Thanks to the slew of new beauty apps, it's time to expand your smartphone horizons beyond Instagram, email, and the workout/food logs in our favourite fitness apps. Need to book a last-minute manicure? Organise your beauty collection? Or even order an at-home massage as easily as you’d order Thai takeout? Yes, there’s an app for all of that, and so much more. Check out these eight beauty apps you need to have on your phone.
Keep scrolling to see our favourite, must-download beauty apps.
No more battling rush-hour traffic to get a manicure? Yes, please. If you're in New York and Los Angeles (they just launched here last week), you can book anything from a blowout to a Pilates class, and an expert will show up at your doorstep, all without you leaving the comfort of your own couch!
Think of this app as a personal organizer for your makeup bag. It keeps track of all the beauty products you own with a handy barcode scanner, and reminds you when you're running low (no more last-minute runs to Sephora to pick up your moisturizer). Plus, you can scroll through tons of beauty inspiration and purchase products right from the app—it even alerts you when one of your favorite products goes on sale. Fair warning: You may end up spending the better part of your Sunday scanning all the products you own.
Sure, there are a slew of beauty apps that promise to send a hair or makeup artist to your doorstep in a matter of hours (or minutes). But do they allow you to write reviews about your experience with every hair or makeup person, upload photos of your final look, and choose exactly who comes to you? If not, allow us to introduce you to TheStylisted, a new beauty service app that connects top-tier freelance hair and makeup artists with anyone who needs a last-minute (or far-in-advance) appointment. It’s available for those in New York or Chicago, and will launch in LA later this year.
This app pulls photos from your Facebook (or you can upload them directly to the app), and gives you a skin analysis, product recommendations, and anti-aging tips based on the change in your skin over time.
Whether you're browsing the beauty aisles at CVS or the glossy makeup counters at Nordstrom, shopping for beauty products can be overwhelming when there are so many to choose from. Enter: Pretty in my Pocket, a handy app that lets you enter the product you're considering buying, then pulls up reviews from members on the app as well as beauty bloggers. Never again will you take home a "long-lasting lipstick” only to discover it only lasts half an hour.
Tempted to switch up your hair color (or cut), but scared to take the plunge? Allow us to introduce you to Hair Studio, an app that allows users to retouch and enhance their hair in photos in a realistic way. Think: reshaping, adding major volume, coloring, highlights, lowlights, the works. Best of all? It’s totally free, though some features only come with the premium version (which is only $1.99, so your wallet doesn’t suffer that much).
Disclaimer: This app is highly addictive. It lets you try on various L'Oreal makeup products before you buy, and the results are surprisingly realistic. But the fun part is watching it give you a full makeup application in a real-time video, not a static photograph.
Need some quality R&R. Soothe is an on-demand massage app that delivers a skilled masseuse to your doorstep in as little as 60 minutes, from 10 a.m. to midnight (perfect for anyone who’s hitting a deadline at work, no?). Choose from three different timed sessions (60, 90, or 120 minutes), and the type of massage you want (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, or couples). Skeptical? Their perfect five-star review on Yelp should reassure you.
Have you tried these life-changing beauty apps? Let us know in the comments!