Whether you want to be in full glam mode, or you just want a cute new profile pic, we all want to be able to take the perfect selfie. If you’ve ever looked through IG and wondered how the influencers seem to do it so effortlessly, here are some behind the scenes, influencer approved tips on how to take your best selfie ever.
1. Lighting is Everything
It sounds obvious, but the first rule of selfie-ing is to pay attention to your lighting. You need good lighting. Natural lighting. Instead of facing your computer screen or television, turn toward a window with natural light. Or better yet, go outside and bask in the sun's glow (with sunscreen on). Good lighting can actually make under eye circles and shadows totally disappear.
If you're shooting your selfie inside, find a window or use a professional ring light . "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."
2. Avoid Shadows
"There is nothing worse than having a huge shadow cast over your face, When in doubt, face directly into or away from the sun. If it's the middle of the day and the sun is high, the shadows can look like bags under your eyes. The golden hour to shoot a photo is during sunrise or sunset, when the light is low and the most beautiful."
3. Play to Your Angles
If there's one piece of advice you should take from Kim Kardashian, it's this: When it comes to selfies, keep your chin down and the camera up. There are about five people in the world who look good when shot from under their chin, and we haven't met any of them. When taking a selfie, hold the phone so that the bottom of it is level with your eyes. Or better yet, use a selfie stick or a ring light cell phone holder. They're ridiculous in every way except one: Because you hold them up high, they make everyone look svelte and supermodel-y in photos.
Furthermore, you probably shouldn't stare directly into the camera. Most people don't look their best straight-on. Turn to the side a little bit — not to the point where it's a full-on profile, but just slightly.
4. Take a Lot of Selfies...and We Mean A LOT
Kylie Jenner's best selfie tip is just to take selfies. A lot of selfies. She's said that she takes "like, 500 selfies" before she finds one she likes enough to post. "Sometimes I regret putting one up if I find a better one later. I'm like damn, that's a better photo, but that's the only thing I regret," she has said. Try tilting your head in different directions and changing the angles up slightly between each shot so there's a wide variety to choose from. And don't forget to make sure the camera's focused before snapping away.
5. Use the Right Apps and Filters
There's no shame in editing a photo of yourself before posting it to the 'Gram. We also love Facetune, which lets you subtly blur, shape, morph, and define certain areas of your face. Other great apps are Perfect365 and AirBrush. Don't like your under-eye bags? Blur them away! Want to whiten your teeth? Go for it. A subtle trick on Facetune is to "detail" your eyes, which makes them look bright and sparkly. What's on the Internet lives forever, after all.
6. Be Mindful of Your Background
The best selfies have either interesting backgrounds (Oh, you're just casually selfie-ing while skydiving? Great.) or really, really simple ones. The middle ground is what's deadly. Want a great background for your selfies? Check out our Glimmer hexagon wall lighting that can transform your backgrounds into something magical!