Face-swapping apps have really taken off recently. If you haven’t seen a photo of your face replaced with your best friend’s mug then trust us, you’re missing out big time.
Facebook seems to think so too, which is presumably why it’s snapped up the nifty new face-swapping app, MSQRD (you can pronounce it ‘masquerade’ if you want).
MSQRD is free to download on iOS and Android, so let’s take a look and find out what made Facebook take the plunge on it.
What’s it all about?
MSQRD lets you change the way you look (that’s putting it mildly) in your selfies and videos, and share the results with friends on the usual social networks.
So if you’ve ever wanted to ‘masquerade’ as a fictional character, real-life celebrity or perhaps just a plain old primate – this is your chance.
Popular choices include Harry Potter, Barack Obama, Tony Stark AKA Iron Man, Oscar-winner Leonardo Di Caprio (with his Oscar) and even an animal or three.
How does MSQRD work?
MSQRD uses advanced 3D video mapping technology to transplant one of its images onto yours.
The app accurately tracks where your eyes, nose and top of your head are, and then uses this information to place its special effects onto your unsuspecting noggin.
What we liked
MSQRD is a joy to use. In fact, you don’t really have to do anything. Fire it up and straight away, it goes to work. This was the first thing our Lowdown MSQRD test pilot saw, without having to do a thing.
And remember, the MSQRD images move along with you. So if you blink, open your mouth or turn your head, your image does too … it really has to be seen to be believed. It’s awesome, hilarious and creepy in almost equal measures.
What we didn't like
We loved almost everything about MSQRD, but we’re a little disappointed with the limited amount of masks on the Android version. At the moment, the iOS version has a lot more choice.
To be fair, it’s very early days for the Android version, and updates with new masks have been promised. Let’s hope we get them!
More face-swapping fun on Snapchat...
Snapchat came out with a great range of selfie lenses a few months ago, and they've just added a new face-swapping one - allowing you to trade facial places with your mates.
You just need to stick your face in front of the camera, and tap the screen until it offers you a selection of lenses. Select the yellow one with two faces in it, and you're ready to face-swap. Get someone else in the frame, and snap away. The results are usually breathtaking.
Have you tried out MSQRD or the new Snapchat feature yet? When you created a monkey-selfie did every single one of your friends joke that they couldn’t tell the difference? What other good face-swapping apps have you been having fun with? Feel free to share below.