Best Beauty Apps

Need makeup and beauty tips at your fingertips? There’s an app for that!

Actually, there are many apps out there. So how do you decide which ones are the best for APPlying your makeup? We’ve done the research for you. See which features best suit your individual style needs:


From beauty trends to makeup tips and video tutorials, this app’s got you covered. Beautylish also offers makeup reviews, so that when you’re ready to shop β€” which you can do right from the app β€” you’re good to go.


See a celebrity look you’ve just gotta have? With GlamScout, you can find makeup to match any celeb or curated look. Brands include Too Faced, Revlon, MAC, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, NARS, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, and more. Think of it as a sort of #metoo, without any of the negative connotations. However, this app is only available for IOS.

Hair Alert

Forget about bad hair days. Hair Alert gives you customized styling tips based on your local weather. Think of it as a frizz forecast for your hair. Available for $1.99, IOS only.

Hairstyle Makeover

Ever wonder what a new hairstyle or color would look like on you? Now you can see for yourself, without setting foot in a salon. Simply upload a photo of yourself, choose a hairstyle and share it with friends for their opinion.

Indulge: The Nail Snob App

Thanks to this app, you’ll never forget a nail polish color or name again. Here’s how it works: If you’re at a nail salon, mark where you are (“home” if it’s DIY). You’ll even get a list of nearby salons. Have a bottle of a favorite color on hand? Scan its barcode; if there’s no barcoe, you can search by name or model number. Scan a pic of your mani or pedi, then share your experience. Note: The app is only available for IOS.

Makeup Genius

See what makeup products look like, without having to meet with a beauty consultant at the makeup counter. Makeup genius uses a facial mapping algorithm to scan your facial features so you can upload any product, shade or look onto your face. Then see the results in real time. Full disclosure: This app is brought to you by L’Oreal.

Plum Perfect

Trying to discover the signature look for your skin tone? Plum Perfect can help. Its technology scans your photos and more than 60,000 makeup products to find the perfect matches for you. Available for IOS only.


This app spotlights colors in any photo so you can find makeup in the exact Pantone shade family. Use your front-facing camera to try on makeup; simply start a video feed, and the shade will virtually appear on your face. Available for IOS only.

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