A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expression templates include "sexy."
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.