Thursday, 13 November 2014

Get More Right Swipes: Creating the Perfect Tinder Profile in 4 Simple Steps

A dating app that boasts 1 billion matches and 10 million app downloads but has no questionnaires to fill out, no long personal biography, and only a few photos of yourself. This is the hottest dating site for millennials right now. What is it? Yes, we are talking about Tinder.

What makes Tinder different from other dating sites is that it's all about your PHOTOS."What someone wears, along with other visual clues given off in photographs, can tell a thousand different things about them," says the New York Times.

Using Tinder is incredibly simple. You create a profile using your Facebook login info, then the app shows you men/women in your area. After looking at one or more of their photos, you show you are interested by swiping right if you like that person or left if you don't. If the two of you both swipe right, then you have a match. Now you can message each other and (maybe) the sparks will fly.

Knowing your photos are key to your Tinder success, we've got some tips using our free YouCam Perfect photo app to help you get more matches. A researcher from UCLA recently discovered that its those subtle visual clues in photos such as your clothing style, the pout of your lips and even posture that reflects deeper personality traits such as who is in your circle of friends, your confidence level, and whether you like to party or not. So whether you use Tinder for meeting new friends or finding “the one,” it truly matters how you represent yourself in your photos.

4 Steps to Selecting the Right Pictures to Get More Matches

It's no wonder that selecting the right photos will get you more Tinder matches. But when you create your account, Tinder automatically chooses your most recent Facebook profile images as your default Tinder pictures. The photos you chose for your friends to see on Facebook are probably not the right ones for your potential soul mate. And remember, your main Tinder profile picture will have an extremely high impact on whether or not you will find matches because for most users, that ONE picture is all they will see of you before swiping!

1. First Impressions Matter- You've got one chance to make a lasting impression on your future love. Your first photo should show you up close, smiling and confident with warm body language. Avoid crossed arms or serious faces even if you mean for it to come across as cool. While you can add many photos on Tinder, only the main photos really matter to catch that special someone’s eye.

To get the perfect main photo, try YouCam Perfect's shine removal, blemish removal, and even teeth whitener to show off your best side. These tools can be used on new photos or existing ones.

2. Order of Importance- For your next few photos, it should be presented in such a way that it shows what's most important to you. If your boxing hobby is the most unique aspect about you, then your next photo should have you boxing (or bike riding, playing music with your band, swimming, etc.). This favorite pastime can be a great Tinder icebreaker, too. Both of you love photography? Great! Don't save your favorite hobby for the last photo!

To highlight your hobby, try YouCam Perfect's removal tool to get rid of the background and focus just on you. It can remove background items in just seconds so YOU are the one who shines in your photos!

3. Fashion & Fit First- Make sure whatever clothes and accessories you show off to your potential matches truly represent you in a positive light. Don't wear silly boots or a goofy hat even if you are trying to be funny, and instead stick to classic looks. And keep in mind that it is best to select clothing items that flatter your assets (or hide your less awesome areas)!

If you've got an otherwise great photo, but your clothes are making you look a little drab (we have a whole blog post on "Top 3 Unflattering Fashion Mistakes in Photos") try YouCam Perfect's Taller feature to make you look leaner in your clothing.

4. Ask an Outsider- Once your profile is complete, consult a friend or two to take a look at your profile. Especially if you are looking to match someone of the opposite sex, we advise asking a friend of the opposite sex friend for their insight. Be open to their constructive criticism to make your Tinder profile as great as it possibly can be.

Overall, Tinder sets itself apart from traditional dating sites by being easy to use and aiming to bring online dating closer to the real life dating experience. When you walk into a bar, you don’t fill out a form and have some algorithm match you up with people said Sean Rad co-founder and chief executive of Tinder, referring to the questionnaires on most dating sites. Unlike your parents’ dating sites such as OkCupid, eHarmony or Matchhat find matches based on profile compatibility, Tinder is completely photo-based and YouCam Perfect can help maximize your photo love matching success!

