Best apps for self­ies

Put your best face for­ward with one of Jackie Dove’s apps

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When it comes to self­ies, you want to put your best face for­ward. Mak­ing sub­tle fixes to a splotchy com­plex­ion or tam­ing wrin­kles and un­der eye shad­ows doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily present a false face to the pub­lic – just a bet­ter one. Some selfie apps let you go all-out glam, com­plete with face shapers, eye makeup, nose thin­ners, and stylish light­ing and air­brush­ing. How far you go is your choice, but keep in mind that too much fix­ing can re­sult in a fake or even creepy look. Mod­er­a­tion is key.

Many selfie apps are free or ad-based, but nearly all offer in-app pur­chases for spe­cial­ized en­hance­ments and pro-level por­trait fea­tures as well as to dis­able wa­ter­marks and ads. An in­creas­ing num­ber of apps are ad­ding sub­scrip­tion op­tions, which may be ideal for ha­bit­ual users. Here are our favourites out of many avail­able on the app store.

Face­tune2

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2NSmyAM

Face­tune2 is all self­ies all the time, and as a spe­cial­ist in beau­ti­fy­ing faces, this app gives you the look you seek, whether it’s a nat­u­ral ex­pres­sion for a busi­ness por­trait or a more air­brushed and glam­orous shot for

friends and fam­ily. The app lets you smooth skin and re­move blem­ishes, slim or aug­ment a face or nar­row a jaw­line, whiten teeth, and en­large eyes or change their colour. The app can ad­just light sources for a more flat­ter­ing look, re­mov­ing harsh shad­ows. You can play around with back­grounds, and add fil­ters and ef­fects while a new Wipe tool lets you choose dis­crete ar­eas of the im­age to en­hance. The Magic Cam­era fea­ture can ap­ply fa­cial en­hance­ments as you shoot. It uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to let you ap­ply var­i­ous fa­cial en­hance­ments as you shoot.

While the ba­sic app is free, in app pur­chases and sub­scrip­tions are avail­able for some ad­vanced fea­tures. Sub­scrip­tions to ac­cess all fea­tures cost £5.49 per month or £32.99 per year.

YouCam Per­fect

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2JsIW0b

When it comes to your comely vis­age, YouCam Per­fect is not fool­ing around. You can shoot still or video self­ies, aided by an auto-beau­tify func­tion that im­proves your fea­tures as you shoot. The app hides skin prob­lems, while an eye en­hancer en­larges and re­moves un­der-eye puffi­ness. With group self­ies, multi-face de­tec­tion can en­hance the look of each face in your shot.

YouCam Per­fect fur­ther im­proves self­ies with fun el­e­ments such as stickers, back­grounds, and frames, and can re­move dis­tract­ing back­ground el­e­ments. With full body por­traits, the app works to lengthen legs and slim bod­ies and make you taller or shorter.

While the ba­sic app is free with in-app pur­chases rang­ing from £1.99 to £3.99, a pre­mium ver­sion costs £2.79 per month, £5.99 per quar­ter or £15.99 per year, for which you can save HD pho­tos, re­move wa­ter­marks, ac­cess new ef­fects, and re­move ads. For makeup, you have to in­stall the free YouCam Makeup com­pan­ion app.

AirBrush

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2Jr­rpWv

From head to toe, AirBrush brings out your best self(ie). If you can’t abide in­di­vid­ual fea­ture ed­its, AirBrush’s Magic tool tack­les most fa­cial flaws in one go. But if you’re ob­sessed with cre­at­ing the ab­so­lute per­fect face, AirBrush gives you plenty of op­tions. You can smooth

and firm skin, sculpt and re­shape your face, ex­tin­guish acne, en­large and brighten eyes, and more.

The Makeup pal­ette is truly amaz­ing. You don’t need any eye­liner to go full-on glam with styles like Sub­tle, Modern, Smokey, Drama and more, which can be great for more for­mal shots. Ad­justable photo ef­fects like bokeh, vi­gnette, and fil­ters will make you happy to share your vis­age with friends on so­cial net­works.

In-app pur­chases range from 99p to £2.99.

PIP Cam­era

Price: Free Avail­able from: fave.co/2Jr­rpWv

Sick of the same old gor­geous self­ies? Of course not. But PIP Cam­era gives you a selfie of a dif­fer­ent sort.

With PIP, you can choose from an as­sort­ment of unique artis­tic 3D frames and fil­ters to show­case your face.

