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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Summer Selfie Hacks: Be flawlessly beautiful even without the filters

Summer is the best time to reward yourself with a well-deserved time-out. You’ve got the hotel and transpo booked and you’re excited for all the activities. Capture all the fun and memorable moments of your vacation (and those awesome OOTDs) with gorgeous selfies! Here are ways to up your selfie-taking game this season:

Natural lighting is best. Using natural light doesn’t mean exposing yourself to harsh sunlight. Position yourself near an open window or door with nice, soft natural light streaming in and avoid overly bright fluorescents. When outdoors, don’t face directly into the sun, as it will cause you to squint your eyes and create shadows that enhance undereye circles and blemishes. Also, don’t position yourself turning away from the sun. With the sun at your back, the photo will be backlit and result in an unflattering silhouette. Instead, keep your camera or phone between you and the source of light. It is best to shoot during the golden hours: during sunrise and sunset, when the lighting is at its most flattering.

Take the photo from an upward angle. The basic rule is to keep your chin down (but avoid the double chin!) and the camera up. Try raising your phone until the bottom is at level with your eyes. Or, use a selfie stick which holds your phone higher and farther away from you so you naturally extend your head away from your neck, giving you a longer neck and sharper jawline. Plus, you can fit more of the background inside the frame.

Smile. A genuine smile always makes for a striking photo. To avoid looking like your smile is forced, try closing your eyes then opening them and smiling the moment you click on the camera. Your smile will look fresh and more relaxed. If you choose not to show teeth, smile with your eyes or “smize” by thinking happy thoughts while you take your selfie.

Practice makes perfect. The advice of celebrities and models? Take lots and lots of selfies. There’s bound to be at least one or two that you like. As you click away, try tilting your head in different directions and changing the angles slightly so your selfies don’t look exactly the same. Find out which angle or side of your face looks best when photographed.

Style it right. Make sure your photo stands out on social media by styling yourself correctly. Wear a stunning outfit and use accessories strategically so that they will add more depth to your look. If you’re taking a selfie on the beach, add a stylish cover-up or beach hat to up your look. If you’re heading somewhere cold, a stylish jacket or boots will make you look chic.

Edit, but don’t overdo it. Once you’ve taken the perfect shot, take advantage of the many filters and photo editing options available on apps and camera phone settings nowadays. However, take care not to over-edit to the point that it doesn’t look like you anymore. Go for minor touch-ups such as adjusting the contrast, brightness, and saturation to improve the image, while keeping it looking natural.

Start with selfie-ready skin. You can have #nofilter shots with beautifully glowing skin before, during, and after your vacation. Keep your skin feeling fresh after spending time under the hot summer sun with the cooling effect of Jergens Soothing Aloe Lotion, a brand that’s been caring for Filipino women’s skin for over 50 years. It comes in a travel-friendly size so you can unlock your skin’s optimal combination of tone, texture, and luminosity for visibly more refreshed skin wherever you go.

Its unique, fast-absorbing formula contains an illuminating Hydralucence blend as well as eucalyptus, cucumber extract, and aloe vera ingredients to help soothe, heal, relieve, and revive the skin’s natural moisture factor. Having been around for over a 100 years, all Jergens products are trusted by skin experts, dermatologically tested, and FDA-approved.

Get the chance to try out and purchase Jergens Soothing Aloe Lotion, plus other variants such as the Hydrating Coconut Lotion, at the Summer Glow Year 3 event at La Union on April 26-28, 2019. Visit, like JERGENSph.Vibelle on Facebook, or follow @jergensph_vibelle on Instagram for more details.

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