Sunday, April 11, 2010

Taaz Online Makeovers

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Back in early March, we had a look at a Virtual Makeover application on the seventeen.com website.

Passy World Virtual Makeover Review


The multimedia students who introduced me to this original Makeover site, have now moved on to a more powerful makeover application called "Taaz". The opening before and after pictures shown above were made by Emily using Taaz.

The Taaz makeover application is free to use and is located at:
http://www.taaz.com/

Here is a good overview of "Taaz" from the "About Us" section of their website:

"TAAZ.com is a fun, easy-to-use website that gives women the opportunity to "try on" the hottest makeup and hairstyle looks from the convenience of their homes. From creating the perfect smoky eye to painting on a dramatic ruby-red lip for a night out on the town, TAAZ.com allows women to become their very own makeup artist and create the perfect look for any occasion.

Users start by uploading their own digital photo, (or using a photo from the site), and then experiment with a palette of thousands of colors and shades in products ranging from foundation and concealer to multi-tone eye shadow and lip gloss ... even colored contact lenses! With the addition of a hairstyle or change of hair color, the look is complete. The effects are immediate, simple to use and so life-like that the saved result looks like a real photograph. In order to help viewers bring these looks to life, taaz.com's experts offer engaging beauty, fashion and style trends, tricks and advice.

The uses for these makeovers are endless: They can be saved, printed and brought to your makeup artist or hair stylist to convey the precise look you crave; emailed to friends; put on greeting cards; or used as online profile pictures on Facebook or MySpace. TAAZ.com's Social Network allows users to share images and makeovers with friends who can rate the look, provide comments and suggestions, and even add their own touch to the makeover, making TAAZ.com a social experience akin to going shopping with friends".


To start a makeover we go to the Taaz site, and then get into the Makeover application, and choose a model
to start with (or upload our own photo):

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First we apply lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner from the supplied color pallettes. We can then reshape the lips using dragging and stretching tools:

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We can then move onto foundation, and here the effects are very subtle, and very adjustable:

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The hairstyles in Taaz are amazing. First we can pick a style such as Miley Cyrus, and then get a series of adjusters to reshape the hairstyle:

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We can also apply makeup to the eyes, and add colored contact lenses to create quite powerful changes.

Here is Big Passy's completed makeover:

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Allright, it's probably a reasonable makeover considering I am just a normal guy, and know nothing about female cosmetics or hairstyles. The lips don't look quite right, but the transformation caused by applying colored contact lenses to the eyes was pretty amazing.

Here is the exact same makeover, but this time with different hair:

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Finally, here is a small selection of the makeovers that have been done by my multimedia students:

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From what I've seen of my own students using this application, I'm sure Taaz makeovers can provide hours of fun for ladies of all ages.

Enjoy,
Big Passy Wasabi

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