How to take the perfect selfie!

Lighting is KEY! Natural Lighting! Light is the best beauty product that you don’t have to pay for. Instead of facing your computer screen or television, turn toward a window with natural light. Or better yet, go outside and bask in the sun’s glow. Good lighting can actually make undereye circles and shadows totally disappear.

Know when the flash is needed! Even though natural light and avoiding shadows are the key tips to how to take a good selfie, there are times when you want to take a selfie and it’s dark. Whether you’re in the club or just on your couch watching Netflix, how do you get a great selfie in little to no light? The one and only Snapchat obviously. The app has a flash feature for the front-facing camera, while the regular photo app on iPhone does not. In Snapchat, tap the lightning bolt on the top left corner and then take your selfie. The screen will burst bright white light on your face.

Smile! Flash a real smile and no image will look bad. Don’t form your face into a grin that’s too big or forced. Natural smiles are the best. On the other hand, if you’re going for slightly more serious selfie, try smiling with your eyes! Practice makes perfect.

Take LOTS of selfies! Kylie Jenner’s best selfie tip is just to take selfies. A lot of selfies. She’s said that she takes “like, 500 selfies” before she finds one she likes enough to post. Try tilting your head in different directions and changing the angles up slightly between each shot so there’s a wide variety to choose from. And don’t forget to make sure the camera’s focused before snapping away.

Relax and don’t overthink it. A trying-too-hard selfie is never going to be a good one. You don’t want selfies to be too serious. If your makeup looks like it took you an hour to do and you look too posed, you’re not doing it right. The best selfie poses are the ones that come naturally to you.

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