These fil­ter your photo through var­i­ous ob­jects like bub­bles, wine glasses, double hearts, bot­tles, and other un­usual el­e­ments that would not seem at first glance to be com­pat­i­ble with por­traits. But the re­sults are in­trigu­ing and work sur­pris­ingly well. You can choose fil­ters for both fore­ground and back­ground to fur­ther cus­tom­ize your im­age or set it in a poster style col­lage.

Vis­age Lab

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2JsX5uu

You shot a selfie and you hate it, but it’s too much of a has­sle to cor­rect each in­di­vid­ual prob­lem be­cause

the whole thing is hope­less. Vis­age Lab can res­cue your selfie with au­to­matic face re­touch­ing that im­me­di­ately fixes all the fa­cial prob­lems it finds.

The app in­stantly pulls up all the faces in your cam­era roll and af­ter auto cor­rec­tion, lets you add ad­di­tional ef­fects such as Styl­ized, Back­ground, Light­ing, and Colour.

Vis­age Lab en­hances fea­tures and hides im­per­fec­tions by ap­ply­ing makeup, whiten­ing teeth, out­lin­ing eyes, and en­hanc­ing eye­lashes. It fixes all faces that ap­pear in a sin­gle photo. To top it off, you can ap­ply ad­di­tional artis­tic back­grounds or ef­fects to your re­touched pho­tos be­fore shar­ing.

The ba­sic app is free but in-app pur­chases range from 99p to £1.99. Sub­scrip­tions to the pro ver­sion are £4.49 per month, or £8.99 per year.

Ret­rica

Price: Free Avail­able from: fave.co/2LqhP88

If you aim to pair fa­cial en­hance­ment with so­cial net­work­ing, look no fur­ther than Ret­rica. First, get started with lots of photo fil­ters and styl­ized looks, which you can pre­view be­fore shoot­ing. Then fol­low up by cre­at­ing selfie col­lages with a va­ri­ety of shots from dif­fer­ent an­gles, or cap­ture live video. Doodle or place text on your im­age, dec­o­rate it with a vast va­ri­ety of stickers, or use GIF mode to trans­form a col­lage or a video into a GIF. The app also fea­tures a chrono­log­i­cal feed so you and your fol­low­ers can see all shared shots, or add your pho­tos to Face­book and other net­works, or send a pri­vate mes­sage.

Cymera

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2L0getv

If your look needs an over­haul, Cymera can han­dle it. This selfie re­toucher makes your face over by en­larg­ing eyes, flash­ing a smile and slim­ming your face. Skin cor­rec­tions in­clude bright­en­ing, blem­ish con­ceal­ers, and wrin­kle wran­glers.

The app’s body shaper can im­prove pro­por­tions in full body shots by slim­ming or ex­pand­ing a waist­line or slim­ming or aug­ment­ing hips. That’s in ad­di­tion to the clas­sic edit­ing tools also in­cluded in the app, such as crop, ro­tate, bright­ness, con­trast, and more. The app pro­vides hun­dreds of hair and makeup items to en­hance your looks, as well as stickers, memes, ef­fects

– the works. Not enough? More spe­cial ef­fects are avail­able via 99p in-app pur­chases.

Cam­era360

Price: Free (in-app pur­chases avail­able) Avail­able from: fave.co/2LiOlbZ

Cam­era360 de­liv­ers any kind of selfie im­prove­ment you seek and also in­cludes clas­sic im­age edit­ing tools like crop, sharp­ness, and tem­per­a­ture. Clas­sic beau­ti­fi­ca­tion de­liv­ers any­thing from real-time and post shot makeup: It en­larges eyes, whitens teeth, plumps and colours lips, slims noses and cheeks, hides blem­ishes, and more. Slider-based fil­ters give your photo a dis­tinc­tive look, or you can use your fin­ger to paint on artis­tic ef­fects or choose ef­fects like light leaks and colour casts.

But what if you’re just in it for laughs? Cam­era360 is right there with you with aug­mented re­al­ity Funny Stickers com­plete with an­i­mal faces, an­i­mated frames, themes, and cos­tumes, and aug­mented with sound ef­fects for your photo and video self­ies. Fil­ter packs are avail­able for £1.99.

Face­tune2

YouCam Per­fect

AirBrush

PIP Cam­era

Vis­age Lab

Ret­rica

Cymera

Cam­era360

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