How To Use FaceTune To Enhance Your Photos Like A Pro

14 May 2018, 17:24 | Updated: 14 May 2018, 17:35

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Time to change your tune

Facetune, like traditional airbrushing, can sometimes get a bad wrap, but as with all things, it's all about the degree to which you use it. Yes, some people use Facetune to almost completely change their face, but the app is also good for just getting rid of a pesky zit that might be ruining an otherwise lovely picture. Facetune doesn't have to be disingenuous, it can just be used to show you at your best.

Which Facetune should I download?

So here's a curious thing. There are two Facetune apps: Facetune and Facetune 2. Facetune 1 is free to use and 2... isn't. So just download 1. I don't really understand why you would ever pay to use 2 when 1 is free but hey, people can do what they want. 2 probably has some super duper features or something, who knows.

What does Facetune let you do?

Aside from basic features like adding filters and changing brightness (which other photo apps have), Facetune has a couple of genius little features that can dramatically improve your photos. You can:

- Smooth out skin

- Fix redeye

- Highlight features you want to draw attention (usually eyes)

The key things to know

I'll run you through the basics of the app, bravely using my own face as an example. Now, this is going to be difficult, because I have the handsome, perfectly sculpted face of a greek demigod, so the app won't be able to make as many changes as it would to the face of a normal person. Here is my normal, scientifically perfect, and definitely not extremely tired face:

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Now we smooth things out

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Now the smoothing begins. Picture: other
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Lookin' smooth. Picture: other

Now let's make those eyes POP


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Before and after

Obviously I whipped this up in like five minutes and went a little heavier than usual so there would be a clear before and after, but as you can see, the app provides some subtle changes that go along way. Primarily, hiding the utter exhaustion of a Monday morning that is plastered all over my face:

before and after facetune
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Have a go yourself and see if you can do a better job than me (you will).

By the way, James Charles isn't just in the picture for this article to be shady. The YouTuber is an open user of Facetune, even offering up tutorials on his channel for how to get your tuning juuuuust right: