Selfies are hard. Right? Some days you've just got it, the lighting's great, your skin's glowing, your hair's doing it's thing, you can switch up your smile this way and that and still nail a few Insta-worthy ones in a row. We love those days. And then there are the days when nothing works. You looked fine in the mirror, hell you'd even go so far as to say you were having a damned good looking day, but on that flipped 'n reversed phone screen? Wow. Just wow. Delete, delete, delete. Let's all save a bit of dignity and storage space, and quit right now.
So what could be better than learning a few tips and tricks to save us from that downward selfie spiral. Rule number one, correct phone positioning is essential, and according to Sinclair Pharma, makers of facial aesthetics brands Silhouette Soft, Ellanse and Perfectha, that all depends on your face shape. The right selfie angle for you depends on whether you're flaunting a round, oval, square or heart shaped face. Here's the low down.
- Tilt your chin slightly down, this elongates your face.
- Avoid any semblance of a double chin by putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth as you smile (or pout! no judgement here) to tighten the area underneath your chin and add definition to your jawline. That's one of Kate Moss' favourite tricks!
- Tuck your hair behind your ears. If your hair is hanging either side of your face it's likely to make you face look longer.
- Try pushing your chin forward and then tilting it slightly down, this tightens up the skin on your neck and creates a shadow so that your face seems wider.
- Add a head tilt, looking straight at the camera is more likely to make your face look broader than it is.
- Tilting to the left or right emphasises your jawline and cheekbones - hello best features!
- Tilting your face up slims it right down.
- Try twisting your shoulders as if you're looking back at the camera, instead of looking straight at the lense.
- Tilt your chin slightly down.
- Taking your pictures from very slightly above works well for this face shape too.