If you know how to make yourself more photogenic, then you’re halfway to taking your most flattering portraits. But the rest of the magic lies in the post-production, and there’s a whole world of apps out there that promise to make you prettier, no wizard-level Photoshop skills required. We sifted through them all to bring the best beautifying tools that will help your selfies look as gorgeous as you do in person.
The ultimate selfie enhancing app lets you swipe to erase blemishes, whiten teeth, brighten dark circles, remove red eye, remove stray hairs and even reshape your facial structure. If only it worked in real life, too!
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Apply one touch makeup looks that range from subtle to scary. One downside: you have to be looking at the camera dead on, which we all know is not the most flattering angle.
Obviously you’ve heard of a little app called Instagram, but are you sure you’re using the most beautifying filters? Our picks: Rise gives your skin a pretty golden glow (pretend you’re Jessica Alba!), while Walden brightens your face and downplays imperfections and unflattering shadows.
Our favorite all-around photo editing app works as well for selfies as it does for sunsets (and anything else you might snap). Snapseed gives you tons of options to adjust everything from sharpness to contrast to shadows, and it lets you select an area, so you can brighten just your face, for example. It has vintage effects, filters and auto settings, too.
It’s scientifically proven that your selfie will be 147% cuter with hearts and bunny stickers on it. There are lots of sticker apps in the App Store, but this is the only one we’ve found that features a cat doing a backbend.
A must for a hands-free selfie! Set the timer (you have a choice of 5-, 10-, 15- or 30-second intervals), prop up your phone and strike a pose.
If you want all of your pictures to have the soft lighting effects of a Barbara Walters interview, this app can help you achieve it. It’s easy to use, but not terribly customizable — it lightens, brightens and softens your photo all over, but doesn’t let you select specific areas to adjust.