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3 Free Beauty Apps That’ll Help You Find the Perfect Products Without Leaving Home

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Are you avoiding unnecessary errands outside your home due to the Covid-19 pandemic? There’s no need to brave the salons, stores, or malls to find the hair, makeup, and skincare products that are right for you. Simply download these free beauty apps to your smartphone to stay gorgeous —and stay safe! — at the touch of a button.

Try on a new hair color.

Not sure if you should lighten your hair or opt for a darker hue? Sally Beauty ColorView AI app uses its filters along with your phone’s camera to help you experiment with different hair colors. You just snap photos of yourself in the new colors and decide which one fits you best. The app tells you the exact color and brand you tried on and suggests tools to buy to help you achieve the look.

Clairol Age Defy Permanent Hair Color Crème

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clairol hair color

Buy at Walmart (From $4.79)

Why we like it:

  • Covers stubborn grays
  • Pre-treat serum preps your strands to soak up color
  • Color-seal conditioning treatment leaves hair soft

Clairol’s permanent color with advanced gray coverage comes in 20+ shades, so you’re sure to find a perfect match. Start with their pre-treatment serum and finish with color-sealing conditioning treatment and turn back the clock!

Test out new makeup hues.

Wary of clicking the buy button on a new lip or eye color without testing it? Try them on at Ulta Beauty’s GLAMlab app! Just take a photo of yourself and “apply” lip, cheek and shadow colors from a variety of brands to the photo. The app can also help you find the right foundation.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

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clinique bb cream

Buy at Sephora ($39.50)

Why we like it:

  • Contains broad-spectrum SPF 30
  • Comes in 4 easy-to-match shades
  • Works for all skin types

This hydrating, anti-aging cream provides protection from the sun, antioxidants, and just the right level of coverage to disguise blemishes and dark spots without feeling heavy. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, it’s easy on your skin, and with only four shades, it’s easy to find the right match, too!

Personalize skin care.

You can reduce wrinkles, erase age spots, or banish blemishes with the TroveSkin app. It analyzes a selfie of your skin, then recommends products that address your concerns, offers general skincare advice, and even tracks improvements in your skin’s texture and tone over time.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Moisturizer

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l'oreal moisturizer

Buy at Amazon ($19.75)

Why we like it:

  • Contains pro-retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C for triple the anti-aging power
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, firms, brightens, and smooths skin
  • Deeply hydrating formula quenches dry skin

Reduce the visible signs of aging in just one week with this anti-aging retinol face cream that contains three powerful ingredients to fight wrinkles, increase moisture, and smooth your skin. Use as a night cream, a primer under makeup, or both!

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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