Top 5 Instagram Editing Apps Revealed

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One of the most highly & consistently asked question has been, “What do you use to edit your Instagram photos?” To be entirely honest i’ve been avoiding this question for one obvious reason…. I wanted to keep these apps a secret, but there comes a day when you realize that being selfish gets you nowhere. ha! So get ready because within a few minutes you will have the world’s prettiest Instagram photos!

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1. VSCOcam – Since i’ve discovered this app i’ve 100% stopped using Instagram filters. I color edit 99% of my photos in this app before uploading to Instagram. VSCOcam hands down has the best pre-set photo filters, giving it a slight “aged” and “film” feel to all the photos. Although I love it for all my photos, I especially love it for my food and landscape shots! If there was one app I couldn’t live would be this one!

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2. SquareFX– This is the second most used app for me. There’s nothing more frustrating when your photo can’t fit the instagram square frame, right? This app allows you to fit your entire photo without cutting anything off!

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3. moreBeaute – Not going to lie the idea of uploading a selfie has always been a bit intimidating to me. I mean , c’mon do you really need to see my large pores and dark under eye circles? This app allows you to have flawless skin, it smooths away any unwanted wrinkles and whitens your dark under eyes. But don’t want to overdo it because being too photoshopped is never a good thing (trust me.. been there, done that). It’s all about that glowy & dewy skin…atleast on Instagram land!

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4. HDR FX Pro – My absolute favorite app when it comes to colorful dynamic landscape shots of the sky, beach, or ocean. It allows you to play with the saturation to enhance colors! I could spend all day playing with these colors. I’ve noticed that there are times when the iPhone camera  doesn’t pick up colors as how they look in person. This app allows you to bring that saturation back to your photos so it look as dynamic in photos as in person….or ummm better in photos!

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5. Mirrorgram– Sometimes i’m left with a photo that either has too much blank space or is simply not very intriguing. I usually rely on Mirrorgram to add some depth & dimension to my photos that need an extra umph. Especially during fashion week I LOVE using this app to create a powerful mirrored effect.

So that wraps up my top 5 most used photo editing tools! And trust me i’m a serious app junkie (AND a serious nerd at heart),  which means I have ALOT more apps under my belt that I have yet to share! . Besides photo editing tools there are some amazing apps for fitness, nutrition, sleeping, reviews, and much more that I obsess over. If you guys found this post valuable, please comment down below and let me know if you guys would like to see more quick lists like this! Now go ahead and start editing the most beautiful instagram photos ever!  And of course make sure to follow me on INSTAGRAM, and you can thank me later 😉

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  • maisoue says:

    Amazing apps! Thank you for sharing!!

  • OMG! best post ever!!! Love u sista! mwah mwah xo Cai and Sam xo

  • Eva says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    I would love to read more about the other lifestyle apps you use!

  • Daniela says:

    You are on the right side Going somewhere! Giving is Better than receiving! Just for that reading your blog is worthy. Please continue sharing with us your secrets Now I’ m sure that you are a step ahead of many in your industry

  • Daniela says:

    You are on the right side Going somewhere! Giving is Better than receiving! Just for that is worthy reading your blog! Continue this way and please give us more because now i”m sure you are a step ahead of many that are on your same business

  • Rebecca Ann says:

    Thank you for sharing your secret apps! I know its hard but I really needed the SquareFX… that will change and save so many of my photos.

    Thanks again!
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  • Dalila says:

    Thanks you for sharing your favorite apps!

  • Marianna says:

    I love posts like this! Always looking for new iPhone apps to try. My favorite app to edit photos is still Afterlight, but I’m definitely downloading and trying the ones you mentioned. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to more lists like this one!


    • Chriselle says:

      I’ve heard wonderful things about Afterlight, so i’m going to give it a try! I’m thinking about doing more posts like this since it seems like a lot of people loved it! Let me know if there are any specific apps you would like to hear about! xoxo Chriselle

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  • Cinz says:

    Great tips and great blog!! Stumbled upon your Instagram profile via Nicole Gibbons, and glad i did! This post is sooo useful! I heard about the VSCOcam app this week (yes, i’m a late bloomer, lol) and i have yet to try it=)


  • Ophélie says:

    Thanks you for the advise Chriselle !

