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Just to disclaim – there is a LOT of selfies of me in this post.
Everyone loves a selfie. Seriously, EVERYONE! Vanity has become a driver of social media, and has become a socially accepted form of social currency. If you have good selfie game, then you are most likely going to have a following.
Take Kurt Coleman for example – his extreme form of vanity has earned him legions of followers. Sure, some might be rude and obnoxious teenagers who sit behind their keyboards trying to belittle him and others: but others (like myself), actually appreciate his form of talent (and have a strong jealousy thanks to his perfect skin and brows #BrowGameStrong). I also appreciate that one can achieve greatness via a well-thought out selfie.
Yep, I have come to the summary that life is so much greater with a quality selfie – so how about a few tips and tricks on how to up your selfie-game including some tips and tricks from some of the greatest social media selfie takers there is!?
TIPS FOR NAILING YOUR SELFIE
1. Lighten Up
When trying to get the best selfie possible, ensure lighting isn’t too bright (natural is best) and that the light is not directed into the camera (unless that is the look you are going for). You can’t show off your best features/ your new hair colour/ your banging complexion if the light is too harsh, too dark or totally balls unflattering.
Trust me on this one – the higher the angle, the better (it also makes you appear slimmer, which is always a nice thing).
Under the chin selfies don’t work for anyone unless you are a freak-of-nature-stunner or a Victoria’s Secret Angel; in which case, snap away!
3. Best features
Everyone has a favourite eyebrow/side/ ear – so use that to your advantage by de-accentuating certain features, and accentuating the features that you think rock. If you feel more comfortable showing off your left side; do it; cause we all have that one brow that looks like Gucci, and the other that looks like Supre – so, go on, flaunt that Gucci-Brow, I say!
4. Consider how many are in the selfie
I am all for inclusion, but unless you have a super long arm, or you are Ellen Degeneres trying to ‘break twitter’ (again) then it is probably best to limit the amount of people in your selfie… unless you have an Olympus PEN E-PL7
Actually, this is one of my favourite things to do on the Olympus – attempting to fit as many people into the shot as possible. Thanks to the fully articulating screen, you are able to see if you have missed someone out – so you can basically see how many badass bitches you can fit in shot, and cull if necessary!
Olympus has been taking selfies (or wefies : we-selfie / group selfie) to the extreme since 2014! #booyah
Sometimes life just looks better with a filter – or gets you more ‘double taps’. However you see it, a filter can help take the harshness out of a photo, and can even reduce the redness or pigmentation on your skin #winning.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 can also help with that thanks to their Art Filters (of which I am also a very large fan of). Layering up the colour with the Art Filters can help eliminate my previous day’s sun-sins, or enhance the epicness of a sunset. From selfies to masterpieces, the new Olympus PEN E-PL7 allows you to shoot superior quality photos, making it the greatest tool for self-expression.
Want to know more about the Olympus PEN E-PL7, check out my review here.
TIPS FROM THE PROS
But don’t worry, you don’t have to just take my word for it. I enlisted the help of some of my favourite Beauty Bloggers, and got some tips off them to help you on your quest to selfie-stardom.
This is what they had to say:
Michelle from Beauty.Life.Michelle
Mads from The Daily Mark
If all else fails, selfie it up in the bathroom – but just don’t leave your dignity in there. Photos in the mirrors are great, but not whilst on the toilet or revealing too much – ain’t nobody got time for reputation fixing up!
Image credit- Own (taken on Olympus PEN E-PL7), Michelle Crossan, Madeleine Burke Nella van Veenendaal