The 10 Best Tricks for Looking Better in Photos (Without a Filter)


Taking the perfect photo is a bit of an art form. In the selfie, you have to find the right angle, the perfect lighting, and then there's always the decision of what should be in the background. Posing for a photo with friends has another slew of decisions — like which side do you stand on, and what the heck are you supposed to do with your hands? Luckily, there are quite a few hacks for looking even better in photos, so you always hit them with your best shot.

My best friends like to tease me because I always find crafty angles when it comes to taking a photo. The same goes for sporting makeup that looks practically luminous in a pic — flash, or not. While everyone will find something different that works for them, there are a few universal tips that can help you on your way to looking like a supermodel in front of the camera. Show off your eyes by giving a velvet-smooth touch to skin with with HD foundation. And once you've found the right lighting, you'll be ready to start snapping away.

You'll be ready to say cheese because you'll feel totally confident in front of the camera. And the best part is, you can finally add #nofilter to your photo — and really mean it.

Turn Your Phone Into a DSLR Camera

TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit, $25, Amazon

Whether you're an amateur food blogger or expert selfie snapper, this TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit (featuring both wide-angle and macro lenses), is the next step to crystal-clear pics. This No. 1 best seller is designed to capture high-definition details, so even your group photos will look like they were taken with a professional camera. Just clip this onto your front or rear facing camera, and start snapping!

Wear Kylie Jenner's Selfie-Approved HD Makeup

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, $64, Amazon

King Kylie, practically selfie royalty, wears Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation because it has amazing coverage that stays radiant long after the camera snaps subside (because then it's time for flash-recorded Snapchat). The formula was designed with super-sharp camera and film technology in mind, so special features like its time-released moisturizing hyaluronic spheres will keep skin evenly glowing during your entire photoshoot.

Or Try Silk Powdered Photo Finish Foundation

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation, $48, Amazon

For a liquid foundation alternative, this 12-hour lasting Laura Mercier Foundation gives you the perfectly pigmented matte finish for a flawless photo, every time. It's formulated with silk powder and silica dimethicone dilylate, which is an important ingredient because it absorbs oil while still balancing your skin's natural moisture. Apply the creamy, non-drying coverage with a wet beauty sponge to blend everything seamlessly. It won't even look like you're wearing foundation!

Bring the Perfect Lighting With You

Pop-Tech Black Mini Smartphone LED Flash and Fill-Light, $6, Amazon

No more ruining a spontaneous pic with fluorescent overhead lighting — this Pop-Tech Mini Spotlight means you'll have perfect lighting, every time. For situations when you can't find any natural light, this tiny gadgets plugs into the earphone jack of your phone to stop red-eye in its tracks. The best part: You can adjust the brightness to make sure your photo looks as amazing as possible, and its own rechargeable battery means no killing your phone life.

Define Your Gaze With Kim K's Favorite False Lashes

Ardell Multipack Demi Wispies Fake Eyelashes, $8, Amazon

For the ultimate smizeing eyes, add a strip of the Selfie author's go-to falsies: Ardell Demi Wispies Fake Eyelashes. Users report that the eye-defining falsies look completely natural, while still giving natural lashes extra glam factor. The lightweight band bends easily to fit to your lash line, so you don't have to deal with the ends of your lashes lifting up in the middle of a photo shoot. Say cheese!

Add An Eye-Catching, Comment-Worthy Accessory

GAMT Designer Vintage Sunglasses, $19, Amazon

You've seen Kylie Jenner wearing those unreal Dior sunglasses. Luckily, these polarized GAMT Vintage Sunglasses offer the ideal alternative to her very expensive accessory. The metal frames are reflective enough to keep the sun out of your eyes, but tinted just-so to hint at your glam eye makeup. One happy customer said the sunnies were "perfect in almost every way," making these the affordable frames definitely worth a few heart eyes emojis.

Make Teeth Look Whiter With A Blue-Toned Red Lip

Lime Crime Lipstick in Red Velvet, $20, Amazon

This Lime Crime Lipstick in Red Velvet is super bold, and its blue undertones cancel out any yellow on your teeth. Ditch the whitening strips and swipe on this beauty cult favorite, keeping the lines crisp for a gorgeous statement lip. This formula is opaque and matte, so it'll look absolutely stunning in a selfie.

Stop Shiny Foreheads With Witch Hazel & Pomegranate

Murad Daily Cleansing Foam, $17, Amazon

Get rid of unwanted shiny foreheads in photos by washing your face with this Murad Daily Cleansing Foam. It's great for all skin types because it has witch hazel, which removes oil without stripping your skin of the natural moisture it needs. Its pomegranate and Japanese alder flower extracts boost your skin's antioxidants to give it a healthy glow, which means bye-bye shine!

Contour Like a Kardashian

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $40, Amazon

You've probably looked at Kim K's photos and wondered how does she do that? She swears by the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, which packs a mix of contour shades and highlighters that work for almost any skin tone. It's not a surprise this high-pigment palette is her favorite. With a few swipes of the multipurpose camera-loving shades, users said under-eyes were brighter and brows looked fuller.

Set All Your Makeup With Micro-Milled Banana Powder

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder, $35, Amazon

After you've applied all of your creamy makeup products, you need to set them with the Ben Nye Banana Powder. This powder is micro-milled, so it has a weightless, silky texture. Plus, the yellow undertones are perfect for setting under-eye concealer — canceling out redness and dark circles. Its matte finish keeps your face from looking shiny in photos all day long.

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