Facetune App Guide (2023): Instagram Photo Editing App

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  • Why Facetune is so popular with students
  • Why parents should care about Facetune
  • Tips to keep students safe while using Facetune

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It’s never been easier to change the way we look in photos. The Facetune app lets users modify photos to remove their perceived imperfections in an instant. It’s almost like having plastic surgery without going under the knife.

Photos edited and retouched on Facetune are plastered all over social media, so what is this distorted view of beauty doing to our children? This SmartSocial app guide will help parents understand exactly how Facetune works before deciding whether it's appropriate for their kids to use.

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What is Facetune?

  • Facetune is a photo editing and camera app that allows users to take photos and videos or upload and edit media already on their camera roll
  • Digitally edited photos and videos can be shared directly to Instagram or other social media or saved to your phone
  • Facetune uses AI (artificial intelligence) to change the looks of faces and bodies and users can whiten teeth, remove under-eye circles, reshape their face, resize their bodies, change their skin tone and apply makeup, change eye color, and more

Top concerns of Facetune

Image from Facetune marketing
  • Students might develop unrealistic beauty standards because of doctored photos
  • Researchers warn that advanced photo editing apps could possibly lead to “body dysmorphic disorder,” which is a mental health disorder where a person can’t stop thinking about a perceived flaw in their appearance (Source: Boston University)
  • The constant pressure to look your best using Facetune can lead to social anxiety, depression, or eating disorders (Source: Psychology Today)
  • There are reported cases of people getting plastic surgery to look like the edited images of themselves on social media (Source: Forbes)

What can parents do?

Image from Facetune marketing
  • Before giving your student access to Facetune, download the app, spend time becoming familiar with the features, then determine if it’s safe for your student to use
  • If your students use Facetune, regularly monitor your teen’s edited photos and have frequent discussions about what is okay to post
  • Talk to your teen about body image and the distorted reality photo editing apps can create
  • Explain the difference between making minor edits (like lighting, color, and shadows) and major cosmetic edits (like changing the appearance of your face or body)
  • Monitor your children for signs of anxiety, sadness, and depression and consider contacting the school counselor or a private therapist if your teen needs help coping with body image issues

Additional information

  • There was previously a free version of the app called Facetune 2, but they have been combined into one Facetune app (Source: Facetune)

Why do students want to use Facetune?

  • Facetune is easy to use and doesn’t require any special photo editing skills to edit photos  
  • Students see other people’s edited photos on Instagram and want to use the same filters and tools to achieve the same look

What is Facetune rated?

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Apple App Store rating: 4+

Google Play Store rating:  E (Everyone)

Owned by Lightricks, Based in Jerusalem

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Terms of Use

Examples of Facetune in the news

Forbes How AI Avatars and face filters are altering our conception of beauty
Today, we compare ourselves to the perfectly filtered and flawless online images of friends, neighbors, and even ourselves. With recent advances in editing, everyone has the ability to be airbrushed—not just celebrities. We can all create our own perfect self-image using the latest filters and apps. - Dr. Kim Anderson, Psychologist, Forbes Magazine
Forbes from Instagram face to snapchat dysmorphia: how beauty filters are changing the way we see ourselves
Young women who spent just 10 minutes taking, editing and posting selfies to social media reported feeling more anxious, less confident and less physically attractive afterwards compared to those who didn’t engage in these behaviours, - Dr. Phillippa Diedrichs, Psychologist, Forbes Magazine


While kids of all ages can have fun morphing their faces and bodies through the use of photo editing apps, like Facetune, many experts believe the consequences of tweens and teens regularly modifying their appearances for social media could leave lasting negative effects. Parents should be aware and have an open dialogue with their students about these potential outcomes.

More resources for parents, students, & educators

If you want to view more photo editing options, visit our Instagram Editing Apps Guide

Listen to Dr. Rady Rahban discuss the ripple effect of social media beauty filters on the SmartSocial.com Podcast

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