Brains behind the beauty: Creating makeup looks for Perfect365

“Treat your makeup like jewelry for the face. Play with colors, shapes, structure; it can transform you.”

-Francois Nars, creator of Nars cosmetics.

Creating new makeup templates for Perfect365 is truly a team effort. It involves research, engineering, revisions, collaboration, intelligent imaging technology and lots of time falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole while looking for inspiration.

Creating new makeup templates for Perfect365 is truly a team effort. It involves research, engineering, revisions, collaboration, intelligent imaging technology and lots of time falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole while looking for inspiration.

If you love using the free Perfect365 app to play with new makeup styles – from natural and fresh, to bold and breathtaking, to glamorous and classy – you’re probably well acquainted with the bottom line of this digital makeup miracle worker: It’s easy. It’s accurate. It’s like a magic makeup wand in the palm of your hand – for photos. Abracadabra! You’re welcome.

But have you ever wondered about the inspiration behind the looks, and where it comes from?

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Say ‘I do’ to gorgeous wedding photos with Perfect365

We’re in the throes of wedding season, with summer in full swing and fall just around the corner.

Give your makeup artist a leg up by coming to your wedding day makeup trial prepared. Experiment with Perfect365 to find out what look you want to rock on the big day.

Give your makeup artist a leg up by coming to your wedding day makeup trial prepared. Experiment with Perfect365 to find out what look you want to rock on the big day.

If you’re a bride, you’re likely slogging through the trenches of table seating arrangements, fielding phone calls from distant relatives about which hotel they should stay at, or maneuvering around piles of DIY burlap napkins and paper flower garlands that have proliferated like gremlins to take over every inch of available counter space in your already cramped apartment.

DIY wedding crafting is great and all, but it can be stressful, too. Let Perfect365 give you one less thing to worry about.

DIY wedding crafting is great and all, but it can be stressful, too. Let Perfect365 give you one less thing to worry about. No matter what, know that your wedding photos can always look perfect with this easy-to-use app.

This is why – amid a backdrop of exciting (but often stressful) pre-nuptial chaos – having one less thing to worry about can work wonders for your sanity. Feeling indecisive about what kind of makeup palette you’re going to rock on the big day? Getting a little anxious about looking picture-perfect from dawn til dusk, starting with pre-ceremony portraits, to the “I dos,’” to the garter toss?

Enter Perfect365, an awesome free makeup app featuring state-of-the-art face detection technology that automatically maps your key facial features for accurate, easy and super-fast virtual photo touch-ups. Not only does it let you play around with a plethora of makeup styles so you can find your best look, it also lets you enhance photos in just one tap – transforming the average candid snapped by a wedding guest into a professional-looking, yet natural shot. So say “yes” to less stress, great wedding photos and see what Perfect365 can do for you. We even brought in a real bride-to-be to demonstrate!

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Tips and tricks for dynamite July 4 smartphone pics

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Get ready to take some awesome Fourth of July photos. It’ll be a blast.

Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, which means three days of heat, hot dogs and hometown pageantry. Photo ops abound on this patriotic holiday, but when you throw in ketchup stains, sweat and combustible entertainment, things can get messy. In this article, you’ll find a roundup of tips, gadgets and apps to not only capture great fireworks images, but also also snap stellar portraits of you and your friends during those festive block parties and beach barbecues. So go forth, seize your photographic freedom and liberate your Fourth of July photos from oppressive mediocrity! Continue reading

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The wearables craze has gone to the dogs

A Scandinavian research team is currently working on a headset that translates your dog's thoughts into human language. Maybe on day, dogs will create their own mind-reading devices...

A Scandinavian research team is currently working on a headset that translates your dog’s thoughts into human language. Maybe one day, dogs will create their own mind-reading devices…

The wearable electronics business is expected to grow from more than $14 billion this year to a predicted $70 billion in 2024, which means a growing number of tech firms are barking up the wearables tree by rolling out a new generation of smart gadgetry – for pets!

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Self-driving ‘clown car’ heralds age of the autonomous auto

Yes, it's smiling at you.

Yes, it’s smiling at you.

What has four wheels, no steering wheel, no accelerator pedal and no brake pedal?

