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How To Take Your Best Selfie

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December 29, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments

Move over Kim Kardashian, you aren’t the only one to take the perfect selfie. I must admit that my new-found shutter skills come after taking the most appalling pictures of myself. Since it is the season for sending distant relatives selfies wearing their Christmas issue hats, sweaters, whatever, I wasn’t being let off the hook. After several utterly cringe-worthy, hit the delete button now, experiences, I realized that the selfie requires a bit of technique. So, from one who learned the hard way, here are a few tips.

The most important selfie rule is angle. It will take a bit of trial and error to find out what is the most flattering for you. Mine turns out to be slightly above the eyeline and a slight angle pointing down, say 45 degrees. Result: no double chins, dodgy shadows or flared nostrils.

Avoid fluorescent light and if at all possible face natural light full on. If you are at an angle or sideways to a window, the light will fall on your face at an unflattering angle and give the impression of harsh wrinkles.

Work out your look. Do you look better full face to camera, or at a slight turn? Better with a grin from ear to ear or a subtle smirk? Experiment, find out what looks best and then make it all your own.

Oh and the selfie stick is social death.

And once you have perfected your selfie, send them in to Truth In Aging. To get the ball rolling, these are my selfies (before and after figuring it all out).

marta before and after perfecting her selfie

With the holiday season winding down, tell me, what do you do to keep yourself feeling your best — inside and out — this time of year?

I was thrilled to see many of you send in selfies! Some of my favorites are below. Keep sharing your gorgeous faces by emailing us your selfie along with your name and age and we'll be sure to share it!


Jennifer, age 54, has been a TIA community member for 5 years.


Karin, age 64, says she owes her skin to BRAD, which she discovered through TIA!


Jan, who just turned 63, credits Lux Renew for helping her achieve younger looking skin.

  • December 29, 2015

    by Pam

    Also, don't forget the "squinch". It makes a difference sometimes.

  • December 29, 2015

    by Howard

    Thank You so very much Marta !! I was actually going to comment you on how great you are looking lately (or is it the lighting) ? - (Smiling) I had a situation where I needed a pic to post to my employer. The pic was taken under natural light (unfortunately a skylight) and I was appalled !! I hope to H--ll that I do not look like that I thought. Still have not utilized that pic.

  • December 29, 2015

    by E. Jean

    Very witty, smart tips, Miss Marta!

    Ravishing regards,
    E. Jean

  • December 29, 2015

    by Doralyn

    Oh Marta!
    This comes at just the perfect time for me, as I am developing a blog, similar to yours, but not quite. LOL

    The pic I took is vewweee scaweee to me! As in the movie, Ghost Busters, "You didn't used to look like that." LOL

    The lighting is so extremely critical, no matter what a person's age. I even remember Barbara Streisand when she was young, taking a video to explain that very thing.

    Thank you so much for your courage and no fear attitude to bring those of us who are coping with such things this information and education.

    Keep it coming!
    You go girl!

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