You know the drill: put on your best face, find the right amount of lighting, give a little bit of a pout, and snap a selfie. Change the angle. Do it again. And again.
Once you get that perfect selfie, you’re going to need to find the perfect filter to help hide the bags under your eyes, make your hair shine, and your eyes stand out. The perfect filter can really make or break a picture- but how do you know which app is best?
After scientifically vetting an incomprehensible amount of selfies (a.k.a. going through every filter on a number of apps in the App Store), here are the top five apps for selfies that'll score you tons of likes. Check out the results below!
Most “Artsy”: VSCO
For users who love to snap anything from selfies to cups of coffee to OOTDs, VSCO Cam is a great app for you fiends. The filters are great, and the app offers both free ones to download as well as inexpensive sets you can purchase. The greatest thing about VSCO Cam is its great quality filter, and once you send it to the gram you'll get one helluva crisp, clear picture.
Most Filter Variety: Retrica
Retrica has some really great choices for filters that range from black and white to funky ones that have light leaks and gradients for a unique look. The filters are divided into sets that share similar colors, so cooler filters will be lumped together, as well as black and white, and more yellow-tinted filters. What else is great about Retrica is that you can actually see the filter in real time, meaning you can take the photo with the filter already assigned. See what it will look like before you even snap!
Most Unique: Lens Distortions
Ever snap a photo and think that it just needs something? If so, Lens Distortion is the app to turn to. It offers cool features like sparkle, boken, and starburst overlays that can really give your photo the oomph it needs. It’s easy to use and also great to have in your back pocket, not only for selfies, but also for any cool photo that you might want to make a little more creative, like a landscape from your vacation that needs some extra light leaks, or an oceanview that needs a little sparkle.
Most User-Friendly: Afterlight
Afterlight has a whole slew of filters to choose from, and it’s SUPER easy to use. You literally just choose the photo you want to edit, choose a filter, then save. If you want to make edits to brightness, saturation, and other aspects of your photo, you can just use the slider to change the amounts. There's no text with this app, just symbols. We do have to say, it’s delightfully minimal.
Most Vintage Filters In One Place: 1967
If you’re looking for just all-out retro goodness,this is your app. There are vintage feels all over the place and, again, it'ssuper easy to use. Sure, many photo filter apps include vintage filters, but if you’re looking for Polaroid-esque, 35mm, and cross-process effects, go for this one.
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