Meitu started off as a photo-editing app to create the perfect selfie, but has since evolved to let users to make themselves (and others) look wackily, disarmingly adorable. With social media fuelling an obsession for aesthetic perfection, what’s got people altering their appearance to the extreme?
The beauty world is being transformed by new technologies that personalise products to the individual, offering perfectly blended foundation and uniquely formulated hair care. How might customisation impact this historically segregated sector? And could tailored cosmetics become the norm?
Boasting millions of followers and a cosmetics line that frequently sells out within minutes of a restock, Jeffree Star is one of the make-up mavens transforming the beauty industry by diminishing the dominance of global brands and encouraging men to try on a little lipstick.
Have you ever seen a dog with the face of a girl? Or your best mate with the face of their mum? Darling of iPhone camera rolls, Facebook feeds and Buzzfeed listicles alike, face swapping has become a ritual of friendship in a digital age. But what explains the lasting appeal of weirdness on the web?
If you knew that this was the only chance you’d ever get to read this sentence, would you pay closer attention? Snapchat’s ephemeral messages are a more human way of relating digitally, but they offer more than just a carefree share. Their fleeting nature asks us to stop and pay attention.