new eyeshadow. Initially, Pinterest is allowing try-on with 4,000 shades from brands like Lancome, YSL, Urban Decay and NYX Cosmetics.”
Mashable: How cosmetic glitter improved my self-confidence on Zoom calls. “I’ll be honest: It’s 2020 and I feel like shit. My clothes are tight. I never feel clean. The family couch and I have developed an identical, yet unidentifiable smell. Things are dire for me and my self-esteem right now — and unless those vaccines start moving a whole lot faster, things are going to stay dire for a while. So thank god for those iridescent discs I sometimes glue to my face, the tiny scraps of plastic that have been keeping me together in these difficult, socially distant times.”
PopSugar: Google Wants to Make It Easier For You to Test Beauty Products Virtually Before You Buy. “Google just announced its partnership with ModiFace and Perfect Corp to launch a tool that helps you virtually test out makeup before you buy it. Starting Dec. 17, customers shopping from brands like L’Oréal, MAC, Black Opal, and Charlotte Tilbury will be able to compare specific shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, and more against their skin tone to ensure they can find a perfect match before they purchase. To use it, all you have to do is open or download the Google Shopping app and search from a range of products you’d like to try on.”
Reuters: L’Oreal turns to Google as coronavirus spurs virtual make-up shift. “Shoppers searching Google for cosmetics will be able to try them on virtually through a deal with L’Oreal, as the French group looks to make up for lost store sales caused by coronavirus lockdowns by expanding online.”
Well+Good: This Mayo Clinic Database Makes It Easy To Shop for Sensitive Skin-Friendly Products. “Those with sensitive skin know all too well the mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation they feel when trying out a new beauty product. The first step is finding a product that doesn’t irritate your skin. Only then can you figure out if the product is actually doing what you need it to do. To take some of the guess work out of the process, the Mayo Clinic and Her Inc. developed SkinSafe, a searchable database of beauty products that shows which products have potential skin allergens or irritants. And in a new partnership with CVS, you can also look at the ingredients of drugstore beauty products.”
PR Newswire: Makeup Museum Unveils Digital Preservation Of Kevyn Aucoin’s Historic Journals (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: Makeup Museum Unveils Digital Preservation Of Kevyn Aucoin’s Historic Journals (PRESS RELEASE). ” Makeup Museum today unveils images from a new digital archive of journals kept from 1983 to 1994 by legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin worked extensively with iconic photographers such as Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Francesco Scavullo, models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Paulina Porizkova, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, and many others. Aucoin’s journals chronicle his life and work, complete with behind-the-scenes images from photoshoots for VOGUE magazine and brands such as Shiseido, Chanel, and Revlon.”
BBC: ‘Maskne’ and bold makeup: How masks are changing how we look. “For many of us, face masks have become an essential part of everyday life thanks to the coronavirus. But regularly wearing one can have an unfortunate side-effect: mask-induced acne, aka ‘maskne’.”
Washington Post: Want boldly made-up eyes above your mask? Here’s how to get the look while staying safe.
Useful if you wear makeup, anyway. Washington Post: Want boldly made-up eyes above your mask? Here’s how to get the look while staying safe.. “Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo has noticed the bold-eye-with-mask trend and is ‘very much here for’ playing up the eyes. ‘I feel like people are excited to express themselves any way they can, because we’ve been locked up in quarantine for so long,’ he said. ‘Not being able to wear lipstick, I think people are more adventurous with their eye makeup looks. I’ve been seeing a lot of really great colored mascaras, even some really cool glitter looks.’ But arresting eye makeup requires you to use possibly germy fingers or brushes to apply it. And flaking eye shadow or mascara could get into your eyes, prompting you to touch them. We talked to medical experts about safety strategies to observe and to a makeup artist about how […]
Washington Post: Masks are changing the way we look at each other, and ourselves. “Melina Basnight looks into the camera and applies two shades of eyeshadow: a periwinkle blue, and a bright, bold ochre. It’s like any other tutorial on her YouTube channel, Makeup Menaree, except that it’s based on a new premise: that all points south of the eyes will be eclipsed by a mask.”