17 Beauty Apps That Will Instantly Make Your Life Easier

Jul 27 2014 - 6:00am

These days we do everything on the phone — find dates, read books, shop for clothes — but you have been truly missing out if you haven't downloaded these beauty apps. You can get your next blowout delivered before happy hour, find a local nail artist to bedazzle your manicure, or schedule when it's time to reapply sunscreen with a few simple taps. Browse our favorite mobile beauty tools, and don't forget to download our POPSUGAR app for free [1]!


You'll never have to be embarrassed about dark roots or screaming at your moustache wax again thanks to Beautiq [2] (free). This app allows you to get hair, makeup, and body care services on-demand at home. The services range from $30 and above, and getting extensions done in the privacy of your home is worth every penny.

Plum Perfect

This beauty app uses facial-recognition-like technology to determine your skin tone, hair type, eye color, and undertones from a photo. From there, Plum Perfect [3] (free) uses that info to customize your makeup recommendations. It's the all the skills from a makeup pro wrapped into a pocket-sized assistant.

L'Oréal Makeup Genius

The L'Oréal Makeup Genius [4] (free) app lets you try on the hottest makeup launches before you buy. And while we've tried many haircut demo apps, this makeup trial technology seeks out your eyes, cheeks, and lips for a flawless virtual application.

You can try on products by scanning the bar code while you shop, or select a face chart you already love to copy. The best part is each look comes with a video tutorial. That way your makeup turns out just as precise in reality.

Beautiful Me

Beautiful Me [5] (free) is like having a squad of beauty experts packed into your pocket. First you upload selfies from your photo album or Facebook, then you can get all sorts of info based on your shots. The technology will determine your undertones and recommend foundation to buy. You can also get data on aging and makeup shade recommendations.


A manicure, massage, or blowout from your couch is what Priv [6] (free) is offering, and we're definitely down! If you're in Manhattan, you can also sign up for the app's new spray-tan service for $50 (it's listed under the makeup category). Expect a tanning expert to bring a pop-up booth to your home so that while you'll get a gorgeous glow, your furniture will stay formula-free. Oh, and did we mention it only takes 15 minutes? You can't beat that convenience!


Getting ready for your next big date just got so much easier with TheStylisted [7] (free). The beauty pros come directly to your door. You can compare prices and profiles of various services to find your perfect styling match. Plus, you can pay for everything through the virtual register. No cash necessary!


A-list celebrities have a list of beauty professionals at their beck and call, and now the BeautyFriend [8] app (free) lets you primp like a star — like literally steal the stylists your favorite red carpet mavens use. You can select from two levels of stylists (services ranging from $75 to $250). And if you opt for the celebrity treatment, then you can get red carpet ready from your apartment.


This beauty app was recommended by actress Sophia Bush [9]. She uses StyleSeat [10] (free) to schedule last-minute beauty treatments as she travels from city to city. Individual stylists and makeup artists post their profile and their availability to hook up with potential clients. Consider this your Match.com for meeting a new beauty pro.


A blowout for 50 percent off? Sign us up! Lifebooker [11] (free) is the Groupon for beauty-lovers. This app will help you schedule facials, massages, or haircuts at a discounted rate. Or you can just clip treatment coupons the 21st century way.


TopCoat [12] (free) is for the artistically challenged. It will help you book an appointment with a local nail art pro and pay via your phone. It's also a great way to display your personal designs or just get inspiration for your next manicure attempt.


Sometimes 5 o'clock hits and happy hour just won't be enough. That's when you need Beautified [13] (free). This beauty savior by It girl and DJ Hannah Bronfman will help you schedule your massage, facial, or pedicure in a hurry. In fact, you can only schedule within a 48-hour window. It's a procrastinator's dream!

Leaping Bunny

Unfortunately, the ingredients in our cosmetics and skin care products can undergo questionable testing before they hit shelves. The Leaping Bunny app [14] (free) helps make sure the products you use haven't been tested on animals. There is a comprehensive list of brands you can trust, and you can shop for anything from dish detergents to fragrances.

Beauty Mark

OK, you've got an hour before your big date. You need to look fabulous: what do you do? Download Beauty Mark [15] ($3). You can pick your occasion (glamorous, natural). Then pick your skin tone (fair to deep) to see a model wearing the looks. You can mix and match eye makeup and lipstick options on the model until you find the right combination. Finally, you can get video tutorials and product recommendations instantly. It's like YouTube but condensed.


With the Nevus [16] ($3) app on hand, you have no more excuses for skipping sunscreen. You can set an alarm to remind you to reapply, and it will even tell you how much to put on with the visualizer. The app also has a section to help you document any unusual moles and get product recommendations from your dermatologist. Nevus makes going to the beach a much safer situation for your skin.

MatchMaker by True Match

Finding the perfect foundation shade in the drugstore is like spinning a roulette wheel in Vegas — it's all luck. But with this L'Oréal app, you can take some of the guesswork out of the process. MatchMaker by True Match [17] (free) finds your undertone, your exact foundation match, and the closest drugstore. But the best part is you get a celebrity skin look-alike. Are you a J Lo or a Liya Kebede?


Celebrities pack up their glam squads of pros and take them on the road, so they never have to worry about unkempt hair. Well, the closest thing to that for the average lady is Glamsquad [18] (free). You can request a blowout or braided style through this app, and a stylist will come to your house or office to primp you personally. Recently, they've also added custom makeup application to their list of in-home services, too. The downside: it's currently only available for those who live in the New York City area . . . for now.

Sephora to Go

The Sephora to Go [19] (free) app is probably bad news for beauty junkies. It makes it even easier to buy the products you love on the go, meaning your next beauty haul can be done while you commute in the morning.

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