10 Makeup Tips for Better Selfies

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Ever since the Tag button was introduced to Facebook and Instagram, our lives have become filled with anxiety over our photos. We examine each and every tagged photo of ourselves closely to see whether it’s worthy of Facebook or not. We go into “Eagle Eye” mode to check our messy hair, the size of our butts, and even our runny eye-liner and accordingly decide whether we’re keeping it or untagging it like it never happened. Here are 10 makeup tips that will grace your front –and back– camera pictures every time:

  1. Apply makeup in natural light: indoor lighting can often mislead you therefore resulting in over blushing or over powdering. Lighting is key when it comes to applying the right amount of makeup so make sure you dab on your pretty face next to a window.
  2. Use yellow banana powders: when it comes to photography, translucent and shimmery powders reflect light hence causing too much “sparkle” in your pictures, that’s why yellow powders are the best. The Ben Nye Luxury Powder will make you go bananas.
  3. Flat colors: aka Mattes. Matte colors are ideal because they’re shimmer-free and so will not reflect light onto your face. Whether it’s you lipstick, eyeshadow, or bronzer, always opt for matte.
  4. Black kohl, mascara, and eyebrow pencil: most of us Arabs can’t leave the house without our Kohl pencil anyway. Experts suggest using dark kohl, mascara, and eyebrow pencil is essential to give contrast to the photo and make your eyes pop. To stop your eyeliner from running, apply a layer of dark eyeshadow on top of it to set your eyeliner in.
  5. Blush and Bronze: without prominent cheek bones, your face will look pale and washed out in every picture. Red/pink shades for the apple and earth tones (brown, bronze, golden, copper) for the cheekbones are best. Avoid shimmery bronzers and pick matte instead.
  6. Lipstick: don’t skip it. Lipstick adds contrast and color to the picture, especially when it’s a fashionable winter scarlet red or hot pink.
  7. Conceal your concealer: inadequately blending your concealer is one beauty blunder you should always avoid- photos or not. The camera flash will bounce off of your makeup so make sure your concealer is blended harmoniously with your foundation, and use a dark shade of cream concealer rather than a light one (that will only result in a gray undereye area). Set in your concealer and foundation with a matte transluscent powder.
  8. Stay away from smoky eyes: avoid shadows over your face, especially under the lower eyelid. When facing the camera, look forward and chin up to eliminate shadows from the pictures.
  9. Bright eyes: not sleeping well? Get rid of all your red lines caused by stress by using eye drops (like Visine).
  10. Highlight your features: using a matte bronzer, highlight your cheekbones, temple, and jawline, and by using a translucent white powder, highlight your T-zone and brow bone.

Now that you have the basic tips you need to get you picture perfect snaps, just remember; your smile is the most important thing in the picture.