Black Girl Style Tips: How to Take Gorgeous Selfies

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    You want that perfect photo for your Instagram that just highlights all your strong points. You want to hit your followers with that glam slam soon as they open your photos. I know you want that. Don’t be shy.

    Anyways, we’ve got you! This article is going to show you how to take better clearer selfies!

    1. Capture a good angle

    Instead of taking the picture head-on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. If you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that it’s pointing down on you will make your eyes look bigger and help your nose look better. Also knowing your “good side” helps. Take the photo from the side of your face that looks the most balanced and symmetrical.

    1. Smile or do something cheerful.

    A sad face or a frown most likely won’t help if you’re going for a glam look. You could try smiling or doing something fun like maybe playing with your lipstick around your mouth or winking.

    1. Focus on one feature.

    If you’re planning on doing a closeup of your face, consider glamming up one feature while downplaying the others. This works especially well if there is one feature that you particularly like. For instance, if you love your eyes, play them up with mascara and complementary eye shadow while keeping your complexion and lips fairly natural. Likewise, if your smile is your most charming feature, keep your cheeks and eyes looking natural while donning a stunningly beautiful lipstick.

     

    1. Full Length Mirror Selfies

    If you want to show off a great new outfit or a curvy figure, you will need to stand in front of a full-length mirror to capture your body from head to toe. In this instance, your face is no longer the focus of the photo

    1. Try a natural look.

    Do not add too many filters at a time. You can a picture of yourself “straight out of bed” or with very little make up (NO EYEBROWS) that would give the illusion that you’re giving your social media followers a glimpse at the “real you.” I mean, you woke up like this, innit?

    1. Pay attention to good lighting

    This all important so we’d be spending sometime here. Having a solid light source is an essential part of taking any kind of photograph, and selfies are no different. If you try to take a selfie in a dimly-lit room or one with harsh fluorescent lighting, it won’t turn out the way you want it to. Natural light is the best, so try to take your selfie near a window or outdoors. Keep these factors in mind when you take photos:

    • Keep the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye level, for the most flattering shot. The light will brighten and soften your features, rather than casting harsh shadows across your face. If it’s off to the side or behind you, your features could appear shadowy or distorted.
    • Consider using a thin curtain to diffuse sunlight or a single light source. It makes the light softer and more flattering. It will give the impression of smoother, softer facial lines so that your smile appears more attractive.
    • Natural light renders colors more faithfully than artificial light, but you can use artificial light to fill shadows.
    • Don’t use your flash if you can help it. It’ll create a forehead glare, distort your appearance and possibly give your selfie the redeye effect.
    1. Use your phone’s back camera.

    Many cell phones have two cameras: one in the back, and one in the front. Instead of using the camera in the front to take selfies, use the one in the back. The back camera takes higher-resolution pictures than the front camera, which will end up taking a blurrier selfie. You’ll have to turn the phone around, and you won’t be able to see your face as you take the picture, but it’s worth the trouble to use the back camera.

    1. Consider the background of your picture.

    The best selfies have more than just a face. There’s something interesting to look at in the background, too. Whether you take your selfie inside or outdoors, check around you first to see what’s going on in the background. Position yourself so that you’re in front of the background you want people to see.

    1. Grab a few more people to be in the photo.

    The first requirement of a selfie is that you have be in it, but there’s no rule that says you have to be alone! Grab some friends, siblings, your dog, and other people to take a picture with you. The picture won’t be as controlled, but it’ll be visually interesting and fun for other people to look at and share.

    1. Experiment with filters.

    Using some filter to add that extra oomph to your photos is the way to go! Not every filter is right for every selfie, so play around with different options before settling on the best one. Word on the street says Snapchat has the best filters. You can download the app and just wild out.

     

    Hope you had fun reading. Share with friends so they can learn a thing or two! Tata.

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