Come out of your dark little cave of denial. You like taking selfies. Chin lowered. Eyes wide. Pursed lips (but ever so slightly, avoid duck lips at all costs). 19 takes later you are finally confident enough to send a Snapchat to your entire address book with the caption “Out tonight?!” As NOLAFW quickly approaches, take a few tips from the pros- because there’s no question you’ll be Instagramming the ish out this week.
1. Wear clothes. Good clothes.
What’s the point of a decent selfie if you can’t show off what you have on? It’s really a simple equation. The better you look, the more likes you get. (Narcissistic or not, we can’t lie to ourselves. We live for the #doubletaps.)
2. The face is it.
Everyone knows your face is your moneymaker. Red lip? Nude lip? Kissy lips? You do what you gotta do. And work it. What’s the point of pretending the phone with the flipped camera isn’t your boyfriend that you don’t have, if you don’t actually believe it?
3. No nudie (or half-nudie) selfies.
No. Just no. Please and thanks.
4. Under no circumstances may you take yourself seriously in a selfie.
Newsflash chick – YOU’RE HOLDING YOUR OWN CAMERA. C’mon. Giggle a little. It’s even better if you can pull off the not-so-natural “natural” laughing selfie.
5. Add a friend. And a filter.
Not only can you look like you have friends, but it adds a whole new dynamic to a selfie. One friend, two friends, your dog, a cat (if you must). And don’t forget your pal Hudson, Nashville or Toaster.
6. Own it.
There’s nothing we love more than a killer #selfie in the afternoon or the knock-off Celine, #celfie. If the peeps out there don’t like it – let them dwell in their own self-misery. You love life, your selfies, and probably your earrings… and that’s why your insta-ing them.