L'Oréal - Dermablend - Tangent


We hosted focus groups with Dermablend UK customers to better understand what it’s like living with a skin condition. Customers described how skin conditions affect their confidence and the impact it has on everyday activities - like going to a job interview or on a date.

We took the customers’ feedback and developed the campaign 'Lose the label’.

We conceptualised and art-directed three videos, featuring real customers telling their Dermablend story. At first glance the models appear to be normal, but as the story develops they slowly rub off their Dermablend foundation to reveal their skin condition. At the time of writing, the videos have been viewed 2,720,675 times on YouTube.

The campaign was seeded using banner, YouTube advertising, social promotion on Vichy channels and an exclusive beauty blogger PR launch event.

L'Oréal, who produce Dermablend in the UK and Europe, wanted to create a campaign to build on the new mass-market awareness, but not to ignore the brand’s traditional heritage of covering skin conditions and tattoos.


The brief was to devise a concept which could run across the media, online and press launches of the product. We were to help to position Dermablend as a leading camouflage make-up brand for those with minor to severe skin conditions, as well as a long-stay, hypoallergenic, water-resistant make-up range which could appeal to a more mass market audience.

After some work with the team at L'Oréal’s Active Cosmetics Division to identify the key USPs of the products and to understand the personality and positioning of the brand, the dominant theme we identified was: confidence.

From this we devised a series of lifestyle-related and abstract concepts, with associated straplines before agreeing on “Be Skin Confident”.


We were tasked with planning, designing and building a socially-driven website with real-life stories and 'how-to' videos at the heart of the site.

With no ecommerce functionality in place, the site’s ultimate conversion is to drive users to purchase the product through an online e-retailer. It quickly became apparent therefore, that the site’s role was to reassure users of the quality of the range, draw purchasers away from the grey market and ultimately to refer them to an approved retailer.

The site had to be content driven - using dynamic, relevant and ‘sticky’ content to engage users and signpost them through to a purchase. Content ideas included:

  • Real-life success stories, including the famous ‘Zombie Boy’ campaign from the US: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mIBKifOOQQ
  • ‘How to apply’ videos, courtesy of a famous make-up artist and influential beauty blogger (also seeded through YouTube)
  • Tweet walls to showcase publicity and real-life experiences of the product (more on this below)
  • Product reviews and sharing

L'Oréal - Dermablend


L'Oréal approached us to ask if we could help to create and launch the UK online presence for one of its leading foundation brands, Dermablend.

Dermablend is a foundation designed to cover up skin conditions and tattoos. With a large cult following of celebrity make-up artists and beauty bloggers promoting the brand, Dermablend has gained mass-market interest from customers looking for a foundation with long-lasting hold and a smooth finish.