8 weird Android selfie apps that give you a virtual makeover

These apps will change anything and everything about you—or at least let you try something on before you go for it.


Get ready for your closeup

Are you unhappy with yourself? Do you hate the way you look? Perhaps there’s something about you that you wish you could change, but can’t because it just costs too much money?

If you’re stressing over how straight your teeth are, what color your hair is, or whether you’re the perfect pretty little princess society suggest you should be, there’s a ton of apps you can choose from in the Google Play store to quickly remedy your perceived flaws—or least fake it to your social media followers. Here’s just a small sampling of some of the “best” ones that digitally transform you into a totally different person—or thing.


Do your makeup without touching your face

It took me 15 years to figure out how to properly apply makeup. (Maybe. I guess you’ll have to ask around.)

The point is, sometimes you want to look better than you do, or maybe you forgot to touch up your lipstick before taking a selfie. You shouldn’t have to suffer in your inherent ugliness. Not when there’s an app to help fix all of that.

YouCam Makeup lets you choose from a variety of looks and makeup palettes. It’s like walking into Sephora and buying all the things, but not actually spending any money. And I’ve admittedly used this app once or twice to enhance my eyelashes.

YouCam Makeup (Free)


Get your nails (virtually) done

I love getting my nails done—I love the massage, the cuticle creams, the way I feel perfectly prepped and polished afterwards. So while I appreciate the idea behind the Virtual Nail Salon, which lets you try on nail colors before you go through the work of “arting” them up yourself or paying someone else to do it, I’m not sure the painstaking work required to set up your nail shape in the app is worth the payoff. You’ll need a really big screen and a lot of precision to get your nails lined up.

Virtual Nail Salon (Free)


'Why don't you smile, honey?'

It’s hard to feel perfect when society is constantly pressuring you to look perfect, but you can fake it with Perfect365.

Perfect365 allows you to “Photoshop” your face and eliminate any imperfections. Don’t like your eye shape? You can alter it with this app. Forgot to put on eye shadow this morning? You can digitally add a bit of color with just a few taps. Not smiling? This’ll make you smile. When you’re all done, share it with the Internet and continue to lie to everyone—and yourself—without accepting who you really are.

Perfect365 (Free)


See what you look like as a blonde

Now, Hair Color Studioactually isn’t so bad. It lets you try on a hair color before you go out and spend gobs of money to have a professional do it for you. But like many other apps in the Play Store, it’s freemium. You’re limited to three basic color groups—blonde, brown, and red—unless you pay to unlock other color groups.

Hair Color Studio (Free)


Braces aren't that bad—see?

My mother is a dental hygienist and I can guarantee you that she’d never suggest Virtual Dentist to any of her patients. But if you’re really freaking out about what you’d look like with braces, you can at least install the app and check it out. The app also offers virtual “gum bleaching” (that’s a thing?), whitening, and veneers, the latter of which are the hardest to set up.

Virtual Dentist (Free)


Ever wonder what you look like as a cartoon?

And now for something completely different: Cartoon Face. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this app, but it’s actually kind of fun for trolling your pals online. After you take a selfie, the app applies a filter of sorts that turns you into a cartoon character. Then you pick a scene to place yourself into. My followers on Instagram loved the end results—at least, I think they did.

Cartoon Face (Free)


Be magical! Or fake it

Have you ever wished you had a constant ethereal essence about you? You can fake it with BeautyPlus - Magical Camera. The app lets you tack on sparkly pretty things all over your photos. There’s also a variety of high contrast, neon-hued filters to spruce up doe-eyed selfies, and cute stickers you can stick all over the place.

BeautyPlus - Magical Camera (Free)


Be a bear. Or a raccoon

Ever wonder what you’d look like as an animal? Probably not, but I bet now you’re curious.

InstaFace: face eyes morph is weird. Totally weird. You can only pick animals to “morph” into that you share the same face structure with. For instance, my face didn’t match too well with the lions and tigers, but with the raccoons…well, let’s just say that now I spend my nights digging through suburban trash bins. You wouldn’t believe the kind of things people throw away.

InstaFace: face eyes morph (Free)

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