There are a plethora of beauty apps nowadays, both on the Apple Store and Google Play. Which ones are good value, and which should you avoid?
From finding out the perfect foundation, to viewing the topography of your face, we’ve gone through them all, and will reveal our pick of the top 10 beauty apps that you should check out.
These apps are available for both iPhone and Android devices, and most of them are free of charge.
1. My Own App
My Own App, created by skincare company Own, enables you to measure and track your skin’s health. You can even compare your skin to other women of a similar age to see how well you stack up. Great if you can gain encouragement from that sort of thing. There is also a side-by-side comparison to see what you can achieve by following a recommended skincare regime, and track your progress over time.
My Own App is free for iPhone and Android.
Gone are the days of flicking through magazines and cutting out hairstyles. With Bangstyle, you can upload and share hairstyle photos and browse thousands of user-submitted styles. You can save those that are your favourites, and create your own portfolio. Get easy access to hairstyle inspiration when you are at the hair salon, or at home.
Bangstyle is free for iPhone and Android.
3. Make Up For Ever Pocket Studio
Ever wanted to have your own personal makeup artist on call? Well if you are like me and can’t afford one, then this app is the next best thing. With step-by-step tutorials for every occasion and instructions on how to apply your makeup like a pro would. The app also helps you fix any common makeup mistakes and issues. Plus there is an GPS locator to find where you can buy that eyeshadow color you are missing.
Make Up For Ever Pocket Studio is free for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Created by two doctors, Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, this app is like having a skincare specialist in your pocket. You start by answering a quiz, and then taking a photo of yourself without makeup. The app analyses your problem areas and provides product suggestions for dealing with those issues.
PerSKINality is free for the iPhone and iPad.
5. MatchMaker by True Match
L’Oreal Paris labs has developed this app, which through asking you a series of focused questions, will reveal the perfect foundation for your skintone. We all know that the wrong foundation colour can absolutely ruin your look no matter how perfect everything else is. You will also be able to see which celebrity shares your undertone and find a nearby store to make a purchase.
MatchMaker by True Match is free for iPhone and iPad.
6. InStyle Hairstyle Try-On
Easily try out new hairstyles from famous celebrities, with suggestions made for your face shape. Hair-dos are updated every fortnight, and there are suggestions from the editors of InStyle for many special occasions.
InStyle Hairstyle Try-On is free for iPhone and iPad.
7. MakeUp By ModiFace
This fun and entertaining app lets you try different makeup styles both on your own face, or on a model. When you are finished playing with the many thousand different colour combinations, the app shows the products you have used and also where to buy them. You won’t need an active internet connection to use this app either, as the processing is done inside the app itself, which is great when you are stuck in a place bored out of your mind without the net.
Try out hundreds of different OPI nail colours with this virtual studio. The skin tone can be adjusted, and nail length changed aswell, to better reflect your own hand. One handy (pun intended!) feature is the store locator so you can get that hard-to-find shade of pink.
OPI is free for the iPhone and iPad.
If you like to keep things neat and tidy in your wardrobe or closet, then this app is a must have. You can import photos of your actual clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories, then mix and match outfits and keep track of your style inspirations. With the calendar feature you can make sure you never wear the same outfit twice. This app is a great way to organise your closet.
Stylebook is $3.99 for iPhone and iPad.
10. Good Guide
The GoodGuide app is perfect for a more in-depth look at the beauty ingredients in a product. Not only that, it also shows how safe, healthy, green and socially responsible a particular product is. Make an informed decision about future beauty purchases with this barcode scanning app.