Brilliant new app will forever change the way you do your makeup

20 June-2014, Brooke Shunatona/Cosmopolitan: If you’ve ever stood in the beauty aisle at a drugstore for hours and covered every square inch of the back of your hand in lipstick swatches in search of the perfect shade (1) you’re not alone, and (2) there’s a new app you’ll love. L’Oréal Paris launched a free new iPhone and iPad app called Makeup Genius yesterday that allows you to try on L’Oréal makeup products (including eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip colors, and blushes) in real-time with the app’s facial mapping technology. Pretty crazy stuff.

Brilliant new app will forever change the way you do your makeup

Brilliant new app will forever change the way you do your makeup

Here’s how it works. First, take a selfie to scan your face. While in the app, your phone’s front-facing camera will transform into a virtual mirror of sorts. Then, choose from a range of buttons to try on different products.

If you spot a L’Oréal Paris makeup product in the drugstore (or anywhere) that you want to try before you buy, you can use the app’s “scan” feature to take a photo and “try on” that very product. Not only will the makeup appear on your face, but it’ll move around depending on the expressions you make. You can also try on complete premade looks in the “looks” tab or browse through products in the “products” tab. Technology, man.

Here are some more looks. I might have gotten carried away and may or may not look like Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games.

Try it for yourself here, and then save your look and upload the photo to Facebook when you’re finished. The selfie game will never be the same again.