It’s that time of year when you constantly need to look good for parties and photo ops. Keeping up with your beauty routine despite late nights, cookies, and cocktails galore, can be mega-difficult — but the chances are whatever your needs, there’s an app for that. While there are so many bogus beauty apps out there, we’ve rounded up the ones that are actually useful (bonus: they’re all free to download!). Find the best beauty savers available at your fingertips, below.
Sephora is a one-stop shop for all our fave beauty buys — but notorious for not offering deals. Recently, they’ve upped the ante for customers with the Sephora To Go app, which makes being a Beauty Insider better than ever. App users get first dibs on new beauty releases every Tuesday and Thursday, a personal database so you can easily store your favorite products for reordering, and the 411 on special sales and sets.
Booking a massage can be a pain, especially in the city. The getting there alone can offset the effect (traffic, freaky Uber drivers, and waiting for the L train = hello, headache). The Zeel app is designed for max relaxation, with the ability to book a massage straight to your apartment within the hour. Whether you’ve overdone it on The Class or need to de-stress your muscles on your lunch break, Zeel allows you to choose a personalized session with a licensed therapist.
We don’t all have the time (or budget) for a professional ‘do, but with more holiday party invitations than we can count, salon-worthy strands are a must. Enter: The R+Co app. Created for professional use, the app provides on-the-go education, lookbooks, product recommendations, and more. The database pinpoints hair styling tips and offers video tutorials that equip you to create enviable looks for days, no help required.
Ever think about what’s in the stuff you put on your skin (like, actually think about it)? You try to eat more kale than pizza, so why not take the same approach to your beauty routine? Think Dirty is an app that takes the guesswork out of shopping: It scans your products, evaluates the ingredients, and suggests cleaner alternatives. The app makes it easier than ever to achieve next-level glowy skin, no matter how many vodka cranberries you’ve had.
Around the holidays, it seems like everyone has trouble penciling you in, from your best pal to your ride or die stylist. Whether you need a same-day blowout or a head start on New Year’s Eve plans, Vive provides an easy and convenient way to give your locks some love. This app allows you to book an advance or last-minute blowout in your area. We’ve put the service to the test and it’s handy AF. Trust.
Sure, your makeup skills are up to par, but sometimes you need a look. For that, there’s GLAMSQUAD. When you book hair, makeup, or nail service through the app, a crew shows up at your door to get the job done. GLAMSQUAD operates in cities across America, so you can look great no matter where you travel. The services take your ensemble from ordinary to extraordinary, no filter needed.
Though not an app quite yet, The Ritualist has become a go-to amongst us TTS-ers. Book a session (or several) for treatments that revive your skin using their custom products. Whether it’s your face yearning for a hydrating facial, or a deep exfoliation, The Ritualist will be your at-home solution — say goodbye to having to leave a spa sans-makeup again.
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