20 Best Beauty Apps

It’s never been so easy to get amazing beauty tips, advice and product reviews. Today’s apps offer everything from virtual makeovers to step-by-step videos—to photo retouching! We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorites to keep you looking great.

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Sephora To Go

Beauty lovers everywhere will soon be obsessed with this app (iOS 3.1.3, free, itunes). Shop, read reviews, find out about the latest launches, watch tutorials and even virtually try on nail polishes. What could be better than having Sephora at your well-manicured fingertips?




To fringe or not to fringe? Pixie or bob? Jennifer Aniston or J-Lo? Trying to decide on a new ‘do is tricky. So take out some of the guesswork with this app (iOS 3.0, $.99, itunes) that lets you try on more than 235 hairstyles—in more than 50 shades. Just snap your pic (or use one from your album) and let the makeover madness begin!



iPür Beauty

On the hunt for new makeup, but unsure of the shades that will work best for you? This app (iOS 3.1.3, free, itunes) allows you to upload your photo, then virtually mix, match and “try on” shadows, lipsticks, glosses, and powders.



Ever wish you could have your own personal airbrusher on call? Download this app (iOS 3.1.3, free, itunes) for DIY retouching: remove red-eye, wrinkles, blemishes and other flaws. If only it worked in real life...




Nail polish junkies, take note. This app (iOS 3.1.3, free, itunes) provides a list of OPI’s colors and names—and allows you to keep track of your faves. Time to book your next mani/pedi?




This app (iOS 4.0, $.99, itunes) from best-selling author and What Not to Wear makeup maestro Carmindy allows you to create your own avatar and then "Carmindize" your look. Get video tips, save a gallery of your favorite looks, and keep a personal shopping list.



HourFace: 3D Aging Photo

Ever wonder if you’ll age just like your mother? Or grandmother? Find out with this app (iOS 3.0, $2.99, itunes) that takes your photo—then turns it into an interactive 3D movie that shows how your face may age. Want to reverse the aging process? Flip the phone upside down to go back in time.



It’s not a replacement for a trip to the doctor’s office, but this app does help keep track of moles and other "suspicious" skin marks (iOS 3.0, $.99, itunes). Just add your moles to a human body rendering, then keep notes on any changes.




When you shop for beauty products, are you concerned about safety and sustainability? This app (iOS 4.0, free, itunes) allows you to search products or scan barcodes to find out ratings for health, environmental and social responsibility for more than 70,000 products and companies.  


My Style

Bored with your hair style? It’s time to find something new, and this app (iOS 3.0, $.99, itunes) helps ensure your hair stylist knows exactly what you’re after. The "capture" function allows you to save coveted hairstyles you see around town—or in the magazines. Also, when your hair does look great, take a photo of the front and back of your head so your stylist will be reminded of how you like it.  




Whether you find yourself traveling often for business or pleasure, it’s always a good idea to know where to find the best restaurants, the coolest hotels and, of course, the area’s top spas. This spa locator (iOS 3.0, free, itunes) offers directions and deals and allows you to book treatments right from your phone.



iSurgeon Pro

Bored with makeover apps? How about one that lets you play plastic surgeon? This app (iOS 3.0, free, itunes) allows users to simulate plastic surgery by changing face and body features on your iPhone. From a nose job to a tummy tuck to a breast augmentation or butt lift, you can create your own personal extreme makeover. (Also makes for a funny party game.)



Sally's Salon Luxury Edition

Looking for a way to kill time waiting in a doctor's office, on the subway, sitting in traffic [insert your least favorite time-sucking activity]? In the same vein as Diner Dash, this game app (iOS 3.0, $2.99, itunes) has you running a salon, earning points to keep your customers happy.



Adobe Photoshop Express

Whether you’re snapping your pic for your Facebook profile page or just playing around with your favorite beauty shots, this app (iOS 4.2, free, itunes) is full of touch effect features allowing you to adjust color, crop, rotate, flip, filter and add effects and borders on the go. Fab!



Age Defying Tricks

The creators of this beauty app (iOS 3.0, $.99, itunes) have culled the top magazines and websites to put more than 100 tips and tricks in one place.


Celebrity Makeup Looks

Wonder how Angelina Jolie, Beyonce or even Barbie get their signature beauty looks? This app (iOS 4.0, free, itunes) offers 27 videos with step-by-step instructions on how to achieve celebrity makeup looks.


Beauty Tips

For the latest advice when it comes to skin care, eye care, hair care and nail care, look no further than this something-for-everyone app (iOS 4.0, free, itunes).



MakeUp by ModiFace

So much makeup, so little time. Now you can virtually try on thousands of colors with this easy-to-use beauty app (iOS 3.0, free, itunes). Use your photo to test out lipstick, blush, mascara, eyeshadow, liners and foundation to find your perfect color combo. Buy products directly from your phone or email your fave shades to yourself to make shopping a snap.



Any woman who has ever found herself rummaging through her purse in a desperate search for a mirror will truly appreciate this app (iOS 4.0, $.99, itunes) that turns your iPhone’s forward facing camera into a mirror. And how cool is this: Four lighting settings – home, office, night and day – work just like your makeup mirror at home.



This app (iOS 4.3, $1.99, itunes) is a summer must, as it shows the daily UV Index for your area and altitude, telling you if your SPF is suitable, how much you’ll need and how soon you'll need to reapply.


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First Published August 1, 2011

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Mishell 05.08.2013

Great article please keep inzuri's beauty app in mind next time around. Women can discover, collect & share beauty products with friends all from you mobile phone. Start a beauty discussion and become an expert.

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