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Take A Selfie Like A Supermodel
Selfies are an art form. There, we said it. Anyone who thinks otherwise never struggled to find the perfect angle, get the perfect background, and show off all the perfect little details they spent so much time on. Supermodels are masters of this art. Yes, they’re completely, over-the-top gorgeous, but they also know how to make the most of their features, the light, and every other aspect of taking a good selfie. So when we say “take a selfie like a supermodel”, we don’t just mean “be naturally beautiful” - we mean bust out every little trick there is to make yourself look flawless.
Tip 1: Natural Light
Natural light is so important. Natural light is kind, gently caressing your best features and bringing out a beautiful glow so you look radiant even without makeup. Artificial light is the opposite of that. Be kind to yourself and avoid harsh - especially fluorescent - light when you’re taking a selfie. It’s honestly worth the effort of taking a few steps outside to get that glow. If you can’t go outside, find a window. Truly, natural light is a miracle. It can get rid of under-eye circles and shadows completely.
Oh, and sunrise and sunset are the most flattering lights if you can catch them.
Of course, if that’s not an option, a ring light can work wonders, as can Snapchat’s flash setting.
Tip 2: Relax
The more relaxed you are, the more confident you look and the more people will believe you’re genuinely happy. And that candid, capturing-a-moment feel makes for the best selfies. So relax your lips, relax your shoulders, and lengthen your neck. Blowing air through your lips just before you snap a selfie relaxes your mouth (and makes your lips look fuller), and if you can think of something that genuinely makes you happy, a natural hint of a smile will boost your expression to the next level.
Tip 3: Angles
First things first: Straight on to the camera is not anybody’s best angle. Rather than holding your phone right in front of you, hold it to the side. You’ll get light on your cheekbones and show off your nose and jaw. Generally speaking, taking a selfie from side-on brings a lot of dimension and interest to your face.
Next, raise your jaw and your eyebrows. Just a little. We’re absolutely not going for an up-the-nose look of horror here. If you lift your jaw just a little, your neck looks longer and more slender, which is obviously better than the alternative. If you raise your brows a tiny bit, your eyes look bigger. Obviously, your eyes are very expressive, so drawing attention to them is good. You may or may not have also spent 20 minutes perfecting your eyeliner, so you'll really want people to see it in all its glory.
We hate to say it, but selfie sticks really help here. Shooting your face from slightly above almost always looks better, and that’s what they’re here for.
Kylie Jenner famously said she sometimes takes 500 selfies before she gets one that she’s happy to post. Not everyone has that kind of time, but there’s a reason professional photo shoots also take hundreds of pictures only to use maybe ten. It’s all about giving yourself options. Tiny variations can make a world of difference, so snapping shot after shot ups your chances of getting the perfect picture.
It’s also true that practice makes perfect. The more pictures you take, the better you’ll get at finding your light and your angles and showing off your best features.
If you just can’t face the thought of sifting through 500 pictures, there’s another, faster way: record yourself. Take 30 seconds or a minute of footage, then snag the freeze frame where you look the best. This is also a great trick if you’re someone who tenses up when you take selfies: you’ll almost certainly relax for a split second somewhere in that video!
Tip 5: Filters
Nature can always use a little help. Some phones have a selfie mode that automatically brightens and smooths. Instagram filters help correct imperfect lighting and make everyone beautiful. And then, for bigger changes, there’s Facetune.
Just don’t edit too much. The more you do, the more likely you are to stray into uncanny valley territory, where the editing is obvious and you look creepy rather than stunning.