L’Oreal Partners with Ready Player Me to Bring Gaming-Inspired Hair & Makeup to Metaverse Avatars

Users on Ready Player Me can customise their avatars with L’Oreal Professional and Maybelline New York’s hair and makeup looks.
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Quick take:

  • The gaming-inspired hair and makeup looks were created in partnership with CGI artist Yvan Rochette.
  • L’Oreal is testing its entrance into the metaverse with its subsidiaries L’Oreal Professional and Maybelline.
  • Ready Player Me has teamed up with several fashion brands including New Balance and Pull & Bear.

L’Oreal is ramping up its metaverse efforts as it joins forces with cross-game avatar platform, Ready Player Me to bring a total of 10 gaming-inspired hair and makeup looks to the platform.

Created in partnership with CGI artist Yvan Rochette, L’Oreal Professionnel has released five trend-led hair looks while Maybelline New York has released five colourful makeup looks on the platform. Users can customise their 3D-animated avatars with these beauty looks and use them across more than 3,000 metaverse platforms. 

“Our approach was not to duplicate realistic looks — it was to push the boundaries of creativity and bring people looks that they could not have in real life,” said Camille Kroely, chief metaverse and Web3 officer at L’Oréal.

This initiative comes shortly after L’Oreal teamed up with Meta and French business school HEC Paris to launch a metaverse startup accelerator. The 6-month program will support at least five startups specialising in building products related to the metaverse, including 3D production, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality, avatar creation, portability in user experience, token economy and other related topics.

L’Oreal previously introduced immersive experiences, including Maybelline’s recent Virtual Loft, which allowed consumers to watch makeup tutorials and virtually try-on makeup. In February, L’Oreal USA filed trademarks on behalf of its subsidiaries including makeup and haircare brands like Kiehl’s, Urban Decay, Maybelline, NYX, and Redken, among others.

“We want to crack the codes of beauty within [the metaverse], and to do that, we’re partnering with key players who know the field,” Kroely said. “When it comes to avatar customization, people are very much focused on fashion today — there’s a huge untapped opportunity in hair and makeup.”

Kroely told WWD that L’Oreal is taking a “test-and-learn” approach into the metaverse, starting with L’Oreal Professional and Maybelline. While the company tests the waters with Ready Player Me, it plans to bring other brands from its portfolio into the virtual world.

“We’ll see what looks resonate with people, and develop more from there. We want to explore a multibrand approach that will bring more creativity, expertise, diversity and tech to hair and makeup,” Kroely said.

Ready Player Me recently raised $56 million in a Series B round led by a16z. It has partnered with several fashion brands including New Balance and Pull&Bear and presents an opportunity for beauty brands to jump on the customisable avatar bandwagon.

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