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Meitu, Inc. promotes MakeupPlus beauty app with London Fashion Week hub

The Meitu, Inc. MakeupPlus app beauty pop-up during London Fashion Week
The Meitu, Inc. MakeupPlus app beauty pop-up during London Fashion Week

Chinese mobile internet company Meitu, Inc. is celebrating its popular virtual try-on MakeupPlus app with a beauty hub in London’s “most Instagrammed venue” – the Lights of Soho gallery and member’s club, which features dozens of colourful neon lights.

“The Ultimate Beauty Destination” pop-up is running for the duration of London Fashion Week (until Tuesday 21), and is open to members of the public who download the beauty app and display it on arrival.

The pop-up boutique aims to translate the app’s virtual beauty capabilities (i.e. its augmented reality overlays) into real-life experiences, such as free makeovers, tutorials and expert panels.

“We believe that London is the perfect city to host ‘The Ultimate Beauty Destination’, the city where creativity and technology are celebrated,” says Frank Fu, SVP and managing director at Meitu, Inc, who also mentions that the London connection is even stronger due to recent partnerships between MakeupPlus and British make-up artists Charlotte Tilbury and Lisa Eldridge.

Writer Bia Bezamat experimenting with the Meitu MakeupPlus app
Writer Bia Bezamat experimenting with the Meitu MakeupPlus app

For the event, the company is working in partnership with Clinique and Revlon Professional for free beauty makeovers, while East London-based Imarni does nails. A chill out lounge also invites guests to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, encouraging visitors to use the venue as their go-to spot in between the shows, all of which are being live-streamed on a big screen.

When attendees first enter the venue they are greeted by a friendly rabbit statue, with which they can pose for selfies and trial the beauty app on Meitu’s new T8 smartphones, launching in China later this month. The phones are on display for play, and are well-suitable for selfie-takers with advanced camera technology, as well as an artificial intelligence feature for face recognition, age and gender identification.

The Meitu, Inc. MakeupPlus app beauty pop-up during London Fashion Week
The Meitu, Inc. MakeupPlus app beauty pop-up during London Fashion Week

In 2016, the company emerged as one of the leading internet platforms focusing on beauty apps, generating over six billion photos and videos every month. Its app portfolio, which also includes other editing platforms, BeautyPlus, AirBrush, MeiPai and Meitu Pic (also known as just Meitu), is now used on more than 1.1 billion unique mobile devices, with a global user base outside its native China amounting to over 430 million users.

“We believe that 2017 will be a big year for mobile VR and AR. And millennials will increasingly look to lifestyle and beauty brands to leverage this technology and give them more opportunities to try on and experiment with products from the comfort of their own phones,” said Fu last month.

The Meitu app, which has been listed in the top 10 of the App store for eight years running, has seen particular global growth in early 2017; an enormous 480% increase in new users outside of China driven by the launch of its hand drawn animated effect on January 11. It has reportedly been used more than 320 million times since, but has driven serious press coverage around data and security concerns.

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Beyond Paris Fashion Week, and on past SXSW, here’s your round-up of the latest fashion and technology stories to know from the month of March…

  • In the age of the algorithm, top Instagram brand Valentino needs to rethink its strategy [Digiday]

  • Yoox Net-a-porter Group, IBM partner on software, tech development [WWD]

  • Lacoste enriches its brand campaign with augmented reality book [PSFK]

  • The North Face to launch insanely smart Watson-powered mobile shopping app next month [Venture Beat]

  • True Religion is equipping its sales staff with Apple watches [Apparel News]

  • ‘It can bottle our energy’: Why Bloomingdale’s is going all in on Snapchat [Digiday]

  • Bloomingdale’s spurs branded conversation through emoji app [Luxury Daily]

  • Why Uniqlo is now selling through mobile shopping app Spring [Fashionista]

  • American Apparel offering on-demand delivery via Postmates partnership [TechCrunch]

  • Alibaba spreads its wings into VR sector [China Daily]

  • L’Oreal creates unbranded content hub to woo beauty fans [AdAge]

  • Net-a-Porter’s digital chief on how brands can get up close and personal to consumers [Marketing Magazine]

  • In the store of the future, your shopping bag connects to the internet [Fast Company]

  • How do you bring personalised shopping technology to stores? Adobe has an idea [Fashionista]

  • More influencers, fewer posts: How Instagram’s algorithm will affect fashion brands [Digiday]

  • In the future, Instagram and Facebook could be amongst the largest retailers online [WWD]

  • To big brands, from a millennial: Snapchat filters are where it’s at [AdAge]

  • How Pinterest knows who’s down to shop and who isn’t [AdAge]

  • Personal shopping services seek scale [BoF]

  • Brotailers market to millennial men who hate to shop [BrandChannel]

  • Venture capitalists: e-commerce funding to tighten [WWD]

  • Flush with tech wealth, San Francisco warms to fashion [BoF]

  • E-commerce in Brazil gets more mobile [eMarketer]

  • FedEx to expand e-commerce reach in China, Japan [WSJ]