The concept of the “selfie” isn’t new. People have been taking self portraits with their cameras of choice since the camera was invented, long before phones. Before that, artists were painting, sketching and collaging “self-portraits” long before the camera was even conceptualized. What is new, however, is the technology which makes taking self-portraits much easier, quicker and share-ready.
A lot goes into making a well-composed picture. It’s not as simple as point and click, though most Instagrammers and Youtubers make it seem easy. It all depends on the angle of your pose, the tilt of your head, lighting and of course, your makeup. In general, you’re going to want more makeup on your face for any kind of portrait, selfie or not. Again, that’s one of those “old school” photography rules that have been reborn and made anew by new technology.
What kind of things do you need on your Selfie Checklist? I’m glad you asked, because here they are:
- Primer. There are no if’s and’s or but’s about this one. If you want a good portrait, you’ll need a good primer underneath your foundation. Primers help cut down on excess shine, smooth out your appearance and help your makeup go on to your face much easier. What kind of look you’re going for will determine which primer to use. I have oily skin, so I would want to use something to minimize my pores, like this Maybelline Master Prime Pore Minimizing Primer.
- Foundation and or BB Cream. For photo ops, I like to add both BB Cream and Foundation over my primer. It gives another layer of coverage. Try out this Fair and Lovely BB Cream, or this City Color Flawless Finish 3-in-1 Primer Concealer Foundation. The advantage of using a three in one product is that you’re going to get much more coverage right off the bat than you are combining three different products. It all depends on your tastes and what final look you’re going for.
- Powder. This is something I constantly forget. I like this Diana of London Glam Sheer Loose Powder in Gold Sheer. It gives my skin a radiant finish which will give any portrait a shimmery look.
- Eyeshadow and definitely Mascara. Eyeshadow is something we rarely forget for portraits, because it’s one of the most visible and obvious things needed to make a great portrait. A good palette that is on trend and gives you a lot of looks for your money is this Ulta Beauty 2 Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Gilded Gold. What we do tend to forget is the mascara, though. You can go with traditional brown or black, or you can mix it up with color tinted mascara. I love Wet N’ Wild Color Blast Mascara. It comes in several shades: Pale Pink, Seafoam Green, Cobalt Blue, and Purple Violet.
The most important thing on your Selfie checklist is a great smile and joyful demeanor. This is your picture, your look, your creation. Have fun with it! Experiment with different poses, try new looks, be bold, be courageous and be daring!