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Inside the Perfect Personalization of the Sephora App

When it comes to personalization, Sephora remains the undefeated champion. The iconic beauty brand maintained its top spot on Sailthru’s Retail Personalization Index for the third year running. And once again, the Sephora app played a huge part in that stellar performance.

This year, we changed up the methodology to give more weight to mobile personalization. In many ways, mobile devices are the centerpiece of the entire customer experience. Mobile commerce is perpetually on the rise, while smartphones influence 56 cents of every dollar spent in brick-and-mortar stores, as we research products, compare prices and interact with retailers’ apps in their physical stores.

The latter was instrumental in Sephora achieving a perfect score in the Index’s mobile category, one of just three retailers to do so. How? Here’s a look at five personalization-related features of the Sephora app that set the beauty giant apart from other brands.

Virtual Artist: Find Your Best Look

One of the most talked about features of the Sephora app is Virtual Artist, which takes personalization to a whole new level. Virtual Artist uses augmented reality to let customers “try on” products, such as lipsticks and false eyelashes, to see how they look. When customers find a look they like, they can save it to the app for easy access later. Any beauty lover knows how difficult it is to figure out if a makeup product is right for them. Sephora’s Virtual Artist takes some of the guesswork out of the equation and makes it easier for shoppers to choose their best makeup shade and style.

Beauty Advisor Recommendations: Redefining Makeovers

Sephora offers many different makeover options, including full-face makeovers or mini-makeovers that focus on one specific area. The perfect foundation shade or a customer’s best eyebrow and lash look, for example. This is an incredibly popular service, one that’s easier to book with the Sephora app. Customers just have to choose the date and time, and the type of makeover they want. Afterwards, every product the Beauty Advisor used for the makeover appears in the app, making them easy to buy.

Personalized Alerts: Keeping You Updated

With the app, Sephora customers can opt in to receive relevant notifications on their mobile devices. These include reminders for Beauty Insiders to pick up their complimentary birthday gift, and alerts notifying them about the number of rewards points they currently have. In addition, these alerts keep shoppers updated on new products and upcoming in-store events and trainings.

Location Based Messages: Happening Now at a Sephora Near You

In addition to their personalized mobile alerts, Sephora also sends shoppers location-based mobile messages. For example, if a new product becomes available in select stores, Sephora sends notifications to shoppers who live nearby. The app also sends relevant messages to Sephora shoppers as they approach a store location, such as mobile-exclusive deals, product recommendations or events taking place in that particular store.

Beauty Quizzes and Buying Guides: Find Your Perfect Product

Finding the perfect product to meet a beauty or skincare concern can be an overwhelming task. Sephora’s app has many features to help customers determine which product best addresses their particular concern. These include product quizzes that recommend skincare, hair, or makeup products based on a customer’s answers. For example, the Concealer finder quiz asks customers about their main skin concern, their desired amount of coverage, and the type of finish they prefer. It then recommends the products that best meet their criteria. Customers can also access Buying Guides on the app, where they can choose a category such as skincare concerns, hair issues, or best of retinol to uncover product recommendations.

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