The Future of Beauty: Pinterest announces inclusive product updates as beauty searches rise

Millions of people around the world use Pinterest for beauty inspiration each month, making the beauty category one of the largest on the platform. As Pinterest becomes more shoppable with a growing set of diverse content, today we’re announcing updates to skin tone ranges and the addition of new brands to virtually shop and try on lipsticks through AR Try on. These updates increase the discoverability of beauty products and tutorials personalized to individual skin tone, style, and preference.

Skin tone ranges (our inclusive beauty results search feature) is now available beyond the U.S.— in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand — and the design has been refreshed to surface options right from search results. The quality of the technology has also improved, and the number of beauty and fashion Pins where a skin tone can be identified has quadrupled. Our skin tone signal is now 3x as likely to detect multiple skin tone ranges in top search results, compared to previous technology.

Skin tone ranges

Unique to Pinterest, our augmented reality technology allows for customization through skin tone ranges. As of today, the virtual lipstick Try on experience is live with more than 10,000 shoppable shades discoverable across 48 million beauty Pins, with products from brands including newly added NARS, Cle de Peau, and Thrive Causemetics. The easier it is to try on, the more people are likely to buy, as Pinners come to Pinterest early in their shopping journey. Since augmented reality technology launched in January, Pinners try on an average of six lipstick shades and are 5x more likely to show purchase intent on Try on-enabled Pins than standard Pins. 

AR Try on for lipstick shades

“Pinterest is the home of inspiration, but it’s hard to be inspired if you don’t feel represented. We’re making each person’s Pinterest experience more relevant to them through new technology and ways to control the beauty results they see. With these updates, Pinterest is becoming a more inclusive place to discover and shop for beauty ideas. No one should have to work extra hard to uncover personalized ideas, and all should feel welcome. A more diverse Pinterest is a more useful, positive and powerful one." — Annie Ta, Pinterest Product Manager

We’re committed to diversifying the content on Pinterest, and these newest improvements will help create better signals for more inclusive algorithmic recommendations in the future. 

You can find high resolution images here.

AR Try on with skin tone ranges

Emerging beauty trends

“Pinterest is responsible for me wearing my natural hair. I started going on this natural hair journey [and] I would look at other women and then I was like, okay, well I can do it—I showed other black women how to grow their hair naturally.” says Shondria S. from Atlanta, GA. 

On Pinterest, the desire for personalized skin and hair care only continues to grow. In June, global searches for beauty results based on skin tone including “grey hair on dark skin women“, “blonde hair color ideas for fair skin blue eyes“, “soft natural makeup for Black women“, “brown hair colors for fair skin“ and “nude lipstick for dark skin“ were among some of the top trending beauty searches.5

In 2020, it’s all about au naturale as Pinners are taking a ‘less is more’ approach and letting their unique features shine. Natural hairstyles spiked with “natural hairstyles (2.5x) and “natural curly hair cuts“ (up 6x) seeing significant increases.

And, freckled Pinners are looking for ways to emphasize their natural features with searches like “Black girls with freckles“ (up 2x), “red hair freckles“ (up 5.4x), and “Asian freckles“ (+59%) increasing.

With videos on the rise on Pinterest (daily video views grew 150%+ year over year), searches for natural makeup videos (+62%) and natural beauty aesthetic (up 9x) are popular as Pinners look for ways to execute a soft glam aesthetic (5x) with colored eyeliner looks (3.5x), peach lip gloss(+42%) and bold yet classic red lipstick looks(2x).

Men are also exploring new beauty routines as they look to enhance their grooming and skincare regimens. Hair searches including “Black men beard styles“ (up 3.9x), “grey beards“ (up 3x), “long hairstyles for men“ (up 25x), “afro hairstyles men“ (up 7.7x) and “curly hairstyles“ (up 19x) are on the rise while skin and beauty searches including “creative makeup looks“ (up 7x) and “healthy skin care“ (up 9x) are in the lead.


1, 2, 3, 4 Pinterest internal data, July 2020

5Unless otherwise denoted, all trends are calculated by comparing global normalized searches in June 2019 to June 2020