If you know me, you know I take a lot of selfies. Although not an expert, I do have some experience with knowing how to take a good selfie.
Having the self-confidence to take photos of yourself can be awkward for some.
I am here to help with some practical advise on how to take a great selfie so you can feel more confident to photograph yourself.
How to rock at taking selfies
Find a spot with lots of natural light
Your photos will look the best when taken with natural light. In a recent interview with Maria Claire, Kim Kardashian (the expert at taking selfies) says that “you want to make sure the light is AMAZING“.
Kim says fluorescent light is unflattering and it’s important to know how to counteract bad or too much lighting.
Her advise is to hold a white napkin or paper towel near your face to neutralize the flash of your camera when you’re taking a selfie. Apparently this really works!
Taking a great selfie is all about attitude
Many people lack the self-confidence to photograph themselves. It’s important to have the right attitude and a healthy self-esteem because it shows on camera when you do.
If you lack the confidence – fake it! Believe that you look great on camera and be natural.
People love to compare themselves to others but bear in mind that out of 7 billion people in the world, you are one of a kind!
You are unique and you are beautiful. Own it!
There are many things that can help you achieve this confidence. Make-up, a change of hair style and dressing well can make the world of difference to how you feel about yourself!
Apply mascara to your lower lids
Most people only apply mascara on their upper lids. I recently found out that applying mascara to my upper and lower eyelashes enhance my eyes and make them appear wider or more “open”.
Try it out and see for yourself!
Kim Kardashian admits that making a “duck face” pout shows off her cheekbones the best. I’ve noticed that a lot of people agree with her judging by all the pouting I see online.
A cool trick to achieve that perfect pout, according to Kim, is to whisper the word “prune” while taking your photo.
I have never achieved a perfect pout so I prefer to pose with my natural smile.
Chin down, camera high
Always hold the camera at an level that is higher than your face. Lowering your chin makes your face look narrower and accentuates your cheekbones.
Keeping your chin down also makes your chin look more pointy which combined with accentuated cheekbones gives your face a pretty heart shape.
I keep my chin down and camera up as a habit and apparently I am spot on as I’ve seen many celebrities do the same!
You can also use your hair to “frame your face” as I do. I always tend to part my hair so that it falls over to one side which helps provide a nice frame for my face.
Practice, practice, practice
Practice as much as you can with taking photos with your front-facing camera. You will build your self-confidence and also find out which angles work best for you!
It’s totally plausible to have a “good side” because our faces are asymmetrical. You can find out what your best side is by practicing a lot with your camera.
I have a minuscule dimple on one cheek so I like to tilt my face to one side to show it off.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The photos below were taken by my daughter of herself. She was two years old and had just discovered that mobile phones have a front-facing camera!
All this practice has stood her in good stead as just like her mamma she now knows how to take a great selfie!
What tips can you share on taking great selfies? Leave a comment below to let me know your best tip.
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