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#VirtualMakeover: Makeup App Lets You Try New Looks in Seconds

The Makeup Genius app by L’Oreal gives a live view of your face wearing digital makeup.

In  addition to being a flashlight and camera, the smartphone has another nifty feature: It is a digital mirror that can help you apply makeup.

Many beauty apps promise virtual makeovers that let you try new looks in seconds, using the smartphone’s front-facing camera and screen. But the quality of these apps varies, so here are some of the best that can give you a glamorous look, rather than make you look like a circus clown.

Makeup Genius from L’Oréal is one of the best of these apps because of its ease of use. It uses your device’s camera to look at your face, and then calibrates where it thinks your eyes, mouth and other features are. You then have a choice between premade looks — combinations of makeup put together by L’Oréal — or individual products, one by one.

Image courtesy of nytimes.com

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