Beauty meets technology: Give your routine a makeover with these innovations

Beauty products at the annual technology convention in January centered on giving women more control over beauty regimens through developments in convenience and customization.

Personalized skin care

Finding the perfect skin-care product could become easier in the near future with the Future X Smart Store by SK-II, which launched in Tokyo in May, and made its U.S. debut at CES. The Smart Store combines facial recognition, computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify skin issues and recommend treatments. Customers sit in individual booths while an interactive wall looks for problem areas such as wrinkles, acne and dark spots. Users then can browse for relevant products. A projection mapping table tracks hand motions, enabling users to add products to a digital shopping cart with a simple wave of the hand. SK-II also developed a smart bottle that lights up to remind users when to apply products. There’s no word yet on when the store may launch in the U.S.

Style in a hurry

When Toronto business partners Monica Abramov and Anastassia Boguslavskaya traveled frequently for work, they discovered that few hotels positioned power outlets near mirrors. Then, on a trip to Ireland, Abramov’s $300 curling iron blew up while plugged into a universal power adapter. The experiences inspired them to start Lunata, to produce what they say is the world’s first battery-powered curling iron. While battery-powered hair straighteners existed, none lasted long enough or reached high enough temps to be useful. The duo first developed a battery-powered hair straightener, the Lunata Wireless Rechargeable Iron, which Nordstrom began carrying in June. Their product features a sleek white handle and rose gold barrel, and easily converts from a traditional curling iron into a clipless wand. Most notably, it is battery-powered. A USB cord charges the curling iron, which lasts about 45 minutes, and reaches 400 degrees on a full charge. It will be available in July for $250.

Customize beauty products

The best way to know what ingredients are in your beauty products is to make them yourself. And now BeautyMix provides natural ingredients, foolproof recipes and a compact countertop robot that produces cosmetics. After CEO Nelly Pitt became a mother, she paid more attention to the products used on her and her children’s skin. BeautyMix works with a mobile app that offers recipes for makeup, skin care, toothpaste, deodorant and hair care, and it allows users to buy organic ingredients such as beeswax, orange blossom water and pink clay. Recipes lead users through disinfecting the machine, weighing ingredients and storing products. The Beautymix Mini sells for $147 and the BeautyMix Pro, which can make more complex recipes, sells for $285. The French company BeautyByMe hopes to expand to North America later this year.