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you! Simply amazing how beautiful all of your photos are. Sending love from Baltimore, Maryland. Xo

  • Natalie says:

    Thanks for the sharing, it is very useful =)

  • Jess B says:

    Great post! Would love to see similar lists for your fitness and nutrition apps too please x

  • Trinh says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and helping fellow bloggers! I only found two of the apps for android, fingers crossed it works as well as iPhone.

  • cindy says:

    thanks for sharing chriselle!!

    yes, i would love to see more posts like this one :)

  • Emmy says:

    OH MY GOD thank you! I feel like I understand life now. Haha best post!
    Instagram: EmmyCorinne

  • adele says:

    I took your advise and downloaded few amazing apps! Thank you soo much, this post was vey helpful.

  • Kayla Seah says:

    Such a great post! Just downloaded moreBeaute2 and love it already.

  • Adrienne says:

    Hey Chriselle!

    Thanks so much for sharing your secrets!
    I would love to see all the other great apps you’re using!

    Love Adrienne,

  • Vivian says:

    Not surprised your site crashed because of this post, everyone (including myself!) wants to know your secrets to awesome instagram shots!

  • Isis says:

    Best post ever, thank youu for sharing!!

  • says:

    Chris, thanks for sharing.
    Kisses from Brazil.

  • Thank you for sharing your tips, your blog & instagram are beautiful xo

  • Nicki says:

    Thanks for sharing Chriselle

  • Frances says:

    Thanks, Chriselle! Sending you love all the way from the Philippines xo

  • Ms Genny C says:

    Dear Chriselle,

    Many thanks for sharing this secret of yours. I recently discovered Mei Tu Xiu Xiu, an app similar to morebeaute, but contains a lot more functions. The only setback, this app is developed by a Chinese Co and it is all in Mandarin. I am not well-versed in Chinese character but am able to work out the icons & figure how to use it. Or you can ask your hub for help… hehe.

    Apple phone:
    Android phone:

  • Chriselle, you will LOVE Afterlight! It’s like VSCO on steroids, seriously. I always mess with the brightness, exposure, contrast, and shadows. Clarity is great for landscape shots! They also have filter presets (similar to Instagram) incase you want to add a little extra oomph once you’re finished color correcting. The “Relic” filter always reminds me of you! Every time I test it, I think, “That’s so Chriselle.” HAHA

  • Inna says:

    Nice, nice foto

  • Lydia says:

    I totally wanna see the other amazing apps you obsess overrr (in fitness, nutrition, sleep, etc) or use often!

  • Thanks for sharing this with us, Chriselle! I hope this apps are available for Android phone as well..

  • Char says:

    Vscocam is my ultimate favorite photo app! The filters are amazing :)

  • Thanks so much for this list Chriselle! I’ve looking for awesome iPhone photo apps for awhile now. Downloaded VSCO on android when I had the Galaxy and it was a little wonky, but i’ll try the iPhone version now. Thanks!

    xo, Alina

  • Denise Garcia says:

    This was great! I would like to see what sleeping apps you use (:

  • Clare says:

    Chriselle! I could kiss you!

    Thanks for sharing you sexy thang!

    Clare x

  • kyeong says:

    Hdr fx pro doesn’t lead to its website for me…it shows morebeaute app. I’ve looked up hrd fx pro but all I get on android is hdr fx photo editor. Is that what you use Chriselle?

  • Elaine Lee says:

    Thanks Chriselle for sharing these apps! =)

    Please share more of your favourite apps, looking forward to those posts! =)
    thanks!!! from Singapore

  • nala says:

    Oh i cant wait to try the first one!!

  • Miranda says:

    Amazing!! please some app tips for cooking and fitness!!

  • This was super useful! My samsung galaxy 3 doesn’t pick up nice colors anymore so I always need better apps.


