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Selfie Tips from The Stars

When Facebook, Twitter and Instagram crashed into the scene of social media, taking photos became almost an indispensable piece of the equation when sharing memorable experiences and promoting self-expression. This is how taking casual self-portraits using a smartphone, coined as “selfie,” came to be.
To make that perfect selfie before posting them online, here are some pointers from celebrities and so-called experts as they share their thoughts on how they achieved those almost impeccable (and sometimes quite provocative?) shots.

Lighting Counts

All photo shots, whether taken using a smartphone or camera, always need good lighting. And do you know which particular light is the best? Natural sunshine, of course! Michelle Phan, a beauty blogger, has this to say about taking selfies: “Having nice, natural sunlight streaming in will make for a good selfie. Another thing I do is take a piece of white paper and hold it underneath my chin, which creates a natural bounce of light, illuminates the face, and also reduces the double-chin effect." Video Blogger (vlogger) Jordan Liberty says, “"Light is undoubtedly the best beauty product you don't have to pay for." And it actually is, whenever shooting photos at least. See for yourself how it works and be amazed how those dark shadows and under-the-eye circles disappear under your very eyes.

Don’t Let Shadows Darken The Day

Although sunlight is the most natural lighting, never take a selfie at high noon. Why? The light from the sun directly shines on you, which cast a shadow all over, making every angle darker even if it isn’t. When shooting photos outside, the best time would be during either sunrise or sunset, or you can just face directly or away from the sun’s rays.

Be Natural

Each pose and every expression should come naturally as if it were taken candidly. Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gives a piece of his mind as such: “The thing about selfies is that you don't want them 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.”

Cliché selfie is a no-no! Just because a famous actress, actor, singer, or sports-figure strikes a certain pose that you force yourself to be a copy-cat just to look as good? It might not be terrible but it also will not work that way. You have your own personal strengths, a personal style, and an indistinguishable aura that makes you - YOU! Get your act together and be proud of who you are. If you feel awkward on a pose or how you will look in the picture, chances are it won’t look good.

Take Lots and Lots of Selfies

That’s the upside of using digital camera photos and mobile phones, you don’t need to spend anything on films just to take tons of pictures. American Reality show personality and model Kylie Jenner admits that she “takes like 500 selfies before she finds one (that) she likes enough to post.” Play to your angles or your strong sides. Tilt your head in different angles and directions on each snapshot; turn your body in different poses without actually thinking about the next thing to do. Its more just like walking or turning around or having a good laugh with friends. Then choose the best selfie that you would like to post for everyone to see.

Smile a Natural Smile

Forcing a smile or a grin will make you look more silly than have a perfect selfie. But if that’s your aim, then so be it. A natural smile will reflect in your eyes. Take a close look at Tyra Banks and see that seriously natural expression. And the best way to make this happen? --- Practice smiling in front of a mirror and see for yourself.

Photo Apps, Filters and Flash

Using photo enhancements on selfies to make them look better is quite ordinary nowadays with Snapchat, Adobe Photoshop and tons of photo apps available on mobile and desktop. Taking away those nasty pimples and scars, lightening skin complexion, and even changing hairstyles and colors would seem to be a click away. But mind you, never over do your edits. Remember that each picture is a reflection of who you are.

Selfies are self-expressions that everyone enjoy at some point. It is a means to put your best foot forward, so to speak.

Keep flashing those cameras and capture those priceless moments in life!

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