Lights, Camera, Selfie. But it doesn’t always turn out to be a good one, does it? You can filter it up, but then you have to take the chance of looking like a poodle meets a piranha. Or Donald Duck having a bad day.
You can also spend endless hours and tons of money trying to ape the Kardashians. But that may or may not go your way, depending on whether your make-up skills are more like the beauty or the beast.
Or you can do the simplest thing of all - take care of your skin and self, and follow a few simple tips to get that flawless no-filter selfie.
Everyone says good hair is the difference between a good day and a bad day. But so is good skin. Good skin can take years off your face, make you look fabulous and boost your confidence. So instead of faking it with tons of make-up, dig deeper and take care of your skin.
It’s not a herculean task. If you are wondering how to get flawless skin, here’s what you need to do –
Eat well – If you eat too much junk, your skin will look like trash as well. While it’s ok to indulge in some not so healthy things once in a while (because well one life), try and incorporate healthy foods like Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Leafy Greens, Dark Chocolate, Almonds, Green Tea etc in your meals. They are packed with a variety of Vitamins and Anti-Oxidants that nourish and replenish your skin from within, renew collagen production and give it a healthy natural glow.
Sleep well – Sleep deprivation causes premature aging, weight gain and a host of skin issues. Try and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep everyday. Disconnect from digital devices, buy thicker drapes, or put on a soothing eye-mask; but make sure you get a good amount of shut-eye.
Care for your skin EVERYDAY – While taking care of your skin naturally is important; pollution, stress and genetic factors also wreak havoc on one’s skin. So a little bit of outside care is also needed to keep it healthy and glowing. For this first follow a regular skincare regime. Cleanse, moisturize and screen it from the sun EVERYDAY. Skipping days, or half-measures will not work.
Take Extra Measures for Extra Issues - If your skin is aging, or you spend too much time outside, you need to keep a few extra skincare tips in mind –
Deep Cleanse your skin with a Clay Mask.
While cleaning your skin with a cleanser every morning is important, a Clay Mask can deep cleanse your skin. It is particularly important for those whose skin takes a regular beating from the sun and pollution. A Pink Clay Mask like this one from Dot & Key can pull out all the dirt and grime with its powerful pink clay, while soothing it with super fruits like Kakadu Plum and Acerola Cherries.Invest in a good Serum.
Serums are not just some new fad, but really miracle workers. Especially for those whose skin is rapidly aging. A good serum like this Glow Revealing Vitamin C Serum by Dot & Key can even out pigmentation, blur spots and tackle ageing skin with its Vitamin C packed formula.
Soothe your Eyes
If you suffer from puffy eyes or dark circles have started hounding you, it’s time to take care of the skin around your eyes. A good de-puffing cream and a soothing eye-mask can make a lot of difference. This combo by Dot & Key is a good option for those who have such woes.
Now that you have figured out how to get flawless skin for your selfies, keep a few more things in mind while posing.
Fix your Hair – No matter how great your skin looks, if your hair is flying everywhere your selfie will not be great. So before you click that pic, check your hair in the mirror, fix it, change the parting if need be and only then pose.
Add some Color – A bit of color can prevent your selfies from looking all washed out. You don’t have to go all out with make-up, just add a bit of colour to your lips with a Lip Balm or Lipstick. Blush and Pinks will pep up fairer skin tones, while Reds and Oranges will make duskier skin tones look even better.
Click it from an angle – Instead of clicking the selfie right from front, click the pic from an angle above. This is the most flattering angle for most faces, unless you have a jawline like Gal Gadot or Cara Delevingne. Then go ahead and flaunt it from any angle.
Smile with Confidence – Don’t forget your most important accessory, your smile. A self-assured smile is often the difference between a good pic and a great pic. So love yourself for who you are, smile and slay that selfie.