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5 things to think before taking a selfie

Love selfies?

No worries because we won’t be getting get into a debate about narcissism here! If you’ve decided to take a selfie (or a thousand) no one can or should stop you, and there’s nothing wrong with that 🤳🏽💕✨

And you can and should look super cute/hot/cool and gain many likes after you post it of course!

Let’s get to the tips for the perfect selfie! 💖💖💖

🔅 1. Is there good lighting (preferably natural light) where I am?

Here comes annoying Lu with her old sermon about natural light. But people, it’s true. This is the most precious tip regarding selfies. If you want to ignore all the others, you can. But follow this one! haha

Run to the backyard. Or just  face an open window. IT’S A GAME CHANGER!


🖼 2. What’s showing up in the background?

Few people pay attention to this. I am particularly addicted to using negative spaces in my photos, so I take my selfies usually with neutral backgrounds. Som people find it boring, so it’s a personal choice. But the hard truth is, if you shoot the pic with a nice background, the chance of the photo having that WOW effect is greater.

So look around you. If you can dodge that hanging bag, your sister watching TV, or the bathroom rack full of packaging, do it. I know your face is a beautiful work of god haha, but switch the focus off it for a moment and observe what is being desplayed behind it. Most times you’ll just need a few tiny moves ands position adjustments to get a much coole bg. Trust me.


😋 3. Let’s try a new expression?

We love selfies, but let’s agree that it all looks repetitive as hell, right? Most of them look so similar to each other. It is in the daring of changing that you can end up making a fantastic unique, unusual picture. So set that clicking finger loose and release that actress / actore that lives within you.


🤙 4. Can I show my hand? Or some cool object?

This trick is easier to explain with pictures than with words. But I’ll try anyway. Have you noticed how many celebrities put their little hands in their lips or their face in their selfies? Why does it look so cool? It doesn’t have to be a cute sweet gesture, you can go for fun or natural, or just touch your hair, ear, touch your face softly.. I know that many influencers display their hands in selfies just to show their nails done, or their rings, sometimes they’re actually paid posts … But still.

If you have a nice object nearby, you can also hold it and play with it!


🔝 5. Now lift your phone up just a liiiiiiitle bit..

We think everyone knows this, but it’s not always true. The ideal angle for taking selfies is from top to bottom. It doesn’t have to be too high. In fact, you better not to overdo it at all. But avoid selfies from the bottom up, so your beautiful little face looks the best, with it’s best lighting possible, k?


Just a quick reminder that these suggestions are just that: suggestions. They’re are FAR from being rules. Last weekend, for example, I took a selfie from the bottom up and kinda liked it. And sometimes I can’t use natural light at all and I do not care*.

Beijos!

Lu

* I care a little, tbh ☺

By Lu Amaral

Aesthete: One having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art - That's me! 💕 Graphic, digital and web design are my livelihood and my favorite hobby. That's how lucky I am.

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