Photo Makeover

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Photo editor plays on girls' insecurities about their looks.

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Ease of Play

The app is easy to use, but the number of possible looks is overwhelming. Conveniently take the required headshot, mouth closed, with the phone's camera. After marking four anchor points -- the corners of the mouth and eyes -- you can swipe with a finger or apply a ready-made template such as "elegant" or "confident." There are two dozen templates, plus an expression strength slider capable of making further incremental changes to each of the templates. If that's too much, shake the phone for a quick makeover: left and right for a "fresh" face, up and down for a funny one.

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Expression templates include "sexy."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Photo Makeover encourages girls to "improve" their faces with a strong emphasis on supermodel looks. The app tweaks the size of the eyes, nose, lips, and face to make them thinner or wider. No male models are used.

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Is it any good?

Want "sexier" lips, bigger eyes, and a "nicer" smile? Photo Makeover lets you make subtle -- or funhouse -- changes to your face, but you won't come out the other side looking like a supermodel like the ads suggest (unless, of course, you already are one). This app is OK for kids to play with, but parents should not let it become an obsession.

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