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Whether you love them or hate them, there’s really no sign of selfies going anywhere any time soon. With pretty filters featuring flawless skin and flower crowns, it’s probably safe to say that just about everyone you follow on social media has snapped a few selfies recently. But who says you need to use a filter? If you want to put your best face forward in front of the camera, it’s all about how you do your makeup. Ready to shoot some photos of yourself with your phone? Follow the below makeup tips before getting started!
When you apply your makeup under artificial light, there’s a good chance that you might end up being too heavy handed due to the harshness of the light. To get the most natural-looking makeup application, let natural lighting be your guide instead.
Selfies are usually taken from pretty close up—meaning they have a way of magnifying just about every imperfection. So, before you go any further, apply a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. It has a silky, lightweight formula that helps smooth lines and hide pores. After moisturizing, apply it dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas (like under your eyes, your nose and cheeks, and your T-zone).
Do you have dark circles, blemishes, or random red splotches? Concealer should be your go-to for selfies. Depending on what you’re covering up you might even want to color correct to help even out your skin tone. Start with one of the pastel shades in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit (green neutralizes redness, peach disguises dark circles, yellow hides discoloration, and purple masks dullness). Then, follow up with one of the flesh-toned concealers from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit.
Nobody wants to look over-oily in a picture, right? Nope, we thought not! When it comes to foundation, reach for one with a matte (i.e. non-shiny) finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, and apply it with a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Follow up with a sweep of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder.
Your eyes are the focal point of your face, so it makes sense to want them to standout in a selfie. Create a two-toned statement eye using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in your shade of choice. Follow up with a thin line of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party and a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara for a complete look.
Your eyebrows are essentially the frames of your eyes. Fill in brows with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set. Dip the brush into the pomade, outline your brow and define the arch, draw in hairs in sparse areas with the angled tip, fill in to your desired intensity, then comb and blend with the spoolie.
While contouring and highlighting may not be part of your regular makeup routine, when it comes to taking the perfect pic, you may want to sculpt your favorite features. Apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator anywhere sunlight would naturally reflect (think down the bridge of your nose your brow bone, and your cheekbones).
Nothing ties a face full of makeup together like a painted pucker—especially when it comes to selfies (after all, you may find yourself making a kissy face). Start by using a lip scrub and applying a primer to help create a smooth canvas. For a bold look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Fearless Fuchsia. Outline your lips with the pointed applicator, then fill them in.
It’s now selfie time! How many likes will your next one get?