Ever wonder what Reese Witherspoon might look like if she suddenly turned Posh? Now you can. Last night I ran across a brand-new website called Taaz. Goofy name, great concept. Taaz is an online makeover tool, but it's the first one I've used that allows you to make so many detailed and accurate-looking changes to your appearance.
It's very simple to use: Just upload a photo of yourself, preferably with your hair pulled back. You'll then need to click on your photo (don't worry, the site guides you to the right places) to define the outline of your lips and eyes. From there, you can change hairstyles and hair color, lipstick, gloss, eye shadow, mascara — all of which can be sized and customized to your specifications. For instance, you can control the glossiness of any given lip color, and you can resize the hairstyles to fit the dimensions of your hair.
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It's a lot of fun, but one feature makes this tool incredibly useful, too. You can browse different makeup products by color, and Taaz gives you specific makeup names, brands, and shades. This lets you try out colors from Revlon, Laura Mercier, MAC, and other beauty brands — which could save you time in the long run. I find that it's also a great way to play around with all of the colors to see which work and which don't. (Sadly, the hair color I'd hoped to try out this Spring just doesn't flatter! A lot of time and frustration saved.) So if you've got a few minutes, play around and let me know what you think.