Top 5 Instagram Editing Apps Revealed

posted by on 2014.03.18, under My Top 5, tech

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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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Amazing apps! Thank you for sharing!!

maisoue ( March 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM )

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

Beckerman Girls ( March 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM )

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

Eva ( March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM )

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 ( March 25, 2014 at 9:38 PM )

    Aw Thanks Daniela! I will continue to reveal my little secrets here and there ;) Any particular ones you would like to know?

    Chriselle ( March 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM )

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

Daniela ( March 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM )

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!
Tailored Tantrums

Rebecca Ann ( March 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM )

    Glad you enjoyed this post on my 5 fave editing apps! Square FX is AMAZING! xoxo Chriselle

    Chriselle ( March 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM )

Thanks you for sharing your favorite apps!

Dalila ( March 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM )

    Hi Dalila! You are very welcome! Let me know if you would like to see more! xoxo Chriselle

    Chriselle ( March 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM )

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!


Marianna ( March 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM )

    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

    Chriselle ( March 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM )

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=)


Cinz ( March 21, 2014 at 1:56 AM )

Thanks you for the advise Chriselle !

Ophélie ( March 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM )

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

Kelly ( March 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM )

Thanks for the sharing, it is very useful =)

Natalie ( March 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM )

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

Jess B ( March 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM )

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.

Trinh ( March 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM )

thanks for sharing chriselle!!

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

cindy ( March 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM )

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

Emmy ( March 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM )

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

adele ( March 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM )

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

Kayla Seah ( March 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM )

Hey Chriselle!

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

Love Adrienne,

Adrienne ( March 19, 2014 at 6:11 AM )

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

Vivian ( March 19, 2014 at 5:47 AM )

Best post ever, thank youu for sharing!!

Isis ( March 19, 2014 at 3:53 AM )

Chris, thanks for sharing.
Kisses from Brazil.

( March 19, 2014 at 3:27 AM )

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

Irish Fashaholic ( March 19, 2014 at 3:25 AM )

Thanks for sharing Chriselle

Nicki ( March 19, 2014 at 2:36 AM )

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

Frances ( March 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM )

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:

Ms Genny C ( March 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM )

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

Nichole Ciotti ( March 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM )

Nice, nice foto

Inna ( March 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM )

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

Lydia ( March 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM )

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

Christine Koay ( March 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM )

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

Char ( March 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM )

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

STYLE BY ALINA ( March 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM )

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

Denise Garcia ( March 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM )

Chriselle! I could kiss you!

Thanks for sharing you sexy thang!

Clare x

Clare ( March 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM )

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?

kyeong ( March 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM )

Thanks Chriselle for sharing these apps! =)

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

Elaine Lee ( March 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM )

Oh i cant wait to try the first one!!

nala ( March 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM )

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

Miranda ( March 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM )

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


Maggie S. Chan ( March 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM )

    I’m glad you found it helpful! <3

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM )

thanks for the tips!

irene laura ( March 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM )

    You’re very welcome Irene.

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM )

thank you so much for sharing your secrets!!

xo, Liz

liz ( March 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM )

    Of course Liz!

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM )

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

Style by Joules

Joules ( March 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM )

    Yey glad you like them! <3

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM )

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!:)

Lana ( March 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM )

    Thanks so much Hana! xoxo

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM )

Great apps!! Thank you Chriselle :)

Kisses from Barcelona

Ana ( March 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM )

    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!

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM )

Chriselle try Afterlight! Awesome app

Zai ( March 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM )

    Thanks for the suggestion!!

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM )

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

Nikka Shae ( March 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM )

    You’re so sweet Nikka! I hope you have fun playing with these apps!

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM )

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

Christy Lau ( March 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM )

    You’re welcome Christy. I just use my iPhone ! =)

    Chriselle ( March 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM )

Thanks for sharing! Your photos are always beautiful :)

Lee ( March 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM )

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

Hannah ( March 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM )

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

Ray ( March 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM )

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

TheJulyIssue ( March 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM )

VSCO cam is my favourite! Love the sunnies Chriselle~



Vivian ( March 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM )

Great list! More are definitely welcomed!

Islara ( March 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM )

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.

Victoria Chardiet ( March 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM )

Thanks for sharing <3

Moon ( March 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM )
Moon ( March 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM )

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


Eye like fashion ( March 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM )

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

Cara ( March 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM )

Thanks for sharing Chriselle!

Thorunn ( March 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM )

This was really helpful! Thank you for sharing!

Amber ( March 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM )

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

H.A.F. Addict by Laurina W ( March 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM )

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

Alexandra Aimee ( March 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM )

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


SweetFreckles ( March 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM )
monkeyshines ( March 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM )

omg I need all of these!!

Liz ( March 18, 2014 at 8:11 AM )

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:
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Ivana ( March 18, 2014 at 7:53 AM )

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

Supal {chevrons and éclairs} ( March 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM )

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


Kristi ( March 18, 2014 at 7:41 AM )

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!


Emma Jo ( March 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM )

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

New on

sasa ( March 18, 2014 at 6:39 AM )

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

Aii ( March 18, 2014 at 6:33 AM )

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

Saša ( March 18, 2014 at 5:43 AM )
Tahirah D ( March 18, 2014 at 5:17 AM )

I just downloaded some of your recommended.

Tra Mi ( March 18, 2014 at 5:16 AM )

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

Narisa Lloyd ( March 18, 2014 at 5:05 AM )

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


Valeria ( March 18, 2014 at 4:59 AM )

Amazing apps, gorgeous photos

Fashion posse ( March 18, 2014 at 3:54 AM )


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