Nowadays you can't go anywhere without seeing someone taking a selfie (not to mention posting the odd few yourself). It's a form of self-expression, one which we are always trying to get just right. For those who haven't quite perfected their selfie skills, here are a few pointers.
1. It's all about you
According to the experts of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, "it's not a selfie if you don't take it yourself." Also, if there's more than one person in your selfie, it automatically becomes a group photo.
2. Find your best side
We all have our more flattering side that we use on photos – this is because faces aren't 100% symmetrical. Choosing between left and right is crucial to improving your selfie game and one step closer to an instantly perfect pic.
2a. Turn your head on an angle
If, like many, you have a more rounded face, try tilting your head a little. This will cause the light to bounce off your cheekbones and complement those lovely features.
2b. Don't shoot from below
This position isn't flattering for anybody, unless you want to be perceived as a giant. You should most certainly steer clear if you're wary of double chin action.
Okay, this doesn't work for everybody. It's a term commonly used in the modelling industry, meaning to smile with your eyes. This works by thinking of a happy memory whilst making eye contact with the camera. However, you may come across as a Creepy Kevin, so be careful.
Seriously not making this up. A squinsh is also smiling with your eyes but a more sultry version. It involves tightening the lower eyelid whilst slightly lowering the top eyelid in order to mimic an “I'm about to laugh” smile. (If done wrong, it'll look like you're about to sneeze on the camera.)
4. Forget about Wensleydale and Camembert
The days of saying “cheese” are over. According to facial specialists, "prune" is the new buzzword. The “prrr” sound purses the lips whilst the “ooo” relaxes the mouth. Make sure to take the photo before you start the “nnnn” part, otherwise you might look a little constipated.
5. Alternatively, just smile
The simplicity and sincerity of a genuine smile is enough to light up your selfie. Sometimes, the more natural, the better.
6. Practice, practice, practice
It may sound contradictory, but it can actually take a lot of posing to end up looking natural. After all, no one was born knowing how to take the perfect selfie. Except maybe this guy...
Author: Harriet Brown