Edited photo of myself

How I edit my pictures – Light pink aesthetic edit

For me, Instagram is a hobby, I love taking and editing pictures. It’s one of the ways I like to be creative. If you need advice on how to edit pictures with Lightroom or Facetune, you’ve found the right place!

In this blog post, I’m going through the different steps from choosing pictures to editing them. I’m not going to give all my photography tips in this article but I will certainly share them in another post! Stay tuned!

Step 1: Picture Selection for editing

I take A LOT of pictures to make sure that I’ll end up with at least one that I like! I shoot from different angles, with different props and backgrounds. When that’s done, I choose approximately three different pictures that I think are the best ones and then I go ahead and start my picture editing process : Choosing pictures

TIP: the general ‘aesthetic’ that I go for is very bright, white with clear tones of pink and neutrals. In the past, as you can see in the video on my first Instagram posts (My insta), I preferred the very colorful and saturated aesthetic. There are so many different ways to edit pictures, there’s no “right” one. It all depends on the look that you’re going for. This is how I edit my pictures currently but feel free to add a bit of your personality and taste to yours. 


The first app I go to is Lightroom. It’s a program developed by Adobe that is actually free on mobile. I bought the version for desktop a few years back and it indeed gives more picture editing options. However, I think the mobile version is brilliant to start with, it allows us to edit in much more detail than any other free mobile apps. 

These are the steps I go through:
  1. The first tab I open is the light options where I augment the exposure, the shadows, and whites. I decrease the blacks and the highlights. I don’t touch the contrast because I feel like it adds a weird effect to the picture. Instead, I use the ‘blacks’ tool to make all the black areas on my picture pop out a little more. 
  2. Then, I go to the color option where you can, first of all, adjust the temperature and the tint as well as the saturation and the vibrance. The MAIN part of this whole app is the color mix tool. With that, you can change each color’s tone, saturation, and luminance which gives so much more precision and allows you to do so many different things to your pictures! 
  3. On the effects tab, I only augment the clarity of the picture. Then, I proceed with the details tab where I augment the noise reduction and the details. 

See the whole process here: The lightroom editing process

That’s it for lightroom, from here on, I don’t touch the colors or brightness of my pictures. The easiest way to edit your future photos is to save all these settings into a preset and give it a name so that you can easily find it back. 

TIP: To keep a coherent and cohesive feed on Instagram, on a website, or anywhere else, it’s so useful to always use the same preset. However, not all pictures originally have the same lighting and background, etc, so you’ll always have to adjust some settings for each photo you choose to edit. 

Lightroom for mobile app logo

STEP 3: finishing touches with facetune

The next and final step is Facetune. I only have the free version. If you pay, you obviously get more options for for instance face-feature editing. Personally, I find the most useful tools on the app for free.

The main feature I use here is  the retouch feature. Click here: Facetune process to see my example

I utilize it to whiten my teeth or other parts of the picture’s background if needed. If I wear jewelry, I use the details tool to make it stand out more. I often also use it on my eyes along with the glow feature.

If there’s any part you want to take out of the pictures like for example, a hair that’s sticking out, you can use the conceal button but it’s not a substitute for photoshop by any means. It can be used for some small retouches. 

Lastly, if I look a little glowy on the picture, I use the matte tool to even out my skin tone all over my face. 

Now, if you go back to the home page and swipe left to the end, you find the defocus tool. I use the automatic button and then finish the details manually. You can even decide how much blurring you want and how light you want it. 

FaceTune editing app logo

And you’re done! That’s how I usually edit my pictures, I hope you’ll find it helpful!

These are a few before and after’s:

Picture of me before editing
Picture of me after editing
Group photo before edits
Group photo after edits
Picture of me before edits
Picture of me after edits

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