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How to take a great selfie

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Like it or not, we live in a selfie-obsessed world, where getting the perfect Instagram pic is more important than ever. But nailing the perfect selfie takes time, patience and a few crucial factors... Need some help? Check out our guide...

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Kim Kardashian is known for her amazing selfies

LightingThis is the most important part of your selfie set-up - good lighting can make or break an image. For the ultimate lighting, invest in a selfie-light ring for your phone case, like the new hair brand Mark Hill offering (it's free if you buy two Mark Hill products from Boots!). It will highlight all your best bits and give you a seriously gorgeous glow... Plus, it literally erases shadows and under eye circles #winning.If you can't get your hands on a light ring, natural light is your next best option. Aim for the 'golden hour' - just before the sun sets - or head straight towards a window and face it.

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The Mark Hill selfie light

Contour and highlightAfter serious selfie-worthy make-up? It's time to channel your inner Kim K and crack open the contour/highlight. You don't need to go too wild, but try to give your face some shade and light to create a subtle definition.

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Gisele knows the best angles for a great selfie

AngleNobody wants a double chin. So when you're taking a selfie, hold your phone out slightly higher than face level and angle it down slightly. This downwards angle will streamline your face and make it look slightly thinner.FilterWhile adding a dramatic filter might distort your selfie, it's good to get creative with the simple effects like brightness, warm and saturation... Play around with each to see what improves your image.

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