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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