3 Ways to Slay a Selfie, Every Time
Lights, Camera, Hashtag. Whether you’re trying to wow your following, or boost your own confidence, the perfect selfie will never steer you wrong.
It’s All About the Angles, Honey
If you haven’t already, it’s time to learn your angles. Our faces are naturally asymmetrical, and that’s part of what makes us all different kinds of beautiful. But if you’ve ever accidentally opened your front-facing camera with your phone still sitting in your lap, you know that some angles are more “LOL” than “daaaamn gurl”.
If you aren’t sure which features you want to highlight the most, play around with a mirror for a few minutes and get comfortable with your bone structure. Find the angles you feel are the most flattering to your unique features. It can feel awkward at first, especially if you’re in unfamiliar territory. But just like anything, practice makes perfect. The more we know about our own faces, the more confident we are in front of a camera.
Lighting Is Key, Obvi
As a general rule, mellow, natural lighting does the trick for most pictures. Steer clear of harsh fluorescent light bulbs, or deep shadows. Both have a tendency to do unflattering things to anyone’s face – even if you do look like Kendal Jenner. Warm lighting in particular is universally flattering on a variety of skin tones. To find out which type of lighting will work for you, snap a few test shots in different spots around your space. The most ideal lighting will soften and sculpt your features in all the right places.
If you’re unable to find lighting that makes you feel like a queen, don’t be discouraged. That’s what photo editing is for. With apps like Facetune and Afterlight, you can alter the tone and level of lighting for any selfie in just seconds.
Feel Cute, Don’t Delete Later
Don’t be afraid to own your look and rock the genes your mamma gave you. At the end of the day, our best selfies are the most confident ones. You don’t have to be a model to feel like one, and the more comfortable we are in our own skin, the better. Celebrating our own unique beauty with a selfie is a great way to channel our baddest selves, no matter what the haters have to say about it.