Thursday, 2 April 2015

Better Spring Selfies Easy as 1-2-3

April showers may bring May flowers, but don't let those rain clouds ruin your mood or your photos! We've got 3 steps to make your selfies better no matter the weather. Show the world your best selfie using YouCam Perfect.

Step 1: Shoot a Great Selfie
Open YouCam Perfect on your Android or iPhone, and select the Beauty Camera to take a photo that automatically beautifies your face. Try out the camera with star icon to apply one of the 14 real-time skin beautification effects. Whether you want glamorous contours or nature soft light look, you can apply and see the effects before taking your selfie, just like a magic mirror!

Here are a few ways to improve the way your shots:
  • Crop It Close and at an Angle- The background of your selfies is usually distracting and not the focus of your photo. So try a close crop at an angle on your next selfie  (not holding the phone right in front) to focus on YOU and not the background. 
  • Follow the Rule of Thirds- Place your face in the top-right or top-left corner of the frame instead of directly in the center. Try to keep your eye line one-third down from the top and off to one side. 
  • Use Both Hands- You can hold you phone with one hand or two to take your shot, but if you use both hands and the automatic timer, your arms can act as a nice, natural frame for your face.

Step 2: Perfect Your Selfie
Once you are satisfied with your selfie, use any of YouCam Perfect’s beautification tools to easily touch up your complexion for natural looking self-portraits that are perfect for sharing. Beautification tools that you can try include:
  • Face Contour and Nose Enhance- Automatically contours your face for more definition 
  • Face Reshaper- Like a virtual face lift, reshape your face to shed a few pounds instantly
  • Blemish Removal- Remove lines, freckles and blemishes for baby smooth skin 
  • Shine Removal and Blush- Remove unwanted shine and add natural rouge for a healthy glow
  • Eye Enlarger and Eye Bag Removal- Enlarge your eyes and eliminate dark circles under your eyes

Step 3: Take It Up a Notch
To add another touch of elegance to your images, consider adding a Frame or Text Bubble to speak your mind. Place your photo into one of the stylishly designed borders, frames or scenes to make your selfie even more unique.

Or, use a combination of the Lens Flare, Light Leak, or Blur tool to get a personalized look and one-of-a-kind selfie as I did in the photos below. The Lens Flare tool sets the mood and adds style to your images. Lens Flare filters add a burst of creative light to your images that adds personality. The Blur tool will leave the background slightly blurred so that your face is the focal point in the image.

In the Deco tab, you will find many tools to decorate your selfies. 

The Perfect Selfie

Show off your beautiful side this spring with YouCam Perfect! Share your perfected selfies with us by posting them on YouCam Perfect’s Facebook Fanpage, on Twitter with the hashtag #YouCamPerfect, or on our Instagram account with the tag @YouCamPerfectOfficial.

Download YouCam Perfect for free on the ITunes App Store for iOS and on the Google play Store for Android.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Adding a Textured Look to Photos

The new Photo Composer tool added an Opacity slider that allows you to add a textured look to your photos and create an artistic flare. Even though there are lots of texture templates online, you can also create one your own. Look for interesting patterns such as laminated countertop, leaves, trees, and even a rug or old paper bag would do.

In this tutorial, I will be using the picture of the house we have edited in Howto Create a Lomo Effect tutorial and a texture image.
 Step 1. Select the main image, in this tutorial, it is the image of the house. Make sure you select a photo with proper exposure, good detail and sharpness.

Add some sharpness, vibrant and saturation to the main image.

Step 2. Then, go to the "Edit" module and select "Photo Composer".

Click on "Add image" and select the texture image to overlay. The sizes of both images may not be the same, so resize the texture image until it covers the main photo completely.

Step 3. Now adjust the Opacity, Temperature, Exposure, Contrast sliders until you get a result you like. There are no rules how much to choose for each slider, it all depends on the main photography, the texture image and the look and feel you want to create.

Step 4. Save the image and go to the Adjustment Module. Add a light vignette to finish up that vintage look.

