AR Snapshots: Celebrate Black History Month & Get Ready for Valentine's Day with These Snapchat Lenses

Celebrate Black History Month & Get Ready for Valentine's Day with These Snapchat Lenses

February is the shortest month, but it's marked by the celebration of Black history and the celebration of romantic love.

After marking Black History Month and Valentine's Day in AR, you can also try out another ground-breaking filter from Snapchat's creative team and embody one of the hottest songs of 2020.

Become an African King for Black History Month

While we should all celebrate African-American culture year-round, as it stands, Black History Month is the ideal time to unlock this Lens.

The Black History King Lens by Kugali Media starts by overlaying a virtual crown on your head and rounded sunglasses over your eyes (with a button to the left to toggle the eyewear off and on). Tap the screen to swap headgear to a luxurious kufi cap.

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For the ladies, Kugali Media has the Black History Queen Lens, which replicates the experience with feminine headwear and accessories.

Both Lenses are framed with a border proclaiming "Celebrate Black History." Try it out for yourself.

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Find a Date for Valentine's Day

Who do you love? This Lens knows.

The Who's My Valentine Lens by Sammy uses the virtual roulette approach popularized by Which Disney filter for Instagram to narrow down your crush by the first letter of their name.

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Sure, it's all random, but, if you believe in RNGesus, then give it shot, Cupid.

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Get a Prediction for How Your Valentine's Day Will Turn Out

Will your Valentine's Day be a delight or a disaster? Snapchat can spoil the outcome for you.

Like the Who's My Valentine Lens, the 2021 Prediction Lens relies on random number generation to serve up a meme-based prediction.

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What have we learned? Apparently love is random. So, test fate again and keep your fingers crossed.

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Snapchat Showcases Innovation with Mirrored Sunglasses Lens

While the Lens Studio community is generating volumes of fun AR experiences, Snapchat's own creations continue to set standards for cutting-edge AR effects.

The latest example we have for you is the Photo in Glasses Lens. The Lens places a pair of virtual sunglasses with mirrored tinting on your face — nothing new there. However, in this case, it also lets you pick a photo from your camera roll and insert it as a reflection in those glasses.

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So, in these socially-distanced times, when your friends can't be there, you can make it look like they are.

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Become a Certified Freak with This Cardi B Lens

Cardi B landed one of the top pop singles of 2020, and one of the most controversial, with "WAP." Now you can also appreciate the hit in AR.

The rapper has published the WAP Gloss Lens, which merges a radio-friendly clip of the hook from the song with some AR camera effects. The Lens overlays virtual makeup that emulates Cardi's music video aesthetics.

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Also, drops of moisture and puffs of steam enter the screen because...well, if you don't know, I'm not going to tell you.

As the effects are virtual, there's no need for a bucket or a mop for this experience.

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