Creativity is Everywhere…


Photo by shanmacmua

Happy Friday!! Creative rear, but when you find it you should set it free and let it come out unhindered. One of my favorite make up artist is Shannon, who goes by the name Shanmacmua on IG.


Photo by shanmacmua

She has one of the most vibrant displays of eye shadows on her channel, with varying colors and blending.


Here signature look seems show a subtle display of small hearts, near her eyes.

Photo by shanmacmua






Broad Light Selfie Shots

How to achieve a broad light shot…


One of the best ways to make your selfies attractive is to experiment with lighting, different angles, and positions. The photo above is by @rrebelliouss , the background is slightly illuminated, but the main source of lighting is to the top left. Having the light slightly above usually has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadows. Turning your head about 30 degrees away will focus the light on the broadside of your face, hence the term broad light. This creates a slight shadow on the far side of your face, and under the chin.

I recommend experimenting with this and see the results you get. Also, bring your ears/chin slightly forward can help give you a more defining jawline.  The result is typically a more dramatic look. I am a huge fan of smiling because I believe it’s contagious and it puts the viewer in a positive mood. but in this case, she went for a more subtle expression which created an adorable look.


Split Face Lighting

If you are looking for ways to have fun with your selfies, you have a few options to experiment, particularly different styles of lighting and angles.

Split light portraits are photos where light primarily illuminates one side of your face, where there is a shadow on the other side.  Positioning the light source slightly above your face helps to avoid any unflattering shadows.

You can try this If you move the light source almost at a 90-degree angle, eighter right or left to your face, you will get a split light. There, the light will illuminate one side of your face, highlighting it and cast a complete shadow on the other side of your face. This can give more of a dramatic lighting effect.  Tilting the camera slightly is great to make your photo unique because it makes it stand out from other photos. It seems like It draws your attention to it if you’re just glancing by.


Photo by: @sylaa_m


DIY Lighting for Under $30

In bathrooms, sometimes the lighting quality is poor and this can make it difficult to see all the areas of your face clearly. However, there are some inexpensive alternatives we can look at.

LED strip lighting is a quick way to add lighting to your mirrors. They stick around the edges of the mirror, they are dimmable and come with a remote control.

Other great options are these cute little LED bulbs that stick on to mirror, they are also dimmable and come in a set of 10 and priced around $20.

Next up are mini ring lights, they are rechargeable and clip on to anything that’s up to 3/4 inch thick. They are usually priced are $14. They can be clipped on to mirrors, laptops, phones, or any thing you can think of.


What are Butterfly Portraits?

Butterfly lighting comes from the shadow thats created under the nose. This happens when the lighting source is placed behind and above the camera. This is most often used in beauty shots, and leaves a slight shadow on the the neck.

This affect can also be simulated by placing a reflector below the chin. This can have the effect of emphasizing the check bone.


Position the light slightly above and behind the camera, if needed a reflector can be placed under your face to emphases your checks.


Selfie’s – Broad Lighting


Photo by: @fleekzbaby

If you’re looking for different ways to spruce up your selfies, there are a few different options.  One of my favorites is a board light shot. This involves moving the light to the left or the right side of your face and tilting your face slightly away from the camera, about 20 degrees so that the broad side of your face is shown, casting a slight shadow below your neck. This also has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadow.

In the photo above, the lighting is only illuming onside of her face, this can produce a dramatic effect while in combination with her makeup, creates an adorable photo.

By: FLII Lights