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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Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

I’ve been a huge fan of Southern Charm since the very first season and Cameran consistently has absolutely amazing hair and makeup that are natural and effortless, yet incredible all at the same time. Since a lot of people have questions about her age- Cameran Eubanks aka Cameran Wimberly’s birthday is 11/21/83 making her currently 33 years old. One of Cameran’s biggest beauty secrets and the reason why she always looks so flawless- she used to be a makeup artist! (Source)

Cameran Eubanks Makeup

Cameran’s most recent beauty-related post on Instagram showed she’s loving It Cosmetics CC Cream which is a tinted moisturizer that she says makes it feel like you have nothing on your face. Continue reading “Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets”

Best Concealer to Cover Undereye Circles

If you have dark circles and discoloration around your eyes, you’re going to want to read this.  Here’s my secret to using concealer to cover up dark under eyes:

  1. Depuff: I used my Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches ($22 for 4 pairs) that had been in the refrigerator to help reduce any puffiness. You can also go old school and use cold spoons! One of my new faves Mallory Ervin recommended these Tarte patches. You may also remember that Lady Sonja Morgan from Real Housewives of New York dips her whole face in an ice bath to help with puffiness!

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Sonja Morgan’s Makeup Secrets

Sonja Morgan of Real Housewives of New York City has really nailed the “I’m not wearing that much makeup yet I look incredibly polished and chic at the same time” look. She never looks cakey or overdone, yet always looks flawless! If you saw my Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets – Skincare, Botox, Facials, and More post you know that Sonja takes amazing care of her skin and eats very healthy, but what is she putting on her face and body that is making her look so flawless? I still can’t believe Queen Sonja Morgan herself reposted my last blog on her Facebook, I mean is this real life!?!?

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Sonja Morgan’s Makeup

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 14th, 2017!! If you need a last minute Mother’s day gift ideas for a mom (or Grandma, or Mother-in-law, or step-mom or baby mama) in your life, I’ve got you covered! Being from Florida I know tons of moms who like to have fun in the sun whether they’re by the pool, at the beach, or on the boat which inspired these gift ideas! These Mother’s Day gifts are great on their own or would be even better as a themed gift in a nice big basket or bag to really wow her.

Most of these gifts are available at Nordstrom which always has free shipping over $50 and also has this amazing feature where you can order online and pick it up at your nearest store! If you’re in LA and want to pick it up at the Grove you just pull into the valet and they bring it to your car! I tried it recently and felt like I was doing an errand for a rich person haha, but I loved it so convenient!

Megaphone by Sunnylife ($24) When I saw this I immediately thought of my friend Annabelle’s mom Fancy Nancy DeSisto (be sure to listen to them on the Adderall and Compliments Podcast). She’s a super activist and would love to have this thing at a march or rally I’m sure! Plus what mom wouldn’t like this to just yell at their kids in the pool? It runs on 4 C batteries. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017”

Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets – Skincare, Botox, Facials, and More

Sonja Morgan is the hilarious gorgeous star of Real Housewives of New York City. She always has a super-natural look about her that’s light, radiant, and youthful, and probably helps her get all of those younger guys when she’s out at Beautique. Sonja looks so incredibly beautiful no matter how frazzled the other ladies on the show try to make her.  Lucky for us in December 2016 she Instagrammed her beauty routine so we can try to emulate her amazing looks. I still can’t believe Sonja is in her fifties she looks incredible! I did all the research to let you know what skin care and beauty regimen keeps her looking fabulous as she jet sets all over the world. I will have another post coming up all about her makeup, hair, and other beauty secrets as well!

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Cynthia Bailey’s Beauty Secrets

Ms. Cynthia Bailey the supermodel entrepreneur on Real Housewives of Atlanta just turned 50. Fifty years old ladies and gentleman! She looks absolutely incredible so I just HAD to do some research and find out what her beauty secrets are. I’ve even seen Cynthia in passing at the Grove in Los Angeles and she was absolutely stunning just like a supermodel should be.

“The thing that modeling has taught me about beauty is that it’s really individual. I work with so many different types of beauties, as a model. It’s not so much traditional. It’s about working with what you have and owning it. Confidence is so much of a part of being beautiful. I’ve met so many women who weren’t model-beautiful. Their confidence and everything about them is so beautiful to me.” – Cynthia Bailey (Source)

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Cynthia Bailey’s Skin Care

Vaseline: “Don’t rule out Vaseline,” she advises. It’s the pristine-skinned model’s go-to moisturizer in a pinch. Elbows, knees, lip balm — she even carries a little pot of it in her purse everywhere she goes. (Source) Continue reading “Cynthia Bailey’s Beauty Secrets”

Sephora Play Box February 2017

I am still LOVING the Sephora PLAY! Box. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a quick rundown:

  • It’s a monthly subscription box that costs $11/month and comes with 5 deluxe samples of products (only ones sold at Sephora!) and a perfume sample (so 6 products total).
  • The products are a mix of hair, skin care and makeup and are semi determined by your preferences, but mostly they’re just products that everyone can use.
  • You can sign up and get on a wait list to get it here.
  • It also comes with a collectible bag and a paper with tips and tricks for every product.
  • The Sephora PLAY! Box also comes with a card you can bring into your local store and it will score you 50 Beauty Insider points with any purchase. Beauty Insider points can be used like Chuck-E-Cheese tickets to get more deluxe samples. Typically you’d have to spend $50 to get 50 points and 100 points gets you a deluxe sample. You do not have to purchase something in the box to get the points, but you do have to make a purchase.
  • When I see that little black and white striped box in my mailbox it is the highlight of my day every damn time.
  • If you have more questions check out Sephora’s PLAY Box FAQ.

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Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed my Holiday Gifts Ideas for Her 2016 post with tons of ideas from Nordstrom! One of my hobbies is cooking and I have a lot of kitchen gadgets and tools that I have ordered from Amazon and love. So even though these aren’t beauty/dating/travel related I thought it might be helpful to see some items that could be good for a range of people on your shopping list. Also lots of these are Amazon Prime which means they have free 2-day shipping so these are great for last minute gifts too! Continue reading “Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas 2016”

Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me

Since my Kim Kardashian‘s Selfie Secrets post has been getting a lot of love lately, I thought everyone might be interested in some tips from another selfie queen- @MakeupShayla from Instagram and YouTube. Here’s the video that inspired this post: Continue reading “Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me”