  • liz says:

    thank you so much for sharing your secrets!!

    xo, Liz

  • Joules says:

    This is a fantastic list of apps! I’m totally downloading them all. Thanks for sharing!

    Style by Joules

  • Lana says:

    Thank you for this!:) Definitely going to download some of the apps. Vsco is also my all time favorite! Love your blog and videos so much,you’re such a beautiful,smart,stylish woman!:)

  • Ana says:

    Great apps!! Thank you Chriselle :)

    Kisses from Barcelona

    • Chriselle says:

      Anna thanks for commenting all the way from Barcelona! I’m glad you found my list of apps helpful! Let me know how you like them!

  • Zai says:

    Chriselle try Afterlight! Awesome app

  • Nikka Shae says:

    Thanks for sharing!! Your pics are always beautiful!!!

  • Christy Lau says:

    Thank you Chriselle!!!
    This is very very very useful!!!
    Can you tell us which camera do you usually use to shoot photos and videos as well, please?? :p

  • Lee says:

    Thanks for sharing! Your photos are always beautiful :)

  • Hannah says:

    Thanks for the tips! Would love to know what kind of fitness and nutrition apps you’re using!!

  • Ray says:

    Who did the black dress in the mirrorgram picture at the end of your post – tres fantastic?

  • TheJulyIssue says:

    Have you tried Afterlight? It’s such an amazing editing app as well. That app along with VSCOcam is far above ig filters. :)

  • Vivian says:

    VSCO cam is my favourite! Love the sunnies Chriselle~

    LIVE . IN . LOVE ✞


  • Islara says:

    Great list! More are definitely welcomed!

  • Love VSCO Cam! I have been using it forever as well, totally going to look into your other reccomendations. I’m always in love with all of your instagram posts.

  • Moon says:

    Thanks for sharing <3

  • Awesome post!! Burning question every time I we awesome IG account with perfect photos. You’re awesome!!


  • Cara says:

    Love this! The photo not fitting is one of the most frustrating and I have heard so many great things about VSCOcam too! Downloading both now!

    xx Cara

  • Thorunn says:

    Thanks for sharing Chriselle!

  • Amber says:

    This was really helpful! Thank you for sharing!

  • Thanks for sharing this! Really needed to edit some of photos on instagram!

  • Whoa! Thank you for sharing these. I am totally downloading some of them right now.

  • Thanks!!!!! There are good!! My favourite is VSCOcam


  • Liz says:

    omg I need all of these!!

  • Ivana says:

    Hey, i just wanted to let you know that I have some troubles viewing your blog in the app Feedly. This started happening a couple of weeks ago, before that it was just perfect.

    Here is the only thing I see when I open your blog in the app:
    Warning: get_headers(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas06_data01/30/2465830/html/wp-content/plugins/rss-image-feed/class-lib/A5_ImageClass.php on line 271

    Warning: get_headers(): This function may only be used against URLs in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas06_data01/30/2465830/html/wp-content/plugins/rss-image-feed/class-lib/A5_ImageClass.php on line 271

  • moreBeaut is going to take my selfie taking to a whole new level! Haha thanks Chriselle! xx

  • Kristi says:

    Thank you for sharing these! Lovely meeting you last Saturday at Imply Stylist!


  • Emma Jo says:

    THANK YOU! That is one of the most useful blogposts I have read in a while now :) Instagram is seriously my obsession – and finding ways to make my photos better is a very big help!


  • sasa says:

    Yup , followed you. Thanks for sharing:) <3

    New on

  • Aii says:

    Going to download and try out some of the mentioned apps :)

  • Saša says:

    Thanks for sharing 😉 Now we will all be gorgeous on selfies haha:)

  • Tra Mi says:

    I just downloaded some of your recommended.

  • Narisa Lloyd says:

    Thanks for this post and I would love to see more like it. I have an android but I will keep looking for them to make some of these apps available in the play store

  • Valeria says:

    Going to download them now!! your pics are gorgeous! thanks for sharing with us!!


  • Amazing apps, gorgeous photos

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