How To Take A Great Selfie PLUS 18 Celebrity Selfies To See!

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I honestly don’t believe that you have to be skinny or look like a model to take great pictures. Especially after what I have seen on photo shoots myself. Even models need to be styled and directed to pose a certain way. The best-looking model can walk into the studio taking your breath away but still need a lot of help during shoots. The photographer will spend some time taking test shots to warm up the model and find angles. So how to take a great selfie? When you don’t have a professional photographer or stylist to help you? Here are some tips that might help:

 

1. Put your best face forward

Keep your face shine free by applying the right makeup or skincare products. Two Faced Loose Powder is fabulous. It keeps your skin matte and prevents makeup creasing around the eyes and mouth. Look for oil control foundations and primers.

Applying eyeliner lets your eyes “pop”and defined eyebrows can really ‘frame’ your face. I wrote another story on 5 best eyeliners here.

 

2. Find your angle

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Photo: Today.com

All you need to do is set your phone on burst shot mode and it’ll take multiple shots while you move your head around. Then, look back at the photos to see which shot you might like best. Most  smartphones and cameras have burst shot mode. Once you’ve found that angle, you can choose to stick to it to guarantee great pictures or keep on experimenting. Here’s what I learnt:

– Having the phone or camera at a higher angle than your face helps hide a double chin. Look how Kim K holds the camera slightly higher.

Kim Kardashian uses her iPhone to take a photo with TODAY's Willie Geist on the set of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Photo: Today.com

– Taking a selfie with your chin up gets rid of shadows under the eyes which can look like dark circles.

 

3. Use a timer

It’s pretty hard to manage your camera and strike a pose at the same time. Try using a timer on your camera and rest it on a steady surface if you don’t have a tripod. But if you’re a serious blogger and take heaps of selfies like OOTDs and shoot makeup tutorials, you might as well get a tripod. Anyway, back to using the timer, set the amount of time you need to pose and put on a great smile. That way, you can focus the eye connection with your camera lens.

 

4. Reset your smile

A great smile is very important but after a few selfies, your face can end up “frozen”. What I like to tell my models and celebrities is to reset their smile. Just stop smiling and when your timer is about to go off, smile again. That way, your smile will look more natural and less forced.

 

5. Use editing apps

You can always improve your pictures with the use of softwares. Here’s what I’ve personally tried and like:

Picasa Web – If you are using a computer, I would recommend Picasa Web. You can crop, resize, edit lighting and even alter the mood. I used it to adjust the lighting like below.

PIXLR EXPRESS – I downloaded this onto my Samsung Galaxy Note II and I love it. Adjust your lighting, add effects, create a frame, make a collage, do anything you want with this app. By the way, it’s free on Google Play. See before and after below:

PIXLR ExpressPIXLR Express

PIXLR – This is the same as the above but for your computer.

 

Here are some pictures of celebrity selfies. You’ll notice how the camera is always higher. Now, good luck with your own selfies!

Photo: Jezebel.com

Candice Swanepoel taking a selfie during makeup.
Photo: marieclairevoyant.com

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Beyonce revealing her new hairdo with a selfie on Twitter.
Photo: thecelebritycafe.com

celebrity selfies on instagram | bellaMUMMA

Giselle’s selfie is guaranteed totesgorge.
Photo: Pinterest.com

Taylor Swift taking a selfie after receiving an award.
Photo: accessatlanta.com

Model Doutzen Kroes’ selfie.
Photo: styleite.com

Constance Jablonski took this selfie backstage.
Photo: styleite.com

Don’t be alarmed. This is just Cara Delevigne and one of her weird selfies!
Photo: Styleite.com

Here’s a selfie from Rosie Huntington Whitley’s Instagram.

Model Adriana Lima reminds us how hard she works out to maintain her perfect figure - and still manages to look beautiful when sweaty and red-faced

Model Adriana Lima takes a selfie after a session in the boxing ring.
Photo: dailymail.co.uk

Elle Fanning (yes, Dakota Fanning’s sister) takes a selfie.
Photo: Twitter @ellefanningactress

Poppy Delevigne trying to eat a bag?
Photo: Twitter@poppydelevigne

Miranda Kerr looking smouldering.
Photo: people.com

Lady Gaga selfie.
Photo: Instagram

Selena Gomez and a pout.

Selena Gomez makes a pout.
Photo.wlwt.com

One of Rihanna’s less daring selfies.
Photo: Flickr

Katie Perry looking patriotic.
Photo: webstyleandstars.glamour.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUST BOUGHT: New Look Cutout Buckle Boots

I’ve been wanting to get myself the cutout buckle boots. Balenciaga is ah-maaazing and it would be so totesamaze  to have it. But I’m getting something from Designer Archives and don’t really have the budget for a Balenciaga. So I went online and found gorgeous Jessica Buurman cutout buckle boots for$159. I thought I was seriously going to get that but then whe I went to the mall, I accidentally found these gorgeamaze New Look cutout buckle boots at Payless. Like I didn’t expect to find it there. I looked at the quality, stitches and shape, everything looks perfect. I slipped it on and was again surprised at how comfy it was! Paid for it and wore it straight. It’s comfy and adds instant height without the toe pinching, heel biting high heels. Check out the pictures and do let me know if you ended up getting it too! New Look delivers internationally but sorry Malaysian folks, they don’t deliver to Malaysia. However, they do international deliveries to Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore among many other counties. For the full list, click here.