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

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

"Frozen" Halloween Makeup Tutorials for Girls- Become Elsa or Anna!

The two coolest Disney princesses are this year's most popular Halloween costumes. Snow queen Elsa and her sister the fearless optimist Anna are both beautiful, independent women in the frozen kingdom of Arendelle. While enduring the infinite winter, these two sisters struggle with real-world issues like independence, family dynamics, and finding their prince charming. 

This Halloween, "Let It Go" and bring out your inner Frozen princess with our step-by-step makeup tutorial using YouCam Makeup.

Elsa "The Snow Queen" Tutorial in 10 Steps
Elsa's porcelain complexion, pink lips, smoky purple eyes and perfect eyebrows are easy to achieve with this magical makeover!

1. Download and open the YouCam Makeup app, available for Android devices, iPhone and iPad. 

2. Select your photo from the Photo Album and click Skin to begin applying makeup.

3. To achieve Elsa's snow white face, select Foundation in the lightest shade.

4. To get the snow queen's rosy cheeks, select Skin and select Blush in the baby pink shade higher than 60 percent (use the slider to adjust the intensity).

5. To make your eyes pop like Elsa's, first line the eyes by selecting Eyes and Eye Liner in black selecting the strong winged style of liner.

6. Elsa also has long lashes, so to achieve this select Eyelashes and apply the thick black lashes. 

7. For Elsa's signature purple smoky eye 
look, select Eyeshadow and chose the colors for the three shades of purple, 1 the lightest shade of purple, 2 the darkest shade, and 3 a middle hue of purple. Use the strongest shadow application by selecting the style in the eyeshadow application maps that gives you the fullest coverage for your eye

8. Elsa's dark brown eyebrows are also perfectly arched. To get her symmetrical brows, select Eyebrows and use the darkest coffee color. Select the brow style that is straight, thick, and slightly tapers at the end. Use 100% shape and 100% color for the fullest brows. 

9. Pouty pink lips are also part of Elsa's look. To get her lipstick color, select Lips and Lipstick in magenta at 50% and the glossy style lipstick. 

10. For even more fun after you've completed your Elsa Frozen makeup look, save your photo and select one of the YouCam Perfect Collages to place yourself or your little girl together with the real Elasa character side-by-side. Select from collages with 2-6 photos!

Princess Anna Tutorial in 10 Steps

Want to build a snowman? Try out this innocent and charming princess Anna makeup look first

1. If you haven’t already, download and open the YouCam Makeup app, available for Android devices, iPhone and iPad. 

2. Select your photo from the Photo Album. Depending on your own skin tone, you may want to add foundation to make your skin more peachy like Anna’s. To do this, select Skin and Foundation to pick a peach shade.

3. Anna's eyebrows are dark and full. To make your brows more like her, go to Eyes and select Eyebrows and use the darkest coffee color. Select the brow style that is straight, thick, and slightly tapers at the end. Use 100% shape and 51% color for full yet soft arches (use the slider to adjust the color intensity).

4. Anna has genuine doe eyes, big and gentle. To make eyes more like hers, select Eye Liner and click "+" to download one of the new eyeliner looks with the soft shadow under the bottom lash line. Download the look and "use" it to apply to your own photo.

5. Anna's lashes are particularly long and full. To achieve this youthful look, select Eyelashes and and click "+" to download one of the new lash styles, the fullest and longest dramatic lashes. Download the look and "use" it to apply to your own photo. Use dark brown color for the lashes around 80% to soften them (use the slider to adjust).

6. To get the princess's warm, rosy cheeks, select Skin and select Blush in the bright middle shade of pink around 80% (use the slider to adjust).

7. Anna has glossy pink lips. To get her lip color, select Lips and Lipstick in dark pink at around 30% and select the glossy lipstick style.

8. For Anna's simple brown eye shadow, select Eyeshadow and in the color palette and download one of the new shadows. Click "^" to get more colors and select "Sahara Surprise." Download the palette and "use" it to apply to your own photo.

