Never Take a Bad Picture Again
Like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and even Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler, we've all tried out the selfie phenomenon. But before you click and (more importantly) send, scroll down to follow these three expert tips on how to look your best in this kind of self-portrait.
1. The Best Angle to Shoot Is... Chris Schoenbohm, co-founder of the app Viewfinder, advises shooting at eye level or above for portraits. Shoot any lower and you risk falling victim to the dreaded double-chin effect.
2. Make Your Best Smile Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel recommends "smiling with your eyes" -- or "smize" as Tyra Banks once put it. "A fake smile is just your mouth," he says. "A true smile is when your whole face is laughing. Think about sending energy to your eyes or smiling with your eyes, and your beauty will shine into the photograph."
3. Get Camera-Ready Hair (Without a Trip to the Salon) If your hair often looks flat in photos, never fear, your styling skills aren't to blame. Photographer Patrick McMullan says that "the camera tends to shrink hair in photos" so to compensate, dig your fingers into your crown to scrunch hair, or flip your whole head upside down right before the shot. This classic model trick makes hair look thicker and less static.
And finally—no duck lips! That's soooo last year.
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Look Up at the camera
As a selfie pro, Rihanna knows that a slight stare up at the camera is the quickest way to a sexy smoulder. It also raises your eyebrows, "creating the attractive look of large eyes," Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a facial plastic surgeon, explains.
Master Different Angles
Show off your photography skills and snap a shot from an interesting angle like Selena Gomez. Also, "try slightly lowering the shoulder towards the camera. This will relatively elongate your neck and slim it out," says Spiegel.
Use Soft Light
"Soft light is flattering light," says photographer Chris Schoenbohm. Because Nina Dobrev’s outdoorsy photo took place on a cloudy day, the soft light was helpful in flattering her flawless complexion.
Sport a healthy glow
Take a cue from Julianne Hough and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush of color.
Get your skin camera ready
Get ready for your close up by dabbing on some concealer for a blemish-free appearance like Emmy Rossum.
A great selfie is one that shows off your personality. If you're not having fun, "it’s impossible to get a great shot," says Schoenbohm. Let loose by making a funny face.
Tilt Your Head
A head tilt, like the one demonstrated by Beyonce in her pixie debut, will do the trick when trying to avoid any double chin exposure. Plus, " everyone loves a nice, sexy jawline," says Schoenbohm.
Find Your Best Profile
"We all have a better side," Schoenbohm adds. When practicing for your perfect selfie, figure out which side works best and stick with it like Ashley Madekwe.