How To Create Your Own Snapchat Lens Filter With The App’s New Feature

Ad failed to load

When I found the Snapchat filter that allows you to superimpose an animation of a dancing chipmunk over a photo or video of yourself (and your mom and your husband and your friends, if you're me), I was fairly convinced that the app couldn't possibly get any better. As far as I was concerned, they'd reached the absolute peak of greatness at that point — and I was in no way mad about it. Snapchat is about to blow our collective minds all over again, though, with a new and totally customizable feature that's going to make your parties and events even more fun. Trust me — you're going to want to learn how to create your own Snapchat Lens filter.

A Snapchat Lens is insider Snapchat speak for what users often call face filters. The puppy faces, dancing hot dogs, the flower crowns — they all fall within this category. Now, starting on Feb. 8, you'll be able to make your very own. Sort of.

OK, so you won't be animating your own augmented reality any time soon — but you will be able to create personalized Lenses in honor of birthday parties, weddings, bachelorette parties, or even a casual Thursday night hang with friends. Similar to how you'd create your own Geofilter for an event, you can now make custom Lenses too.

Ad failed to load

The function rolls out for iOS in the U.S. first, but will become available to global and Android users soon.

Let's take the process step by step. It's really easy.

Go To Your Snapchat Settings

From the Snapchat app, access your settings by choosing your Bitmoji or the ghost icon from the top left corner and selecting the gear-shaped icon in the top right of the screen. Tap the "Filters and Lenses" option.

Ad failed to load

Choose A Lens Template

Snapchat is offering more than 150 face Lens templates that you can choose from in this menu. Pick your favorite!

Ad failed to load


Once you've selected your Lens template, you can add custom text that will make it personalized for your friends, family, and event. This is where you can give a shoutout to the birthday girl, a congratulations to the happy couple, or best wishes to the new graduate. Choose from several font and color options.

Ad failed to load

Add The Details

From here, you'll be prompted to add in the specifics of the event where you'd like the Lens to feature. Enter the time, as well as the location where you want other Snapchat users to be able to see what you've made. You can cover an area as small as your backyard or as large as a few city blocks.

Check Out

You'll need to check out three hours before your event starts in order to complete the process and ensure that the Lens will run on time. Prices start at $9.99 and vary based on location size, duration, and other factors.

Ad failed to load

Spread The Word!

Assuming you've completed the checkout process in time, your Lens will be up and running just as your event is getting started — and I'm sure your friends will want to know about it. Be sure to give them a heads-up about your creation so they can put it to good use!

Ad failed to load

This new personalized Lens feature is in addition to the previously available (and slightly more advanced) on-demand Geofilters, which you're probably familiar with if you've been to as many weddings as I have. The 150 Lens templates that rolled out on Feb. 8 will simply make the process of offering a fun Snapchat feature to guests at your party or event that much easier... and it should go without saying that a fun Snapchat feature for guests at your party or event is going to give people endless hours of entertainment.

Almost as much entertainment, perhaps, as recording a video of your unsuspecting friend sitting on the couch while a dancing chipmunk shakes its booty inches away.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In June To Help Get Your Summer Started

Summer is right around the corner, and so is another batch of streaming options to get excited about. On Wednesday, everything leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2018 was announced by the streaming platform. And don't worry, there's something for …
By Jamie Primeau

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan