We have nothing against a good Instagram filter (or the tools in any of the other apps you may use to make your snapshots Instagram-worthy). But we also wouldn’t mind having a real-life Instagram filter. Preferably one that makes our skin look a little brighter and a little more even … and also makes us look more well-rested.
Fortunately, the beauty industry is way ahead of us on this one. There are foundations and powders that have been formulated with photography in mind. And then there are others that just do a great job of making your skin look its best, whether your face is going to end up in an Instagram shot or not.
Read on to check out our favorite skin-perfecting products. We love them not only because they make for an easier time shooting and editing the perfect selfie, but also because they make it just a little easier for your gorgeous features to shine — no retouching needed.
1. Algenist Sublime Defense Blurring Moisturizer
If you’d like a beauty product that mimics the blurring effect of some of your favorite Instagram filters, Algenist’s Sublime Defense Blurring Moisturizer may be the product for you. It features SPF 30, which is great to prevent signs of aging, and is also formulated to protect against air pollution. The formula hydrates and blurs imperfections like fine lines to make your skin look smooth and radiant. It also works to repair skin — which means a better complexion both immediately and with continued use.
2. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers — it can get tough to keep track of all of your options if you want a hydrating base that will also perfect the appearance of your skin. The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream from bareMinerals offers the best of all of those categories. It features SPF 30 sun protection, plus ingredients that replenish and hydrate your skin. It offers a dewy finish and sheer-to-medium coverage. On top of that, the formula packs in antioxidants to protect your skin against environmental stressors.
3. Guerlain Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls
A primer should both smooth your skin and color-correct any unevenness, right? Guerlain’s Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls check both of those boxes. It features Guerlain’s “stardust” technology, which supposedly encapsulates “a celestial powder that transforms light invisible to the naked eye into visible and soft-focus perfecting light to blur imperfections and provide exceptional radiance.” Translation? This base will give your skin a radiant finish, neutralize excess oil, even out your skin, fade imperfections, and smooth fine lines.
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Everyone loves a good finishing powder — particularly if you find one that acts like a real-life Instagram filter to perfect your skin. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder does just that with a technology that supposedly “captures, diffuses, and softens surrounding light.” This means the powder conceals skin imperfections, pores, and wrinkles, while providing a more radiant finish. You’ll always look perfectly lit, whether you’re posing for an Instagram shot or just hanging out with friends.
5. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield
Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is the perfect real-world filter if you want a multi-tasking product. This formula is both a primer and an anti-aging treatment, which means you’ll look great in selfies both now and in the future. It even incorporates SPF to streamline your routine. You can use Invisiblur under your makeup, of course, but you can also use it to touch up your makeup throughout the day. Or, mix it with your favorite liquid foundation to create your own perfect formula.
6. NIOD Photography Fluid
NIOD’s Photography Fluid is formulated specifically to make your skin look perfect in front of the lens. It has the texture of a serum, but is packed with a variety of different ingredients to even things out, including light-refracting prisms, tone and hue correctors, and topical photo-finishing technologies. That means this product is capable of refracting light to give the appearance of more even skin and smaller pores. It also “blacks out red tones and minimizes undesirable yellow ones for skin that looks instantly better in life and on camera.” Yes, please.
7. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
RMS Beauty’s lineup routinely appears in recommendations from makeup artists and models alike, but it seems that none of this line’s products has as many devoted fans as the Living Luminizer. The brand touts this product, which is its biggest seller, as “the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow.” It offers a pearly finish that’s perfect for highlighting and illuminating all skin tones. Best of all, this formula is easy to apply with your fingers. You can smooth it on to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, along the inner corners of your eyes, and on your cupid’s bow for a gorgeous glow.
8. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
The Photo Finish Primer from Smashbox is a perennial best-seller and fan favorite. And for good reason: It’s formulated to blur and to reduce the appearance of pores instantly. Even better? The effect lasts up to eight hours — plenty of time to nail that perfect Instagram shot, or to attend a series of parties and look flawless. In addition to blurring pores, this primer also minimizes shine and can stand up to both sweat and humidity. You can wear it alone, layer it over or under makeup, or even dab it on to touch up your look. Talk about versatility!