Top 10 FREE Beauty Apps for Looking Your Best: 2012 Guide

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | October 8, 2012 @ 10:49AM

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1. Coppertone My UV Alert

Coppertone UV alert AppMy UV Alert from Coppertone is your ticket to stress-free fun in the sun. The app offers a daily UV index based on your geographic location and provides a complimentary suncare profile that will suggest the appropriate product for your planned activities complete with coupons. Don’t have anything planned? The app also has a built-in outdoor activity finder that will point you to beaches, water parks, botanical gardens and a variety of outdoor activities.

Bonus feature: The app allows you to set a reminder to reapply your sunscreen.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android




2. FaceLift Makeover by ModiFace

Facelift makeover appThe FaceLift Makeover app allows the user to upload a photo (or grab one from your current album on Facebook) for the purpose of making subtle cosmetic modifications to the face. The available options in the free version cover Crow’s Feet, Frown Lines, Forehead, Face Lift, Brow Lift and Lip Augmentation adjustments. In addition there is an option that allows you to look at a younger version of yourself all at the click of one button. It’s one way to try on cosmetic surgery before you invest.

Bonus feature: The app will show you a split face of before and after the modifications so you can really see the difference in your appearance.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad



3. Carmindy

Carmindy appCarmindy Bowyer is a New York makeup artist famous for her work on TLC’s What Not to Wear. The Carmindy app allows you to enter in a personal profile based on your skin, hair and eye color and then suggests makeup options based on various needs (i.e., the "5-minute face" or the "vacation glow") then serves up the step-by-step tutorial for achieving the look, complete with a suggested product list (Carmindy products, of course) with the option to purchase via the app.

Bonus feature: A wide variety of video tutorials are available to walk you through the perfect make-up from a girl's night out to a holiday party.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad



4. Groupon

Groupon appWho doesn’t like a good deal? Download this app and then keep your eyes open for the deals on yoga, bootcamp and facials. This is a great way to keep your best face forward and save money at the same time.

Disclaimer: Always do your homework before taking advantage of cosmetic procedure deals. You want to make sure the provider is qualified (and licensed, if applicable) to do the advertised services.

Availability: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Mobile Web, Facebook



5. Lose It!

Lose it! appIf you’re looking to lose a few pounds or just become a bit more conscious of the food you eat, then this is a great app for you. It will count calories, fat, carbs and protein to help you get healthy. Have a specific weight loss goal? Enter it in and the app will guide you on your way to a new you.

Bonus feature: You can enter in your daily exercise to offset your calorie intake.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Facebook





6. Beautylish 

Beautylish appBeautylish is your hook-up for style, celebrity and beauty news. This app is an online magazine which offers fresh, new content on a regular basis - perfect if you’re on-the-go and still need your style fix.

Bonus feature: Share the articles and photos to Facebook and Twitter straight from the app.

Availability: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Facebook






7. FaceShifter 

FaceShifterSwitch out your hairstyle, your eyes, your nose and your lips to create a total new you with FaceShifter. This app is for fun.

Bonus Feature: This app covers multiple ethnicities.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad







8. Beauty Tips Full

Beauty Tips Full appBeauty Tips Full is exactly what it says it is: beauty tips. Scroll through tip after tip covering beauty foods, makeup and lifestyle tips. Many you may know, but a reminder is always helpful.

Bonus feature: You can save you favorite tips in a special place so that you may return and have the inspiration at your fingertips.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android






9. Pose

PoseCreate your very own fashion magazine. Set your style preferences and you will be on your way to looks that will work for you. Plus, you can shop! See something you like? With a tap of the screen, you can identify the brand, and many are available for purchase via the app. If you love fashion, you will love Pose!

Bonus feature: Create collections to help you stay organized and prioritize your shopping list.

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Facebook







10. Deformer 

Deformer appDo you like to think out-of-the-box? The Deformer app let’s you take your modifications to the extreme. Live out your Avatar and Anime fantasies via the app without undergoing extreme body modifications. Perfect for your online gaming profiles.

Bonus feature: Too much fun to pass up!

Availability: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad







An honorable mention goes out to Plum Perfect, a great companion to help you shop for makeup for your complexion. Follow them on Twitter @plum_perfect.

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