The Selfie has taken the world by storm, and people everywhere – young and old are doing it. Whether you’re a serial Selfie collector or you want to take a new profile picture, here are some tips to help you out.
Some days selfies just go right, others you just can’t seem to get one you’re happy with. I know the feeling! Here are some tips I’ve picked up that have helped me! Personally, I don’t generally use fancy equipment for my selfies – not even a selfie stick! They almost intimidate me… Here are my top, basic tips for taking a great selfie.
Natural light is generally more flattering when you’re taking a selfie. The photo is likely to come out better on a phone camera this way as they can struggle in dim lighting. If you’re inside, stand by a window or in a very bright room. Take selfies outside! Even give sitting in the car a go – assuming it’s daylight you’re going to have fabulous lighting. Let the light hit your face at the right angle and it can hide a multitude of sins (slight hollows under the eyes to start!)
If you are using your phone, don’t expect great quality. Yes, some phones have great cameras now, but you’re makeup efforts may not show up as you’d like, or the clarity just not what you’d hoped. Try using the back camera, this will often be ten times better than the front camera. To make this easier, you could try to take it in a mirror so you are essentially taking a photo of your reflection in the mirror. If you don’t want the phone showing in the picture you could use the mirror but turn your phone round, using your mirror as a viewfinder!
Topping those options, most cameras will give you a better picture than your phone. But I’m guessing if your camera isn’t wifi enabled it’s a bit too much effort. I know – trust me!
I don’t know about you, but one side of my face always seems to look better in selfies if I’m not going for a straight-on mugshot. Try turning your shoulder and head slightly, maybe hold the camera higher up, tilting down. Find what works for you, you’re sure to hit on something you like! If you’d rather not be super close to the camera you could try standing it up somewhere and putting it on timer! Props to those who do this well!
4. The Rule of Thirds
This is a widely used rule in photography which helps you take balanced photos. Imagine splitting an image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Now try to keep points of interest in your photos on the lines or intersections that splitting into thirds would create. This is meant to draw the viewer in. Of course, rules are made to be broken, but it is worth a try!
5. Skincare and Makeup
Being part beauty blogger, I had to mention this one. I’m not gonna nag at you about your skincare routine, but think how you want to look in that photo. If you’re good to go – great! If you want no makeup but a little more glow, try putting a dewy moisturiser on the points of your face that will catch the light. Like a highlighter. If you want natural looking makeup, think whether you want to use sheer or matte products, lots of highlight. And if you want to go Insta-Glam, make sure to treat your skin. Give it an exfoliate, maybe even do a moisturising mask! Assuming you want your skin looking flawless, make sure you’ve got a smooth, hydrated canvas for the makeup to sit on. Then you can feel free to go to town on your face!
A little bit of an odd one – I know! First off I would like to say; try smiling with your teeth! Think of something funny or someone who makes you smile if you must. This may not work for all people, but it can look really natural and less staged. Also, if a person looks like they’re genuinely smiling it makes for an endearing photo that draws people in and may work better for certain situations than a straight-faced glamour snap.
Next in the teeth department, if you’re a big toothy grinner, keep those gnashers lookin’ good! I’m sure you all do this anyway, but brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes! No skimping on the brushing guys, those teeth have a very important job and need looking after too! Healthy looking, shiny teeth will look lovely in well lit selfies.
Clean, white teeth make a person look healthy. And I’m guessing you don’t want everyone seeing remnants of your lunch in your next Instagram post…
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Everyday whitening toothpastes have the reputation of being abrasive and do not aid sensitivity at all. I’ve had experiences of Bicarbonate of Soda toothpastes making my gums bleed, but I still did it in the quest for whiter teeth. True White is more than TEN TIMES less abrasive than regular whitening toothpastes! That’s pretty crazy considering whitening toothpastes are so popular and the science already quite advanced. Sensodyne True white creates a solution for sensitive teeth while gently lifting stains and whitening your teeth.
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7. Edit if you like!
This is by no means an essential step, and I’m not suggesting you photoshop yourself at all (unless you want to – in which case, have fun!) Maybe you wish the photo came out brighter, or there was a little more contrast, or everything was a little sharper? I don’t particularly like the editor on my phone, but I love using the Snapseed app developed by Google (on iTunes or Google Play). You can edit the overall photo, or you can pinpoint areas you want to alter. It also offers effects and filters which are all really artistic. All that and it doesn’t leave a stamp or watermark on your photo!
One final thing. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to take a selfie. You do it however you like. If it feels right and it makes you feel good then it is the right way! I’d like to end this post with some fellow bloggers personal favourites. I’m linking each person’s selfie to their Instagram account, so please, share the love and check their accounts out for some more awesome selfie-taking! All you have to do is click on their selfie and you’ll be linked through to their account!
I really hope there were some useful tips in here or maybe something you haven’t tried before? I’d love to know what selfies are your favourite – group selfies, silly selfies, makeup-slayery-selfies, pet selfies, bungee-jumping selfie (sounds like that would be a skill to me!)
*I received this product for review, but it does not alter my opinion of the product. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.