WHY ALL STYLE BLOGGERS STILL LOVE THE SELFIE
‘For me, it’s a great way to clearly and concisely talk about beauty and makeup products I’m loving,’ says Megan Gilbride, blogger at Wonderful—You.com. ‘Showcasing makeup looks with a selfie is the best way on Instagram and Twitter. It works with every product category, you can show so much through them – and also be educational at the same time.’
When you think about it, it makes sense that blog fans might just want to see what something actually looks like in the way it’s meant to be used. Sunglasses, earrings, eyeshadows, contour kits – where do these things all look best? Not in a swatch on your arm or arranged artfully on a desk: on your face, that’s where. ‘There’s nothing I love more than seeing a woman wearing an incredible lipstick and being able to immediately find out where it’s from there,’ Megan agrees.
Megan also has some top tips for coping with that moment when you take the plunge and post your first new-style selfie on Instagram. ‘It’s always a little daunting posting a picture up close of your face for the first time – there’s the fear that people might be a bit judge-y,’ she says. ‘But I certainly don’t think selfies are a bad thing – they 100% can help to boost your confidence. My first ever was taken back in the days of MySpace, when the camera angle certainly was from up above!’
‘Even though I’m very much for selfies, I still don’t tend to do them in public. I would just feel a little bit “cringe” doing it in front of strangers. My bathroom is my main hotspot: it’s a nice clean background and has floods of natural light coming through.’
Three selfie tips from Megs @ Wonderful—You
1. Obviously selfies are staged, but there are still elements that I like to keep as real as possible. For me, natural light is always the best.
2. I never take selfies on my phone anymore! I always use my OLYMPUS PEN: the quality is like no other and having the flip down screen means you can see clearly what you’re doing, unlike most other cameras.
3. I always take my selfies in landscape view and hold the camera out at arm’s length rather than above or below the centre of my face. I shoot in P for all my photos, and adjusting the white balance is always a game changer – it means you can eliminate yellow lighting even when in darker settings.