How to Take Good Pictures Selfie Secrets

I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my selfies lately, so I thought I’d share some of my best Selfie Secret tips! I did a few posts before about Kim Kardashian’s Selfie Secrets and Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me, but I’m always learning new tips and tricks! I’ve also included some recent selfies from my Instagram @blushinginhollywood so you can see the tips in action!

In this photo ^ I’m in my special selfie spot with the good lighting, I have eyelash extensions from @msjessicajay (DM her!), my brows are tinted which is making my brow a bit bolder. I’ve also given some definition to my bottom lash line with an eyeshadow crayon like the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Pencil – try a brown or bronze color, lightly trace along your bottom lashes, then run your finger over it to blend and soften .
🌟Lighting is so important! I take the majority of photos in my living room early in the morning because that’s when I can get the best indirect natural light. I stand in front of my sliding glass door and usually leave the white curtain down because it helps diffuse the light. Most of my photos are also taken earlier in the morning (before 10am) so the light isn’t as intense or overhead. Gloomy days are also awesome for taking photos.

🌟Ever think you look good in the mirror, then try to take a selfie and you look 100 years old? That’s because overhead lighting will cast shadows on your face that will look terrible in photos. This is why you want light coming from in front of you to avoid shadows.

🌟For night time I use this clip-on ring light, but I find this works the best for showing makeup swatches and product shots vs. selfies.

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🌟Practice makes perfect. I take good selfies because I’ve been practicing for a long time! I almost always take more than one photo so I have options too. If you have a photo shoot coming up, practice beforehand in the mirror and with your phone to find your best looks and angles.

🌟Slim your double chin. We all have a double chin at the wrong angle, so again this is where practice can help. Elongate your neck (not straight up like a giraffe, just kind of think about having your neck pulled up and in like an old timey movie actress) then tilt your head slightly down to give your chin more definition.

🌟Clean your phone! Wipe off the camera lens so your photos don’t get distorted. I carry pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes to wipe off both of my iPhone cameras and my mirrored sunglasses so they will also be camera-ready.

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🌟Try different apps to find your best angle. Recently I’ve found that a selfie with the front facing camera taken in Insta Stories gives me the best photo. If I just use the iPhone camera app it comes out too HD and you can see every pore. You might find that Snapchat or using the back facing camera give you the best angle.

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In this photo^ I’m wearing my Girl Get Glamorous hair extensions (use my code “HOLLYWOOD” for a discount!), I have false lashes on, I’m wearing a ton of extra makeup, and I used FaceTune! I’m also tilting my head down slightly to define my jaw.

🌟For higher quality photos I use my Sony A5100 which is a mirrorless digital camera. That means it’s smaller than a DSLR and more portable. It has a screen that flips up so you can see yourself when taking selfies, but always make sure you look into the lens not just at yourself in the screen. This camera also has a beauty filter and auto color corrects. It can send photos wirelessly to your phone too for instant posting! I don’t even need wifi to send the photos either!! The battery life is also fantastic. The other thing I love is the speed because it’s awkward enough taking a selfie, you don’t want to have to hold a pose forever in between shots because your camera is slow. It also has a really great flash for night time shots which is typically when we are the most dolled up and want to take the most photos. I am so obsessed with this camera and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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🌟Lashes are a major key! If you are going to be taking lots of photos at an event you really want to be wearing fake lashes otherwise your eyeballs are going to look bald. Luckily for me I’ve been rocking eyelash extensions lately which really help my hooded eyes look poppin and flirty. My friend Jessica Jay (@msjessicajay on Instagram) does my eyelash extensions and you can DM her if you’re in the LA or Santa Barbara area and are interested! The photo above shows what my lashes looked like before they were blessed with extensions. For strip lashes I love Girl Get Glamorous Cruelty-Free Vegan False Lashes in Double Tapped. Be sure to use my discount code “Hollywood” for money off 🙂

🌟Hair Extensions. If you have them, use them because they can make a huge difference. For better or worse we see photos and videos constantly of celebrities and people on Instagram wearing hair extensions so when you take photos now without them you can feel like you’re practically bald! I love my Girl Get Glamorous Hair Extensions to give me volume, body, and length. Don’t forget my discount code “Hollywood” for money off 🙂
🌟Go heavier on the makeup. If you’re trying to show off your makeup and want it to show up in a photo you’re going to have to go heavier for it to look more like it does in real life. For me this usually means a more full coverage foundation, extra bronzer, a darker brow color, and some eyeliner on my top and bottom lash lines to add definition.

