While we might all take a lot of selfies, how do you take a really good one? We’re talking about the ones that makes you look like you have perfect hair, skin, teeth, clothes, environment… You know, like you’re having the time of your life with everything falling right into its place, and you just happened to grab a snapshot of that moment.
While we’re sure you’re more than happy with your smartphone (hey, it takes good pictures and has your favourite Snapchat filter), remember it’s not just camera phones you can use to take a shot of yourself. You might even want to invest in an actual camera (yes, they do still exist). We spoke to fashion editor and blogger Alex Stedman of
Okay, we’re exaggerating—come on, Insta isn’t the real world—but there are ways to ensure that you feel your happiest and most confident self with the pictures you decide to post (or accidentally send to everyone in your contacts list). Now, we don’t advocate judging yourself by your social media likes (if you’ve seen that Black Mirror episode, you know that’s the last thing anyone wants), but if you must take selfies—or don’t know where to begin—we’ve got the how-to guide for you.
From knowing how to find your best side (yes, it’s a thing, and yes, this editor does now know which is hers) to understanding which equipment and filters will make the most of your features, we’ve got some incredible tricks and ideas to help. If you think you need a gentle nudge in that right direction, keep scrolling for our guide on nine pro tips on how to take a selfie.
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No, we’re not making it up—you really do have a “good side” to your face. Just look at Tom Ford, who always poses in the same position to ensure he gets the most out of a shot. (Don’t believe us? Google it.) There are ways to find yours, however. One street style photographer revealed exactly how to do that: “It really comes down to knowing the angles of your own face and positioning the camera to accentuate those features,” they shared.
For example, if you’ve got a big chin, you don’t want to shoot from the side or below, Stedman says—you want to be going from above. However, maybe you’ve got a great pout, so if you shoot from a lower angle, it’ll make your lips stand out more. And for that all-important way to make your face look slimmer? Our expert advises shooting from the side. Finally, if you have a big forehead, “avoid shooting from too high; shoot from an angle and a little above the eyeline and you can elongate your face.” If you’re still struggling, there’s also the
So you’ve got your best side, but what about the best angle? Speaking to
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Look, we don’t want to make you go full Narcissus, but if you’re feeling and looking good, it sounds like a pretty safe time to take a selfie. As with everything, when it comes to this world, there is a trick ensuring your makeup looks incredible in every (yes, every) picture you take. There are a few tips that our sister site Byrdie has given us on
When is a selfie not a selfie? When it’s a shoefie, of course. Sometimes, you just have to take a picture of your fabulous shoes, but you need to know just how to get that right too (hey, what’s the point in spending money on footwear if your Insta fans can’t enjoy them too?). We’ve got a few pro tips on
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One tip we always rely on is taking more selfies than you need (or is socially acceptable). Our editorial director herself found out when she interviewed the king of selfies, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who shared that even he takes heaps of options. The idea is that you will take so many than you’ll end up with at least a couple you like. Once you’ve got your perfect picture, then it’s time to edit using a great app, such as the perennially popular
We can almost hear you rolling your eyes at us. Of course you’re going to add a filter to your picture before you post it up. But did you know there are actually filters that are scientifically proven to make you look more attractive? According to
Sure, if it’s just your mum liking your photos, then perhaps you don’t want to give this bit much thought. But if you’re genuinely trying to build up an Instagram following, particularly if you’re doing it for professional reasons, it might be worth considering the kind of people you’re doing it for. While it’s all good and well looking flawless in every shot, how about being more authentic? Speaking to