Beauty apps that will airbrush your selfies to fake perfection

Dazzling teeth, sparkly eyes and porcelain skin look too good to be true? That’s because they are. Here are 12 smartphone apps that'll help you achieve effortless perfection.

Press Association
Last updated: 22 July 2019 - 10.49am

Who needs Photoshop, teeth whiteners or plastic surgery when there are a million apps out there that will make you look as flawless as Beyonce or Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue magazine?

Thanks to app developers cashing in on our visceral need to transform ourselves into 'perfect' examples of flawless beauty, our smartphones are now armed with tools to make us look taller, thinner, and completely pimple and freckle-free.

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Here are a few apps that will help you achieve perfection with a simple slide of a touchscreen button.

1. FaceTune


FaceTune’s wide range of powers include removing wrinkles, whitening teeth, covering bald spots with hair, making pimples magically disappear and reshaping your face and body to make you slimmer and taller.

Available on App Store

2. Beauty Editor - Face Changer

Beauty Editor - Face Changer

This app promises to remove blemishes like pimples and wrinkles. It can also enhance your eyes and even whiten your teeth. You've never looked so good.

Available on Google Play

3. Golden Beauty Meter

Golden Beauty Meter


Get ready to have your beauty judged. This app will scan your selfie and give you a score out of 10 after analysing your measurements.

According to the developers: “This app is intended for entertainment purposes only and does not provide true beauty measuring functionality.”

Although this is not an airbrushing app, it will probably make you want to airbrush your selfies before you put them to the test.

Available on App Store

4. BeautyPlus



BeautyPlus will get rid of your acne, make you taller and slimmer, and make your eyes look brighter among a host of other photo-retouching options.

Available on App Store

5. moreBeaute2


This app will “brighten, lighten your skin tone and smooth your skin in two easy steps”.

Who needs botox and cosmetic surgeons and all those creams and potions that promise to make your skin look better? Unless of course, you want to get out in the real world and can’t possibly hide behind your filters and airbrushing.

Available on App Store

6. CreamCam



CreamCam will make your face look so bright and so smooth, you’ll look like an airbrushed model on a magazine (and who doesn’t want that?).

But will this airbrushed look really work on those candid, in-the-moment Instagram photos? Probably not…

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Available on App Store and Google Play

7. PhotoWonder



Among a host of editing tools, PhotoWonder’s “beautify” section promises to make your eyes bigger (except the results make you look more like a freaky doll rather than a doe-eyed damsel) and shape your legs to make them look thinner and longer.

Available on App Store

8. Beauty Booth

Beauty Booth


Beauty Booth’s main aim is to make your eyes sparkle like an animated manga cartoon character. It comes with several free and paid-for preset beauty filters.

This app has got a face detection system, which is pretty cool. But the fake sparkly eyes? Not so much.

Available on App Store

9. FaceLab



FaceLab promises to “reshape your face, refine jaw lines, heighten cheek bones and brows, reshape your nose and enlarge or shrink specific areas of the image”.

It will “restore the flawless skin you were born with” and has the option to add make-up to your face.

Available on App Store

10. YouCam Perfect

YouCam Perfect

Skin smoother, blemish remover, face reshaper, nose enhancer, eye enlarger, leg lengthener – you name it, this app has it.

YouCam Perfect will also add contours to your face and remove eye bags and allow you to connect with like-minded airbrush addicts through its social community – the Beauty Circle.

Available on App Store and Google Play

11. Perfect365



Perfect365 describes itself as a “one-tap makeover solution” and boasts over 55 million users and counting.

“Get the complexion of a model with tools that let you soften skin, banish blemishes, erase under-eye circles, whiten teeth and much more,” says developer ArcSoft Inc.

Your retouched image might end up looking nothing like you, but does anyone care?

Available on App Store and Google Play

12. Visage Lab

Visage Lab


Visage Lab says it is “a professional beauty laboratory for your facial photos” and aims to “remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds with all operations made automatically”.

This app can also perform digital surgeries on multiple people in one go which, we suppose, is good if you’ve got group selfies to edit.

Available on App Store and Google Play

There are many more apps like these out there. So next time you see a #sogorgeous #lookingflawless selfie on the internet, you know it’s probably #toogoodtobetrue.

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