While there’s no way to turn a regular woman into a Victoria’s Secret model—yet—there are now more personalized beauty resources than ever before, and thanks to your smartphone or tablet, they couldn’t be any easier to utilize. Here’s how forward-thinking women are going about their health and beauty business in 2015.
When it comes to scoring an in-office visit, the best dermatologists have notoriously lengthy waiting periods. But when a peculiarly shaped mole or annoying itchy patch pops up, even the best of us have remarkably quick panic switches. Such is what makes the Klara app so genius: You answer some questions, submit an accompanying photo, and in a matter of hours, you’ll have professional advice from a board-certified dermatologist. You can stay in touch with the doctor you choose and have follow-up visits as needed. At $49 a visit, it’s as economical as it is convenient.
If your luck is anything like ours, impromptu getaways and last-minute party invites have a way of popping up when your months-old roots, messy eyebrows and tattered manicures least expect them to, which is why Beautified exists. With this crucial app, you can snag last-minute appointments at top-tier salons, and pay for them with the touch of a few buttons.
Going to the beauty counter can be an annoying experience, if you simply want to window-shop and don’t want to feel pressured to buy. In contrast, beauty browsing online—given the breadth of products that exists in today’s marketplace—can be overwhelming. Visada, a personalized shopping tool, is neither. “Because we’re not trying to sell you products, we pick what’s best for you,” the company says. As for how, the app uses proprietary algorithms, which help pair you with your best pool of product matches based on the way they analyze your selfie. Bonus? They’ll also pair you with the best how-tos and tutorials suited for you on the web.
A photo editor designed specifically for use with selfies, the Facetune app fixes everything from flyaway hairs to less-than-gleaming-white teeth to blemishes … and it does so in a way that looks natural and believable. (Read: it won’t turn you into a video game character—unless that’s what you want it to do.) Don’t believe us? Believe the nearly 1,000 5-star reviews this app boasts: this app is the ultimate personalized filter.
5. STASH BEAUTY
It’s a struggle only a true beauty junkie could understand: you place an online order with Sephora, it ships, and then you realize that you’re out of your most beloved essential. So you place another order. Or maybe you’ve got your beauty shopping down to a science and replenish everything once a month—by placing 4 different orders at 4 different sites. It never has to go down like this again thanks to Stash Beauty app. You sync it up with the products you use, and it keeps track of when you’ll run out what, notifying you when it’s time to re-up and also when your favorites go on sale. You can comparison shop from a number of popular beauty destinations—including Sephora, Drugstore and Nordstrom—and buy from any combination of them with one quick checkout. Proof it’s awesome? According to TechCrunch, the app’s beta user group saved 16.1% off retail on average.