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30 Free Beauty Apps You Need to Download Now

Mar 6 2015 - 6:00am

These days we do everything on the phone — find dates, read books, shop for clothes — but you have been truly missing out if you haven't downloaded these beauty apps. You can get your next blowout delivered before happy hour, find a local nail artist to bedazzle your manicure, or schedule when it's time to reapply sunscreen with a few simple taps. Browse our favorite mobile beauty tools, and don't forget to download our POPSUGAR app for free [1]!


Actress Cara Santana and celebrity stylist Joey Maalouf have joined forces to bring you TheGlamApp [2] (free). While most service apps are made with the customer in mind, this app is artist friendly, too. Anyone with a license can sign up to build their hair, makeup, or manicure portfolio. Plus, a stylist can be on call during a certain time period to get first pick of clients. Currently that app only operates in LA, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for worldwide domination.


Here's the scenario: you've been invited to a last-minute event and need the beauty works ASAP. The BeautyNow [3] app (free). You can schedule a facial, blowout, manicure, and even Botox based on your current location.

Sephora Pocket Contour

Contouring is the one beauty technique that requires a full-on instruction manual, so with that in mind, Sephora [4] created a digital guide based on face shape. You just upload a photo of yourself, and the Pocket Contour [5] app (free) determines your face shape. It then walks you through where you should place bronzer and highlighter for that perfectly chiseled Kim Kardashian [6] look.


The Bella [7] (free) team only signs on the most experienced stylists in NYC and Washington DC. The professionals are picked from the top salons and spas in each city to provide in-home beauty services. In your profile you can also save details about your preferences such as the length of your hair and typical makeup style. That way your stylist knows what to expect when they arrive.

Kenneth Willardt: The Beauty Book

Kenneth Willardt: The Beauty Book [8] (free) is a companion app to the photographer's coffee-table book. You can swipe through the gorgeous portraits digitally along with owning the hardbound volume.


Finding a nearby nail salon for your last-minute Saturday manicure just got a whole lot easier with the PrettyQuick app [9] (free). You can find a blowout parlor, manicure emporium, or massage at the last minute based on your location.


Do you often get caught watching YouTube tutorials for hours on end? Then Bellashoot [10] (free) is going to be your mobile app addiction. You can get product reviews, tutorials, and tips from your favorite beauty bloggers with just a few taps.


Waiting three months to get in at the dermatologist's office is now a thing of the past. Klara [11] (free; $39 for first diagnosis) allows you to take a photo of that unusual mole and send it to a certified derm for a diagnosis.


The Keep app [12] (free) isn't just for fashion fiends. You can shop beauty brands like Topshop [13], Nars [14], and Kiehl's from your phone. Just click "Keep" to save your favorites to a shopping list or "Buy" to check out automatically.


Sometimes 5 o'clock hits and happy hour just won't be enough. That's when you need Beautified [15] (free). This beauty savior by It girl and DJ Hannah Bronfman will help you schedule your massage, facial, or pedicure in a hurry. In fact, you can only schedule within a 48-hour window. It's a procrastinator's dream! In the Beautified 2.0 launch, the app included fitness classes, too.

The brand also just released this hilarious video [16] showing us how to get the best out of Beautified. The sketch features The Fat Jew, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Dree Hemingway, and rapper Theophilus London. You'll also see Beautified founder Hannah Bronfman wearing an awesome manicure [17] (as usual). Now we know where to turn before an impromptu girls' night out.


Recently BeautyBooked [18] (free) announced a partnership with Allure magazine to bring its amazing app features online.
Meanwhile on mobile, you can still book local salons for several different services or have your stylist come to you. Before you decide on a location, you can read reviews from fellow BeautyBookers and Allure editors, too.


Trusper [19] (free) is a DIY [20] beauty maven's dream app. Think Reddit and Yahoo Questions rolled into a special app. You can browse the database for numerous beauty tips and tutorials, or you can rely on the Trusper universe to reply to your burning inquiries. Just make sure to submit your own solutions to pay it forward.


If you spend hours walking the Ulta [21] aisles in confusion, Visada [22] (free) should be your next download. The app will analyze your fine lines and dark spots based on a selfie. From there you'll get specific skin care recommendations. You can also get makeup recommendations based on your skin and eye color. Shop directly on your phone, so you can avoid the temptation of going in the drugstore and bingeing.

Nail Snob

You know that one nail polish shade you love but can never remember the name of? Well, Nail Snob [23] (free) takes care of that problem. You can scan and save the info on your favorite lacquer hues including a photo of the hue on your nails! It's an essential for nail art fiends who have extensive color collections.


You'll never have to be embarrassed about dark roots or screaming at your moustache wax again thanks to Beautiq [24] (free). This app allows you to get hair, makeup, and body care services on-demand at home. The services range from $30 and above, and getting extensions done in the privacy of your home is worth every penny.

