Me, my Selfie and I…

Remember rushing to the photo counter at the drug-store, picking up your prints and finding that one (or five) horrid shots of you and your crush’s washed out, double chinned, off-centered,hippopotamus-arm-framing “selfies”? The days of disposable cameras are far behind us. Thank God. Let’s keep those tucked away in our dusty ancient albums shall we? And instead, let’s pull out our shiny iPhones with front and back cameras,editing apps, display screens and flawless filters. It’s time to take a new age selfie… The “holy crap, she’s perfect” type .Here’s a few tips on how to do just that.

As much as I promote being authentic, I try to keep as many pimples as possible off of my Instagram. No one needs to see that. Even an “all-natural” selfie can benefit from a little bit of cover up. Blend in a cream concealer to take out any discoloration, dark circles and/or blemishes. Set it with a light amount of powder,enough to take out the shine but not enough to look like a crumbly donut.

Although drool-worthy food pics usually get a double tap, and I’m sure you are oh-so-sweet, that’s not the look we’re going for on this one. Add dimension by contouring your face with a bronzer under your cheekbones and jawline, around your forehead and along the sides of your nose. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes, your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and under your brows. Fill in your eyebrows with a powder or pencil to define their shape.

Add a touch of lip-gloss or chap-stick and you’re good to go. But, if you want to be a bit more dynamic,play with eyeliners, mascara, eye shadow and lipstick. Depending on the look you are going for, different colors will give you different moods. Go with whatever shades makes you feel your best.

Besides a porcelain looking complexion, give your hair a touch of shine and tame fly-away’s by fingering a drop of serum through your locks. Flip your head upside-down and tousle at the roots for some added volume. I think natural looking hair compliments a selfie best. But if you’re a pro with the hot tools,slick straight hair, bouncy curls or beachy waves are knock-out choices too.Just make sure your mane doesn’t look overly processed. And don’t worry about the back of your hair… we haven’t advanced to the 360 selfie yet. Focus on the strands that frame your face.

Lighting& Angles are your final step. Natural lighting is your best friend so find a window and face it. The trick is to catch the light in your eyes so you look vibrant, shiny and alive. Hold the camera above eye level to widen your eyes, and remember the rule of thirds. Use the display screen as your guide and line your eyes up with the imaginary line dividing the top and middle third.

Align your shoulders along the outsides of the screen and make sure we can’t see your arm! Now, assume this position, look straight into the camera and knock ‘em dead. Try a few different facials and turn your head a few different angles. This way you can choose your favorite one! Add a filter or post a #NoFilter, because you look perfect just the way you are, and watch the likes rack up. Congratulations, you are now a selfie queen!

– ElanaKluner

Pen Up Girl: A fresh imagery-driven perspective and a knack for storytelling, Los Angeles-based writer Elana Kluner has been creating internationally since 2008 for magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, advertisements, fashion labels and beauty brands. As a dancer and choreographer, her words have an engaging rhythm and her audience coins her voice as being humorous, witty, lighthearted and relatable. Her work has been published in the likes of M2Women Magazine,Kreativ Mindz Magazine, DANZ Quarterly, Central Leader, Western Leader, The Other Duck and Spa Violet. Elana studied Journalism and Creative Writing at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and Fashion Design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California.