🌟Facetune- Facetune is an app that helps you edit your photos. I use it but try not to go too hard so I still look human. Facetune helps me smooth my forehead wrinkles and I use the “details” feature on my eyes and highlights sometime to make them stand out.

🌟Take photos when you look good 😉 You know when you’re dating someone new and you’re texting all the time and it’s fun and exciting and then they ask you to send a pic? But you’re festering in your soft clothes on the couch and haven’t washed your hair in 4 days (No? Just me?) Bank some selfies when you’re looking good even if you’re not planning on posting them because a) it gives you more practice and b) they really come in handy!

🌟Whiten your teeth. Whitening your teeth in my opinion is the fastest way to look younger. At the very least be sure to brush your teeth well and floss before a selfie session.

🌟Get those arms out of your selfie! I just learned this tip from Jenny Mustard on YouTube and thought it was great! Plug in your headphones, set your phone where you’d like it, then push the play button on the headphones to snap the pic. This will get your awkward arm and armpit out of the photo and allow you to take a shot that will fit more of your head and body.

Tips for Posing for Photos

If someone else will be taking photos of you, I found this video super helpful for tips:

Do you have any selfie or posing tips? Comment them down below!!

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Men Love This Perfume on Women

My friend Spencer Scott who is a perfume collector told me on Valentine’s Day 2016 that she had been wearing a perfume that guys love. I smelled it and really liked it’s feminine, sweet scent and then kind of forgot about it. When the Sephora VIB Sale came around I purchased a perfume sampler that included this perfume and I started wearing it. She was not kidding about guys liking it- I ALWAYS get compliments on it from dates and Uber drivers as soon as I get in their car. I don’t know if it’s because it’s strong when you first apply it, but they almost all immediately say “you smell good” it’s almost comical at this point. I haven’t had guy pinpoint exactly what they like about it, but I’m guessing it’s just nice, feminine, luxurious, and clean smelling. My hunch was even confirmed on a quick Google search where it was mentioned on this message board. And the perfume is… Continue reading “Men Love This Perfume on Women”

What to Message a Guy on Bumble

Is Bumble my favorite dating app? No, but it is the only one that I know of where girls must send the first message. Instead of giving guys a hard time with their lack of creativity I thought I’d give the ladies some tips. If you’re in dire straights where your perfect match will expire if you don’t say something immediately and you can’t think up the perfect opener then you have my permission to “Hey” them, otherwise try to do better! People notice and appreciate individual attention.

Messaging on Dating Apps

  • The best openers have a question that can be answered within a sentence or 2 max. What brings you to LA? Wow your job sounds cool how did you get interested in that? Can have complex answers and are better asked on the date itself.
  • Try your best to ask them a question about something specific to their profile- people like the individual attention and don’t feel like just another bee.
  • Rhetorical questions are not real questions and they’re non-starters. How’d you get so cute? Wow pretty and smart, how did that happen!?
  • Small talk questions are non-starters. Big plans this weekend? How was your weekend? How’s your week going so far? How are you? What’s up? How’s your 2017 so far? LAZY. This reads as “will you please do this creative work for me I don’t feel as though you are worth the effort.” I tend to lob these back with a similarly lazy “good, you?” so they can try again.
  • Statements are not questions. Wow I thought I was the only one who liked XYZ. Nice eyes. Great hair. You’re from x you must be this kind of sports fan! It’s ok to give compliments or make cute observations, but a question is required.