Here are more examples of photos with blended texture. 
Now try create your own textured look from your photos with PhotoDirector.
If you are new to PhotoDirector, you can download a 30-day trial here.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Your 5 Must-Try Spring 2015 Makeup Trends

Fashion Week has come and gone, and finally spring is here! When it comes to spring makeup, we can tell that we definitely won't be seeing the same old boring colors or floral prints. Spring 2015 is filled with daring and surprising trends, and we've picked out some of our favorites from this year's Fashion Week to share with you. The looks that top our list include purple plum lips, the fine-lined cat eye, slightly kooky face embellishments, bold blue shadows, and makeup au naturel.

Here's what we think are the top 5 prettiest trends that you should try out this spring. Get inspired by our favorites and re-create them for yourself using YouCam Makeup!

1. Purple Plum Lipstick

While spring is typically a time for brighter colors, this year we're going bold with a wine-stained purple lip color. The berry cherry lips are trendy this spring, such as the lips we saw in Dolce & Gabbana's show. At Trussardi the models with plum lips also looked fresh and stylish. While I wasn't a fan of this color at first because of my pale skin, once I sampled the color I was hooked! Just be sure to play around with the color and tone of the plum lipstick you choose, just to make sure it matches your skin tone.

2. Fine Lines, Eyes of a Feline

We saw a love of the cat eye this year at Fashion Week, from the winged cat eye at Oscar de la Renta to the more abstract lines of Suno. While this look is classic, it is anything but boring. With YouCam Makeup, you can try on all different colors of liner and styles of cat eye (from thick and daring to thin and classic lines). For this look, we paired it with a simple light pink lip and light peach blush to keep the focus all about the eyes.

3. Pretty Little Face Embellishments

One of the surprising trends we saw this year was face embellishments. If you are feeling more playful but don't want to go completely costume, try adding a bit more artistic flair with a few hearts on your cheek or peacock feathers on your lids. But not to worry, you don't have to be a real artist to get these facial adornments. YouCam Makeup has many preset Looks (both traditional makeup and costume styles) including ones with facial tattoos and crazy lashes.

For this Look, I applied the Look "Lovestruck" to get the hearts, and then I toned down the eye shadows and lips for a more wearable style. To view all of our face embellishments, you can try out any of YouCam Makeup's preset looks. Simply open the YouCam Makeup app and click on "More" > "More Makeup" > "Looks" OR when you are inside the app playing with makeup simply click on "Looks" and click on "+" to see all preset looks.

4. Bright Bold Blues


If the other makeup trends are too toned down for you, this blazing blue trend will do the trick! The shades of azure on the upper and lower lids scream for attention. We saw graphic blue cat eye makeup at Honor and smudged light blue eye shadow at Emanuel Ungaro. To achieve this look, I played with the shades of blue and turquoise selecting the shadow style with color on the lower lid. A navy blue liner, light coating of mascara on top and bottom lashes and a matte nude lip complete the look. With this look, I'm feeling ready for a night out in high heels with friends! 

5. Barely There Natural Makeup

Wouldn't we all like to wake up looking flawless without makeup? If you weren't born with perfect skin, you can still achieve the minimal look and show off your healthy complexion with just a little foundation, blush and bronzer. We noted the nude makeup trend many times on the runway this year. We saw Donna Karan favor bronzed skin in an ode to summer, but Gucci kept the model's skin translucent and fresh by applying a foundation shade identical to the their natural skin tone. For this look, we evened out the skin tone by applying foundation and removing under-eye circles in the app. I then applied one of the natural makeup preset Looks calls "Office Lady" with a warm coral blush and eye shadow and pale pink lip.

To try on your own virtual makeup looks, get YouCam Makeup for free on your iOS and Android devices.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Become a Princess for a Day With Enchanting New YouCam Cinderella Styles!

Put on your glass slippers and get ready to meet your fairy godmother, because we just announced a magical #YouCamCinderella campaign that will allow you to transform into a princess faster than you can say bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! 

The newly released live action version of this classic fairytale has taken the beauty world by storm. From the release of a new MAC makeup line to endless discussions about the fashion, makeup and style of the characters, it is clear that Cinderella has made quite an impression on style enthusiasts everywhere. We at YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect are no exception to this glittery princess frenzy, and we've released brand new Cinderella-inspired looks, hairstyles, and “Before & After” photo frames to show your enthusiasm for this magnificent new interpretation of the classic fairy tale story.

In addition to the release of our breathtaking new styles, we’re also hosting a contest for wannabe princesses everywhere. Submit your best Cinderella influenced look and you can win an exclusive “Princess for a Day” makeover package and other sensational prizes. Read on to find out how you can live the fairy tale life today…


Step 1: 
To begin your adventure, download the YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect apps, or if you already have them, update these apps to the latest version so you will have access to our stunning new styles.

Step 2: 
To meet your fairy godmother and get a virtual makeover, launch your YouCam Makeup app, then click on the “More” tile, and navigate to “More Makeup” and “Looks.” You should see our brand new Cinderella-inspired makeup styles here. Click the “Download” button below the look, then once the look has been downloaded, click “Use” to apply it to your most charming selfie.

Step 3: 
Now it’s time to choose a hairstyle you can wear to any fancy ball or party! Once you are happy with how your Cinderella makeup style looks on your photo, click the “Hair” button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. If you have updated your app to the latest version you will see “Cinderella” and “Stepmother” hairstyles that you can add to your Cinderella makeup look. Check out examples above and decide whether you want to be wickedly gorgeous or marvelously kind by adding one of these hairstyles to your creation. Click the check mark in the top right hand corner of your screen to confirm your best style.

Step 4: 
Naturally, you’d like to see your exquisite transformation. To do so, you can apply one of our “Before & After” Cinderella frames to your finished photo by clicking the little heart with a plus sign on top of it in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Once you do you can find a “Compare” button in the bottom left hand corner of the “Save My Look” page. If you click on this, you will see your before and after photos added to the frame. Scroll right to left for even more frame options.

Step 5: 
Ta-da! Your Cinderella virtual makeover is now complete. You can share your photo with friends on Facebook or other social media sites, and enter your princess perfect look into our contest for a chance to win some phenomenal prizes. To submit your entry, simply post your best Cinderella look publicly with the hashtag #YouCamCinderella to YouCam Perfect’s Facebook Fanpage, Twitter, or Instagram account.

One lucky winner will receive a special “Princess for a Day” makeover package valued at $150* and three runners up will receive a “Fairy Tale Cosmetic Kit”. Our winners will be selected from the entries with the most votes, so ask your friends and family to vote for your entry on our Facebook Fan Page to make your Cinderella dreams come true.

Can’t get enough of the magic? We’ve got a Bonus Enchantment for this contest as well! To increase your chances of winning, post your creation on Instagram with the hashag #InstantPrincess and tag @YouCamPerfectOfficial. 

This contest runs from March 20, 2015 to April 10, 2015, so hurry up and let your fairy tale begin today before you turn into a pumpkin!

*Limited to U.S. Residents Only

Saturday, 21 March 2015

#YouCamSuperModel Meet The Judges, Part 4: Zoe Smith

Our #YouCamSupermodel contest is almost over – have you submitted your best model-inspired makeup look yet? Remember to share your best Kendall or Cara with us before March 24, 2015 for a chance to win a free cosmetic kit! When we introduced #YouCamSuperModel campaign judge Diana Antonescu in a previous post, we talked a little bit about fashion theory and the detail behind any successful runway endeavor. Today we’d like to get even more conceptual as we introduce our final #YouCamSuperModel campaign judge, beauty therapist Zoe Smith.

A native to Reading and a lover of London, Zoe currently resides in a nearby town called Workingham. She spends her days working full time as a beauty therapist for aromatherapy brand Decleor.

Zoe turns to technology to get insights and ideas to strengthen her practice. A YouTube enthusiast she draws inspiration from makeup video tutorials and follows news apps to see coverage on the latest celeb events or to check out their red carpet style. Model and TV personality Tyra Banks is one of Zoe’s favorite celebrities to follow, she finds Tyra’s endless array of styles fascinating. She is also a fan of the “Tyra’” YouCam Makeup Look!
When it comes to designers, Zoe admires the clean-cut, tailored looks that Georgio Armani delivers to both men and women. Her motto is, “the more tailored the look the more flattering.” The bold, dramatic eyebrows that many models sported at London Fashion Week this year were Zoe’s favorite current trend, and when asking this tech friendly girl what futuristic fashion would look like in 2020, Zoe predicted that the focus will be on exaggerated lips and porcelain skin.

