How to take the perfect summer selfie

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Want a helping hand to snap the perfect summer selfie? Try using cream based makeup rather than powder, drink plenty of water and curl those lashes.

That’s according to online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com who have compiled a list of tips to get you summer selfie ready.

They include using creamy makeup products, making the most of the summer breeze and using blotting papers to get rid of any sweaty sheen.

Other recommendations include experimenting with different angles and lighting, picking a great background and keeping your body hydrated.

Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com said: “The summer weather can often bring a whole host of challenges to your body and skin, most of which are derived from heat and sweat.

“But being on holiday brings a prime excuse to flaunt it, which means uploading sun-kissed, glowing selfies to social media is a must.

“Below are some of the best tips to ensure your selfies are perfect, even in the scorching heat.”

Use cream products

If you’re searching for that perfect #nofilter holiday selfie, then use cream-based products, including liquid foundations, highlighters, blushers and bronzers. This is because powder-based products tend to pick up on lines and creases on front-facing cameras. Creamy products will keep you looking flawless in natural lighting.

Wear lots of highlighter

No matter how good your lighting is, make sure you add some highlighter to your cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and under the eyebrow. Even in dark environments, highlighter will always allow you to catch the light and will make your summer selfies picture perfect.

Make the most of the breeze

If you’re taking an outdoor selfie, try snapping the picture when you can get a summer breeze on your face and in your hair. Or, if you’re inside sit in front of a low-level fan. The breezy air will stop the sweat beads from forming on your forehead, whilst also giving you a Hollywood ‘wind through the hair’ look.

Curl those lashes

To snap the best natural looking summer selfie, you need to make your eyes pop, without using heavy eyeliner of course. To do this, make sure you curl your eyelashes before snapping your selfies. Waterproof mascara is also great if you’re out in the sunshine but still want to add a little something to your eyes.

 Glisten

A bit of moisturiser or SPF can make your skin look glossy and accentuate your features. Make sure you are adding a bit to your skin, especially near your collarbone, to keep it glowing.

Try different angles and lighting

Most of us have a good side, but try experimenting by tilting your head, as this can make the picture more interesting than just a straight shot. It’s also important to play around with lighting, especially if you’re taking your selfie outdoors in the natural light. Experiment between shots in the shade and shots in the direct sunlight.

Find a great background

If you’re on holiday then it’s important to show it! Try being creative with your background. Whether it’s palm trees, the waves crashing onto the shore or a late-night sunset, work with the scenes that surround you.

Wear lots of highlighter

No matter how good your lighting is, make sure you add some highlighter to your cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and under the eyebrow. Even in dark environments, highlighter will always allow you to catch the light and will make your summer selfies picture perfect.

Make the most of the breeze

If you’re taking an outdoor selfie, try snapping the picture when you can get a summer breeze on your face and in your hair. Or, if you’re inside sit in front of a low-level fan. The breezy air will stop the sweat beads from forming on your forehead, whilst also giving you a Hollywood ‘wind through the hair’ look.

Curl those lashes

To snap the best natural looking summer selfie, you need to make your eyes pop, without using heavy eyeliner of course. To do this, make sure you curl your eyelashes before snapping your selfies. Waterproof mascara is also great if you’re out in the sunshine but still want to add a little something to your eyes.

 Glisten

A bit of moisturiser or SPF can make your skin look glossy and accentuate your features. Make sure you are adding a bit to your skin, especially near your collarbone, to keep it glowing.

Try different angles and lighting

Most of us have a good side, but try experimenting by tilting your head, as this can make the picture more interesting than just a straight shot. It’s also important to play around with lighting, especially if you’re taking your selfie outdoors in the natural light. Experiment between shots in the shade and shots in the direct sunlight.

Find a great background

If you’re on holiday then it’s important to show it! Try being creative with your background. Whether it’s palm trees, the waves crashing onto the shore or a late-night sunset, work with the scenes that surround you.

Keep hydrated

With or without makeup, dry or dehydrated skin will always show up in selfies. Make sure during your holiday or through the British heat you are applying extra-hydrating moisturiser daily. It’s also important to drink plenty of water.

Invest in some blotting papers

If you’re going makeup free for your selfie, and translucent powder is a no go, try using blotting papers. They are perfect for getting rid of moisture on the face. But if you feel after using one you have gotten rid of too much moisture, then a hydrating facial mist can bring a little dewy finish to your face, without making it look sweaty.

Choose the correct filter for your skin tone

Once you’ve taken your perfect selfie, it’s important to pick the right filter that will compliment your skin tone. Play around with the filters available to you and pick the one that works best. Some are more complimenting on lighter skin tones, and some are better for darker ones.

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