Advances in technology help you look your best



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The idea that robots could play a role in our everyday lives and even help solve all our beauty dilemmas — from getting the right shade of foundation to ensuring our skincare regime is just what the doctor ordered — might sound far-fetched.

But machine learning — or artificial intelligence (AI) — is already behind some of the biggest beauty brands in the business, and can be used for anything from helping you to match colour shades from a selfie to giving you a personalised haircare prescription.

So, are these clever new services a gimmick that falls short of a human recommendation — or the future of putting your face on?



Claire Coleman takes a look at the new technologies helping you look your best, including a foundation colour matcher which only needs a selfie to find your perfect colour and an infrared hair scanner. Picture: Stock


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Claire Coleman takes a look at the new technologies helping you look your best, including a foundation colour matcher which only needs a selfie to find your perfect colour and an infrared hair scanner. Picture: Stock

PICK FOUNDATION USING A SELFIE

dcypher.me, £3.99 for a 4ml sample

Getting the right shade of foundation is particularly tricky in a pandemic when you can’t try a tester in the shops. New website Dcypher claims to use AI to analyse your selfies and create the perfect shade in seconds, from a choice of more than 20,000 hues.

You choose your preferred coverage (sheer, medium or full), finish (matte or natural) and skin type (oily/combination, natural or dry). Then you take three selfies, ideally in different light sources. I opt for a natural finish and medium coverage and, just days later, my sample arrives on the doorstep.

I’m amazed by the colour — it is bang on, almost indistinguishable from my own skin tone. (And if it hadn’t been, I could have returned it for a full refund.) However, the coverage didn’t seem great and the ‘natural’ finish lacked the glow that I get from foundations I love from Charlotte Tilbury, Guerlain and Revolution.

There’s no doubting the tech here will be a godsend but I’d love to see Dcypher partnering with a brilliant foundation brand.



a pair of glasses on a table: To find the perfect foundation to match your skin tone, you can try out Dcypher which colour matches a selfie to one of their shades. Pictured: Dcypher foundation


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To find the perfect foundation to match your skin tone, you can try out Dcypher which colour matches a selfie to one of their shades. Pictured: Dcypher foundation

SUPER-SMART HAIR SCANNER

SalonLab Smart Analyser, available at selected salons, schwarzkopf-professional.co.uk

This handheld scanner looks like a set of straighteners and is run over the hair in a similar way. Its optical sensor can assess damage deep within the hair shaft. Data from the scanner is combined with information you enter into a linked iPad app to give you a bespoke prescription of treatments to rectify any problems.

So, I tell the app about the length, density and type of my hair, as well as whether I colour it, and what products I use at home.

Then stylist Suzie McGill runs the analyser through three different sections of my hair and the results flash up on the iPad. 

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