Tips and Apps for Taking the Perfect Selfie

May 28th, 2013


I can’t believe that I’m actually writing a blog post on how to take perfect ‘selfies’. For those who are not yet familiar with this frequently used Instagram slang, it’s basically a pictures taken of you by you. Nowadays, a lot of girls/ladies take them and so they’re widely accepted. And not only ladies love taking selfies! Just last night when I walked home from dinner I spotted a few guys who were taking selfies, which is so fun to see. Since I get a lot of questions about what apps I use, which filters and how I take my selfies I want to share my tips with you.

Basically it’s all about light. Where you would be horrible looking while taking a selfie in one spot you probably would look gorgeous in another one. Natural lighting is the best way to go. Or you have to be willing to buy a soft box but do we really have to spend the money when we can use natural lighting instead. Because yes, those are the keywords ‘natural lighting’. When you take a selfie make sure the sun is in front of you and not the back as that will create a shadow and your face will look dark. If you have an iPhone you have two camera’s, the front faced camera and the regular. Usually I like using the regular camera when I take pictures from something other than myself or when someone takes a pictures of my complete outfit because it’s better quality. When it comes to a selfie however I noticed that using the front faced camera does a better job because you could actually see yourself and it will give your face a softer look. This all depends of course on if you have good lighting, so experiment with different angles. Also it helps when you have a thin piece of fabric like a curtain to stand between you and the light. Because the light will not directly shine on your face and therefore it gives a beautiful result.

Here’s a picture with no added filter. Just natural light! :)

Volume Button

A lot of times I get asked how I take my selfies since my finger is not placed on the regular button to take a picture. Instead I use the volume button and in this way its easier and gives more control over the picture. See the following picture:


Most of the time I use three apps for my pictures.
-Picstitch: Very convenient to make a collage of a a few pictures, which is great for an outfit post but also for selfies. You can do the famous mirrored effect.
-Squaready: When you have Instagram you probably noticed that when you upload a picture a part of the picture will be cut off. Which could be very anoying if those are the parts that you want to show. It happens often when you want to show an outfit, the lowers or upper part will get cut off which doesn’t allow to show your shoes. Or in case of a selfie when you wear a braid and you want to show the entire braid a not just a part of it. For those situations I use Squaready. This allows me to make my picture smaller so you could see the entire outfit or selfie. Like the following pictures. The sides of the picture will be white and this allowed me to show a bigger part of my braid.

- Picfx: Last year I used this app mainly because of the cute little heart filters you could add to your pictures. Now I use it for a few filters which I love. The following filters I use the most: Marshmallow which gives a beautiful purlple glow to your picture. Valentina gives a vintage touch. And I use enhance when a picture is dark and I want to make it more lighter. You will see that sometimes it will give you a beautiful results and other times not. You really just have to try it out.


- Instagram: Of course I use Instagram filters as well. These are the four I use most of the times: Valencia, Xpro, Willow, Walden, and Nashville.
I’m actually shocked that I know the name by heart LOL!  :)

From Left to right: No Filter – Valencia – Xpro – Walden – Nashville – Willow

I got a lot of questions on which filter I used for the following picture: Nashville, Willow.

And this is it you guys. I really hope I answered most of your questions with this. :)


35 Comments on Tips and Apps for Taking the Perfect Selfie

  1. Iluminada says:

    Really nice tips! I will take all into consideration, your photos and selfie pics are great!! Thanks Negin!! ;-)

  2. Nikki says:

    When using the iPhone front camera, where do you look so it looks as if you’re really looking at the camera?

    • Negin Mirsalehi Negin Mirsalehi says:

      Sounds a little weird but usually I look at myself ;)

      • Nikki says:

        I tried doing that just now and the iPhone front camera flips the picture so it looks like I’m looking somewhere else! I love your pics, they’re so flawless and not grainy looking either :)

      • Bejlii says:

        ^That made me L O L because I do the same! I love how you spent time sharing these awesome tips with everyone – thank you! :)

  3. Eve says:

    Very interesting post thank you ! xx

  4. Amanda says:

    This is the best advice on selfies I’ve seen on the Web. How do you look so natural taking the shots–it’s as if someone took it of you.

  5. Seppy says:

    What a great blog post idea ! Thank you !
    I’ve also started using “Abeautifulmess” (from the blog ) and I like it because you can add doodles to your pictures !

  6. Lionheart says:

    I’m so happy that I found a girl like you :) and that you are willing to share this things with us! Thank you & keep on going like this! Greetings from Germany :) ))

  7. Negin Mirsalehi Negin Mirsalehi says:

    So Happy to see you like it! :)

  8. Anela says:

    You girl are an example to all the women around the world.
    You don’t promote skinny, half naked photos, but dignified and powerful women as we should all be.
    Congratulations on your work and salut from Croatia! :)

  9. Carolina says:

    i would love to be your friend:) you are so cute & pretty.

  10. Radka says:

    You´re so beautiful! :)

    Best wishes,
    Radka from

  11. Lala says:

    Great tips!! Thank you :)

  12. It’s easy to take selfies when you’re that gorgeous :)

  13. Aoife Therese says:

    Loving ur selfie advice :) I downloaded the app picfx but there is no filter called marshmallow and valentia.have i downloaded the wrong app??

  14. Marit says:

    He negin! Quite handy and creative post. I really want to download picfx for the filters and for the special effects (hearts) on my HTC, but could it be that the one that you use is only available for on the iphone? Thanks in advance!

  15. Saffa says:

    Hey Negin !! Thanks for the great tips. I just have one question though , how come your pictures from the front camera look so crisp and clear because mine turn out really grainy from my iPhone 5. Is there a way to edit that ? Thanks xx

    • Negin Mirsalehi Negin Mirsalehi says:

      Maybe you have to clean the camera. And also again it depensd on the light. In some light mine will look like that as well.

      • Saffa says:

        Thank you !! :)

        • Michelle says:

          Also you can focus the photo! To focus the photo of yourself just lightly tap it on your face! Then a small square will show up! You can do this multiple times.

  16. Sandra Costa says:

    i would also recomend Pixlr, one of the best apps for pic edition.

    ❤ xO!
    Blog da Sandra Costa

    • Lyla says:

      Yes I love pixlr o matic too! It has really good filters and a lot more than instagram does. :)

  17. Tamara says:

    Thank you so much for the tips and Apps. I just bought 2 of them. Your pictures are always so good but it’s mainly because you are so beautiful. Keep doing what you do.

  18. Lyla says:

    Thank you so much for telling me about Squaready! Most of my picture kept getting cut off on instagram and I could not show my hair. I really wanted to show it but I couldnt. Thank you so much for this share! :) stay beautiful!

  19. Camillec says:

    Bonjour, un article sur vos application iPhone serait gėnial

  20. Lena C says:

    You are beautiful! The selfie tips are great too :)

  21. Negar says:

    The tips were awesome! Tnx! I will try!

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