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How to Take a Gorgeous Selfie Every Single Time, According to Beauty Experts

Never have a #selfiefail again with these picture-perfect secrets from top beauty pros.

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Taking the perfect selfie

You never know when you’re going to need to snap a perfect selfie. We asked makeup artists to share the skin routine and beauty application steps they never skip—follow these selfie makeup tips and tricks to get a flawless shot.

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Glowing skin

For your “no-makeup” selfie, prep your skin first. Allan Aponte, makeup artist for Tom Ford beauty, creates a smooth texture with serum for instant hydration. “After that, a must-have is a primer, specifically one with light reflecting pigments like the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer or the Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer Highlighter in Glow, which comes out in Fall 2017. It will make your skin look smooth and soft, giving you great luminosity and radiance without looking oily.”

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Don’t forget your neck

Ever wonder why your face looks younger than your neck? Many of us take great care of our face but neglect everything from the chin below. “It’s important to treat your neck and décolleté just like you would your face, especially when they’re exposed during the summer months,” says Mickey Williams, makeup artist and founder of She likes Neocutis MircoFirm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex. “I use it twice a day to keep these areas soft and luminous while also creating a more youthful and sculpted profile—a must-have for the perfect selfie!”

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Take the time for a touch-up

To ensure you take the most flattering photo anytime of day, the trick is to master the quick touch-up. Keep Q-Tips on hand, to clear up any under-eye smudges and concealer, recommends Alison Raffaele, a makeup artist. “Apply a bit of an illuminating concealer, like Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer Illuminate, under eyes and around the bottom of the nose. Also, reapply lip color, adding a touch to the apples of cheeks, and blend well,” she says.

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Conceal it

Late night? Camouflage any under-eye dark circles with this trick from Eva Jane Bunkley, creator of  The Makeup Bullet. “Use a salmon color concealer base (I like L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer in Salmon) to counteract/neutralize the blue undertone of the dark circles. Then, apply concealer over it using a sponge with a pointed tip, like the Makeup Bullet,” she says. She says its ideal for precision blending and under the eye. These makeup stocking stuffers are perfect for the beauty queens in your life. 

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The eyes have it

Before you post your next selfie, try to make your eyes pop, suggests Atlanta-based makeup artist Brandi Mallory. Use an eye shadow that brings out your eye color more. “For example, purple eye shadow brings out the golden hues in hazel eyes,” she says. And don’t forget the mascara! “Layer your favorite mascara starting at the base and wiggle up to the tip of the hairs. Make sure you coat the hairs in mascara from root to tip.”

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Don’t forget your brows

After you find the best brows for your face shape, it’s important to fill and define them before you start taking photos. “Since brows frame the face, I define them with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, determining the finish based on whether I want the look to be natural or glam,” says DeAnna Diaz of “I add MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set to tame/set the hairs and keep them in place.”

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For an instant glow that isn’t overpowering, try highlighting, recommends Coco Strong, founder and co-owner of Goldplaited salon in Chicago. “Dab a dewy, universally flattering highlighter like Becca’s Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone, in the inner corner of your eyelids, lightly on the bridge of your nose and in your cupids-bow.”

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Pucker up

Chapped lips don’t make for a good selfie. If you are prone to dryness, make sure you’re avoiding these lip balm mistakes and try an at-night lip mask, like BITE’s Agave Lip Mask, recommends Christina Crawford, owner of “I love this product because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and keeps my lips smooth and hydrated all day long,” she said.

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Fake fuller lips

Do your lips looks too thin in your grinning selfies? Try a blurring technique, suggests Sam and Nic Chapman, founders of the brush line Real Techniques. “To blur, first apply your lip color of choice with the lip brush from the Real Techniques Lip Color + Blur set. Then, use the rounded tip of the lip blur brush to soften the edges of your lip color to make your lips look fuller.”

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Don’t forget the gloss

“I know celebrities who won’t leave the house without lip gloss,” said makeup artist, Jami Svay. “Your selfie should be no different. A pretty shade of gloss gives you a burst of color, a pick-me-up that’s great for taking pics. Try MAC Lip Glass in Candy Box. A perky shade of pink that looks great on every skin tone.”

Trae Bodge
Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping and saving money. She writes for and, and her expert commentary can be found on,,, and, and in magazines like Newsweek, Better Homes & Gardens, and Woman’s Day. She has appeared on-air hundreds of times, including on NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, and network affiliates around the country. You can find her money-saving tips at and at @truetrae on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.