L’OrĂ©al Is Letting Snapchat Users Apply Colorful Lipstick to Their Selfies for Valentine’s Day

It's the brand's third sponsored lens

L’OrĂ©al's animated filter overlays lipstick marks on videos, too. Snapchat
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If you use Snapchat’s popular lenses today, chances are you’ll see an ad for L’OrĂ©al Paris.

The brand created a custom graphic for Valentine’s Day to promote its Infallible lipsticks. L’OrĂ©al’s animated lens applies a bright lipstick to users’ videos, flipping through a handful of colors. The lens overlays a graphic of eyeliner on snaps, too.

The campaign is the third time L’OrĂ©al has created a sponsored lens. The brand ran a similar campaign last June.

“We are excited to build on our leadership in digital innovation to include a lens that is truly interactive, and that prompts subsequent sharing and engagement,” said Kristen Comings, vp of integrated consumer communications at L’OrĂ©al Paris in a statement. “The lens was specifically designed to be inclusive so that everyone can take part—whether sending to a significant other, family member or a friend.”

Snapchat has been pitching its lenses, which use augmented-reality technology to animate photos and videos, for about 15 months, since 20th Century Fox bought the first ad promoting its Peanuts Movie in October 2015.

In July, media buyers said one-day lenses cost $600,000 to $750,000, but those prices have seemingly come down in recent months. Last month, WPP-owned Essence said the average lens campaign costs about $330,000.

According to a report from The Information earlier this month, Snap is internally working on a new version of lenses that will overlay virtual images onto real-world objects in addition to faces as part of a new product for advertisers.

Here’s a look at how L’OrĂ©al’s 10-second ad works:

@laurenjohnson lauren.johnson@adweek.com Lauren Johnson is a senior technology editor for Adweek, where she specializes in covering mobile, social platforms and emerging tech.