The selfie has completely taken over the world. There are probably few people on the planet, and certainly in the West, who don’t know what a selfie is and most of them will have taken at least one.
Let’s face it, we all like to show off our style by uploading a selfie or two to our social media accounts. I mean, it’s so gratifying when someone likes your picture or compliments you on your look that it can be quite addictive for some. Many selfie kings and queens even spend hours of time and lots of cash ensuring that they’re picture perfect in every selfie they take. Although I wouldn’t necessarily suggest going that far, there are lots of things that you can do to ensure that you look great in each and every selfie you take. Check them out…
Look After Your Teeth
If we’re not pouting, then we’re smiling in our selfies, which is why taking good care of our teeth has to be a priority if we want to look great in every snap we take. Luckily, this is pretty easy, and as long as you cover the basics like brushing and flossing twice daily, you should be good to go. Of course, if you aren’t happy with your teeth, teeth whitening and straightening are additional options you might want to explore.
You aren’t exactly going to look ah-mazing in your selfies if your skin is dull and flaky, which is why you’ll want to take extra care of your skin. As a minimum, you should be buffing your face with a good exfoliator at least twice a week (or as directed) and cleansing, toning, and moisturizing daily. Throw in a weekly face mask, and you’ll have beautiful, glowing skin 24/7 – no more getting caught out by the camera for you. NDA 100% Pure Essential Oil will hydrate the dullness and driest skin stay flawless as you can.
Apply a Lip Plumper
If selfies are all about the perfect pout for you, there’s no need to go for lip injections, which have turned many a pretty smile into an ugly trout pout. All you need to do is ensure you apply a good lip plumper before you point that camera at your face.
Do Your Eye Makeup First
Makeup is essential if you want to create a flawless selfie, but you need to apply that makeup flawlessly for it to pay off with a killer photo, and that’s why you should always apply your eye makeup before your foundation. By doing this, you’ll avoid making a mess of your foundation, and you’ll look flawlessly fresh.
Line Your Eye’s Inner Rim
Adding liner to the inner rip of your upper eyelid is a great way to make your eyelashes look thicker and define your eyes so that they really pop when you take a picture.
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Lashings of Mascara
When it comes to selfies and the eyes, more mascara is more. If you use only a small amount of mascara, it won’t exactly show up well on camera, and your eyes won’t look quite so open in the shot. So, add two, three or even four layers of mascara before you take that selfie, or if you like, apply false lashes to give you more volume and make your eyes really stand out on camera.
(Maybe) Go Full Coverage
In selfies, it really matters that your skin looks flawless and the best way to achieve this is with a full coverage foundation that matches your natural skin tone as closely as possible. If, however, you want to look natural and you have a freckly complexion, going for a sheer foundation that also offers coverage, like the Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation, will ensure that you still look like your authentic self. When you’re applying foundation, don’t forget to cover your ears, so that they match your face and look just as flawless. It can look weird when your ears are a completely different shade to the rest of you!
Contouring is in vogue right now, but it isn’t just a fad, it really does make your face look better in photos, and actually in real. Life too. The key to good contouring is to use a good blush brush to apply a matte blush or bronzer to those areas of the face that are most angular, like the jaw and forehead.
Embolden Your Brows
If you want to look younger and prettier in your selfies, you don’t need to book a face-lift or anything like that; you just need to work on your eyebrows. Eyebrows that are fuller and bolder will structure your face for a more youthful, attractive look. This is something you can easily do with a good brow pencil or mascara if your brows are a bit thin naturally.
Moisturize the Lips
Again, the mouth area is very important in selfies, which is why you need to pay attention not only to your teeth but also to your lips. If you want your lips to look fuller and younger, make sure you use a high-quality lip balm to moisturize them daily and apply a little gloss before you take a picture, so that they look moist, young and very luscious.
Use a Boar Hair Brush
There’s nothing worse than taking what would otherwise be the perfect selfie only to find that your hair looks frizzy on camera. You can minimize the chances of this happening by lightly brushing your hair with a boar hair brush, which minimizes frizz, before taking your picture. It’ll make your hair look shinier and healthier on camera too.
Bonus: When to Take a Selfie
Okay, so this isn’t a beauty tip. But taking the perfect selfie is about more than your makeup and beauty regime. You might be interested to know that, if you’re outdoors, it’s best to take your picture at dawn or dusk, avoiding midday completely if you can. This is because the light is better at these times than it is between the hours of noon and 4 pm when the light is right above you and shadows will be cast on your face, making you look less than the perfect beauty you are.