If you've noticed some certain app-world in-fighting, it should come as no surprise that Instagram just launched yet another feature that feels a lot like Snapchat. Because you know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (in donning sparkly flower crowns). Here's how to get the filters to work.
Step 1: Update your Instagram to the latest version, then open the app.
Step 2: Swipe right from your news feed to open up Instagram Stories. Turn the camera to be front facing, then tap on the little smiley face with the stars in the bottom right corner. (No need to "scan" your face to get the filters to appear, like a certain other face-filtering app.)
Step 3: Apply one of the eight preset filters to your face by tapping on the little gray outlines at the bottom of the app. Options range from a golden Greek flower crown to a wrinkle-reducing "makeup" application.
"What?! No puppy filter?!" screams every teenage girl in unison. Evidently Instagram is trying to keep its filters "mature" by comparison. So, we guess you'll have to stick to Snapchat for virtual tongue licking...for now.