Today, beauty and fashion services are just a click away on your smartphone. Try these apps for help getting your act together from head to toe.
If you’ve just gone natural, then you’re likely baffled by all the products available about there. Which works best for your hair type? What IS your hair type? Take the “CQ Test” with CurlMatch by Shani Blount. This is not your grandma’s “comb test,” either. With CurlMatch, you take a quick quiz to determine your hair curl quotient (type/texture), be it tight and kinky or loose and curly, and find the best product matches for your hair. Download the app for free and pay just $0.99 for an in-app, monthly subscription of Style Secrets. Look out for free samples and product giveaways. Get the app!
DIY Eyebrows Step by Step
To keep those brows in tip top shape between visits, Washington, DC-based brow artist, Simone Fennel of Brows by Simone recommends DIY Eyebrows Step by Step. “This is a great app. It gives you lots of tips on filling in your brows as well as face shapes and measurements,” she says. The app is free and available on Google Play and compatible with all of your devices. Get the app!
Bet you never thought you’d find an app sporting the latest makeup swatches for women of color, huh? Fashion and beauty blogger Ofunne Amaka answers the call for more diversity in the beauty industry with Cocoa Swatches, a hot app featuring color swatches for women of various skin tones, beauty inspiration, along with informative tutorials. The app is free and available on both the iPhone and iPad. Get the app!
So what’s your new hot color for the fall? Find it in OPI’s free “Try-It-On Studio” app. See exactly how a color will look on your nails, saving you time and avoiding the messiness that comes with painting it on in the salon. Simply select your matching skin tone, your nail length, and test each hue. So either you’ve nailed it or you haven’t. Save your entries for later purchases or your visit to the salon. This app is designed for both the iPhone and iPad. Get the app!
We bet you say, “I have nothing to wear!” more times than you’d care to admit. Truth is, you likely have more to wear than you know, and the StyleBook app will show you exactly how to maximize those possibilities. Upload pictures of your wardrobe and start planning your weekly outfits. If you still need ideas and inspiration, you can also see what others have created. This handy closet assistant is $3.99 and designed for both the iPhone and iPad. Get the app!
Online shopping never felt so easy with POPSUGAR’s Shopstyle app, free on both the iPhone, iPad and Android. This app lets you create your own personalized shopping feed from over 18 million fashion, beauty, and home decor products. If you have a wish list, you’ll receive an alert the moment one of your favorite stores, brands, designers or retailers has a sale. Get the app!
How about having your glam delivered to you at your home, hotel or office? Stylisted’s free app, available on Apple or Android, delivers that genie in a bottle in select cities —Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. You can browse a stylists’ bios, services, beauty tips, photo galleries, pricing, and reviews. You can also track payment details and rate your stylist after the appointment. Get the app!
Whether you’re a makeup maven looking to share tips or a novice eager to learn how to create that perfect smokey eye or some other funky cool technique, Bellashoot is the “social” app that allows you to connect with thousands of other beauty lovers, bloggers and experts around the world. Here, you can swap or learn endless beauty tips and tricks and get tutorials and blogger reviews. Available for free on iPhone or iPad. Get the app!
Choosing the ideal foundation for your skin can be aggravating. That’s exactly why tech engineer Asamu Ahmed created the app Plum Perfect! Snap a selfie and it automatically determines your skin tone, hair type, eye color, and undertones and scans 60,000+ products to customize your makeup recommendations. Talk about a makeup pro wrapped into a pocket-sized assistant! Get your “plum perfect” look on with this free app available on iPhone or iPad. Get the app!
Karen Dickerson is a Washington, DC freelance writer.