When you have well over a million followers—we're looking at you, Alexa Chung and Lily Aldridge—you're probably going to put a little extra effort into choosing your filters for selfies (no pressure). Sure, many among us use photo-editing apps like Vsco, Snapseed, and Facetune (no judgment from us!), but sometimes all you need is a good old-fashioned Instagram filter, and many celebs agree.
Wanting to know the secret picture-snapping formula to jaw-dropping selfies, we did a little detective work and started to notice a pattern among the most striking photos: The same filters appear over and over. While lighting, makeup, and wardrobe certainly play a factor, these "special effects" ensure that your selfies show you at your best. Get ready to induce a little Insta envy of your own if you choose to follow the lead of these It girls.
Read on to find out which ultra-flattering Instagram filters celebrities love.
It's hard to replicate the flattering, sun-kissed glow that Valencia gives to a photo, especially on an already-sunny day.
WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
WHO: Jessica Alba
WHO: Poppy Delevingne
To sum Mayfair up, it's like you but better! It enhances color with a soft pink cast and focuses light at the center of the photo. In fact, studies show that Mayfair-enhanced photos get the most likes.
WHO: Taylor Swift
WHO: Ashley Madekwe
WHO: Lily Aldridge
The washed-out effect of the under-the-radar Walden filter gets an A+ for blurring imperfections. It's perfect for sunny-day selfies.
Update: The Walden filter has been discontinued, but try Hudson for a similar effect.
WHO: Alexa Chung
WHO: Jamie Chung
WHO: Jaime King
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.