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What You Need To Do To Score Glowing Selfies Without Using Filters

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Hello, everyone! For today's edition of "Upgrade Your Insta Like a Pro," I present to you the *simple* things you need to do to score a glowing, golden hour selfie. I'm not even going to suggest filters; you'll just need the sun and your natural beauty. Did I get you hooked? Read on and get schooled.

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First, let's study what makes the golden hour selfie so likable:

  • The warm tones of the photo make your pics stand out.
  • Your natural beauty is ~exposed~. 
  • Anything that shows your glow always draws attention. 'Nuff said.

Now that the facts have been established, let's carry on with the tips!

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  1. Take your photo during the golden hour.

    I know, I sound like Captain Obvious. I had to say it because this step is crucial. You can score that warm glow when you take your pic a few hours before sunset, aka the golden hour. There are apps that tell when this exactly happens on a specific day, but generally speaking, 4 to 5 p.m. is the best period. You may also try shooting before 10 a.m. if you want it *really* bright.

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  2. Position your camera near the window. 

    Natural light is always the best, sweetie. Plus, this position will illuminate your complexion—eliminating shadows that may "sag" your face. (You can also go outside, BTW.)

  3. Apply a bit of makeup.

    There is no need to wear full makeup. Again, we want you to look au naturel. The sunlight is doing all the hard work. Simply sweep highlighter on your cheekbones and the tip of your nose and apply lip gloss. (If you've run out of poses, try our HUGE list of selfie ideas here.)

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Congratulations! You can now recreate the super glowy selfies you see on your IG Explore page without the use of filters.

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