Play Store: Beauty Apps for Smart Image Editing

Play Store: Beauty Apps for Smart Image Editing

Brilliantly white teeth, an even complexion or making yourself a few centimetres taller? Until a few years ago, we needed a lot of Photoshop knowledge, but today so-called beauty apps do the work for us. In just a few simple clicks this can all be done on your smartphone.

We will show you 3 beauty retouching apps from the Play Store that will help you to get your next selfie in the right light in no time at all. We will also explain why you should use these apps wisely.

Facetune: Radiant Teeth and Eyes

The Beauty App Facetune offers the user numerous retouching tools to get the best out of a portrait. In particular, the brightening, detailing and smoothing functions let eyes, mouth and skin shine. That’s why the app is especially popular with Instagram users. Not only dark areas around the face can be brightened up with a simple wipe, but the background in photos can also be made brighter. Therefore, an image that is too dark can be quickly optimised. The background can also be blurred, giving the image more dynamics.

A functional overview of the facetune App.
A functional overview of the facetune App.

With the help of the “Details” function, the eyes and mouth in particular can be perfectly staged. Thanks to the smoothing function, the complexion on the face becomes almost flawless. To do this, select the desired tool and swipe the respective area with your finger. The more frequently you swipe, the more intense the effect becomes. In order not to overdo the retouching, you can click on the before and after symbol in the lower right corner to see how the editing process has developed. If you hold down the symbol, the original image appears. In addition, the effects of all retouching tools build up in their intensity with each swipe. It is not possible to overdo your image with just one action. A small selection of different filters and retro effects rounds off the image editing app.

A free version of Facetune can be downloaded from the Google Play Store: Android Version

Note: some features are only available on the paid version.

Before and after comparison using the Facetune app.
The photo on the left is without editing and the photo on the right has been edited with Facetune. The following options have been applied: filter “Lighter”; Eyes lightened; Eyes, mouth and single hair strands highlighted with “Details” function, facial skin smoothed.

YouCamPerfect: The Classic Among the Beauty Apps

The beauty app YouCamPerfect is a classic among the retouching apps and certainly offers a wide range of functions to optimise a selfie. The app has both classic image processing functions, such as adjusting contrasts and a variety of beauty tools. In addition to an automatic beautification function, this also includes skin smoothing functions, nose and face shape correction and an eye enlargement tool. The app also allows you to edit the size of your body by making it bigger or slimmer.

An overview of the YouCamPerfect App
An overview of the YouCamPerfect App

Excerpt of the Feature Overview in the YouCamPerfect App

The app can also be used to correct unsightly eye shadows, skin blemishes and the colour of your teeth. Especially interesting for this app is the smile function. This tool turns every grim facial expression into a smile. Unlike the Facetune app, the app automatically analyses the image. The disadvantage is the user can only adjust the intensity of the effect with almost all beauty tools. However, the user cannot determine which areas need to be edited.

Note: Users might find that the app changes the look of their body or face too much and this can lead to a distorted self-perception. Make sure to look at the original comparison picture to see how much the app has adjusted the image. It is also advisable to carefully adjust the tool controller.

YouCamPerfect is available in the Google Play Store: Android Version

(Note: Some functions are subject to a charge)

Before and after using the YouCamPerfect app.
The photo on the left is without editing and the photo on the right has been edited with the following YouCamPerfect functions: skin smoothed, narrower face shape, skin colour changed, nose beautified, bags removed, eyes enlarged, skin blemishes removed, rouge applied, smile intensified and eyes brightened.

Airbrush: A New Look at The Click of a Finger

Similar to the Facetune and the YouCamPerfect App, the Airbrush App offers a variety of beauty retouching tools and standard image editing functions. This Beauty App scores highly for the automatic Make-up Tool. With just one click, a new make-up look can be applied to the image and its intensity can be adjusted. The superimposition of the looks is also no problem. This app is great if you want to see what you look like with freckles or smokey eyes. For the best result, it is advisable if the make-up in the original image is rather neutral. This will enhance the individual make-up looks offered by the beauty app.

An overview of the Airbrush App functions.
Excerpt of the functional overview in the Airbrush App
Before and after comparison using the Airbrush App.
The photo on the left is without editing and the photo on the right has been edited with the make-up tool on the Airbrush app.

Airbrush is available in the Google Play Store: Android Version

(Note: some options are subject to a charge)

Why You Should Use Beauty Apps Wisely

Beauty apps are powerful and easy to use, but you should not overdo it. Many promote certain ideals of beauty that are often unrealistic and unhealthy. This can lead to you feeling pressured to conform to these ideals. If you are looking for an app to naturally enhance your selfie, the Facetune app is a good choice. Here you can apply all the editing options in a few small steps. If you want to play around with your own picture a little and see what beauty apps have to offer, then the YouCamPerfect app is a good choice. Trying out a new make-up look quickly and easily is possible with the Airbrush app.



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