ARCore tutorial

Try-On makeup with Augmented Faces

Kristina Simakova
Jul 6 · 2 min read

Youtube has recently released a new AR beauty try-on feature that lets users try on makeup while watching a video tutorial. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a similar experience using ARCore and Augmented Faces.

Photo by Gustavo Spindula on Unsplash

Augmented Faces is a subsystem of ARCore and lets your app identify different areas of a face and overlay those areas with textures and 3D models.

Prepare texture material

To be able to build a lipstick try on app a texture is required. We will use a UV texture from a reference face model canonical_face_mesh.fbx. You should get a texture like on the image below. Based on this texture, you can create any overlays you wish.

Reference face 3D model & UV map texture
UV texture as a face texture & Texture example from ARCore sample code

Adding functionality to Android app

  • Dependencies:

implementation ""

  • Add Camera permission and AR feature to AndroidManifest.xml
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
<uses-feature android:name="" android:required="true"/>
  • Add meta-data under application:
<meta-data android:name="" android:value="required" />
  • Configure AR session and set it to MESH3D
  • Init a texture for a face filter & add your texture to the drawable folder:
  • Add texture to a new detected face:


Based on the Augmented Faces sample from ARCore, it seems pretty straight forward to track and add any texture to any specific face areas using a UV mapping texture from canonical_face_mesh.fbx. You can find a screenshot from a demo “try-on lipstick” app:

Demo case for lipstick makeup try-on app

Source code:

Kristina Simakova

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Traveler and a big fan of #AR & #ML. Android & Maps Google Developer Expert. Founder at @Reality_Lab_AS. One of @GDGOslo organizers

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