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Selfies have been around forever, and they’re not going away anytime soon.
Have you been looking to hop on the selfie bandwagon yourself but not sure how to put your best face forward?
Have you been looking for some tips to take your selfies from flop to fab?
I’ve got good news for you, my friends. These awesome handy tips for taking the perfect selfie will have you looking your best in selfies, or any sort of portrait!
Strike a Pose
Holding your body at a slight angle to the camera will give your figure the appearance of being slightly slimmer and more defined. Take a look at celebrities on the red carpet for inspiration, then try to tone down the pose a little so it looks somewhat natural.
Use a Selfie Stick
What is a selfie stick? According to Wikipedia, it is a monopod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm. The metal sticks are typically extensible, with a handle on one end and an adjustable clamp on the other end to hold a phone in place. Selfie sticks are here to stay.
Remember your Posture
Stop slouching! I get it, having your picture taken is a major pain in the rump. Sit up straight and get it over with, already.
No amount of pouting is going to make grandma put the camera away, so you might as well just appease the dear old woman already. Remember to smile, and lift that chin, too!
Dial Back That Cheese Grin
Next time you’re practicing your camera-ready looks in the mirror, examine how your face changes as you go from subtle smile to big cheesey grin. Somewhere in the middle you’re sure to find your most flattering face.
Big, clown smiles look unnatural and also cause your eyes to crinkle up, amongst other things that simply don’t do your beautiful face justice.
Take a Look at Your Wardrobe
Do your clothes fit? If your clothes are overly baggy, wrinkled, or in poor repair this will be amplified in your photographs.
The same goes for garments that are way too tight. Part of looking great in pictures requires you take the time to look decent in real life.
I tense up around cameras, too. Literally. In some pictures I’m holding my arms so tightly against my body that my biceps look positively huge! I’ve since learned that it’s easier to just relax, bend my arms a little and just act natural.
Avoiding a direct flash will help reduce your risk of capturing red eye glare in your final photograph. Instead, try taking your pictures in natural light.
Near a window, outdoors under a nicely shaded tree. Soft, natural light will reduce the risk of harsh shadows, shine, and red eyes.
Another way to minimize red eyes is to look towards a light just before the picture is taken. Looking at a light will cause your pupils to dilate, exposing more of your iris and reducing the risk of red eyes.
Don’t be afraid to blink once in a while. Sometimes waiting for the shutter to engage can take so long your eyeballs go glassy and your face appears unnatural.
Relax and try to be as natural as possible so you don’t look stiff and uncomfortable. Blinking also causes your pupils to dilate as your eyes adjust to the natural light, minimizing red eye glare.
Wearing a bright lipstick will make your face look brighter, compared to dark lipstick which can make your face look dull and tired in a picture. Bright colors will not only have more of an impact they’ll create a lasting impression.
Less is More
Some beauty experts might suggest going full-face, from primer to foundation, bronzer to setting spray, and everywhere in between.
If you have to put on a full face of makeup just for a single picture, forget about the picture, it’s not going to look like the real you. Apply a little eyeliner and mascara to add definition to your eyes, if necessary.
Maybe a little lip gloss to brighten up your smile. Try to look like yourself so you’re at least recognizable in your photos.
I know, I know, you’re shy, especially when someone is waggling a camera in your face. I get it, I really do!
But it’s times like these that you have to literally put your best face forward, starting by pushing your chin out just a little.
Tilting your chin towards the camera gives the appearance of confidence while minimizing the risk of creating the camera-shy-double-chin-of-doom.
On Bended Knee
Facing the camera straight on is so junior homecoming! Seriously, strike a pose!
The easiest pose is turn at a 45 degree angle, bend the knee closest to the camera just slightly and then subtly dip your shoulder towards the camera.
Oh-la-la! You look so poised and attractive! Practice this pose in the mirror as often as possible until you agree.
Go Easy on the Glitter
Makeup with too much sparkle and glitz tends to be really reflective in photographs. What you think looks ethereal and dewy in real life just looks like a diva alien in pictures.
Confidence is key, along with some other handy tips. Remember to have fun and take a selfie!
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What are some of your favorite tips for taking a great selfie? Have some useful advice of your own to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. Remember to tag us in your instagram pictures too! #selfie.