Celebrity Hairstylists’ 5 Favorite Photo Editing Apps
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Since the beginning of the social media boom, every hairstylist’s traditional portfolio, business card, and resume dropped from the top of of their ‘important for building my clientele’ list to the bottom of the barrel. Now your Instagram page should speak for itself, and while the photo sharing app isn’t everyone’s forte, it should be. Whether you’re new to the photo editing game or a veteran content creator, there’s always room for improvement. If you’ve ever envied the perfectly manicured feeds of celebrity hairstylists then take the guess work out of editing photos with this roundup of photo editing apps approved by celebrity hairstylists themselves.
I recently started using Lightroom to edit the lighting in my photos for instagram and it makes such a huge difference! I love how crisp and high quality it makes even an iPhone photo look and that I can transform a photo with poor lighting into a beautiful one.
—Justine Marjan @justinemarjan
The biggest one I have had to focus on and learn is the video editing app Videoshop. I had no clue at all how to edit videos and to be honest, I was very intimidated by it. This app, however, is so easy, even for dummies. Even for a simple hair clip video that shows all sides of the final look. I use it to slow it down and add music to it. Now video editing has become a mini passion of mine thanks to this app. I also use this lots when I need to condense videos to be impactful in my stories and meet the 15-second limit.
I do use Facetune, but be very careful with this app. It’s easy to get out of control and go wild making everything look perfect. I DO NOT use it to alter the face and how my subject looks at all. I usually use it to blur and mask a background. Because I am on set I don’t always get the perfect photo space or time to shoot my girl. It’s often rushed. So I blur the background to make the hair pop. I will sometimes whiten the eyes if the eye was covered in shadow, if my client did not have makeup on yet, or if they had some acne they were self conscious about.
To change lighting, I just use my photo edit app on my iPhone. Usually up brightness five points or so and the highlight as well. I never alter color, especially if I am advertising color.
—Matthew Collins @matthewstylist
VSCO is my fav! It’s an app with the BEST filters and it’s totally worth the money to access every filter the app offers. It’s the best way to make your page look cohesive and pretty.
—Alex Brown @alexbrownhair
My fav photo-editing app is Fuji and Snap Seed! I like to plug my photo into Fuji and then open it up in Snap Seed to brighten specific areas that the filter may darken.
—Carly Walters @carlyxhair
I love Facetune to help me get rid of flyaways and make the details of the hairstyle stand out more. For Instagram Stories, I like to use Snapchat filters.