Facetune — Everything you need to know!

Whether you're a professional photographer, a selfie lover, an Instagram addict, or just someone who likes taking pictures with friends and family on their iPhone, there's an app out there that can promise model-like portraits, airbrushed masterpieces, and magazine-quality snapshots, and it's called Facetune.

Jason Cipriani, CNET:

Facetune brings pro-level photo editing capabilities to your iPhone with great results, but you'll need some patience to learn the ropes.

Here's everything you need to know about Facetune, how it works, its special features, what you have to look forward to, and so, so much more!

What is Facetune?

Facetune is an app that allows you to smooth, edit, tweak details, reshape, patch, adjust tones, fix redeye, defocus, add frames, add filters, and so so, so much more to any of the photos that you've taken on your iPhone!

It acts a little bit like Photoshop, but is way less complicated, so if you want to edit on the go, this is going to be the best option available (well, aside from Facetune 2, but that's a whole 'nother story…)

It might take a little while to get adjusted to how you edit with Facetune, but when you have it down pat, editing your images to look airbrushed and professional is easy as pie!

Hillel Fuld, Huffington Post:

I would say that the coolest part of Facetune is the fact that while it is as powerful as the best photo editing apps out there, it is fully optimized for the mobile touch experience. Using a finger swipe motion, you can edit the picture in real time all without losing one pixel. [sic]

How does it work?

Depending on what you're looking to fix in your photo, Facetune works by allowing users to select their editing tools, how and where they use them on their image, and the ability to erase and fix any editing you may have gone overboard with (AKA smoothing your face and nose into oblivion like a social media Voldemort).

Simply upload the photo you want to tweak and perfect into the app and begin playing around with smoothness, redeye, frames, reshaping, etc.

You can use the eraser tool to fix and get rid of any mistakes you've made, while the move tool allows you to zoom in and get super close to smaller, more detailed areas that might be difficult to edit otherwise.

When you're done with your editing and you're super happy with how everything looks, you can throw on an additional filter and save your photo to your camera roll.

Now you can post your Facetune masterpiece wherever!

How much does it cost?

The app on its own costs $3.99, and before you ask, there's no free version available with ads.

What photo editing features are included?

Smooth & Edit Skin

• Smooth and rejuvenate your skin

• Remove temporary imperfections like pimples and blemishes

• Brighten dark circles under your eyes

Instant Plastic-Surgery

• Refine jaw lines

• Heighten cheek bones and brows

• Reshape your nose

• Enlarge or shrink a specific area of the image

• Totally transform your face into alien or other fun shapes

Emphasize your Eyes

• Change your eye color

• Remove red and white-eye effects

Perfect Smiles

• Widen or refine your smile

• Whiten and brighten your teeth

Get Creative

• Add artistic touches to make your photo your own

• Customizable filters can be applied to the entire photo or to specific areas

Add some Makeup

• Apply any shade of blush and eye shadow

• Add volume to your lashes and shape your brows

• Add color to your lips

• Add intensity to your natural lip color

Enhance your Photo

• Focus the photo on you by defocusing or blurring the background

• Improve lighting or add special effects

• Create customized filters

• Add unique textures and customizable frames

• Rotate the photo or flip to its mirror image

Fix your Hair

• Color over gray hair

• Fill bald patches

• Remove stray hairs

Which devices can I use Facetune on?

Right now, Facetune can only work on your iPhone or iPad, but people have been asking for a desktop version for a while considering how wildly popular it is.

Where can I learn more?

If you've downloaded the app and want some help editing pictures, or if you're just looking for a couple of new ideas when it comes to tweaking your photography, you can always check out Facetune's full list of tutorials.

They're also available through the app itself.

Facetune 2?

If you're a big fan of Facetune, then be sure the also check out Facetune 2 (opens in new tab).

While it functions similarly to the original Facetune, there are some prominent differences between the apps:

  1. The editing tools vary drastically from the first version of the app with options like mattification, concealing, highlighting, relighting, and much, much more.
  2. In order to get access to "VIP" editing options, you have to pay a monthly fee.
  3. There's a much wider selection of fashion/beautification filters and download options for them if you upgrade to VIP.

Where can I download the app?

For Facetune, click right here (opens in new tab)!

… and for Facetune 2, click right here (opens in new tab)!

Cella Lao Rousseau

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau

  • Facetune 2 is widely criticized because of it's expensive subscription model. I don't know who tue audience is for that app. Maybe it really is a pro level app, but shame on you for not being forthcoming on that pain point.
  • Hi there! I did mention above that Facetune 2 has a monthly subscription model :) I use both apps and find both to be quite useful in different ways!
  • The controversy over cost is the pain point I was referring to. Users are not happy. You skip the cost, which is what people have taken issue with. Now, if you acknowledged the controversy and defended them, I can see that. Ignoring such a huge part of the story feels almost deceptive. Look at the comments. This article damages iMore as a brand. :( I don't want to see that.
  • Monthly subscription is a no-no for me. This is an incredibly bad business practice which is slowly becoming more common. Vote with your wallet and uninstall these apps
  • These guys, Lighttricks Ltd, cheaped out big time. They went on and on about being against the in-app purchase model, and then they went and adopted the much worse subscription model, and for a frickin selfie-botoxfication app at that Worse yet, they seem to keep updating it just so that they can hide the most recent (mostly negative) reviews new a blank page. They'll probably release the new Enlight 2 with a similar subscription model. Frankly, even if they charged $0.09/month, I'd still find much more value paying $9.99 for Adobe's Lightroom + Photoshop CC subscription. I despise Adobe even more than Lighttricks, but at least Adobe offers a competent product that justifies its price.
  • There's nothing justified in any kind of subscription model, Adobe are just as bad. If Enlight 2 comes with a subscription model they're going to lose a lot of users, including myself.
  • I've been using Facetune before it ever made it in the top 200 in the App Store. It's been great. But I'm not willing to pay subscription for Facetune 2.
  • Vote with your wallet, subscription models are a crude cash-grab, don't buy into them