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Love taking selfies but wish you don’t have to fall back on Photoshop so much? Let’s face it, we all want to look good on our profile pictures but a pimply complexion, dry skin, a hair out of place, red eyes, or just bad lighting can really mess up an otherwise perfect-for-sharing picture.
Rather than depend on photo filters so much, why not use these handy smartphone apps that can give you a quick makeover for a flawless complexion and surgery-free enhancements.
Here are 10 free apps we have found for iPhone and Android devices that let you edit and retouch your pictures for more share-worthy results. Edit your photos to your heart’s content even straight from your smartphone.
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Have very bad acne days? Facetune is going to be your next best friend. Dubbed the cheaper alternative to Photoshop, you can remove a stray hair, or a gray one, give yourself acne- and wrinkle-free skin, remove red eye and even change your eye color and more, with this handy app.
The response for iOS is great but there is no word by the team to create one for Android yet (eventhough there is a clear demand). The app also has great share options, leading to Facebook, instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr as well as email.
Platform: iOS [$ 2.99]
Pixtr does all the hard work for you by automatically detecting what needs to be corrected in your picture. It will eliminate skin blemishes and red eye to ensure a flawless, natural look, and it works even in group photos.
Pixtr has the added option to let you automatically set an improved photo as your Facebook profile picture straight from the app. Alternatively you can share photos on Facebook, Twitter or via email. Pixtr will be coming to Android soon.
Platform: iOS [Free]
The face detection feature of this phone makes it easy for you to remove dark circles under your eyes, remove unsightly blemishes from your skin, and even customize your face (think higher cheekbones, higher nose, firmer faces).
There are also pre-set makeup templates to give you an instant makeover or you can save your customizations to apply to your future selfies. The app has quickshare options to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.
Want more control of your face? Try Photo Makeover that can literally put a smile on your face (or any other facial expression you prefer on a photo. With the app, you can also widen the eyes or the face, introduce more symmtery to the face or make other adjustments to the face.
The app also lets you make quick one-tap color corrections for photos that were taken under bad lighting, under-exposed or a victim of poor backlighting. The app also has a handy magic shake option that instantly apply customizations to a face. You can however only share photos to Facebook.
Platform: iOS [$ 0.99]
ModiFace has a wide range of apps including this one that can really turn you into somebody else. With this very new app, you can enhance your facial features (jaw, nose, cheeks), change eye color and size, whiten teeth and clear face blemishes.
Like other ModiFace apps, this app lets you apply makeup to your photos with preset templates. You can also apply filters and frames or add text to the enhanced photos before sharing it on Facebook. For a trial run, you check out their makeover site first.
Platform: iOS [Free]
There are other apps you can use for a quick touchup of your photographs before sharing it on your social network sites. This however have fewer, limited functions compared to the above, but as always, it doesn’t hurt to have more options.
This app only gives you skin corrections and eye effects, but you get added stamps, speech bubbles, photo borders and beauty filter effects. The app also has share options for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and KakaoTalk.
This app retouches your picture automatically by applying skin and eye makeup, shine removal, smoothing wrinkles, enhancing colors and even whiten teeth, all at once. This however means that you have no control of how much change you want applied. The share options are great for this app though: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, email and direct download.
This app will not only help you brighten up your poorly lit pictures but it will also change the picture’s tone and detail. You can also take a picture or select a picture on your device and smoothen out skin or remove any spots. Share your images on Facebook, Twitter and via email.
Platform: Android [Free]
PicBeauty is a simple app that clears up blemishes and wrinkles, and whiten your teeth before you share it to your Facebook or via iMessage on iOS.
This is quite a smart app. All you need to do is select areas with marks or pimples and the app will remove it completely. It will give you a natural retouched treatment and it doesn’t affect skin color.
Platform: Android [Free]