Take the Perfect ‘Selfie’ (TIPS)

Take the Perfect ‘Selfie’ (TIPS)

Be honest.  There have been a handful of ‘selfies’ that you’ve immediately hit DELETE!  Right?  And then, there are those who post anyways…lol.  Here are 10 Tips for taking the perfect ‘selfie’.  Just a few things to keep in mind to showcase that beautiful you:) – Shellie Hart

1. Pump up the volume.

Who knew big hair could be so crucial? “Oftentimes, because images are flat, what works in real life requires a little tweaking for the camera,” explains celebrity hairstylist and Creative Director at Assembly Salon in L.A., Jacqueline Bush. “Your hair needs more volume both up top and around the sides, as photos tend to shrink it.” For blondies, updos work great, highlighting the texture in your mane. Brunettes, on the other hand, should focus on achieving shiny, sleek strands, she advises.

2. Download the Camera+ App

The art of snapping an awesome selfie really involves knowing your good side. But in case you’re clueless, one way to capture your best Kodak moment is to first download the Camera+ app. “For only 99 cents, it allows you to brighten and clarify your skin, and make that hot pink pout shine even brighter.”

3. Use a filter for goodness sake.

If you’re looking like you’re about to keel over and die or haven’t slept in weeks, New York-based PR pro Stephen Wright highly recommends selecting an extreme filter, such as Inkwell or Willow, in Instagram to wash out those lines and dark circles from your complexion. Voila, beautiful!


4. Take your phone cover off.

Turns out, doing this can have a major impact (in a positive way, of course) on your photo quality. Although there’s a hole in the cover for your camera lens, it catches the camera focus in the periphery, causing the image to be slightly less clear. It’s like night and day when you take the cover off and just shoot with the phone itself…a thought:)

5. Do as the models do.

Hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45 degree angle so that you look slim and trim in your selfie.

6. Let there be light.

Want your selfie to seriously shine? Then step outside!  Early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time for lighting.  Also, don’t reverse the camera on your phone so that you can see yourself as it It lowers the quality of your photo.

7. Get your angles right.

Experiment in front of the mirror to determine which angles are most pleasing for your face. The majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera.

8. Don’t copy a Kardashian face.

Unless you’re actually a Kardashian.  The gaze and puckered lip thing is really hard to achieve, unless of course you’ve got the look:)

9. Remember: slow and steady captures the selfie.

Go slow and concentrate on positioning. Continually pushing the capture button only results in blurry photos and can cause you to accidently autofocus on something else in the shot.

10. Have fun.

Take your time, explore all the possibilities within the photo and be as creative as you can.  After all, selfies are supposed to be fun!

Tips provided by The Fashion Spot (source)

Photo by Moomettes / CC BY-ND 2.0

About Shellie Hart

Your workday host is a longtime Seattle Radio Midday Air-Personality. Shellie grew up in Burien and now lives in West Seattle. She’s the on-court Entertainment Emcee for our 2X WNBA Championship Team SEATTLE STORM. Shellie is also committed to Children’s Hospital with weekly participation in their CHILD LIFE Program, dedicating over a 100 hours of volunteer time annually. People ask all the time, “What’s your favorite part of the job?”, and my response is YOU! Sure I get to meet all kinds of famous people, but it’s engaging with the people and their Northwest families that makes me happy”


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