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Find out what it’s like to have your very own hair and makeup artiste on call with these revolutionary beauty apps.

There has never been a better time to be a beauty geek. Entrepreneurs and their IT teams are working double-time to make your smartphone a combination of beautician-makeup-artiste-hairstylist. There’s also a personal shopper thrown in there somewhere. Apps today can locate the best salon in your neighborhood, demo makeup trends customized for you, and create genius skincare routines based on specific needs. Let’s introduce you to the top players in the industry and explain how they’re changing the way you use your phone and see yourself in the mirror.

1. Zooty

If you always find yourself unsure about where to go for your next haircut or beauty appointment, Zooty is the app for you. It made its debut in the Indian beauty industry in March 2017 and already has 6000+ salons and spas on its database across five cities- Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Bangalore. The app lets you scroll through the best salons in your locality, compare rate cards and book an appointment.

Besides connecting you to local salons and spas, Zooty lets you check out the latest trending looks out their- haircuts, hair colors, and celebrity hairstyles; you choose the look you want to get before heading out to the salon. Zooty offers a one-of-a-kind ‘Book the look’ service, which allows you to combat this. With this feature, you can choose an exact look before the service instead of getting surprised later. It also lets you get a view of offers in every salon in your vicinity, to ensure that you get the best bargain.

Available on: Android and iOS.

 

2. BeautyStash

Beauty junkies have numerous makeup products, and it can be a pain to keep a track of them all. The BeautyStash app organizes your makeup kit by making an inventory of all the products you own. The app is divided into four parts: products, looks, collections, and tags. The products page holds images, descriptions, shade names as well as the storage unit. You can even record details of the date, price, and stock where you purchased your products from, making it easier to restock or return them.

The looks page lets you store any inspirations that you come across as images with details like name, description, and products used. You can store looks that you have seen in magazines, on Instagram, and even ones you’ve created yourself. The collections page helps catalogue your storage units. You just add an image of your drawer and type in all the products in there.

This way, you’ll always know exactly where your products are. Finally, the tags page lets you list out your collection to view and sort it out. This app is a makeup hoarder’s dream come true.

 

3. Beauty Button

Delara Lalwani, the founder of this app got the idea for it when she was traveling for work in South Korea. Beauty Button lets you create and maintain a customized skincare regimen. It takes into consideration your skin type, age, issues and even the weather. Once you input your details, the app’s proprietary algorithm cleverly customizes a regimen, which can last a few days to a few weeks. The app lets you track your routine and sends reminders to help you stay consistent. It also tells how many products you can use on your skin, and what time of the day is best to use them. You can read product reviews, discover trends and get skincare tips through the app. Its Photo Compare feature allows you to monitor your skin’s progress.

Available on: Android and iOS.

 

4. My Hair Weather Lite

We’ve all dealt with days where our hair has forced us to throw put hands up in the air and just stuff it all up in a messy bun. What if we told you that you can drastically reduce your number of bad hair days? Enter My Hair Weather Lite. It has the weather forecast for the day in many cities around the world and predicts the state of your hair considering humidity levels, etc. it gives you tips on how to prevent frizz, limpness, and other issues too. If you end up spending for the pro-version, you can get a seven-day forecast, along with a list of products to stock up on.

Available on: iOS.

 

5. Visage MakeApp

Developed by Visage Technologies, a Swedish-based private computer-vision company that specializes in face–tracking and analysis, Visage MakeApp, is technologically advanced. Users of this app can see how their makeup looks in most of the lighting conditions, different angles and distances, which reflect the natural everyday usage.

Available on: Android and iOS.

 

6. YouCam Makeup

By combining augmented reality and branded beauty products, YouCam Makeup attempts to address the process of learning about new products and trying on makeup looks in a quick and efficient manner. The app’s smart facial detection gives you the most true-to-life makeup application in real-time or on selfies. You can even mix and match hundreds of different makeup and beauty products to find the perfect look for every occasion. If you’re happy with the looks, then you can buy the looks through the app. YouCam also offers makeup tutorials and reports on trending looks.

Available on: Android and iOS.

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