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5 non-stupid ways to make your Instagram selfies look instantly better

With celebrity examples.


1. Use the red filter

It will instantly give you a “sultry bronze glow” according to make-up artist to the stars Patrick Ta (the man behind the Kardashians’ faces). Perhaps more importantly, it also hides skin blemishes and softens lines. It’s there under the wrench icon in the ‘colours’ menu.

2. Stand next to a window

Seriously. Unless you’re a Victoria’s Secret model, the chances are you don’t look your best when lit from the front. Standing side-on next to a window – or a lamp! – casts a flattering array of shadows on your face and makes the lines look cleaner.

3. Eyes in the corner

Another tip from basic photography composition: Your eye line should be about one-third of the way down the frame, slightly off to the side. Putting your eyes in the middle makes it look like a passport photo.

4. Use “the universal angle”


A post shared by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on

Sezbeauty YouTuber Michelle Phan: “Hold the camera up above your eye level, turn your face at a ¾ angle; this is the universal good selfie angle.”

You heard her.

5. Duck face is dead

Seriously. Duck face is for teenagers at their first disco. Grownups go for ‘fish gape‘, above, or you know, just a regular old awkward smile.

More: Duck face is dead, ‘fish gape’ is the new selfie look>

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