9 apps for bet­ter-look­ing self­ies

Put your best face for­ward with one of these apps.

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - BY JACKIE DOVE

When it comes to self­ies, you want to put your best face for­ward. Mak­ing sub­tle fixes to a splotchy com­plex­ion or tam­ing wrin­kles and un­der eye shad­ows doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily present a false face to the pub­lic—just a bet­ter one. Some selfie apps let you go all-out glam, com­plete with face shapers, eye makeup, nose thin­ners, and stylish light­ing and air­brush­ing. How far you go is your choice, but keep in mind that too much fix­ing can re­sult in a fake or even creepy look. Moder­a­tion is key.

Many selfie apps are free or ad-based, but nearly all of­fer in-app pur­chases for spe­cial­ized en­hance­ments and pro-level por­trait fea­tures as well as to dis­able

wa­ter­marks and ads. An in­creas­ing num­ber of apps are adding sub­scrip­tion op­tions, which may be ideal for ha­bit­ual users. Here are nine of our fa­vorites out of many avail­able on the app store.

1. FACETUNE 2

Price: Free, in-app pur­chases avail­able Avail­able from: go.mac­world.com/fct2

Facetune 2 is all self­ies all the time, and as a spe­cial­ist in beau­ti­fy­ing faces, this app gives you the look you seek, whether it’s a nat­u­ral ex­pres­sion for a busi­ness por­trait or a more air­brushed and glam­orous shot for friends and fam­ily.

The app lets you smooth skin and re­move blem­ishes, slim or aug­ment a face or nar­row a jaw­line, whiten teeth, and en­large eyes or change their color. The app can ad­just light sources for a more flat­ter­ing look, re­mov­ing harsh shad­ows. You can play around with back­grounds, and add fil­ters and ef­fects while a new Wipe tool lets you choose dis­crete ar­eas of the im­age to en­hance. The Magic Cam­era fea­ture can ap­ply fa­cial en­hance­ments as you shoot. The Magic Cam­era fea­ture uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to let you ap­ply var­i­ous fa­cial en­hance­ments as you shoot. While the ba­sic app is free, in-app pur­chases and sub­scrip­tions are avail­able for some ad­vanced fea­tures. Sub­scrip­tions to ac­cess all fea­tures cost $5.99 per month or $35.99 per year.

2. YOUCAM PER­FECT

Price: Free, in-app pur­chases avail­able Avail­able from: go.mac­world.com/ycmp

When it comes to your comely vis­age, Youcam Per­fect is not fool­ing around. You can shoot still or video self­ies, aided by an auto-beau­tify func­tion that im­proves your fea­tures as you shoot. The app hides skin prob­lems while an eye en­hancer en­larges and re­moves un­der-eye puffi­ness. With group self­ies, multi-face de­tec­tion can en­hance the look of

each face in your shot.

Youcam Per­fect fur­ther im­proves self­ies with fun el­e­ments like stick­ers, back­grounds, and frames, and can re­move dis­tract­ing back­ground el­e­ments. With full body por­traits, the app works to lengthen legs and slim bod­ies and make you taller or shorter.

While the ba­sic app is free with in-app pur­chases rang­ing from $0.99 to $3.99, a pre­mium ver­sion costs $2.99 per month, $6.99 per quar­ter or $17.99 per year, for which you can save HD pho­tos, re­move wa­ter­marks, ac­cess new ef­fects, and re­move ads. For makeup, you have to in­stall the free Youcam Makeup com­pan­ion app ( go.mac­world.com/ucmu).

3. AIRBRUSH

Price: Free, in-app pur­chases avail­able Avail­able from: go.mac­world.com/arbr

From head to toe, Airbrush brings out your best self(ie). If you can’t abide in­di­vid­ual fea­ture ed­its, Airbrush’s Magic tool tack­les most fa­cial flaws in one go. But if you’re ob­sessed with cre­at­ing the ab­so­lute per­fect face, Airbrush gives you plenty of op­tions. You can

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