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Geek Out: Best Beauty Apps

These days, there’s an iPad or smart phone application for just about every zany purpose you can think of, beauty included. While technology hasn’t taken the makeup pro out of the picture yet, there are plenty of apps that let you try out new styles, learn techniques, and build your beauty know-how. Grab your favorite device and let newfangled technology be your new best friend (and personal stylist) with these six stellar beauty apps.

OPI Polish App

There’s a whole world of difference between how a polish looks in the bottle and how it looks on your nails. This free OPI app allows you to experiment with hundreds of shades on a virtual hand, browsing by collection or color. Once you find a polish you love, store it in your wish list and next time you run to the store, check your phone to make sure you buy the right shade.

UV Safe Timer

Time spent at the beach should be worry-free, but that doesn’t mean you can space out on SPF while you flip through gossip mags and scope out surfers. This app puts your phone in charge of keeping you on the responsible sunning route. Track the local UV index, enter your SPF and skin type, factor in swimming and sweating, and the timer will tell you exactly when to lather on another coat.

InStyle Hairstyle Try-On

If you’ve ever wanted to try out your favorite celebrity’s haircut, this app is the app for you. Browse dozens of styles, from Rihanna’s short cut to Taylor Swift’s curls, and then have the ’do superimposed on a picture of yourself. It will even give you recommendations based on face shape, which will help you figure if you can pull off that asymmetrical bob.

Hair Cast 2

You can glance out the window and spot rain or sunshine, but humidity is a little harder to plan around. Instead of blowing out your hair, only to have it explode into frizz the moment you step outside, consult this app. It’ll tell you the weather and humidity level, so you can plan ahead and rock a cute side braid on an extra-damp day. It also has tips and blogs for all your hair conundrums. Also available for Android and Blackberry.

iPur Beauty

Once you download this app, you can forget about that trip to the makeup counter. Play around with Pur Minerals products for eyes, cheeks and lips to discover new looks that work for you before you buy all the expensive products.

Sephora to Go

We’re impulsive shoppers so the moment we realize we want something, we’d like to be able to see what’s available, read reviews, and buy it. Unfortunately, inspiration often strikes when we’re nowhere near a store or our computer. Sephora’s new application lets you login to your account, see new product launches, read reviews, and buy.

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