Snapchat's filters can be a lot of fun, so we've got the best Snapchat filters for you — a face modifier for for every occasion.
Yes, while Instagram's Story posts have become one of the biggest social media platforms, Snapchat has increased its daily active users worldwide reach 293 million by the end of June 2021 based on doing what it does best. And what it does best is make you look weird, cool or just a hint nicer. (We think you're great the way you are.)
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To help you experiment I've included links for each Snapchat filter, so you can try them out for yourself. Just open the link on your phone and it'll pop open in Snapchat!
The best Snapchat filters right now
Vogue Noir by Tyler Allen
For that moment when you both look like a cover model (or don't at all and it's funny for that same reason), Tyler Allen lets you take Vogue off Anna Wintour's hands and claim its cover as your own. It doesn't matter when you shoot it, this snapshot will be your September issue.
Fire Sunglasses by Snapchat
For those moments when you thought "this is fine," and didn't mean it at all -- but did have time to find your nearest shades. Yes, in this modern time of calamity, when each day has another new main character (in the wrong way, with too much drama) online, equip Snapchat's Fire Sunglasses to show off your utter detachment from the dumpster fire around you. If only Snapchat came with s'mores.
Cartoon 3D Style by Snapchat
Cartoon 3D Style is one of Snapchat’s most popular filters, and for good reason - it makes you look like you’ve just stepped out of the latest Disney movie. Whether you’re secretly a princess at heart or a lovable goof like Kristoff (let’s face it, most of us are Kristoff) it’s always fun to imagine what life would be like alongside your favorite Disney characters.
Polaroid Frame by saman hasan
Your mileage may vary, but sometimes simple and slight filters, with a little elegance, are the best. User saman hasan's "Polaroid Frame" filter, seen here, brightened and softened my face with a couple of gentle tweaks and added a delightful flower border. The icing on the cake? The day's date is placed at the bottom, in an personal hand-drawn font.
Lion by Snapchat
While many filters slap their image right on top of you, Lion by Snapchat actually gives you the snapper a little control. As you see here, my colleague Adam got to show that he's half-lion and half-human, an utterly relatable feeling in 2020. Using the filter, drag the border of the lion filter to the left or right, based on what looks right, or how animalistic you feel that day.
Lips Freckles by Snapchat
When you want to show how loved you feel, Snapchat has the exact filter for you: Lips Freckles. It does exactly what it says it will, applying a layer of lipstick-print designs around your eyes and cheeks, just where freckles could be. These moments are made to be captured and shared, especially when you're sending the good vibes out to someone you're unable to be near.
Dancing Turkey by Snapchat
Sometimes, you just need to get goofy. Dancing Turkey by Snapchat helps you out by providing the Turkey costume that you don't feel like renting, unzipping and fitting into. This filter made me laugh out loud, for a bit, during a particularly trying day, so I can seriously recommend it to all Snapchat users out there trying to find levity in a slow day.
Scary Mask by Snapchat
Let’s face it — face masks are probably here to stay for the near future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look cool wearing one. Snapchat’s Scary Mask filter puts a horror spin on our modern face mask phenomenon. It's a fun little option, probably something to use when you're trying to convince people to wear face masks in public. Extra points for the whited-out eyes.
Old by Snapchat
Have you felt like you've aged a lot during these last months? Well, Snapchat's Old filter is extremely true to its name. As you see here, it dyed my brown hair to a frightful silver/grey, though my darker roots are still visible, and it ravaged my face. It's the exact opposite of what face beautifying filters look to achieve, but a hilarious way to express your inner geezer.
Pecan by Luckee Bains
Can't make it to a tanning salon anymore? Pecan by user Luckee Bains gives you a strong tan (without going too far) and applies a textured filter. You can tap to remove the grain, but I prefer it with the added graininess. This one has a strong summer feel, and it's a lot safer and less messy than trying to use bronzer.
My Twin by Snapchat
Gender-swaps aren't just for rebooted movies and comic books. Snapchat's My Twin filter showed me what it would be like if I had a female twin, or had been any good at drag. There's a little blush, wavy long hair that basically extends my own locks and that hazy softening filter on my skin. Fun for a laugh at the very least.
Rainbow Glasses by Zara Shapiro
Want to present a tripped-out front without suggesting you've actually done anything illegal? User Zara Shapiro's Rainbow Glasses filter slaps on a pair of wild shades on your face, with multi-colored lenses of their own that suggest you're looking to get a little loopier than usual. If you're able to go to the beach, these would be a strong fit with a swimsuit.
Mustaches by Snapchat
If you've always wanted a giant moustache, Snapchat's Mustaches filter is perfect for that makeover.You can even use it with pets, to see what your cat or dog would look like if they spontaneously sprouted some extra upper lip hair. It's definitely one of the goofier options on this list of best Snapchat filters, but still worthy of applause.
Neon Horns by Snapchat
Some of the best Snapchat filters knock most of the image to black and white, but then add some color elements on top, to give them a strong emphasis. That's what we've got here where you can select one of many neon colored pairs of horns. I picked Pink because they've got a nice electric touch. Other other color options included are white, lime green, magenta, orange and light blue.
Anime Style by Snapchat
Switching things up a bit, Anime Style by Snapchat takes its inspiration from the animation style that originated from the east. The filter has a nice soft shading style that is surprisingly artistic, looking almost like it’s been hand drawn. It’s also fun to try making different expressions, because they tend to entirely transform your new anime self — as if you’ve jumped genres from being a young female protagonist in a Ghibli movie to being Eren Jaeger, about to slay a titan or five.
Distortion by Snapchat
Many use Snapchat to show how draining life is at the very moment, and Snapchat's Distortion is one of the best Snapchat filters for this occasion. It practically melted my face against the corners of the screen, as if I was Slimer from Ghostbusters, or just a victim of tragic summer humidity. The added monochromatic tweaks give it a rotoscoped quality reminiscent of Waking Life.
Fashion Sunglasses by Snapchat
As much as I wish I could grow this beard, I think this pretty darn good filter is best for those looking to embrace their inner motorbike gang member. And if there are any ZZ Top fans using Snapchat (there's gotta be one, right?) this filter's for them. Also, squint to see the reflections of what appears to be an outdoor restaurant in the lenses of these "fashion sunglasses."
Rock Hipster by Snapchat
The definition of a hipster varies from person to person, and especially across generations, but this Snapchat filter won favor with me for its hexagonal sunglasses, impressively textured yellow toque hat and the guts to go with the septum piercing, which has gained some ground as a fashionable tweak, but is still not exactly mainstream. The shine on the leather jacket is also appreciated.
Bear in Love by Snapchat
Rounding out our look at the best Snapchat filters Bear In Love. This filter is pure, tooth rotting sweetness. You’ll get bright sparkly eyes, rosy cheeks, and a giant teddy bear on your shoulder giving you a big hug. What more could you ask for?