Whether you’ve been meaning to amp up your beauty game or just need a break from your Facebook feed, these beauty apps are some of our favorites around. Get inspiration for a new look, shop for your favorite products and make salon appointments on the go with these five fun (yet practical) options.
Last-Minute Appointments: Beautified
Tastemaker Hannah Bronfman, events guru Annie Evans and entrepreneur Peter Hananel launched this last-minute beauty bookings app for NYC salons earlier this year and – hooray! – it’s expanding into the Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco markets. Beautified features handpicked, critically acclaimed salons and spas, some of which are typically hard to book in advance, setting it apart from other appointment-finding apps.
Helpful How-Tos: Beautylish
From step-by-step video tutorials and trend recaps to product reviews from real customers, Beautylish has no shortage of helpful features to inspire you to try a fresh look or invest in a new product. When it comes to the latter, you don’t even have to leave the app: Beautylish has hundreds of cult-favorite and indie finds available for purchase through its e-store.
Easy Shopping: Sephora To Go
Everyone’s favorite beauty mega-store, Sephora, has an uber-helpful app that lets you browse and buy products, create a list of must-haves and read over 1 million product reviews. Scan barcodes while you’re in the store in order to shop sold-out items, get more info and watch exclusive videos.
Eco-Beauty FYIs: GoodGuide
Learn whether beauty products are safe to use, eco-friendly and socially responsible before you buy them with this super-practical app. Simply scan the barcode while you shop to learn how the product ranks in each category. Personalize your account so that it measures the criteria you deem important, from ‘fragrance-free’ to ‘tested on animals’.
Endless Inspiration: Pretty In My Pocket
Like Pinterest for the beauty-obsessed, Pretty In My Pocket boasts endless inspiration photos from expert bloggers and makeup artists -- many of which are tagged with the products used to create the look. In addition to browsing for inspiration, users can read reviews from influencers, score coupons, and scan product barcodes for more info on a specific item.