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Ever since the introduction of smartphone cameras, selfies have been the *it* thing to do! It’s not only the pose that gets you the perfect click, it’s also the lighting, your makeup and the angles. With the introduction of HD cameras and 4K technology, looking good in front of the lens can get tricky. Wearing the wrong makeup can result in disastrous selfies and ruin your magical moment. Check out these 7 selfie-friendly makeup items that’ll ensure you look just as good IRL, as you do in those Instagram selfies!
If you’re going to be wearing makeup in your selfies, moisturize moisturize moisturize! Whatever your skin type, always begin your makeup with hydrated skin. If you’re going to be using flash photography, we recommend skipping the SPF to avoid that white cast in photos.
POPxo Recommends: M.A.C Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion (Rs 3,200)
A primer is essential if you need to add to the longevity of your makeup. After you moisturize, prime your skin with a good primer so that you have a smooth canvas to apply the rest of your makeup onto. Don’t skip primer on days when you need your makeup to hold up for long hours. A blurring primer is best for covering up large pores and textured skin.
POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer (Rs 1,000)
A good base is key to putting that flawless face first. A lot of companies have formulated photo-friendly foundations to give you undetectable coverage under HD cameras. Invest in a good HD foundation to give you an instant Instagram filter IRL. Always match your foundation to your neck. Similar to the moisturizer, it’s best if you choose a foundation that doesn’t have any SPF to avoid flashback in photos.
POPxo Recommends: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (Rs 3,300)
Dark Circles, acne and blemishes no longer need to ruin your selfies. Kiss those troubles goodbye with a lightweight concealer to give you light to medium coverage. Apply your concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes and use a small pointed brush to hide blemishes.
POPxo Recommends: L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD (Rs 506)
Your eyebrows define your face, it’s important they look just as good as the rest of your face in those selfies. In the past year, we’ve literally seen a ‘brow boom’ with a *lot* of new and weird trends and products. Instagram brows have actually become a ‘thing’. It’s pretty easy to define and darken your brows without looking crazy - IF you have the right products.
POPxo Recommends: Freedom Pro Brow Pomade (Rs 720)
A highlighter will give your skin an instant lit-from-within glow! A gold highlighter works best for Indian skin tones. A bronze highlighter works for deeper skintones and can also be used all over your body to get that sunkissed glow. Highlight your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, shoulder blades and tips of your shoulders to get that PERFECT selfie. Go easy on the highlight though, too much highlight can be unflattering on the skin, emphasising uneven texture and large pores.
POPxo Recommends: theBalm The Manizer Sisters AKA The "Luminizers" Trio Makeup Palette (Rs 1,999)
A setting powder will lock and set all that makeup you just slathered on. We suggest using a loose powder to set your under eyes and your T-zone. A good way to ensure you get zero flashback from any setting powder is by using a damp sponge to press the powder into your skin. Let it sit for a minute and brush off any excess. You can also top it off with a makeup setting spray to ensure the powder melts into your skin. Remember, avoid cake-face by using setting powder sparingly.
POPxo Recommends: RCMA no color powder (Rs 1,071)
If you gravitate towards beauty filter-like makeup, these are all our top picks. Go, win at Instagram!