9 Hollywood Secrets To Taking Your Best Selfie

In a world of “pics or it didn’t happen,” it can feel like you always have to be camera-ready — and that’s quite the responsibility (or burden — depending on the day). Sure, celebrities seem to pull it off. But they also have the luxury of personal assistants, not to mention makeup artists, hair stylists, and wardrobe stylists. So what’s the average woman gotta do to get a good selfie? We tapped a few of the aforementioned pros to spill their tips. These experts are showing us every trick in the book for looking fly in photos, even if you only have seconds to prep. The best part? No one will accuse you of filtering the results.
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Outfit Your Phone With Studio Lighting

Love her or hate her, there’s no arguing that Kim Kardashian knows her way around a good selfie. So when the star extols the virtues of the LuMee case, we listen. Unlike gummy vitamins and waist trainers, a light-emitting cell phone case actually produces results. At least according to professional photographer and celebrity hair stylist Michael Dueñas, whose clients include Noah Cyrus and Rob Lowe. “The LuMee Case gives off a soft, even light similar to a ring light, but it’s compact and on-the-go,” he says. “It prevents shadows and harsh lines.”

Dueñas suggests holding the phone at least two feet away from your face. “This will help prevent bright spots on your forehead, nose, and chin from overexposure,” he says. Then, play with your angles. For example, taking a selfie from a higher angle will bring out your cheekbones, he says, while a photo straight on might wash you out.

LuMee Duo iPhone 7 Case, $95.96, available at LuMee.
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Make Your Own Lighting

There are highlighters in pretty much every shade of the rainbow (plus black), so creating the perfect glint has gotten a lot more complicated. But according to celebrity makeup artist Janice Kinjo, who works with Mindy Kaling and Uzo Aduba, the secret to creating an authentic-looking highlight in photos is sticking to skin-flattering shades. She suggests tangerine shades for deeper skin tones, peach for medium tones, and pearly hues for fairer skin tones. Once you have the color down, focus on formula. “I prefer to use a cream over a pressed powder because it's easier to control when you apply. And you can blend it with your fingers,” she says.

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Twinkle Stick Highlighter, $38.00, available at Sephora.
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This pigmented drugstore favorite shines just as bright as its prestige counterparts.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $4.99, available at Wet n Wild.
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"I used my ring finger to press Haloscope onto all the areas I wanted glow, like the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and the Cupid's bow," makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who did the glam for Glossier's Haloscope campaign, tells us. "I even like putting it where people would get a monobrow; it just looks like a natural place you'd get dewy if you were walking down the street. I never apply highlighter to areas where one would get fine lines and wrinkles. I use it anywhere you'd naturally build up a glow throughout the day."

Glossier Haloscope, $22, available at Glossier.
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Prep Your Skin

We preach it all the time: Healthy-looking skin is key. Since photos tend to enhance both the good and the bad, we strive to bring out our natural glow. With nutrient-rich royal jelly, vitamin B, and amino acids, this Burt's Bees Skin Nourishment Night Cream will do just that. You'll wake up to dewy, moisturized, selfie-ready skin IRL.
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Find Your Most Flattering Sunglasses

The reason celebrities look so cool, even when deplaning at LAX after a stale, intercontinental flight? They’ve mastered the art of finding the most flattering glasses for their face shape and for photos. That, or they’ve enlisted the help of Darlene Forteza, a senior stylist at Destination Sama stores, who has helped celebrities like Demi Lovato, Emmy Rossum, Rowan Blanchard, and countless others meet their match. “Rounder faces can pull off angular shapes — like a cat-eye or a style that sits higher on the cheekbones — because they pull the attention up and outward and give the appearance of a more tapered face,” she says. Square face shapes tend to look best with curvier frames that complement angular features.

The curvature of the lens can also be the difference between a flattering photo or one in which your face looks oddly wide or otherwise distorted. For example, though flat-lensed sunnies are super popular right now, they’re not the best option for Instagram-worthy photos. “Sunglasses with a slight, almost undetectable curve in the lens can seem flat, but they eliminate all glare and distortion," she says. “Nearly flat — or a more traditional curved base — will photograph much more flattering in almost every image.”

Sama Eyewear Loree Rodkin Eye Couture by Sama Sunglasses, $546.04, available at Sama Eyewear.
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Brighten Your Complexion With A Hint Of Lip Color

Adding a subtle touch of color to the lips works wonders in photos. “Photographs tend to blow out your skin tone, so adding color to your lips livens up your look,” Kinjo says. If you don’t have a mirror handy, apply a subtly tinted lip balm to just the centers of your top and bottom lips. Then, use your finger to spread out the color. “Since your lips are moisturized, [the color] will blend easily.”

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-in-Balm, $42.00, available at Sephora.
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Elevate Your Everyday Hoodie

E.T.’s Elliott was cute as hell, but the kid wasn’t winning any styling points by wearing his hoodie tight around his face and zipped up to his chin — not even in the ’80s. Thankfully, Ade Samuel, a celebrity stylist and shoe designer who works with Yara Shahidi and Kelly Rowland, has a better idea. “Wearing a hood halfway up over your hair frames your face,” she explains, citing Anne Hathaway at the 2015 Met Gala for inspo.

Another way to make a hoodie look less casual is to play with proportions, Samuel says. “You can zip it up three-quarters of the way in the front and then hang both sleeves off of your shoulders, accentuating the neck and creating a cool, unique effect.” Need proof? Just check out Amber Rose at Coachella.

Without Walls Sunset Mila Popover Windbreaker Jacket, $94.00, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Refresh Your Hair In An Instant

If only hair looked as good at 2 a.m. as it did when leaving the house. Unfortunately, those lofty #hairgoals are often unrealistic. For a quick fix when your hair falls flat, Dueñas suggests a shot of dry shampoo applied right at your roots. “It always gives you more lift and volume,” he says. This travel-sized version is not only an editor favorite, but it’s also easy to pack for fixes on the fly. For even more lift, flip your head upside down and shake it out. Then, backcomb at the roots with your fingertips. When finished, flip upright and smooth out the top for a polished look.

Ouai Dry Shampoo, $30.00, available at Sephora.
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Define Your Eyes

The depth and angles of a 3-D face get lost in 2-D renderings — but just a bit of eyeliner can bring the focus straight to your eyes. The best way to wear it? Penciled into your upper lashline, Kinjo says. “Make sure there are no gaps between the eyeliner and your lashline. Otherwise, it will look very messy.” To help your eyes stand out even more, dab a touch of highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes.

Pretty Vulgar Writing On The Wall Eyeliner Pencil, $26.50, available at Sephora.
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Give A Jacket Edge

Even if your outfit is comprised of the most basic of basics (think: boyfriend jeans, a crisp T-shirt, and a blazer), Samuel says you can always employ a tweak or two when getting ready for your close-up. “Consider your angles and proportions, then take a look at your outfit and see if you can create something more interesting,” she says. For example, you won’t believe what a popped collar will do to elongate the neck and breathe new life into a jean jacket. Another option? “Draping a blazer over your shoulders for a layer that’s much more boss,” Samuel says.

Topshop 80s Cropped Suede Jacket, $435.00, available at Hudson's Bay.
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Create Dewy Skin Without The Sparkle

Lip balm — a purse staple that most have on hand all the timecan be used for so much more than moisturizing your lips. “To make skin look dewy in photos, apply a heavier lip balm to your cheeks,” says Kinjo. The sheen-like quality of a balm can be used in place of a highlighter in a cinch — and is easier to apply when you don’t have a mirror handy.

Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love, $18.00, available at Sephora.
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