Feeling Inspired?

Surrounding yourself with quotes, photos, or listening to a motivational video can help release ideas that may be lying dormant.

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Inspired by: ditteschaal

Sometimes watching others push the bounty can inspire us to try things that are out of comfort out zone. One of the thing that’s striking about these photos is the glare from the gloss. It’s subtle, but it seems to bring them alive.

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Inspired by: @ditteschaal

The rainbow of colors below reminds of a galaxy, with the white streaks of patches in the sky. It’s always a good idea to try different styles, you never know how it might work out.

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Inspired by: @annepromakeupart

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Creativity is Everywhere…

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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.

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Photo by shanmacmua

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

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

Photo by shanmacmua

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Perfecting Your Photos

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Photo by: @creationsbystacia

Lighting – A lot of people tend to underestimate the effects of lighting. There are many lighting effects you can use. Split lighting, butterfly, or Rembrandt light. These can add effects to the photo that make them dramatic.

Below is an example of how to achieve split lighting:

Photo by: http://alainpre.free.fr/

Posing – It’s always a good idea to have something to focus on. Try looking in the direction of your nose.  This creates a focused and confident look.

Makeup – A nice tip might be to color coordinate your make up with your outfit and background. This can add a nice subtle touch the make the viewer like the photo without fully understanding why.

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Posing Tips

If you are looking to experiment with different poses for your selfies, the butterfly light effect might be something you can try out, positioning the lighting source behind the camera, like in the photo below:

Photo by: @sarahbroadgatemua  | MUA | Bridal, Makeovers, 1-1 Lessons

When posing, it’s a good idea to have something for your eyes to focus on so that your eyes are looking in the direction as your nose. Also, having a background the complements your style can add a subtle touch that makes the photo more attractive. Holding the lighting source higher above but not necessarily the camera can help eliminate unflattering photos. You can use a secondary lighting source directly below your chin like a reflector. So long as you are using two lighting sources this will eliminate unwanted shadows.

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Broad Light Selfie Shots

How to achieve a broad light shot…

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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.

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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.

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Photo by: @sylaa_m

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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.

Instructions:

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

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Selfie’s – Broad Lighting

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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