If the future is now, shouldn’t your health and beauty regimen keep up with the times as well? Smart phone apps can provide the up-to-the-minute info you need on the go. But with literally hundreds of options to choose from, how do you choose which are the most worthwhile? From flawless makeup application to a perfect beach body, here are BITB’s picks for the top 6 applications you need to download NOW.
Now that summer is in full swing, it’s even more important to monitor and limit the amount of harmful UVA and UVB sun rays you’re soaking up by the pool. This free app from La Roche-Posay zones in on your location and provides you with the local forecast, calculates the day’s UV index, and makes suggestions on what kind of sunscreen you should be slathering on based on your skin type profile. In addition, if you forget to do a repeat layer once you’re out and about, a special alert will remind you when it’s time to reapply.
Word of mouth is great when it comes to what beauty tips work and what misses the mark. With this app, you can browse for beauty inspiration and advice with the swipe of your fingers. Need a new makeup look or a new hairstyle? This app will teach you how to create looks with step-by-step video tutorials, reveal the latest in beauty tips, tricks, and trends, and present ratings and reviews on thousands of beauty products. This free application has a beautiful interface that also lets you post questions to a community of makeup and beauty experts.
With the barcode scanning feature, the GoodGuide app can quickly let you know if a beauty product you are about to buy is safe and healthy for your body and if it is green or socially responsible. This app scans more than just beauty products—with ratings for over 170,000 food, personal care, household cleaners, and other products and a personalization feature, it instantly lets you know if a certain food or household item lives up to the criteria and values you set including nutritional value, animal welfare, human rights, and more. This free app makes it easy to buy only the best for your home and body.
Although we have grown out of paint-by-number kits, this virtual makeup palette will remind you of your childhood. Sample different Lancôme products with a virtual makeup module that renders realistic looks that can be saved, shared on Facebook, or emailed. This app also sends you beauty tips from the brand’s international makeup artists, as well as video tutorials from YouTube makeup star Michelle Phan (who is Lancôme’s newest face) to create the newest, flaw-free beauty looks on trend now.
If your wallet can’t handle a personal trainer at the gym, don’t fret! With more than 85 custom-built workouts, this app is like a personal trainer in your pocket. Detailed instructions, video demonstrations, and audio support guide you through full-body 30 to 45 minute workouts, 15 minute targeted and professional athlete workouts, and 130 multidimensional drills that build on the fundamentals of cardio, core, interval, and strength training. And if you want a body like Rihanna’s, you can unlock exclusive workouts from her personal trainer, Ary Nuñez, as well as others from professional athletes, bold-named celebrities, and yoga instructors. With the app, you can also sync your music library to the workout. Working out has never been easier—or more mobile.
Bangstyle.com is a fast growing hair and culture website and this new app lets you access the most recently uploaded articles right on your phone. Stylists love this app because they can immediately share their work to everyone following and create their own virtual profile. Lovers of innovative hairstyles can easily browse through hundreds of photos for new hair ideas, spot trends even before they are written up in glossy magazines, and locate the nearest Bangstyle salon to recreate a look you spotted and loved.