Video: Makeup Software Uses 3-D Imaging to Automatically Design Your Look

Your Computerized Personal Makeup Artist

Your computer can do your taxes, your appointment scheduling, and your grocery shopping, and now it can do your makeup as well. On display at CeBIT is a new technology that uses a computer's Webcam to snap a 3-D image of your face, measuring shadows, lines, and complexion to automatically design a professional, custom-tailored makeup regimen.

The software has in its database 60 per-programmed models that have been made over by professional makeup artists. These model faces have been imaged in various lighting situations before and after makeup and are used as a baseline against which to measure a user's face. But the software goes deeper, taking into account the nuances of a particular face, like freckles or moles. It will even evaluate a user's existing makeup and determine whether a certain makeup combination suits a given face.

The system can even offer advice. Need something subdued and sober for that job interview? Or perhaps something a bit more sultry for an evening on the town? The software can be modified to provide situational cosmetics advice. More on how the system works below.