If your first guess was “Radio Flyer,” think more high-tech. Think more “Googley.” Think more…cartoonish.

“It looks like something out of a Pokemon game, with its inoffensive size and surprised little face,” declared blogger Vijay Pattni of the British motoring enthusiast show, “Top Gear.”

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On the road: 10 travel tips for the mobile photographer

Photo by Matt Coch.

Photo by Matt Coch.

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us, which means you and your smartphone are going places and doing cool things. Whether you’re a mobile camera wunderkind who can turn a desert tumbleweed into photography magic, or a shutter-happy tourist who doesn’t discriminate between the Grand Canyon and the sketchiest roadside diner Sloppy Joe you’ve ever seen, there’s picture-worthy gold in them thar hills. Take a cue from professional photographer Matt Coch, an avid Instagrammer with 27,674 followers as of May 22. Coch recently went on an 8,000-mile cross country road trip and spells out the benefits of mingling with locals, getting lost, backing up your images, public transportation, and – most importantly – remembering to take everything in. Happy trails!

Roy's Motel and Cafe. Photo by Matt Coch.

Roy’s Motel and Cafe. Photo by Matt Coch.

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Intelligent imaging: Putting the ‘smarts’ in your smart home

Heard of the connected home? That’s the big category for connected appliances, ranging from smoke detectors to refrigerators, and even coffee makers to dishwashers, that our homes will soon be outfitted with.

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With household automation on the rise, marked by a steady uptick from 1.5 million installations in 2012 to a predicted eight million or more by 2017, according to ABI research, it seems we’re looking at more smart devices than we can shake a stick at.

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Behind the lens of a Brooklyn streetscape photographer

"On the Street," photo by Matt Coch.

“On the Street,” photo by Matt Coch.

Creating standout images is a matter of presence for Matt Coch. Whether it’s pausing to notice the Empire State Building reflected in a puddle, marinating in the soft glow of museum exhibits, snapping pedestrians illuminated in a momentary geometric sliver of light, or catching a tourist playfully accosting a scantily clad mannequin outside a Long Island clothing boutique, observational outings are a discipline for the 42-year-old streetscape photographer who meanders and shoots for at least an hour a day, every day – smartphone in hand and shutter finger at the ready. We first came across Coch as a contributing author to the mobile photography enthusiast group, We Are Juxt, and are excited to share some of his experiences, tips and memorable encounters in the following Q&A. Coch, who has 27,674 followers on Instagram as of May 22, shoots his mobile photos using the iPhone 5s and Nokia Lumia 1020.

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“Empire” by Matt Coch.

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Video editing made easy: Get the show on the road with ShowBiz

By guest blogger Adam Drew

I love teaching people about technology. I love it so much, in fact, that I started making videos to help people get more out of their tech. That’s how my Modern Windows Fan video channel on YouTube was born. But before I could teach others, I had to learn how to make videos and get them online. So I hit the Windows Store and started looking for apps that would help me in my new project. I tried a couple of different video editing apps, but I knew my search was over when I found ArcSoft ShowBiz.

Choose from a load of contemporary and classic effects that include Sepia, Black and White, Vintage, LOMO and much more.

Choose from a load of contemporary and classic effects that include Sepia, Black and White, Vintage, LOMO and much more.

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Gadget watch: The mad Google Glass dash

Wearables have crept from your pocket to your wrist to your face. Are you ready to get your Geordi La Forge on? At any rate, Google Explorers are – and all the hubbub gets us marinating on this formula: Smart glasses + intelligent imaging = good things to come. Bonus feature: This post includes a list of “likes” and “don’t likes” from one of our ArcSoft employees who got to take Google Glass out for a spin. Check it out and let us know if you have anything to add. 

Looks-wise, Google Glass kind of reminisces of Geordi La Forge’s VISOR, version 2.0.

Looks-wise, Google Glass makes us reminisces on Geordi La Forge’s VISOR. The original face tech bling. Meow.

An unknown number of “explorers” (aka, a beta user group whose feedback will help shape how Google Glass evolves) were given the privilege to pay $1,500 a pop for their own pair during a mad dash April 15, when the Explorer Edition of Google’s wearable computer hardware went on sale to the public for one day only.  Continue reading

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