There are 167,065,076 images hashtagged â€œselfieâ€ on Instagram and Kim Kardashian is â€œwritingâ€ a book called Selfie, so itâ€™s not surprising that a few beauty brands have started developing makeup made specifically for selfiesâ€”no filter required. Timely marketing is of course part of their strategy, but many of the new formulas actually work with how a camera â€œseesâ€ us, working to address some of the most common selfie-related issues: disappearing features, lackluster lips, and hair that just doesnâ€™t dazzle the way it does IRL. Ready to take your own shots to a new level? Read on for five common woes and the ways to fix â€˜emâ€”no filter required.
The problem: Your skin looks a little blah in pics.
The solution: Choose a light-reflecting foundation.
Even flawless skin can look more even with a bit of coverage.A natural make-up provides a more even base to work with. For a lightweight foundation that still looks like skin,consider a light-reflecting powder that are designed to mimic the effect of in-studio lighting.
The problem: You need to fuss with filters to make your lips stand out.
The solution: Wear a highly pigmented lipstick.
Hereâ€™s a good rule of thumb: the bolder the make-up, the less you should mess with the photo. People have a tendency to overdo the post-processing with apps. If you have strong make-up already, you can overdo the colours, and that can look clownish. Instead of changing the contrast in Instagram, try a high-pigment lipstick. If the colour shows up well in real life, your final shot wonâ€™t look so â€˜shopped.
The problem: Your cheekbones disappear in pictures.
The solution: Take a one-two contouring punch.
Lousy lighting can make facial features fall flat. Overhead light in general is tricky. If you canâ€™t get to a window for that diffused light, and youâ€™re under one overhead light bulb, try angling your face. A little contouring, too, can define your angles so they look more prominent. Tom Fordâ€™s Contouring Cheek Colour Duo, for example, includes a pearly shade to highlight and a deeper matte shade to define. Or pair your blush for a natural glow. Just remember to blendâ€”that visible, over-sculpted look should stay in the â€™80s.
The problem: If you wear a ponytail, you lookâ€¦bald.
The solution: Switch up your position.
Place your ponytail high and just slightly off center; unlike a low, centered pony, this version will show up in straight-on selfies. To better show off your crowning glory, follow this easy advice on creating a halo effect. If you take a picture with the light behind you, you get a glow around the hair. Expose with shadows in mind, and your face will be evenly lit, too. Looking for more shine? A lightweight oil spray, will add a glimmer without weighing down the hair.
The problem: You have raccoon eyes, but youâ€™re not wearing eye liner.
The solution: Make the light your friendâ€”or just trick it.
Itâ€™s best to face light straight-on.That way, youâ€™re not getting harsh shadows. Straight-down lightâ€”like the noonday sunâ€”creates shadows in your eye sockets. The easiest solution is to find more flattering light Â light thatâ€™s filtered through a window). If thatâ€™s not an option, highlighting the eye area with a pen can help trick the camera into thinking thereâ€™s more light than there actually is.MYNEWSHUB