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7 Best Photo Editing Apps for Selfies on iPhone

by Kaushal

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in terms of sheer quality and color accuracy but you still can’t get a DSLR quality result, consistently. Not to mention the front camera is even worse off and you would need to touch up the pictures with selfie editing apps. While there is no shortage of photo editors for iOS or Android, apps with special features to edit your selfies are always a plus. Here are some of the best photo editing apps for selfies. Let’s check those out.

1. Focos- For Incredible Portrait Selfies

Focos is a photo editing app that adds a shallow depth of field to your selfies using computational photography. You can create beautiful bokeh, simulate a large aperture, etc. Not just that, the app also lets you simulate lens effects of bilinear lenses, swirly, creamy, reflex, and many more. You can use your finger or the Apple Pencil to precisely draw the depth map over a picture.

Focos also has the ability to add multiple light sources to your image which can take your seemingly normal selfies to the next level. The app is free on the App Store and you can unlock additional items with in-app purchases.

Get Focos (free, in-app purchases)

focos app ui

2. Lensa Editor- For Retouching Your Face

Lensa Editor is a sophisticated photo editing app for selfies taken on iPhones that makes the tedious process of editing streamlined images. It is dedicated to editing selfies and accentuating your facial features. The app simulates blur effect flawlessly and you can either manually adjust the blur or choose between three presets.

Where this app shines is the face department. It has a dedicated slider for the face, neck, eyelashes, and even eye bags. You can change the shade of your hair color, adjust highlights, shadows, exposure, and other photography parameters. The reason I recommend this app is that you can adjust the slider and see the result in real-time. If you want to see a before and after comparison, simply long-press to view the original for instant visual confirmation of the changes.

Lensa is a subscription-based app that offers full features for $5/mo and you can edit up to 5 images on the free version.

Get Lensa Editor (free, $5/mo)

Lensa app interface with the photo of a cat in a Santa hat

3. Face Edit- For Editing Selfies

Lensa is a feature-rich photo editing app for selfies but it comes at a subscription cost of $5/mo. Face Edit is an alternative that does pretty much the same things but doesn’t cost a pretty penny. The app has powerful retouching tools that allow you to remove blemishes from your face, smoothen the skin, pop the highlights, and brighten up the eyes.

Get Face Edit (free)

face edit to edit faces

4. Cymera- For Editing Photos For Social Media

Cymera is a versatile photo editor that adds a lot of features dedicated to editing selfies and faces. Along with that, you get a standard photo editor with tools such as crop tools with built-in presets for social media. It also has a correction tool to adjust the color and other parameters of the image such as saturation, sharpness, brightness, contrast, etc.

Talking about specific features for selfies, you get beauty tools that can enlarge your eyes, stretch your smile, adjust the contours of your body, and slight liquid modification of the edges. Cymera also includes the popular image filters and lenses that you find on most photo editing apps for selfies. You should get this app if you want an app that includes features of a standard photo editing app with selfie editing tools.

Get Cymera (free, in-app purchases)

cymera editing a selfie

5. Pencil Photo Sketch Editor- For Sketch Selfies

If you’re a fan of pencil-drawn sketches and portraits then you would love this app. It has those effects built-in and intelligently applies it to your selfies and turns them into professional-looking drawings. There are more than 15 effects of varying degrees that produce different results, some with color and some without.

Other than that, you also get a plethora of filters and a basic editor for those last-minute trims. The app is completely free on the App Store.

Get Pencil Photo Sketch Editor (free)

pencil photo sketch

6. Facetune2- Professional Selfie Editing on iPhone

Facetune is an optimized selfie editing app that lets you create stunning portraits that go toe to toe with professional tools. The app has handpicked tools that you can use to quickly and efficiently edit your selfies. You can retouch your skin, remove blemishes, adjust contours of your body and face, align facial features, etc.

The addition of cosmetic tools such as sparkle effects, paint, backdrop, light, and relight are welcome. The whole point of using this app is that the computation in the background does all the work and you get the real-time results just by adjusting the values. You can get Facetune2 on the App Store for free but it has a subscription plan that starts at $5.99/mo.

Get Facetune2 (free, in-app purchases)

facetune2 professional selfie editing

7. B612- Selfie Makeup App

B612 is one of the most popular photo editing apps for selfies takers that focuses on usability instead of cramming dozens of different tools. The app allows you to capture selfies in different beauty modes and record videos with the same effects applied to your face. It has a dedicated Makeup tool that puts a subtle makeup with the tap of a button and you can vary the intensity with a slider. Other than shooting in real-time, you also get access to a full-fledged editor that has all the standard tools such as face edit, cropping, color correction, portrait, bokeh, AR filters, etc.

B612 is a free app on the App Store and is completely free of any hidden costs.

Get B612 (free)

b612 selfie editing app

How Do You Edit Selfies on Your iPhone?

These were a few of the best selfie editing apps that you must try if you are not already. The apps on the list are in no particular order and offer a slightly different set of features. You can use any app that fits the bill of your needs and let me know if you can’t find the app that you are looking for on Twitter.

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