Selfie magic

Selfie magic
The icons of (clockwise from left) GirlsCamera, Photo Makeover, Beauty Booth, Cymera, Modiface Photo Editor selfie apps.

Beauty need not come at a heavy price.

Selfie makeover apps can give you a completely new look for less than $3, and some even cost nothing.

Makeover apps are essentially digital beauty salons packed with editing features which smoothen your skin, enlarge your eyes and even add a dash of make-up so your selfie looks perfect.

While most are targeted at girls, these apps work for guys too, giving any user an instant Japanese Kawaii or Korean ulzzang look.

Here are five great apps which can give you a million-dollar look.

GirlsCamera: Japan Purikura, Free (Android, iOS)

Modelled to look like a Japanese sticker photo booth, this app comes with all the features you would expect in the real-world version.

It is great for quickly beautifying an impromptu selfie, though the app's makeover options are pretty basic. Photos taken with the in-app camera or imported from your photo album are given a beauty treatment which applies different filters to smoothen skin and lighten the complexion.

Just like a real photo booth, this app comes with plenty of cute customisation options, including stickers, frames and scribble-on text. You can even add contact lens stickers to change your eye colour.

I am not a fan of this feature as the contact lenses were difficult to apply, especially on a small smartphone screen.

If you were a fan of those classic Neoprint photo booths, this app will bring back memories of the good old days.

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