9. Use the strongest shadow application by selecting the style in the eyeshadow application maps that gives you the fullest coverage for your eye.

10. For even more fun after you've completed your Anna Frozen makeup look, save your photo and select one of the YouCam Perfect Collage for Halloween! Show off your Frozen style together with Anna. 

It's Halloween Party Time- Win an iPhone 6!
Get into the Hallowen spirit and enter to win an iPhone 6 and other great prizes by showing us your most Boo-tiful Halloween photo! Apply YouCam Makeup’s Halloween “Looks” or YouCam Perfect’s Halloween frames/collages, and submit your photo before 11/3/2014 for a chance to win.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Top 4 Halloween Face Makeup Ideas

If you're looking for inspiration this Halloween or don't have the time to put together a costume, we've got the top Halloween makeup looks for you to try! 

Use makeup to transform yourself into a Disney villain, Egyptian princess, vampire vixen and more. Before you go out and spend your hard-earned cash on Halloween makeup products, experiment with your face makeup virtually! All the looks below were created with YouCam Makeup app's latest Halloween "Looks," available now for free on Android and coming soon to iOS.

1. A Queen-An Evil or a Beautiful One

Maleficent (Left)- The self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil” is the most sinister of Disney Villains. This bewitching, sharp look with chiseled cheeks and red lips is great if you want to look both beautiful and a bit devilish.

Cleopatra (Right)- The infamous Queen of the Nile was an exquisite, stunning beauty. Her distinctive makeup is a classic Halloween look, with dramatic eye makeup made of bold lines, bright blue eyelids, and golden lips.

2. A Vamp- Find Your Gothic Goddess

Vampire- The female vampire look has become popularized recently from books and movies, but this timeless gothic glamour is the ultimate Halloween look that is both classically scary and sultry. Your pale skin, smudged eye makeup and blood-red lips are darkly romantic and eerie, a style consisting of only black, white, and red colors.

3. A Leopard- Get Inspired by the Jungle

Leopard- animal print has become both feminine and fashionable, and leopard eye shadow is a Halloween look that will bring out your wild side. When you want a costume that is more cute than scary, this predator style is prefect for you! In YouCam Makeup, you can customize the color or your leopard spots to make it even more stylish!

4. Poker Face- Try Your Luck


Poker Face- Bring out the gambler in you with this Queen of Hearts and Jack of Spades look. If you want a style that is playful and flirty, then the smoldering eyes and ruby red lips are right for you. Just be careful that your luck doesn't run out too soon.

Note: The YouCam Makeup Halloween Looks are now available on Android and are coming soon to iOS.

How are the makeup looks so realistic?
YouCam Makeup uses CyberLink's facial recognition technology on your own photo to recognize your face. With hundreds of makeup apps out in the market, YouCam Makeup provides the most realistic cosmetic overlays for you to achieve that perfect look.

Try it out today for free on the ITunes App Store for iOS and on the Google play Store for Android.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

5 Before-and-After Eyebrow Transformations

Celebs such as Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins have brought the "power brows" back to the forefront of style. Whether its the thick, bushy Brooke Shields brows or the more refined Jennifer Aniston arches, our shopping habits tell us that we just can't get enough of enhancing our eyebrows. This year alone, eyebrow makeup sales have increased 33% according to the NPD Group

Before you go out and spend money on new eyebrow products, YouCam Makeup can help you decide which color and style of brows is best for you. Take a look at the before and after photos based on the different face shapes to get some ideas of which brow is best suited for you.

Before & After Eyebrow Transformations:

Oval Faces
Your Best Brows: The perfect eyebrow shape for you is the soft angled eyebrow shape. The soft angled shape goes straight up and then gently curves round at the top and down. 

Famous Oval Shaped Faces: Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz

Before (left), After applying eyebrows with YouCam Makeup (right)

Long Faces
Your Best Brows: Use a straighter brow and gentle arch to help widen and flatter your long face. Avoid selecting high arches that will make your face appear thinner.

