5 Best Apps of the Week: An App That Finds Your New Favorite Makeup + More
App enthusiasts may have noticed something different in the App Store this week with a sparkling additional option on a bunch of new and old favorite downloads: an Apple Watch version! Yes, the future is now and we’re about to see if wearables are A Thing or just a passing fad like mood rings and pet rocks. Take a peek at the apps you need to download if you pre-ordered Apple’s arm candy, get jealous about the exclusive version Beyoncé is rocking or just say, eh, I’d rather check out the best apps of the week for my smartphone, thank you very much and keep reading below.
1. MyIdol: Instagram’s latest meme sweeping the social network is all thanks to this Chinese app that transforms your selfies into completely creepy versions of you. And then puts you on a stripper pole. Like a next-level version of those singing elf Christmas e-cards from a holiday or two ago, you can sick your animated selfie loose in a new digital world and then share it for all of your followers to respond lol and wtf to. Download this one for fun, but beware that the English version is still on its way so you’ll have to brush up on your basic Chinese in the meantime.
2. Pacemaker: We’re all DJs to some extent, whether a master party playlist curator or one of those navigators who can manage GPS and Spotify perfectly from the passenger’s seat. Take your hobby to the club with this iOS app (that will work on your Apple Watch too) to turn playlists into dance party mixes from iTunes or Spotify. With its proprietary technology, Pacemaker can reshuffle your tracks or help mix them for you and find the right song to transition — and of course there’s a record scratch feature.
3. Operator: Services like Magic have taken the convenience of texting to Uber levels of on demand personal assisting, but the text-and-get-what-you-want isn’t yet as ubiquitous as the swipe-right-to-like function. That might change now that one of the cofounders of the rideshare company has created personal shopping app Operator that will aim to make getting what you want, no matter what it is, as easy as calling a car. This one is still in beta, and has a pretty hefty (80,000+) wait list ahead of you, but it might be worth the wait, lazy/busy girls of the world.
DL It: Sign up for beta on iOS here
4. Shadescout: Calling all color lovers and makeup mavens — you have a new favorite app that’s like your dream version of Shazam. Snap a picture of anything that’s any hue you would rather find at the Sephora counter (whether a flower that might make an even better blush/lipstick combo or a dress that should be an eyeshadow just like that) and Shadescout will locate makeup products in that exact or similar shade. The only thing that will make this better is a future hookup to a 3D makeup printer.
5. Hykoo: Sure there are a lot of apps out there that will help you add things like text to photos and videos, but this one will give you a chance to flex that Lit degree or Creative Writing minor. Shoot a trio of photos or videos and add text to elevate them to visual stories that turn your memory capturing into a haiku, as the name of this photo app suggests. Share the finished product on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and watch the Likes, the Hearts and the “Whoaaa, what app is this?!” roll in.
What was your favorite app of the week? Share below!