Join our #YouCamSuperModel contest before it’s too late by clicking here, and learn more about Zoe on her company’s website:

**Note: Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Gisele B√ľndchen, Tyra Banks, and Liu Wen are not affiliated with CyberLink in any way.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

#YouCamSuperModel Meet The Judges, Part 3: Diana Antonescu

Which clothing line from the global Spring 2015 Fashion Week did you think was the best? We were blown away by the bold statements and bright colors in the Versace show during the events in Milan. Some of our favorite fashion campaigns focus on telling a profound story with the clothing, models and styles. It takes quite a bit of behind the scenes work to put together a winning campaign, and the strategy must extend off the runway to include a strong creative team of strategists, marketers and more. One lady who knows quite a bit about putting together a powerful strategy is our third #YouCamSuperModel Campaign Judge Diana Antonescu!

Diana is a marketing executive for Benefit Cosmetics in Romania, and she is responsible for many creative campaigns. She started off as a social media guru for the popular makeup brand and continues to draw on her past experiences while adventuring into new professional territories. As a native of Bucharest, Romania, Diana enjoys staying close to her roots.

When seeking fuel for her creative fire, Diana looks to the cosmetic industry at large, scans magazines, and follows many fashion and beauty blogs. Diana is always keeping an eye on designer Elie Saab’s ethereal clothing lines and is a big fan of supermodel Miranda Kerr.

When asked to predict the future of fashion, Diana replied that she hopes it will include a return to traditional prints and motifs. It comes as no surprise to us that this marketing maven also enjoys a natural and feminine makeup look.

Follow what Diana and Benefit Cosmetics are up to on their Facebook page, and join our #YouCamSuperModel contest today by clicking here
**Note: Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Gisele B√ľndchen, Tyra Banks, and Liu Wen are not affiliated with CyberLink in any way.

Friday, 13 March 2015

3 Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

As celebrity personality Kermit the Frog would say, “It’s not easy being green.” And while it may not always be easy to don shades of green, it can be quite a bit of fun, especially on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patty’s Day is not just an occasion to avoid leprechauns and drink festive green beer. It’s also an opportunity to commemorate Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland – as well as a celebration of all things Irish.

What you may not know about this celebratory holiday is that during the 1990’s, The Republic of Ireland declared that St. Patrick’s Day would henceforth be a day to recognize innovation, creativity and grassroots involvement in Ireland in the form of expressive celebrations. To help you participate in these noble festivities, YouCam Makeup, Beauty Circle, and our sister app ImageChef have partnered up to give you three easy ways to express your creativity and engage in a digital version of what some call “the greatest celebration in the world!”

1. Create Your Own Leprechaun-Approved Makeup Style
Green is a color associated with life, nature, renewal, energy and harmony – all great things. As we all know, Leprechauns notoriously love gold. The color gold also has good associations including love, courage, passion and magic. Enjoy the holiday by expressing yourself with a colorful cosmetic style complete with the energy and magic behind green and gold! Create your own St. Patty’s Day makeup style using your YouCam Makeup app and post it on social media to avoid getting digitally pinched. A sparkly green and gold eye shadow palette, with green eye color, and some mascara and lipstick ought to do the trick!

2. Pick A Photo Frame That Would Make St. Patrick Proud
Now that you have the perfect green and gold makeup combo, celebrate all things Irish by putting your photo into a digital frame and adorning it with your most clever St. Patty’s Day slogan. Our partners at ImageChef have many fabulous frames to choose from, and our favorite is their ‘Seeing Green’ Photo Frame.

3. Show Off Your Creation On Social Media 
Once you've gotten the perfect makeup, and combined it with the perfect frame, make your creation your Beauty Circle profile picture to prove to all your friends that you've truly got the luck of the Irish. Not a member of Beauty Circle yet? Click here to find out about the first ever social network for all things beauty, style and makeup!


There you have it, all the tools to make your friends green with envy this St. Patty’s Day. Now get out there and collect your shamrocks, put together your best green ensemble to avoid getting pinched by a leprechaun and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!