I’ll be the first to shamefully admit that my #selfie game isn’t up to par. Sometimes I’ll take a selfie in the wrong light, with the wrong background present, and worst of all over filter the hell out of it. Oops. I’ll admit that I’m the ‘I want to take a selfie now so I’ll just do it’ type, regardless of what I might look like at that moment, just take a peek on over to my blog profile pic. Even though I don’t have my #selfie game down pat as of yet, I know that I will be able to easily get it together with these 7 things you need to do to take your best ever #selfie that the lighting specialists over at All About Electrics
compiled. After all, they do provide the perfect selfie lighting in the absence of natural light, and we all know that lighting is crucial.
7 Things You Need to do to Take Your Best Ever #Selfie
Set the scene
When you’re thinking about your selfie, consider what, other than your face, is going to be in the shot. As much as you might be keen to snap a laid back selfie at your dressing table in the morning, the sight of last night’s underwear draped over the chair behind you is probably not something you wanted to share. Having something amazing in the background is always a plus. But if you don’t happen to be at a Beyoncé concert at the time, think about natural beauty such as trees and sky. Or go for subtle, stylish and underwear free locations at home.
Kiss and make up
Getting your make up just right can make the difference between looking stunning in your selfie and being entered for the ‘clown of the year’ contest. Sure, you can go a little heavier on the makeup
than you might normally, as only a fraction of what the eye sees is successfully transferred to a camera. But avoid going OTT and ending up looking like an embarrassed panda. Because once that image is out there, you can’t take it back.
Light your fire
Good lighting is crucial, not only to help your camera capture the pigments and colours in the shot correctly but also to flatter and enhance your natural colouring. Natural light is always flattering, but avoid direct sunlight if you don’t want to look washed out. Fluorescent strip lighting is the worst, so if you are indoors try and go for LED lighting with a warm white hue to bring out your best angles.
Best Eve Selfie: Strike a pose
What to do with your face is always a bit of a conundrum. Our advice: Don’t do the duckface. It might give you cheekbones, but it’s horribly fake and makes you look rather silly. If all else fails, go for a natural, cute smile, flashing a bit of teeth and nice wide eyes.
Best Ever Selfie: Untangle the angle
The default angle for the perfect selfie is with the camera just a bit higher than your eye level and with your face turned at a three-quarters angle. This universally looks good, so if in doubt, get this one off pat and you’ll be safe. Feel free to experiment too in order to pin down your own ‘best side’ though.
Best Ever Selfie: Filter wisely
There is nothing quite as attractive as a good #nofilter selfie taken in good, natural light. However, sometimes we all need a little extra help, and that’s where your filters come into play. A popular choice is Valencia, which doesn’t do too much to change your skin tone. But it effectively irons out the creases and shadows from the night before. It’s a shame there’s no Valencia filter for real life!
Everything in moderation
There is no shame in taking the odd selfie. We all do it. What is a big no-no, however, is continually clogging up your mate’s news feeds with streams of self-indulgent images of yourself to the point that they start blocking or unfriending you as a result. The best things in life taste sweetest when taken in moderation, and the humble #selfie is no different. By all means, have a happy snapping moment when you’re on your way out when you’re with your BFF, or to mark an important occasion. But keep it to a reasonable level if you don’t want to look like a prat.