Top 8 Smartphone Beauty Apps
Got a favorite smartphone app? Tell us!
Allison Ford | DivineCaroline
February 16, 2011
Smartphone applications help us manage our calendars, find the next bus, locate the nearest bar or restaurant, and stay entertained on the go. Why shouldn’t they help us get beautiful, too?
If you’re looking for an easy electronic solution to common beauty problems, or just a better way to shop for products, don’t worry—whether you use an iPhone, a BlackBerry, or a Droid, there really is an app for that.
Sephora to Go
Free for iPhone
This app offers on-the-go updates on new product launches, allows you to browse products and create shopping lists, and even places orders for delivery. In the store (which the app can help you locate using GPS), scan any item’s bar code for how-to videos and user reviews of the product. The app links with your Beauty Insider account to provide a detailed order history (so you’ll never forget which shade or formulation you use) and personalized beauty recommendations at the touch of a button.
OPI Virtual Polish
Free for iPhone
It’s like a no-commitment way to “try on” shades like Argenteeny Pinkini or Over the Taupe. The app features every current OPI polish (including the latest seasonal collection) and allows the user to browse polishes and test what they would look like against her skin tone. You can also store your favorites so that when you arrive at the salon for a manicure, you can locate the shade you want in a snap.
Free for BlackBerry and Android
With the tutorials this app provides, users can learn everything from basic makeup-application techniques to advanced-level looks like Goth, Emo, Clubbing, and Celebrity. Save your favorites and even download cool fashion wallpapers for your device.
$1.99 for iPhone
Using GPS data, this app calculates the UV index at your location. But not only does it recommend how much sunblock to use based on the index, it also takes into consideration important variables such as your skin type, what activity you’re doing (swimming or skiing), and even the terrain you’re on (like whether you’re at the ocean or on a mountain). In addition, it helps you select what SPF to wear and calculates how long you’ll be able to stay outside without reapplication, based on all these factors. Although setup takes a few minutes, the specific and individualized recommendations are worth it.