How to Take the Perfect Selfie

Oh, selfies, selfies, selfies. We just can’t get enough. With Instagram, Snapchat and all those filter options, what’s a girl to do? Snap away, that’s what! Capturing that perfect selfie often requires taking tons of shots and hoping one turns out well. But, we were thinking – there must be an easier way! Enter our beauty expert, ninja, and overall makeup guru Christine Cho. Christine has all the selfie makeup tricks you need to ensure you get that stunner of a shot.

Flawless Skin
While filters help with concealing flaws, the more flawless your skin is to start with, the less you’ll have to conceal. And yes, while we love a good Valencia, we love being naturally radiant even more. Christine recommends using a good foundation all over followed by a concealer to help with those problem spots. She swears by Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation along with Make Up Forever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer. She applied the foundation all over my skin and then dabbed the concealer under my eyes, on any red spots and anywhere I had small blemishes. I did not wake up like this…but I was looking clear and refreshed! If you’re feeling a bit rough, nothing says cool like a sunglasses selfie, especially when you have uber cool eyewear like Chanel or Tom Ford sunglasses.

Manage Shine
Shine is one of the harder aspects to filter away once a photo is taken. Christine’s solution? End the problem before there is one by eliminating shine all together! For us shinier gals, that’s music to our ears. Benefit’s The PORE Fessional is Christine’s secret weapon! She dabbed the miracle powder along my notoriously shine-prone t-zone and voila – I was as matte as Kylie Jenner’s lips. Matte without being drab or dreary, that’s the dream.

Sculpturing
We’ve all heard of contouring – the magical beauty skill that transforms faces from beast to beauty. However, what we didn’t know was sculpting. Christine makeup educated us by explaining while contouring refers to the shaping of the cheekbones with highlight and lowlights, sculpturing refers to the shaping of the entire face (not just cheekbones!). As someone whose sculpture skills are zip to none, Christine gave me an easy intro to Sculpture 101. Highlights go on areas you want to stand out, such as upper cheekbones, cupid’s bows, and the bridge of the nose. Lowlights are used on areas you want to appear as receding, such as lower cheekbones, jawlines and slimming down noses. And her go-to product? MakeUp Forever’s Pro Sculpting Palette. With its 4 easy shades all clearly labelled (highlight, contour, shimmer and colour) it’s perfect for beginners.

Brows
I have a confession to make. I’m not a fan of those over-defined, intensely dark infamous Instagram brows. Luckily for me, Christine agrees that the next trend in brows is soft, full, natural-looking brows. Hip, hip, hooray! She recommends using Shu Uemura’s Brow Sword, which is quite literally a blade of pigment which can be easily and precisely applied to fill out brows. The other end is a brush, ideal for that brushed-up soft fuzzy look.

Voila! After Christine worked her magic, I felt my highlight could light up an entire room. The ultimate test was getting that perfect selfie pic! We went into optimal lighting (aka – brighter than bright) and I snapped away. The results? A much more flawless selfie than I had ever taken. Mission accomplished.