15 August 2014 by

Want To Take The Perfect Selfie? Get Some Tips From These A-List Selfie Pros

You Can Still Take A Snap With A Huge Spot...

Forget actual concealer, make like Alexa Chung and artistically cover your spots with your finger (this works best with chin spots for the casual pensive look) but of course make sure those nails are freshly polished so the whole finger thing looks more deliberate. It’s crucial you front this one out and own the finger, otherwise you might just look a bit on the daft side.

Don’t Force Someone To Take A Selfie...

Just imagine for a second that you’re in a great mood and feeling, well, kinda smokin’. Your boyfriend/baby/BFF, however is not. They are in a stinker of a mood. You force them into taking a snap. ‘It’ll only take a second’ you say. ‘Ok, but I’m not smiling’ they say. Stop right there. Step away from the camera. Just ask Hilary Duff.

Forget Arm Ache – Use A Selfie Stick...

What on earth are we supposed to do if we want to take a selfie with a pile of friends and a view, all at the same time? The human arm is only so long and ours are killing just thinking about it. But, alas, there is a solution: make like Anna Dello Russo and get a selfie stick. This ingenious stick extends a lot longer than the humble arm, allowing you to fit in thousands of mates AND those rolling hills without going on a stretching machine. Phew. Those things are no laughing matter.

Grab the nearest pet...

Nothing beats a pet-selfie. As Miley Cyrus very well knows. Grab a one-eyed pet (hard to come by) and the cute factor goes up several hundred notches.

A-Listers Go A Long Way...

There is nothing quite like a selfie with an A-lister. Just ask Lily Allen who went on a crazy selfie spree at the Met Ball with Kim, Kanye, Taylor… you name it. Now you just have to keep your eyes peeled for that elusive star (which is undoubtedly easier if you are Ms Allen, but half the joy is in the challenge).

Tripods Rule...

Imagine this: you are out walking in very chic neon clothes and you pass the coolest yellow colour-block wall. ‘Ooh’, you think, ‘I wouldn’t half like a shot of me in front of that wall, but my neon top and my neon shoes both need to be in shot for this to be perfect. Oh, hang on, but I am alone’. What’s a girl to do?! Take a cue from Solange Knowles and carry around a mini tripod. Mount your phone or camera and get snapping away with your Bluetooth-connected remote shutter release button. Ahh! Sweet relief. Shoes and head are blissfully united in the same photo.

Florals And A Snarl Make The Perfect Combination...

Bright floral colour pops can look as pretty as a picture… but are at risk of looking pretty twee. Take inspiration from Mary Charteris’ fierce snarl and balance out the twee with the tough.

Oversized Sunglasses Add Instant Star Quality...

Nicole Richie is not short of star quality. But adding those huuuge sunglasses gives her a certain old-school Hollywood glamour without even a lick of makeup. The bonus is that you can churn out the most amazing selfies on a hideous hangover. Just FFS, don’t forget those sunnies or it’s all going to go horribly wrong.

Hone In On That Bling...

 Got a super cute new pair of earrings? Simply dying to show them off to your followers? Forget the rest of your face, pull back that hair and hone in on those beauties. There is plenty of time for the rest of your face, later. Just ask Beyonce Knowles who really knows how to bedazzle us with her gold.

Ring-Flash Will Make Your Snaps Flawless.

Kim Kardashian is said to take her selfies with a camera with built in ring-flash. ‘Why is that?’ we hear you cry. Because, reader, ring-flash is possibly the world’s best invention. This flash will blow out any skin flaws whilst highlighting your eyes, which oh so coincidentally happen to be Ms Kardashian’s trademark.

Props Count...

Selfie-queen Ellie Goulding really knows how to work a prop. This could be anything. From a plant pot to a lampshade to a hamburger. Props will brighten up any selfie and add a little something: turning the average into something rather fabulous.

Pull A Funny Face – Not An Ugly Face...

Model of the moment, Cara Delevingne, is masterful at the funny face selfie. And the reason she always gets it right is because she still keeps it pretty. No-one wants to see your double chins. No Sir. Just look at this snap of Cara with BFF Georgia May Jagger… they have got the silly/pretty balance bang on. 

A New Hair-do Is The Perfect Excuse...

Need an excuse to take yet another selfie? A quick hair change is just the ticket. For Suki Waterhouse, a comb through her usually disheveled tresses is (obviously) the perfect reason to get that camera out.

It’s Time To Unleash Your Inner Artist...

Seen enough blah duck-face selfies to last you a lifetime? Us too. So now we need to get creative. We love Alexa Chung’s artistic snaps. Her feed is a rather brilliant source of inspiration. Sigh…we just wish the likes of Justin Bieber and Kylie Kardashian would check it out.

Either Wear Make-up Or Don’t...

Ok, so you’re in the mood to take a fresh-faced #IJustWokeUpLikeThis selfie? You want your followers to see you are just a normal girl under that makeup and those chic clothes? First step: FFS, remove the day’s makeup. There is nothing worse than some ratty old smudged mascara around your eyes. Same goes for faded smeared lipstick. See Lady Gaga for eyes that belong on an animal that eats bamboo shoots and leaves. This look is to be avoided.

You may have heard that Kim Kardashian is releasing a book of selfies, which got us thinking about the selfie tips we can learn from the pros. With all those gazillions of snaps they take, those A-listers can teach us a thing or two about how to take the perfect selfie. From our artist in (Instagram) residence Alexa Chung to kooky-mckookster Cara Delevingne, here are 15 rules we've deciphered from the stars’ greatest selfies...


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