6 of the best beauty apps you need to know about
Have you noticed that your daily tasks have become a little streamlined? As in, you’ve found ways to make life a little easier for yourself, a little more succinct? Even a little faster. Maybe you record every show so you can power through the ads, or maybe you leave the slow cooker on so your dinner is ready by the time you get home? All of these things can improve your way of life, your mood and your stress levels to boot.
So what if you could have the same sort of immediacy with your beauty routine? Wouldn’t it be great to have a permanent skin expert on hand whenever you may need it, or a tool that showed you exactly which lipstick colour would suit you best. The great thing is, that you can have those things, you just need to make sure you’ve got the right apps by your side…
Makeup Genius from L’Oreal Paris
Like your own virtual mirror on your phone, Makeup Genius from L’Oreal Paris allows users to virtually test L’Oreal make-up looks on their own complexions before deciding on which products to buy. The best bit? The Makeup Genius map is able to point out 64 points on your face, making your selected products sit in exactly the right place. It also works on all ethnicities, allows for 400 lighting situations, and you can tilt your face backwards and forwards as if you're looking in a mirror.
My Beauty Potential
Want to know the visual age of your skin? This step-by-step diagnosis tool works to provide you with video and image content that can help you to identify your biggest areas of concern and calculate your skin’s age in terms of visible signs of ageing and damage, divvied up by your forehead, eyes, mid-face and mouth area. Once you’re done, you can book straight through to a specialist that can help you to begin treating the areas that trouble you most.
Neostrata Virtual Dermatologist
Described as your virtual dermatologist, the Neostrata Product Selector allows you to identify the best products for your skin, according to your skin type and concerns. After answering just four questions, the app will suggest an entire skincare regimen that’s perfect for you.
Red Lipstick, ($3.79, available on iTunes)
Ever thought that blood-red hue wouldn’t suit you? Well don’t waste your money on a product that’s just not you ever again! This app takes a photo of you, locates the shape of your lips, then prompts you try on different shades. This is also handy if you want to try on lip colours with different outfits without having to deal with a stained colour that just won’t budge!
Ella Bache Skin Diagnosis
This online tool is great for people who want to speak to someone about their skin issues face to face but don’t want to have to book an appointment or leave the comfort of their own home. The Ella Bache skin expert will talk through your biggest skin concerns with you and then prescribe you with a personalised skin care routine, which you’ll be able to buy online if you choose to.
Ever been in the middle of the city or where you live and wondered where you can go to get a facial or your nails done in the next hour? Glamazon links you with beauty treatments at reputable salons close to you at a time that’s convenient for you. By simply filtering by your chosen treatment, you can discover all of the available appointments around you, or around where you’re headed, and book straight away through your phone!
Which of these beauty apps do you most like the sound of? Have you used any others?