Selfies have become a thing thanks to social media (so much so that it's already in the Oxford Dictionary), and it's not about to disappear from your feeds anytime soon. So if you want to up your selfie game to get more likes or followers, do what Kim Kardashian does. She is a selfie queen, and she has a book, Selfish, to prove it (P.S. It's a compilation of selfies taken in the past nine years!).
1. Make sure the lighting is amazing.
A good light "blows out everything that you don't want to see and highlights the good things that you do," Kim says in her T-Mobile commercial. So this means no selfies under harsh and unflattering fluorescent lights.
2. Know your angle and stick to it.
You're going to need to do your homework in front of a mirror and know which angles flatter you and which ones don't. And once you've figured those out, remember them and pose with them as much as possible. In Kim's case, she knows that what works for her best is putting her chin down slightly and holding the camera a bit higher than her face. This makes her features look more streamlined.
3. Work the duck face.
Not everyone likes the duck face, so the least you can do is have a slight pout. Kim loves it though because it gives people cheekbones.
4. Crop out anything awkward.
Kim says the perfect selfie has a lot to do with cropping. "If you don't like something on your body, crop it." Because there's bound to be something wrong in the photo even when your face looks perf, right?
5. Download an editing app.
Kim uses the app called Perfect 365, a free virtual makeup app. With it you can make your face clearer and smoother; you can even extend your eyelashes!
6. Use an actual camera.
Kim uses a digital camera for some of her selfies. "This is how it makes all of [my] pictures so flawless." Until now, digital cameras still yield photos of higher quality than phones do.
7. If you're taking a selfie with a group of people, hand the phone to the person with the longer arm.
The longer the arm the better because your face won't look strangely bigger than others'.
8. Take about 300 selfies in one go.
The slightest changes in your angles make all the difference, and it's always good to have choices. Kim says "I just pose away and take about 300 photos until I get the perfect selfie."
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