Being able to get a good selfie is imperative these days. Between Instagram, Facebook, and blogging i take quite a few each week. I don't want to be putting bad photos of myself out there, and I'm sure you don't either. So follow my step by step guide to getting the ultimate self below.
Step 1 - Camera
Everybody takes selfies on their phone and of course, they come out great. You can add filters, crop the photos and even do special effects like face swap and face tune.
The problem is that most people look at their own selfies and then at pictures of celebrities and wonder why they don't look like that. Well, I’ll tell you. These celebrities have professional photographers taking their pictures for them for the most part. That is why they look so fantastic. The experts know all about lighting, the rule of thirds and angles to help the person in the shot get the best image possible. If you really want to take your selfies to the next level, why not take one of the many photography classes that are now available.
Step 2 - Outfit
The second phase of getting a brilliant selfie is to make sure you have on a flattering outfit. You need to pick a color that works well with your skin tone. Warmer skins should go for brights yellow, green and oranges, while cooler tone should opt for bold pinks and blues. If there is any part of your body that you are not super keen on make sure it is covered by your clothes for a more flattering look.
Step 3 - Angles
One of the most important things in getting a good self it is the angle of the camera. If you are taking a shot of the face make sure that you angle your down and your chin down. This helps the light to hits your cheek bones. Don't angle your head down too much because then you will look like you have a double chin! If you are taking a full body shot, stand angled sideways for a slimmer profile.
Step 4 - Lighting
Good light is essential for a selfie. If possible you want to use a natural light source, so go outside. It's best if the light illuminates you at the front. But be careful that this does not interfere with the camera shot. You don't want the light from behind you as this puts you in shadow and from the side can give you too much glare.
Step 5 - make up
Last but not least, great makeup can make or break a selfie. You know I am a big fan of makeup, especially eyeliner, and blush, so don't forget to do you face before you start posing. A matte lip cream like this one works well, as it won't reflect the flash of the camera. You can also shape your face with some contours and highlights for a dramatic look. Just make sure that you blend it all very well and cover with translucent matt power to set and get rid of shine.