Plum Perfect

This beauty app uses facial-recognition-like technology to determine your skin tone, hair type, eye color, and undertones from a photo. From there, Plum Perfect [25] (free) uses that info to customize your makeup recommendations. It's the all the skills from a makeup pro wrapped into a pocket-sized assistant.

L'Oréal Makeup Genius

The L'Oréal Makeup Genius [26] (free) app lets you try on the hottest makeup launches before you buy. And while we've tried many haircut demo [27] apps, this makeup trial technology seeks out your eyes, cheeks, and lips for a flawless virtual application.

You can try on products by scanning the bar code while you shop, or select a face chart you already love to copy. The best part is each look comes with a video tutorial. That way your makeup turns out just as precise in reality.

Beautiful Me

Beautiful Me [28] (free) is like having a squad of beauty experts packed into your pocket. First you upload selfies from your photo album or Facebook, then you can get all sorts of info based on your shots. The technology will determine your undertones and recommend foundation to buy. You can also get data on aging and makeup shade recommendations.


A manicure, massage, or blowout from your couch is what Priv [29] (free) is offering, and we're definitely down! If you're in Manhattan, you can also sign up for the app's new spray-tan service for $50 (it's listed under the makeup category). Expect a tanning expert to bring a pop-up booth to your home so that while you'll get a gorgeous glow, your furniture will stay formula-free. Oh, and did we mention it only takes 15 minutes? You can't beat that convenience!


Getting ready for your next big date just got so much easier with TheStylisted [30] (free). The beauty pros come directly to your door. You can compare prices and profiles of various services to find your perfect styling match. Plus, you can pay for everything through the virtual register. No cash necessary!


A-list celebrities have a list of beauty professionals at their beck and call, and now the BeautyFriend [31] app (free) lets you primp like a star — like literally steal the stylists your favorite red carpet mavens use. You can select from two levels of stylists (services ranging from $75 to $250). And if you opt for the celebrity treatment, then you can get red carpet ready from your apartment.


This beauty app was recommended by actress Sophia Bush [32]. She uses StyleSeat [33] (free) to schedule last-minute beauty treatments as she travels from city to city. Individual stylists and makeup artists post their profile and their availability to hook up with potential clients. Consider this your Match.com for meeting a new beauty pro.


A blowout for 50 percent off? Sign us up! Lifebooker [34] (free) is the Groupon for beauty-lovers. This app will help you schedule facials, massages, or haircuts at a discounted rate. Or you can just clip treatment coupons the 21st century way.


TopCoat [35] (free) is for the artistically challenged. It will help you book an appointment with a local nail art pro and pay via your phone. It's also a great way to display your personal designs or just get inspiration for your next manicure attempt.

Leaping Bunny

Unfortunately, the ingredients in our cosmetics and skin care products can undergo questionable testing before they hit shelves. The Leaping Bunny app [36] (free) helps make sure the products you use haven't been tested on animals. There is a comprehensive list of brands you can trust, and you can shop for anything from dish detergents to fragrances.

Beauty Mark

OK, you've got an hour before your big date. You need to look fabulous: what do you do? Download Beauty Mark [37] ($3). You can pick your occasion (glamorous, natural). Then pick your skin tone (fair to deep) to see a model wearing the looks. You can mix and match eye makeup and lipstick options on the model until you find the right combination. Finally, you can get video tutorials and product recommendations instantly. It's like YouTube but condensed.


With the Nevus [38] ($3) app on hand, you have no more excuses for skipping sunscreen. You can set an alarm to remind you to reapply, and it will even tell you how much to put on with the visualizer. The app also has a section to help you document any unusual moles and get product recommendations from your dermatologist. Nevus makes going to the beach a much safer situation for your skin.

MatchMaker by True Match

Finding the perfect foundation shade in the drugstore is like spinning a roulette wheel in Vegas — it's all luck. But with this L'Oréal app, you can take some of the guesswork out of the process. MatchMaker by True Match [39] (free) finds your undertone, your exact foundation match, and the closest drugstore. But the best part is you get a celebrity skin look-alike. Are you a J Lo or a Liya Kebede?


Celebrities pack up their glam squads of pros and take them on the road, so they never have to worry about unkempt hair. Well, the closest thing to that for the average lady is Glamsquad [40] (free). You can request a blowout or braided style through this app, and a stylist will come to your house or office to primp you personally. Recently, they've also added custom makeup application to their list of in-home services, too. The downside: it's currently only available for those who live in the New York City area . . . for now.

Sephora to Go

The Sephora to Go [41] (free) app is probably bad news for beauty junkies. It makes it even easier to buy the products you love on the go, meaning your next beauty haul can be done while you commute in the morning.

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