How To: Take The Perfect Selfie

Stop: Selfie Time

Nailing the perfect selfie is not an easy task. If you haven’t already realised, taking the perfect selfie requires a lot more than just switching to that front camera (which can be horrifying – we know) and pressing capture. Being from the generation of the selfie taker, we have decided to dedicate some of our very *cough* valuable time gathering some research from selfie experts including celebrities, bloggers and makeup artists to reveal the top tips on how to take a #flawless selfie!

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FIND THE PERFECT LIGHTING

“If you’re shooting your selfie inside, beauty blogger (and frequent selfie-taker) Michelle Phan advises that you find a window. ‘Having nice, natural sunlight streaming in will make for a good selfie. Another thing I do is take a piece of white paper and hold it underneath my chin, which creates a natural bounce of light, illuminates the face, and also reduces the double-chin effect.” – www.allure.com

GET THE RIGHT ANGLE

“Taking a great selfie isn’t a lot different from capturing a fantastic portrait of any other type. People really do have their good sides. Most also look better from some angles than they do others. Last but not least, showing off your “best” side is generally a lot more interesting from a composition standpoint than a head-on shot is going to be. Try a few different options on for size and make a note of the ones that really work for you for future reference. Also make sure to pay attention to the placement of your shoulders. As with your actual face, your shoulders often look better or more interesting if turned a bit to one side or the other.” – www.destinsparks.comScreen Shot 2017-08-17 at 9.46.24 am.png

LET YOUR INNER BEAUTY SHINE THROUGH

“Simply be yourself. If you’re taking a selfie, own it. Show the world who you are and let your best self radiate through. Selfies are beautiful when they capture genuine moments of emotion and celebrate all you have to be proud of and everything you want to share. If you try too hard to achieve a result that isn’t naturally you, it will come across as inauthentic and try-hard. This doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous and try on new looks, but make sure you’re letting yourself shine, not chasing after Instagram likes.” – www.bustle.com

CHIN DOWN CAMERA UP

“Always try to take the picture from above. Whether you opt for the handy selfie stick, or for an impromptu snap, the angle is everything. Don’t ever take one from below, your proportions will seem distorted and without fail you will seem to have a rather unattractive double chin. Another solution for the chin issue? Camera up, chin down.” – www.dolcegabbana.comScreen Shot 2017-08-17 at 9.48.36 am.png

FILTERS

“I’m of the belief that natural is better. I try not to edit my selfies much at all, and if you have the proper lighting, you really shouldn’t have to do much work. Still, if you can’t resist the temptation of a beauty filter, just try not to overdo it. Keep in mind that most people can usually tell when a lot of beautification has happened and also you’re good looking as you are! Selfies are about you and owning yourself.” – www.theverge.com

BE NATURAL & HAVE FUN

“Let’s be real, you’ll never find another model who will have as much patience with their photographer as you when you snap a self portrait, says author of SnApp Shots Adam Bronkhorst. “So take your time, explore all the possibilities within the photo and be as creative as you can.” After all, selfies are supposed to be fun!” – www.thefashionspot.com

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