Famous Long Faces: Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Celine Dion

Before (left), After applying eyebrows with YouCam Makeup (right)

Round Faces
Your Best Brows: Go for fuller brows with a sharp, angled arch to give structure to your round face. You face will appear wider the farther the arch is from your nose.

Famous Round Faces: Kirsten Dunst, Emma Stone, Adele

 Before (left), After applying eyebrows with YouCam Makeup (right)

Square Faces
Your Best Brows: For your square shape, a high, curved arch works well because it softens and elongates your face. A square jaw is your strong feature, but you can balance it with a strong brow or soften it with curves.

Famous Square Faces: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore

Before (left), After selecting color and shape with YouCam Makeup (right)

Heart-shaped Faces
Your Best Brows: Choose a fuller shape and a soft arch to balance a longer chin. Apply rounded brows for a feminine and attractive result.

Famous Heart-Shaped Faces: Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johannson

Before (left), After applying eyebrows with YouCam Makeup (right)

Where Can I Get YouCam Makeup?
YouCam Makeup is the virtual cosmetic kit in your pocket and the smart way to create makeup styles to match your lifestyle. The smart facial detection senses facial features and shapes with greater accuracy than any other app, making cosmetic style overlays look true-to-life. 

Try YouCam Makeup for free on the ITunes App Store for iOS and on the Google play Store for Android.

Note: The YouCam Makeup eyebrow feature is now available on Android and is coming soon to iOS.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bored with Instragram’s Limited Filter Selection? Try One-Click Overlays for More Creative Shots!

Creating excellent photos quickly on your mobile is easy with presets & filters. But the most downloaded photo editor app Instagram only gives you 20 filters to choose from. Images begin to look the same after repeated use of classic filters like Valencia and X-Pro II. For the photographer who wants to take pictures, choose a filter to customize the mood and then share with friends in a few seconds, we've got more creative one-click options for you!

In addition to the 40 preset effects including Lomo, Artistic, HDR effects and Vignette, the PhotoDirector app has light leak, grunge, and scratch overlays to give your image the artistic mood you desire.

Light Leak

A light leak happens when light is able to "leak" into the body of the camera exposing the film with extra light. The result is diffuse light that may cast shadows or reflect in different ways. In the lomography movement, this is seen as a positive effect, giving photos more character. 

To apply the light leak effect to your images, open the PhotoDirector app and click "Overlays" at the bottom, then select "Light Leak" and choose from the different directions of the light leak. Then you can manually adjust the intensity of the leak with the slider for more control.

Original image (left), one-touch light leak overlay applied with PhotoDirector (right)

The grunge effect is a popular trend that gives your photo a more organic and realistic look rather than looking polished and perfected. This overlay can make your pictures look as if they were hanging on the wall of a rock club for years.

To apply this grunge effect on your photos, open the PhotoDirector app and click "Overlays," then select "Grunge" and select from the different styles of the grunge look. Then you can manually alter the grunge effect by flipping the overlay 90 degrees or even flipping the design upside down with the first row of options.

 Selecting dfferent styles of the grunge overlay with PhotoDirector produces different results

To artificially age your photos, try the scratch overlay. Achieving that antique look of photos found in your grandmother's attic is easy with this effect.

To apply this scratched looking effect on your shots, open the PhotoDirector app and click "Overlays," then select "Scratch" and select from the many styles of the scratch. Then you can manually alter the scratch effect by flipping the overlay 90 degrees or even flipping the design upside down with the first row of options.

  Two styles of the scratch overlay with PhotoDirector gives each photo a unique feel

What is PhotoDirector Mobile?
PhotoDirector is Cyberlink's easy-to-use photo editing and adjustment app, giving users the power to quickly add effects and filters, edit and enhance their shots, or create stylish photo collages on their mobile devides. Anyone can achieve outstanding, DSLR-like results in a matter of seconds with PhotoDirector, available for free on Google Play, the Windows Store and now the Apple App Store.