Whether you're taking a selfie on a sunny afternoon or a picture of your iced coffee after it's been freshly brewed, one thing is clear: You need a few cute Instagram story filters to capture the moment right. Sure, the filters built into the stories part of the app could balance out the colors and highlights in your photo. But, nothing will make your moment quite as dreamy as these effects that were created by people specifically for a #cutetime in your life.
They'll turn your surroundings a lovely shade of pink, or put flowers in a mug you have sitting on your kitchen table. With a few taps, they'll make you feel like you're living in a vintage movie or your favorite rom-com. If you're not sure when exactly to use them, think about the moments that already give you a pair of heart eyes. Snaps of you and your SO cuddling on the couch, having a picnic in a park, or walking your dog around your neighborhood are incredibly worthy of these effects' iridescent glows.
Not to mention, the mornings when you're getting dressed and listening to a lifestyle podcast are basically made for the these 12 cute filters, too. Don't waste another minute not using them to capture your life.
1. GOOD TIMES / KIRA by @bryant
2. Googly eyes by @oleg.pashkovsky
Trade your heart eyes for a cute pair of googly eyes with this story effect by @oleg.pashkovsky. Conveniently called Googly eyes, it'll give you and your besties a pair of big cartoon eyes that'll make you smile from the other side of the screen. Mess around with it in the morning to start your day off on the right foot.
3. cherry on top by @f.feazaaa
4. Cloudy Baby by @le_xtina
Is your head typically stuck in the clouds? Then download the Cloudy Baby effect by @le_xtina for your upcoming stories. It places the most delicate string of clouds across your face, and will make any moment feel otherworldly. It's particulary good for capturing afternoons when you're napping or relaxing on your balcony.
5. Yellow Star by @darazimermann
6. Cute Love by @gabyy.souzaoficial
7. Coco by @carmushka
8. RainbowMoonLight by @ya.molli
9. Ice Cream Earrings by @wrld.space
10. freckles by @mnelllss
11. Tangerine*Dream by @ivajorg
12. Orange and Teal by @iraultzaphotos
Last but not least, give Orange and Teal by @iraultzaphotos a whirl the next time you want to take a cute pic and post it on your Instagram story. This effect will capture life as if you're living in an endless golden hour. And if there's one thing you know about golden hour, it's that everything looks cute when the lighting is sunset-like.