So, what do you think? Will you get the same one?

 

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5 Really Good Waterproof Eyeliners That Do What They Say PLUS 12 Styles To Try

In my years as a senior beauty editor, I have gone through trucks of makeup, really. It was impossible to get into the beauty room as the room was ‘pregnant’ with bags and bags of beauty products. Every day was  a day to try something new. And out of all the waterproof eyeliners that I’ve personally tried, these are the 4 really good waterproof eyeliners that do what they say. Yes. I still do use some of them until today. And today, I’ll also share the latest one that I tried and highly recommend Rimmel Scandaleyes…

 

Product: Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner

How to use? Just use it like you would a pen!

Is it awesome? Yes, it’s both water and smudge proof but please allow it to dry fully first. When it wasn’t dry, I could easily wipe it off with wet wipes. But when it’s already try, it doesn’t rub off under water.  The colour pay off is decent. And the tip is very firm making it easy to use for beginners. The tip isn’t that fine but you can still use it for thightlining except it’ll be slightly thicker.

Easy to wash?  It’s not as easy as Bobbi Brown or other others to remove it but that’s only because it is water and smudge proof. So I’m not complaining. That means you can use this at the beach to pool parties and even on hot sweltering days. I wiped it off with Simple Cleansing Wipes. Jut washing with water will not be sufficient.

Anything else? It’s a pen, so it’s easy to carry around. Not the best for under eye lining but for the price this is a great product.

Look at more pictures below.

 

And here are the four that I swear by:

Product: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

How to use? Take an eyeliner brush and dip it in the pot. Pick up as much as you need and apply on eyelids to draw the line. The texture is smooth and glides easily on eyelids.

Is it awesome? Yes, it’s both water and smudge proof. The colour pay off is great so you don’t really use a lot. You’ll be surprised at how long that small pot can last you.

Easy to wash?  Just with water. Once the product dries on your skin, it will not turn back into liquid, so, it’s easy to wash. I really can’t be bothered with makeup remover so this is good.

Anything else? You have to use a brush with it making it less mobile unless you carry a makeup bag in your handbag. And if you don’t secure the lid properly, it might dry out. Also, clean the brush after use as it might harden if you leave the eyeliner on it.

 

Product: L’Oreal SuperLiner Gel Eyeliner

How to use? Take an eyeliner brush and dip it in the pot. Pick up as much as you need and apply on eyelids to draw the line. The texture is smooth and glides easily on eyelids just like the Bobbi Brown one.

Is it awesome? Yes, it’s both water and smudge proof. The colour pay off is great too so you don’t really use a lot.

Easy to wash?  Just like the Bobbi Brown one, you wash this off with water. Once the product dries on your skin, it will not turn back into liquid, so, it’s easy to wash.

Anything else? You have to use a brush with it making it less mobile unless you carry a makeup bag in your handbag. Of course the brush is not as good as the Bobbi Brown but for the price that you pay, it’s good enough. Again, please remember to clean the brush to avoid it hardening.

 

Product: SilkyGirl Double Intense Gel Eyeliner.

How to use? The brush is connected to the the gel tub lid. Just remove it and unscrew the lid to pick up product. The texture is smooth and glides easily on eyelids.

Is it awesome? Yes, it’s both water and smudge proof. The colour pay off is great so you don’t really use a lot. Also, unlike the first two, the brush can be re-attached to the lid making it easy to keep in handbags. If you’re like me and you like to bring your makeup with you, this is great.

Easy to wash?  Just with water. Once the product dries on your skin, it will not turn back into liquid, so, it’s easy to wash. I just wash it in the shower.

Anything else? Clean the brush before keeping it and screw the lid tightly.

 

Product: Chanel Ecriture De Chanel

How to use? Just like a pen! It’s super easy.

Is it awesome? Yes, it’s both water and smudge proof. The colour pay off is not as strong as Bobbi Brown but dark enough. It’s in a form of a pen so you can bring it with you anywhere you go in case you need to go for a dinner after work. The tip is fine, letting you do all sorts of eyeliner designs like fake lashes, tear drops or even face tattoos.

Easy to wash?  Just with water. Just like Bobbi Brown, once the product dries on your skin, it will not turn back into liquid, so, it’s easy to wash. You can even peel it off but I recommend washing of course.

Anything else? Not a cheap product but the quality is fabulous.

 

Here are some fabulous eyeliner styles you can try:

Cleansing Facial Wipes

I use this to wipe off my makeup. It’s very good for lazy people who still want to take care of their skin 🙂 Photo: Simple Skincare

Credit: Eyeliner shots and product shots other than Rimmel are  from Pinterest.

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