Here’s how to be a selfie expert

  • Oshi Mehra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2016 08:28 IST
We get you expert tips on how to create a ‘heart’ worthy post for your social selfies.

All Instagram lovers, how often do you upload a selfie? And, how many ‘retakes’ are involved in it? If you love uploading photos, here are tips that won’t only get you more ‘hearts’ but will also save you time and effort.

Contouring the face can help you get the most flattering pictures as it defines your face cuts in the best possible way. In Keep your base light, fresh and dewy. A mattifying base gives a natural finish and looks better on the camera. Avoid shimmer as it may look odd at times.

Applying foundation only on face while leaving the other visible parts leads to mismatched skin tone. Since the camera highlights every mistake, be careful.

To add some extra sparkle and sheen to your hair, use a shine spray to make your tresses look glossy.

A fun lip colour can add glamour to your pictures. A bright red lippy or a cheery, glossy pink will make your followers hit the like button.

Tilting your head slightly towards the camera creates a perfect jaw line. Nevertheless, we all have our ‘best angles’. So, study some of your previous pictures and see what works best for you.

Most people have asymmetric faces and it’s likely that one side of the face is more photogenic.

If you have a blinking eye problem, close your eyes before clicking the picture and open it just before you clicking it.



Friends will certainly ask where did you buy THAT from!

Rather than taking a boring selfie at the beach with your friend, have fun with accessories that’ll have your friends asking, “where did you buy this from?”

Braided hair ties tiara-inspired accessories and floral halos give a fashionable twist to your hair and add to your list of followers.

Retro, rounded sunglasses (and mirrored ones!) add fun to your pictures. Pick these up from flea markets and flaunt them on your social networks.

Boys, don’t feel left behind. You can also add swank to your outfit with wristbands, and detailed accessories, for instance a signature bowtie or even that buzzed undercut!

While flashing your teeth for a picture, make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy and properly cleaned.


While smiling, keep your upper and lower jaw slightly parted for the most natural smile. Also, that’s the only way to show off your pearly whites. Tightly pursed lips are not at all flattering.

In some cases, using filters make your photograph look better than the original. Using polarising filter or neutral density filter may polish your photograph. But again, don’t use too many of them since it may ruin a perfectly nice click.

For selfie lovers, filters like chrome, gingham, clarendon, hefe, Nashville add instant spark to your photograph. Pictures clicked in natural light need different filters than the ones snapped on flash.

(Inputs by dentist Ekta Chadha, and makeup artists Ishika Taneja and Naina Arora)

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