How To Look Good In A Selfie

Click through for L.A. hairstylist Jen Atkin's 10 rules for mastering the selfie.

Rachel Scroggins

Clear your background.

"If there’s too much behind you, the picture looks cluttered."

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Hold the camera horizontally, and tilt it downward 45 degrees.

"That trick makes your body look so much better!"

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Find your good side.

"Most people look better with their face turned slightly to the side."

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Position so light shines toward you.

"You want natural light coming at you, not behind you—look for an extra boost from a window."

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Hold your arms away from your body.

"I learned this from my photographer fiancé: You always want your arms down and away from your body—they’ll look much slimmer."

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Use multiple apps.

“I take a picture and put it through an app called Line Camera, which has a million different filters and acts like Photoshop so you can play with brightness, color, get rid of dark circles, etc.

Then I put the picture through another—Squaready—which makes pictures smaller to fit Instagram better.

Finally, I open it in Instagram. My favorite filters there: Valencia and Hefe.

Or: iSnapx ($29, givesimple​.com), a wireless device and app that lets you take pictures hands-free with a shutter control remote and camera stand."

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But the bigger your hair, the better.

“If you have fine hair, flip it upside down to make it instantly fuller.”

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Take more shots than you think you need.

“I take at least 10 photos, especially if it’s a group selfie. The more photos you take, the more likely you are to get the perfect shot.”

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L.A. hairstylist Jen Atkin has a huge fan base in Hollywood (Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks, etc.) and on Instagram (her @jenatkinhair handle has 140K+ followers). Here, her best tips for taking a super-hot selfie.

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