What came first, the face or the emoji? Okay, there’s a clear answer here — but Facetune’s new Memoji app by Lightrick lets you make photos and selfies look more like classic emojis.
Forget the real tears and slap on a cartoon water droplet! Why make a kissy face at the camera when the app can do it for you? Also, there’s a unicorn filter, and it’s magical.
Memoji, released on Friday, will give the emoji treatment to any photo on your phone, newly taken or uploaded from the camera roll. The current version allows these to be warped into the crying-laugh emoji, the kissy-face emoji, the devil emoji, happy and sad emojis, a nauseous emoji, heart-eyes, sunglasses, smoking nostrils, and that unicorn we mentioned.
The instant emoji filter can be downloaded as a picture, video, or gif and shared as needed — like this otherwise cute selfie I took in February that will now give my friends nightmares:
Or this gif I saved of Daniel Radcliffe that will never be the same:
"Emojis have become a part of everyday conversation and guide the way we chat and share our emotions, but the overall reach and impact of this important technology is limited," said Nir Pochter, chief marketing officer of Lightricks, in a statement. "As emoji connoisseurs, we knew that the next level of societal emojification was letting it guide the photo editing process from the very start. People want more than to just send emojis, they want to be emojis. While the world is busy applying AI to silly ventures like autonomous vehicles and data analysis, we’re taking it to where the need is greatest – making us more sophisticated emotional beings — emojis."
So now, when an emoji or selfie won’t suffice when trying to convey your emotions, combine the two — and watch the hilarious results.