Myspace-style photos are invading your Instagram, and there’s no stopping them. Here’s how to get the look
Bring on the 3D effects and stickers
by Una Dabiero
They say history repeats itself. And apparently the social media has been around long enough that internet history repeats itself. If you've had this weird, deja-vu-type-feeling while scrolling through Instagram recently, its because you really have seen the latest fad before.
MySpace-style photos are trendy again. You heard me right. Stickers, effects, borders. We're going back to the fucking PicMonkey days.
But its way easier now. There's apps to make your pics look "cool girl in Chi O perfect" and we're here to help you find them. Here's your guide to making a pic 2008 you and 2018 you can be proud of:
One of the latest trends on Instagram is adding a 3D effect to your pictures. Most of the time, the effect is added to something in the background or to the area surrounding you, so it looks cool but not like you're trying to hard.
However, the effect can also be used on a selfie – specifically a selfie that already looks like it belongs on tumblr.
In order to achieve the look, download 3D Effect or Glitche from the Apple Store, then edit as necessary. I haven't seen an Android in like a trillion years, so I can't help y'all.
Another popular effect right now? Adding shimmer to Insta videos.
Fashion bloggers and celebrities alike are adding glitter-effects to videos and stills they turn into videos using the kirakira + app from the Apple Store.
It's a cute way to enhance outfits, add drama to makeup in selfies, or put extra bling on something you're showing off via story.
Just don't overuse it, because we aren't back to rhinestones and glitter being trendy just yet.
Maybe one of the most Myspace-like trends on Insta right now is the use of stickers.
Girls are putting stars and other shapes in the background of their photos to make them a bit more eye-catching. Basically what I'm telling you is the day of the same old solo shot is over.
Most often stickers are used to frame the subjects of the photo and can be applied to either the corners of the post or the entire open background space.
However, stickers are also sometimes used to create an "augmented reality" effect, like this cute rainbow pic:
That's right, everyone! Augmented reality is back. But thank god it looks better than it used to. There's lots of apps to get cute stickers for your pics. Photo Editor by Aviary is a comprehensive way to add little treats to your photos, but PicsArt also has some great stickers.
The angel snapchat filter
One last extreme photo trend making the rounds is the angel filter from Snapchat. Celebs and other trend-setters are taking photos or videos of themselves on snap with the filter then uploading them to your feeds.
If it's good enough for Dua Lipa, it's good enough for me. I assume y'all know how to do Snapchat by now, so I won't explain this one.
I don't know whether to be really excited or really horrified that photo editing is back in. I was getting kinda bored by everyones 50 percent Clarendon photos, tbh. I'd rather see everyone looking like half-robots any day.