Snap the perfect selfie
If you feel like everyone looks flawless in selfies but you, you’re not alone. Most people know how to take a selfie, but that’s not the same as knowing how to take good selfies. (After all, there is a difference!) But it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking the perfect selfie is an art, and you need just a few tricks to look amazing in photos every time.
“No one is born photogenic – it’s a skill that’s learned over time,” says Christine Buzan, a posing expert who runs @lookgoodinphotos on TikTok. “The more you practise taking photos, the more comfortable you’ll become being in front of the camera, and the more you’ll enjoy taking photos.”
To unravel the mystery behind taking an amazing selfie, we spoke to TikTokkers, influencers and makeup artists who know the tricks of the trade and shared their secrets with us. Below, you’ll find the scoop on how to look younger in selfies, the best foundation for selfie-ready skin, makeup tips to make your features pop and more. You’ll be a selfie pro in no time!
Face a window
Buzan’s No 1 trick for how to take good selfies? Use the light to your advantage. “The right lighting smooths your skin like a natural filter,” she explains. If you’re snapping a selfie indoors, look for a spot with light that’s facing you rather than coming from above you. According to celebrity makeup artist Luis Casco, “overhead light will make you look tired and accentuate everything you don’t want to highlight.” Light aimed directly at your face, on the other hand, can reduce the appearance of texture and wrinkles on your skin.
Buzan suggests turning off all indoor lights and facing a window while you snap selfies for the best results.
Wait for the golden hour
If you’re wondering how to take a selfie outdoors, lighting also plays an incredibly important role. Buzan recommends scoping out a spot with soft, natural lighting – or better yet, snapping your selfies at the golden hour, when the light is most flattering. The golden hour occurs shortly after sunrise or before sunset, and the warmer, softer daylight at that time can have a softening effect on your skin and facial features.
Shaded areas will also help you avoid direct overhead sunlight, which can create harsh shadows on your face, Buzan says. Plus, if you’re in direct sunlight, you might end up squinting, which will exacerbate the appearance of lines around your eyes.