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Dating Apps to Try in 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Did you know the New Year, New You vibe makes early January the peak traffic time for dating apps and websites? Everyone wants to start fresh when January comes so now is the time to start (or re-start) using those dating apps! Here’s a few to try that are free: Continue reading “Dating Apps to Try in 2017”

Audible Book Recommendations 2016

I’m a HUGE audiobook fan I’m pretty sure I’d go insane driving in LA traffic if I didn’t have audiobooks and podcasts to listen to. I’ve been an Audible member since 7/8/2011! I pay about $15 a month and get 1 credit for a free audiobook monthly. The Audible app is great and super easy to use as well and keeps your bookmark in the place you left off even if you switch between devices. My favorite part about the Audible app is being able to adjust the speed of the speaker which I usually put at 1.25x. You can sign-up for Audible and get a 30 day free trial with 2 free audiobooks:

As you’re about to see, I read almost exclusively non-fiction and love biographies, science, and self-help type books. Here’s some recent books I’ve been enjoying from Audible: Continue reading “Audible Book Recommendations 2016”

LA Guide – Hollywood

Recently I had my 5 year anniversary of moving to Hollywood so what better time to write up a guide or list of recommendations for anyone who wants to explore my neighborhood? Sorry for the lack of photos, most of these places are dark and sexy so even if I posted photos from there you wouldn’t be able to see anything!

Where to stay in Hollywood

Roosevelt Hotel

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Date Night Hair and Outfit With Beauty Plus Salon

Recently, Beauty Plus Salon offered me my choice of a few new products to try out and I was super excited when I saw some products on the website that I’d been wanting to try.
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Date Night Idea – Painting Ceramics

Last night it was my turn to plan a date and I decided to go with something super sexy… just kidding I picked one of my favorite things to do growing up- painting ceramics. When I originally pitched this idea to my friends to see what they thought everyone immediately pictured the movie Ghost and some sexy clay wheel pottery action, but I researched that and it costs like almost $200 for 2 people so that is not what I did.

ghost-demi-moore-patrick-swayze-movie-pottery-class-clayMy date and I went to Glaze Fire in Silverlake (similar to a Color Me Mine, or my old faves Do Art and Village Paint Pot). At Glaze Fire you pick out a premade ceramic object and paint or decorate it to your hearts content. You pay $10 per person for the sitting fee which includes the supplies (paint, brushes, etc.) and the glazing once you’re done. You also pay for the object you choose to paint. Mine was a regular coffee mug and it was $15 to give you a rough idea. At Glaze Fire they have mostly items that have a purpose too so things you can actually use once you make them. They had plates, cups, mugs, spoon rests, trinket trays, boxes, coin banks, and more. Sarah was working there the night we went and she was awesome at explaining how everything worked and giving us tips on our paintings.  Continue reading “Date Night Idea – Painting Ceramics”

happn Dating App

I took a break from online dating for a couple months so when i returned I wanted to try something new and that’s how I ended up on happn. I’ve previously used OkCupid, Tinder, Dating Ring, and Hinge, all of which I would recommend except for Tinder which I think has run it’s course. Logging on to Tinder now would be like trying to use MySpace again. Hinge is great and I have a few friends that I’ve recommended it to find boyfriends on Hinge. I wanted to try something new (to me) and my friend suggested I “try that app where it shows you the people close to you since you have so many problems with that.”

What is happn?

Happn is a free dating app that uses your location services on your phone (always on in the background) to show you profiles of people that you have “crossed paths with”. It tells you when you crossed paths, how many times you’ve crossed paths, and gives you a little map of the location that you crossed paths at. While all of this can seem very creepy, dating in a big city that takes FOREVER to get across makes dating someone on the other side of town tricky. I don’t know if you non-angelenos have heard about this little rumor, but there is indeed a ton of traffic in LA. This app is nice because it shows you people who are near the places that you frequent the most- for me it’s home and work. Continue reading “happn Dating App”