Are China's virtual beauty influencers really pixel perfect?

Published: 1-Feb-2022

China's biggest names in beauty are not real, but these fictitious characters on social media have a real-world impact, writes Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

You need to be a subscriber to read this article.
Click here to find out more.

China’s cosmetics market is set to bounce back post-pandemic with predicted growth to US$75bn (478.1bn RMB) by the end of 2021, reported data from iiMedia Research. But forget celebrity endorsements, the faces of China’s beauty industry are virtual idols and it looks like these digital influencers are here to stay.

Although not an entirely new phenomenon – virtual idols have been around for about a decade – they are now more popular than ever, especially with the digitally-savvy Gen Z consumer who enjoys ACG (anime, comics and games) content.

So as well as introducing new products or the latest beauty trends, these digitally-created key opinion leaders (KOLs) can entertain and help build communities.

But they also range in style depending on the needs of the brand and community, from

Not yet a Subscriber?

This is a small extract of the full article which is available ONLY to premium content subscribers. Click below to get premium content on Cosmetics Business.

Subscribe now Already a subscriber? Sign in here.

You may also like