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How To Take The Best Butt Selfie, Since We Know You're Doing It Anyway

Helpful tip: Good lighting is optional when you have an ass that shines.
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Not all selfies are created equal. There’s the selfie selfie, the mirror selfie, the sexy selfie, and, my personal fave, the belfie (aka the butt selfie). The booty selfie is pretty unique in that it’s not as easily achievable as, say, standing in front of the mirror or putting your phone in front of your face. It requires a certain level of expertise in order to capture your ass’s perfect plumpness.

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So we’ve tapped some social media influencers who know a thing or two about showing off that perfectly plump backside. Below, tips and tricks for executing the perfect belfie if you 1) Have a booty (which, hi, is all of you) and 2) Are ready to take it onward to Instagram.

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Step 1: Get Inspired

I'm pretty sure Instagram was invented for the sole creation of the belfie. The whole butt-fixation thing really got going back in 2015. Now, even though it’s the year 2020, we still can’t get enough. But do you blame us? With so many new influencers, fitness models, and body-positive activists, butt selfies are one of the only things I enjoy about scrolling through ze 'gram.

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So peep the below pics from body-positive influencers who will make you feel good about your body. Notice what they do with their leg, how they position their hips, etc. and tailor your poses to theirs. Here are some basic examples:

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Step 2: Reap the benefits of your phone

The good thing about your iPhone or Android is that it has tons of versatility for making sure you look as great as possible. Not only does using your own personal photo make things look more casual and less staged, but it’s handheld—which means it’s super easy and quick to send off to whomever you want to impress.

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Pro tip: "Use the regular camera, not selfie-style," suggests Instagram yogi and influencer Jessamyn. This will make your photos look more ~natural~.

Step 3: Be mindful about your lighting

"Whether it is natural lighting, golden hour, a ring light or flash on your phone, lighting can change the look and the vibe of your selfie," says model Catherine Li. Her personal fave: natural lighting.

Unfortunately though, phones don’t capture too well in darkness, which can make it a lil difficult to find the best angle. Your solution: a ring light. Literally all of the famous TikTokers out there have one. You can even buy a stand that holds your phone in between the ring light so you can just snap away without having to hold the phone in your hand.

Again, don't feel like you have to change anything about that beautiful selfie of yours, but if you want to try it with a filter or edit the background, there are so many amazing apps out there that help with a natural-looking color tone too. (Pro tip: Try Lightroom or Nomo).

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Step 3: Consider your apparel

Whatever you want to wear and whatever makes you feel sexiest is what you should show off in your belfie picture. For Anna, high-waist pants are her go-to. “They accentuate the difference between your waist and booty,” she says.

If you want to go for a sexier look, try out some lingerie options that will make your partner go all kinds of crazy when receiving your pic.

Step 4: Know the poses

For the classic belfie pose, “Position your hips away from the mirror, then twist your upper body toward it to keep your booty front and center,” says body positive advocate and trainer Anna Victoria, admitting that yep, “It’s a bit uncomfortable.”

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If you're not really digging that position, there’s the option to bend over so your booty is hovering over the phone. It’s a low-angle, which makes your ass look enormous in the best kind of way. Just hold your phone and place it below your booty while standing. Then, by using the left-hand iPhone Volume button to secure the pic, snap it at just the right angle.

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Another pose: The casual looking-over-your-shoulder mirror one. It doesn’t have to be in front of a mirror (but if you’re the one taking the picture yourself, it will have to be). All you have to do is face opposite the mirror, pick up your right leg, pop your foot, lean on your left hip, and look over your shoulder in whatever way’s comfortable.

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In general, "get really comfortable with all of your angles, even the ones you think are bad," says Jessamyn. Her advice: "Imagine you’re making love to yourself when you’re taking the photo."

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          Step 5: Wait for the endorsement deals

          …or at least a response that’s like, “Umm, your ass looks amazing” followed by a billion drool emojis.

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          This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.