‘I consider makeup to be something that transforms your face, be it an Instagram filter or what I do,’ says digital artist and 3D makeup creator Ines Alpha. ‘It’s how makeup has been used since the Egyptians: enabling humans to transform into a character.’

Whether working with brands like Dior and Selfridges or collaborating with artists and musicians, Alpha’s digital creations repeatedly push the boundaries of what makeup can be.

The lockdowns and mask-wearing of 2020 might have lead to a decrease in the use of traditional makeup, but it also resulted in a flourishing of new, technology-based alternatives. For those looking to satisfy their cosmetic creativity digitally rather than physically, Alpha has shared a list of Instagram filters that can transform your face with the click of a button. 

Holoctopus

holoctopus instagram filter designed by Ines Alpha showing digtal head with tentacles on face

This is my brand new filter! It’s an adaptation of a video I made during the very first quarantine of 2020. I was inspired to create 3D face masks to protect yourself from viruses in the digital realm. I’m super proud of it because it’s technically more advanced than my previous ones. I’ve learnt new techniques thanks to other developers that helped me on it (@alwayscodingsomething @aaronjablonski @hongwei_tang). 

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This is human

ines alpha instagram filter collaboration with Bimba y Lola showing pink tinted girl standing among pastel blobs

This collaboration with Bimba y Lola was my first with a brand. I was so excited to give life to one of my 3D characters. I can’t wait to be able to develop Tamagotchi-like AR experiences so we can all play with cute otherworldly digital pets. 

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Time warp scan

digital makeup artist ines alpha using time warp instagram filter to warp her face

Every time you use it you randomly get a different funny face. I have so much fun playing with it. It’s super interesting to record yourself every time and see how instinctively your body reacts to what it sees, because you cannot predict what you will look like, and that first second when you see your new digital self is magic. 

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Alpha skin

alpha skin instagram filter showing digital face covered in gloss-like mask against pink background

Sarah Mayer is a great digital designer. What I like about this filter is that she’s not trying to make you more beautiful according to society’s beauty standards. Still, this filter is truly beautifying but in an unconventional way, looking maybe weirder and unique and also very otherworldly. I’m always super happy to see other creatives working on diversity in beauty and showing you can be beautiful in so many other ways than just following Instagram’s typical model of perfection — cat-eyes, perfectly contoured face, thin nose, flawless skin, etc. 

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Dream machine

dream machine instagram filter showing figures in multi-coloured jumpsuits spinning around on a carousel

I love crazy surrealistic filters and when AR can bring you into worlds reality cannot offer. I think Mitsuko has a great style and sense of humour, it’s always cute and very playful. Her filters truly bring joy and I think also self-confidence because while using them it’s so funny that you completely forget to look ‘good’. Of course, I’m a huge fan of the colours of this one. 

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