Six camera tricks to look like a celebrity in your next selfie

by Ira Nopuente
Jan 19, 2017
One tip: Find that side where you look extra pretty or slimmer.

From their magazine cover shoots to their Instagram selfies, we can't help but wonder how celebrities always look perfect in every shot.

Apparently, one factor is knowing how to work the camera.

Read on to find out their how-to-be-instant-photogenic secrets:

1. Determine the look you want to project.

Sum up words to describe the way you'd want to look in the photo. Do you want it sultry, cute, classy, or pensive?

You may also take the easy and most effective route: by being yourself.

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2. Find your best angle.

Find your angle—the side where you look extra pretty.

Practice the facial expressions in front of the mirror while adding your personal touch (see item number one) until you nail your go-to look.

It also won't hurt if you enhance your facial features with a bit of makeup.

3. Take note of your posture.

Besides your facial expression, you need to pay attention to your posture.

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To look taller and slimmer, put your leg in front of the other. You can also place one arm on your waist or forearm to look more relaxed.

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If it's a shot from the waist up, refrain from slouching because you'll look shorter and a few pounds heavier. Play with your hand or do as the celebs do: the T-rex pose.

4. Check your lighting and background.

Your backdrop and lighting can make or break your shot.

Do a test shot of your background to see how it translates on camera.

Inspect if the lighting casts too many shadows. It's always better to shoot facing the light source than going against it.

Also, natural lighting is always the best.

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5. The position of your camera matters.

If it's a selfie, raise your camera slightly above your line of vision to make your face appear smaller.

When taking an #OOTD shot, ask your friend to shoot you from below to lengthen your body. Just make sure that you don't lose your neck by looking down too much!

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6. Level up your confidence!

Confidence is always the key secret in beauty.

Own it, girl!

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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