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Brief Published: 26 Aug 2014

Omote: Living Make-Up

Omote, a real-time face tracking and projection mapping installation, could signal the future of digital make-up.

Japanese CGI expert Nobumichi Asai led a team of digital designers, CGI engineers and make-up artists to create the Omote installation, which employs a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping to drastically alter the contours, colour and make-up of a human face.

The first stage of the experience involves scanning the face of the wearer with a 3D laser to map the contours. Then, high-definition graphics are overlaid and manipulated in real-time.

This transformative technology has the ability to change how we experience, apply and address cosmetics and make-up in the future. As technology continues to provide seamless solutions for other industries, the beauty industry is beginning to see similar innovation. See Cosmetics-Controlled Electronics, Future Beauty: Wearables Nail Bar, Tech-Enabled Nails and Beauty Developments: Hair Colouring Flat Irons for more.

This concept technology could also have implications for both in-store and online beauty retail, as seen in M&S’s Virtual Beauty Counter, and could transform the catwalk experience.