Learn To Love Your Selfies With These 5 Essential Apps

6 January 2016, 12:07 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

In the frow
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Step ya game up, fam.

It's not easy capturing the perfect selfie. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and good lighting to get the selfie to end all selfies. But then what? You're not just gonna post it or, God forbid, use an Instagram filter. No, you have to have the right app because mama didn't raise no fool.



I can honestly say that Vsco is among a small handful of apps I use every day. It is truly king amongst photo editing apps and will do wonders for any photographic endeavour. There are a wide variety of filters at your disposal that are either free or incredibly cheap. If I could marry VSCO, trust me, I would. For people obsessed with artistic looking photographs and who love to be spoiled for choice, VSCO Cam is your go-to. 

vsco cam app

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Afterlight is a super dynamic photo app available on both android and iOs. There are a ton of different options when it comes to shooting and editing and it definitely holds its own against other popular photo editing apps. What Afterlight does best, I think, is making photos look "vintage" and weathered. One of my favourite effects in Afterlight is light leak which adds a really cool burn effect to your photo of choice. 


photo courtesty of afterlight.us


I like Snapseed because of its UI and, of course, photo editing options. It leans more toward traditional photo editing software with its emphasis on blur, grunge, and dramatic filters. My favourite thing to use in this app is the Glamour Glow option. VSCO cam uses a similar function called "skin tone" but Snapseed's version is, by far, a more intuitive version.

photo courtesy of techmagnetism.com


SquareDroid is one of those amazingly simple apps that does exactly what it says on the tin. Before Instagam got with the times and enabled square photo uploads, there used to be a need for various third party apps to carry out that one specific function. My favourite app for sizing pictures is SquareDroid. I especially like the blur tool that can take the place of a white border. It's just a simple and easy to use app.

photo courtesty of @pieroindonesia


If you're feeling a bit snazzy and definitely think there should be two of you, the Mirrorgram app is where it's at. It's pretty singular, in terms of what you can do with it, but its an effect that (if used well) can be really artistic and fun looking. 

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