The Rise of The Selfie

Frillseeker makes some snap judgements about the bashing that Instagram-inspired self portraiture is getting and helps solve your pic problems with photo tips to boot.
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By Kirstie McDermott @frillseeker

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:00


Kirstie Selfies

c’mon, grumpy journos, get with the times

Aw, poor old selfies. They’ve had a bit of a bashing lately in the media, haven’t they? Not, it must be said, without good reason. Amanda Bynes. Kim K. Kelly Brook. Rihanna.  Justin Bieber.  And um, Helen Flanagan – they’re all at it, constantly. We’ve all seen one duckfaced “look at me me, meeeeeeee” pic too many, it’s true, but c’mon, grumpy journos, get with the times.

As any self-respectin’ fashion or beauty blogger will tell you, decent selfies go with the territory.  If you’re not posting them, readers are wondering why, and telling you so in the comments - in less than flattering terms.

In fact, if you’re not selfie-ing yourself up in that lipstick you just got sent by brand x’s press office, then they’re telling you that it’s clear you’re an ugly boot if you’re not willing to show your face wearing it.

So, what else can you do? Selfies it is.  But that doesn’t mean you have to take ‘em looking like you just chowed down on some battery acid, you absolutely, totally love yourself or you got a really big - and not very pleasant surprise (spiders?) just as you clicked the shutter release button.


  1. Don't shoot straight on and try to take your pictures by holding the camera away and slightly above the top of your head. Much more flattering and any chin-issues are miraculously gone.
  2. Chin down: point your chin downwards and at the same time ..
  3. Eyes up: look upwards. This is the most flattering pose for photos. TRUST. A photographer told me this years ago and I've been doing it ever since. When I remember.
  4. 3/4 turn: I prefer one of my profiles, so always turn that way. The other makes me look like I have a severe case of bitchy resting face. Find out which is your most flattering (have a session in front of a mirror) and use it.
  5. Shoot in natural light: diffused daylight is always nicer than artificial lights. Better still, take your selfies in super-flattering candlelight. I like to take mine in the dark. I look only gorgeous then.
  6. Play with your camera's ISO settings: in very simple terms, the more light you permit the camera to take in, the brighter your images will be. And the more smooth-skinned you'll potentially look. Doesn't always work and you may need a tripod too, as the slower the shutter speed, the potential for wobbly pictures increases.

PLUS: Check out our top five 'sleb Instagrammers here.

What are your favourite tips for taking selfies? What have I missed or just plain don't know about? Tell me in a comment.

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Kirstie McDermott

Kirstie is Frillseeker's founder and editor-in-chief. This is her second foray into the web-world: she founded in 2006 before stepping down in 2012 and has held a large number of positions over the past number of years including acting beauty editor at Image magazine and beauty ed at the Sunday Tribune, Irish Examiner and Confetti. She's currently the deputy editor at STELLAR magazine.



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GlamourNazi said...

Haha I absolutely love this! Can't believe I've never thought to pose with a belt on my head before.

I'm really self conscious about taking selfies - I feel I need to take them for the blog all the time but hate how I look in them all - especially because I'm pretty sure I invented Bitchy Resting Face. I have to take a step back and tell myself nobody actually cares if I look ugly or not, they just want to see the pretty lipstick!

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ArtDonatella said...

Oh God, I am so guilty of everything you say here, but I do like seeing selfies of other people, but not exaggerated ones (awkward duck face etc)! Other women inspire me, so I love seeing their make-up, hairstyle, accessories etc. I also love the full shot selfies showing the outfits of the day.

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Kirstie McDermott said...

I like selfies too TBH, but taking the piss out of them is fun as well!
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YourBeauty said...

Loved this post! Guilty of selfies, in particular friends/group ones: on break, que or nights out snap snap snap :). Snapchat is the latest app for this :), pics get deleted after 6 seconds so you can pout as much as you heart desires.

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