Need beauty advice on the go? Allure has a list of the best beauty apps to answer your questions in a hurry.
OK — most of us are practically surgically attached to our smartphones. And yes, Words With Friends is great. But what about maximizing the beauty capabilities of your tech best friend? We rounded up some of our favorite applications for beauty junkies like us, ones that let you try on hair styles, nail polishes, and shadows, and grab a great deal for your next spa visit. Check 'em out.
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1. Primp (free): It allows you to scan the barcode on any product and read user reviews for it — crowdsourcing made easy. You can also set up a profile page where you can connect with a select group of bloggers and makeup artists on makeup trends and expert picks, plus get rewards like discounts and samples that are customized based on your account.
2.China Glaze (free): The interactive app helps you find and try on over 300 of the company's polishes. You can even take a picture of just about anything and the application will match the color with a bottle. Loving your orange shoes? Snap a picture and find a polish to match.
3. Glamzy ($3): This application is preloaded with MAC\, Make Up For Ever, and Inglot products, so you can virtually try out the products on your customized face. You choose a "face canvas" by selecting a face shape and style then swipe, dab and line away creating different makeup looks.
4. My Skin (free): Do a quick skin assessment to join the social community — it generates recommendations from over 160,000 skincare products. The app will connect you to people with similar skin types (based on gender, age, ethnicity, skin type, skin tone, and sensitivity) and provides a network for you to share experiences and interact with skincare experts for advice.
5. HairStyle Makeover (free): A quick way to check out a new 'do before giving your hairstylist the go-ahead with the scissors. You can try on over 1,000 different professional styles using any photo from your library (or taking a new one with their built in camera) and then drag, adjust, and even cut to fit your face shape. You can share photos and get opinions and feedback from friends before committing.
6. Lifebooker (free): If you're looking to book your next beauty service, this app will help you grab the best deals in your city. You can browse salons and spas in the area, read reviews, book appointments, and steal a great deal on anything from blowouts to Brazilians. The deals are rather impressive, upwards of 70 percent off the original prices.
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