How to take a great selfie | Anthea's Project Life

My top tips for taking a great selfie

Anthea's Project Life: Taking a great selfieIf 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.

I regularly upload pics to social media and many of them are photos I took of myself.  I often post Instragram, Twitter and Facebook.

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

Anthea O'NeillYour 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.

How to take a great selfie | Anthea's Project Life
Keep your chin slightly lower and the camera tilted down to your face.

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!

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Be natural

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.

Mothers and daughters
No make up and no filters – just having fun with my daughter!

Chin down, camera high

FB_IMG_1462893296947[1]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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Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. Thanks for the selfie tips! Pretty soon I’m going to be taking some pictures for my About Me page, and these will 100% come in handy!

  2. Pamela Overmeyer says:

    I have never learnt the art of taking a Selfie. I look like a gremlin every time. I think both you & your little cherub are both stunning with natural beauty so clearly it seems you have to have something to work with lol I’ll try your tips tho

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  4. Chin down, camera high and head to the front were great tips given for selfies at the Jozimeetup. Ah and one of my eyes have almost no lashes on the bottom lid so I can not try that trick. (Insert sad face).

    1. Spot on!

  5. Fab tips, I’m going to be trying them…thanks you

  6. love the Chuin down camera high tip, wish i’d known this when i had a few chins to hide 🙂 not so many these days

  7. I’ve got some practicing to do 🙂

  8. Great tips! I always look like a chubby 13 year old when I try to take a selfie☺

    I just love your lipstick (and haircut) on the first photo, and your daughter is lovely☺

    1. Thanks so much Susann!

  9. Wonderful tips! Personally, I have found that taking “fun” or goofy pictures are my best. When I make silly pictures (no, I don’t stick out my tongue) of me, tilting my head, raising my eyebrows and a weird expression…it makes it fun and natural and how I feel inside can be seen in my picture. That’s what works for me. I have a mole on the right side of my face that I really don’t like. So, I try to remember to take my pics on the left side. However, I’m right handed which makes it a bit difficult. I guess we’re all self-conscious about something.

  10. Great advice. I didn’t know about holding the camera up higher than your head. I’ll remember that and hope I can get some better selfies 🙂

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