4 Beauty Hacks For The Ultimate Selfie

By Zeynab Mohamed

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With social media indubitably taking over the world, there is only one thing we can really do and that is to fully embrace it. This rise brings about a whole new set of priorities and the perfect selfie is pretty high up the list. Taking the ultimate selfie isn't alway an easy task. So we have decided to round up 4 hacks to ensure that you take the perfect selfie every time.

1. Ditch the flash photography and find the perfect natural lighting:

There is a reason why bloggers always say to take your selfies in natural light. Firstly the camera flash will pick up on any SPF on your skin and create a white-washed effect. Having a good natural light will soften up your features and create a beautiful glow to the face. Also colours are more likely to show up to truer.

Natural daylight is always best for illuminating your face. People take restroom shots because they think fluorescents make you look glowy, but they also highlight skin flaws. Overhead lighting can emphasize bumps and lines, too, so beware of standing below a lamp.”

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2. Take full advantage of the highlighter:

Highlighter adds a beautiful dewiness to the skin, and when it's done right, it translates insanely pretty in photos. The key is not to go in with a light hand like you would for everyday, you have to remember that you need to capture the effect on camera. Definitely go to town but only on the high points and where the light would naturally capture your face you don't want to end up looking like a disc ball. 

''The newest promise of social media ready skin comes via The Body Shop in the form of The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream line; a range of three, light infusing skin bases that promise radiant skin as well as an even skin tone in one quick step. Perfect not only for close ups but also the warmer weather in general''.

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3. For whiter looking teeth, choose a blue toned lipstick:

Lipstick colours with a bluer undertone provide the greatest whitening effect. Those with a peachy or more brown undertone bring out the yellow in your teeth thus making them appear less white. 

''The key to the perfect selfie, the Flash Photo Gloss is a clear gloss with an iridescent blue pearl tint that helps to emphasise the white of your smile and a high shine finish. It can be layered on top of lipsticks or worn alone for a fresh smile all day long''.

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4. Less is not more in this case:

The camera can be harsh in that it picks up everything little detail on your skin including the bad. Whenever you know you are going to be taking a photo of yourself make sure to use foundation that will give you that extra coverage and for that even more flawless finish top off with a powder that provides some more coverage.

''Even if you don’t wear it regularly, you should definitely put some on for photos. I had my senior pictures taken recently in two different sessions. I wore foundation in one of them, and my face looks much smoother and even than in the photos from the session where I didn’t. Pictures, close ups especially, can magnify any imperfections in your skin, and foundation helps create a flawless look for your skin and your pictures''. 

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