Tips for a Confident Selfie

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So I have a confession to make ... I am super shy when it comes to taking a selfie! I am always trying to perfect my selfie game and I rarely post any of them for that reason. I feel like I lack confidence or I feel like I didn't a good enough selfie or photo of myself, but this year has been different. I am really trying to build up my confidence and trying to stop judging myself for what I am not and start loving myself more for what/who I am. So here are a few tips that have helped me feel a little bit more confidence in my own skin.

Lighting Is Everything: I certainly feel and look my best when the light is just that perfect shade of indirect light. I actually prefer a softer, less direct form of natural or white light and feel like gloomy days or evenings when the sun is going down is when I get that perfect soft natural light. On days when you need to take a photo and the lighting isn't working in your favor, enter the LuMee Duo phone 8 plus case! It is literally, the most life changing phone case ever. It is equipped with two bands of adjustable soft light. You click the case button once to activate flattering selfie light, or hit it twice to illuminate the foreground and you can adjust the strength of light but holding the button down. I not only use it to take a self, I use it to touch up my makeup and to actively get around the house in the morning in the dark when everyone else is asleep! :)

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Honestly, light is truly the best beauty product when it comes to taking a selfie. It hides dark circles and creates a bright natural glow.

Think About the Background: Clean backgrounds go along way. You really do have to think about what is in your surroundings before shooting a photo, because the background is a hot mess then you will likely think your photo is a hot mess. So I am always on the hunt for the perfect background, because it really can make all the difference in a photo.

Find Your Best Angle: Everyone ... I mean everyone has an angle that they gravitate towards when taking a photo. It is typically the angle that you find most flattering and the one you feel most confident. When you that find that angle, stick with it! But don't forget to experiment with other angles.

Smile Your Best Smile: Everyone loves a beautiful, natural looking smile. Throw on some of your favorite lipstick or lipgloss, put on some mascara and foundation and show everyone what you are made of. Keep practicing, you will get the hang of it!

Use the Right Apps/Filters: Finding the right apps and or filters and sticking with them is key to creating an image that you are proud of. If I edit a photo super quickly and don't stick to my normal routine then I end up disliking the photo, even though it could be the best selfie I have ever taken. Some of my favorite apps are: VSCO and Lightroom CC. I also use the instagram app to make final edits to my photos.

Embrace Who You Are: There is no one like you! You are beautiful just the way you are. Embrace who you are, all of your attributes (freckles, moles, small eyebrows, bushy eyebrows, wrinkles, fly aways, full lips, small lips, dimples, and wrinkles etc) are beautiful -- they may feel like imperfections, but you truly are imperfectly perfect for a reason. Learning to love yourself unconditionally is truly KEY to building happiness. If you can learn to love yourself unconditionally and embrace who you are wholeheartedly then these selfies will get easier. (I am practicing this on a regular basis!) But my best advice, is girlfriend, go on and take those 500 selfies and post one, or share it with your favorite person and just learn to love yourself JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!