My 7 Fave Photo Editing Apps for Instagram

Hello Instababes !

We all know that Instagram is the king of social media. People spend so much time choosing the perfect photo, and by people, I mean me. But even the most insta-worthy of photos usually needs a bit of editing. Now, I know there are those who say that editing photos is a misrepresentation or whatever, but I personally believe that it’s part of the artistic expression. And of course you could get on the computer and use Photoshop or something similar, but who really has time for that?  Today I’m sharing my 7 favorite mobile apps to get the perfect Instagram photos. Let’s get editing!



This is probably my most-used app for editing my photos. It’s really easy to use and has some pretty cool features. It’s perfect for people that want to enhance their photo, but don’t know the ins and outs of photo editing. It basically does most of the work for you. The preset filters are okay, but I prefer to do it myself with the tabs. It also has fun stuff you can add, like borders, light leaks, etc. I like this app for photos that mainly just need touch up editing. Also, it’s probably the most user friendly and it’s free.



Okay, so there is a free version of this, and a paid version. I personally suck it up and pay for it. The free version is okay, but the features on the paid version are much better. This is really great to edit photos of people, because it has a lot of features to enhance the face. You can smooth skin, brighten eyes, even make teeth whiter. My favorite thing about this app is that it will allow you to blur the background of your image using the ‘Defocus’ tab. This gives that ‘Portrait mode’ effect for those of us whose iPhones aren’t the latest models.



Now, Enlight has a bunch of apps, but my favorite are the original, Photofox & Quickshot. The original is a bit tricky at first, it’s more technical than other apps, but you can create some beautiful photos with it. Photofox has super cool features like adding bokeh, text, and the filters are pretty good. Quickshot is probably the most user friendly, because it basically does the work for you. The primers, which are kind of like filters, are really cool and can give a unique, artsy effect to your photo. I have the free versions, but you can also download the “pro” versions, which cost money.



It seems like at one point, everyone was obsessed with VSCO. I think there are better apps out there, but VSCO is great for creating a theme and testing it out. You can use the same presets for each photo, which will give your feed a more cohesive feel. This is great for beginners or for people that don’t have too much time to spend editing their photo. The only thing I don’t love about VSCO is that most of their presets are pretty dark and grungy, blue tinted or overexposed, which doesn’t work for everyone’s style. Of course, you can go in and adjust those, but it kind of defeats the purpose of having them. A great thing about VSCO is that there are plenty of  “recipes” out there that tell you exactly how to get an effect for a photo.

YouCam Makeup


I know what you’re thinking, seriously? A fake makeup app? And, honestly,  their marketing looks so silly. However,  I am a recent convert to this after a coworker showed me how amazing it is. Usually when you try to test out makeup via an app it doesn’t match the face and it looks ridiculous, but this one got it right. This is another I use for editing photos of people. The great thing is that the makeup it has (foundation, blusher, lipstick, etc) comes in multiple shades and you can tone it down if needed. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it actually works!



Ok so this isn’t a photo editing app, per say, but I thought I’d throw it in here. Created by GoPro, this app is so so easy and fun to use. Basically you can create fun little videos and the app does all the hard editing work for you. It scales the photos, adds transitions, etc, etc. You can use their preset background music, or add your own (just be careful when posting to social media because of copyright laws).  You can add still photos, Boomerangs, video clips, whatever you want. If you need to, you can edit the transitions or the zoom in of the elements, but I usually don’t have to do that much. It’s super fun for creating cute mini clips!



Gone are the days when Instagram just had crappy filters that were ugly and way too strong. They’ve really stepped up their game in the editing department. I frequently use the in-app editing on photos that just need a bit of sharpening or saturation boost. I love that they’ve added better filters and that you can now adjust the strength. It’s also great for people that don’t really know how to edit or don’t really care enough to have a ton of apps on their phone. Also, by using the same or similar filters, you can create a more cohesive feed! Foolproof.


If you want to see these apps at work just check out my Instgram- @thecaitycat. Are you an Insta-pro? Have you tried these apps? What did you think of them and what are your favorite photo editing apps? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!



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