L’Oreal: Application Development And Cloud Connectivity Expertise

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L’Oréal is the world’s largest cosmetics company and has led innovation in the field of cosmetics, hair color, skin care, make up, perfume, etc. As the world’s leading Beauty Company, L’Oréal is backed by a unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands such as Lancôme, Diesel, Cacharel, etc.

Le Teint Particulier is an innovative solution allowing the development of personalized makeup to be made based on skin type and tone. This solution can be divided into 3 main operations. The first one is related to face scanning. A Lancôme Beauty Advisor scans a client’s facial skin tone in a few different areas in order to get the perfect shade of the client’s skin type and skin tone. The results are then sent into an application, allowing it to dispense a complete personalized make-up based on the client’s own skin criteria.

Our expertise in application and cloud connectivity has allowed us to be selected as the preferred software partner for this project.

Challenges and requirements

  • Develop an application for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 then seamlessly migrate it to iOS
  • Develop Cloud connectivity and service to gather and manage customer and MakeUp machine data
  • Ensure communication between the devices composing the solution – Scanner, MakeUp machine
  • Ensure device’s reliability and performance

The Witekio solution

  • Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 application development and migration to iOS with Xamarin
  • Fancy end-user HMI and fully customizable UI developement
  • Cloud connected application development and algorithm integration
  • Bluetooth connectivity between the scanner and MakeUp machine
  • System software integration, from high level software layers to the Cloud

“Combining adaptability, excellence and proficiency of a software expert with the agility of a start-up, Witekio allowed to seamlessly meet our challenges by providing in-depth advices and expertise in regard to firmware and cloud development.”

Uy KHOU – L’Oréal IT Incubator department – Research and Innovation

A complete application service from app development to Cloud

Witekio provided a complete application service offering, including both application development and Cloud Connectivity expertise.

In the early stage of the project, Witekio worked on the development of a modern Windows 8.1 application. Based on customer requirements, Witekio seamlessly migrated this application to iOS with the use of Xamarin technology. This iOS application is now used on iPads in Lancôme stores and allows the control of the overall Le Teint Particulier process, from client skin scanning to the makeup dispensing machine.

In collaboration with Lancôme’s team, Witekio integrated skin tone and shade algorithms. These algorithms allow the creation of an infinite number of personalized makeup.

In regard to Cloud connectivity, Witekio has developed a fully customizable management system service. This controls the makeup production machine, while collecting skin tone and style information and sending them to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure technologies.

As part of connectivity, Witekio worked on connecting the iPad application with all the other parts of the Le Teint Particulier system, such as the Makeup machine and the Lancôme Beauty Advisor scanner. The application is also connected to a printing machine that allows personalized makeup packaging

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About L’Oréal

Only one line of business: beauty.

The world leader in beauty, L’Oréal is present in 130 countries on five continents. The group’s mission is to provide the best in cosmetics innovation to women and men around the world with respect for their diversity.