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Why Do I Always Look Worse In Selfies Than In Real Life?

by Team Facetune / November 9, 2020

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You went to the trouble of doing full hair, makeup, and choosing a bangin’ outfit today. You snap a selfie to show off your look and … it looks awful.

You felt confident before, but the selfie makes you look tired, old, or even bitchy. Snap after snap, the selfie just isn’t coming out how you want it. What’s the problem? Why are you looking worse in selfies than you do in real life? How do you ensure you take a good selfie every snap?

Fortunately, you’re not alone! Selfies involve using your phone’s camera to take an awesome pic, but the camera doesn’t always play nice with us. Despite all your hard work, sometimes selfies just don’t come out right. 

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If you don’t like how your selfies are coming out, troubleshoot with these five common selfie problems—and learn how to fix them fast.

1 – Blame the lighting

Honestly, lighting is usually the problem with a bad selfie. If you’re trying to fix that by using the flash on your phone, think again: harsh camera flashes actually make you look seven years older. No amount of retinol cream can fix that, so ditch your phone’s flash. 

So, the question now becomes: how do I fix bad selfie lighting? 

Well, next time you’re in a selfie mood, step out onto your porch or balcony and snap a pic in natural light. It’s hard to substitute the glowing, natural rays of the sun. 

But if you’re stuck inside (#thanksCorona), you can use FaceTune2 to add filters, remove glare, mattify shine, or play with the lighting levels on your selfie.

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2 – Photos reverse your image

Did you know that your phone shows the reverse of what you see in the mirror? All that careful posing and posturing goes out the window when your phone flips your pics. 

Some apps and front-facing cameras will capture your face as other people will see it (not how it looks in the mirror). Because our faces aren’t 100% symmetrical, seeing the image flipped might feel weird. 

Fortunately, this one’s easy to fix. Most phones come with a “flip” option in the picture editor. Just flip the image and fix it. Facetune2 lets you do this in your crop editing tools. 

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3 – How close are you to the camera?

Unless you’re #extra and using a selfie stick, you’re probably close to the camera for your selfies. 

That’s all well and good, but sometimes, being too close to the camera is a bad thing. The angle can distort or emphasize certain features, like your nose, that are closer to the camera and it’s not always flattering. 

If you can’t change your proximity to your phone, use FaceTune2’s Face editor to emphasize or minimize certain features.

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4 – The camera captures just a small moment

Our eyes are used to seeing fluid images—nothing’s perfectly still in real life. When a camera captures a millisecond of time, you can see every blotch, blemish, and dark circle in living color. 

This is an easy fix, though, and not one that requires pricey concealer. Facetune2 lets you remove blemishes to seamlessly match your skin tone. 

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5 – Watch your face

It happens to the best of us: despite many tries to get the perfect smile, your grin looks unnatural or angled weird. Yes, we’re all fake-smiling for the camera, and guess what? Fake smiles look fake. 

When your face is tight from “photo-smiling,” you get a deer in the headlights sort of look. Everybody looks better with their natural smile, but capturing that on camera isn’t always easy. 

Before selfie-ing, relax your jaw. Try thinking of something super hilarious to mimic your real-life smile for the selfie. Yeah, it’s a little hokey, but we promise it does the trick. 

If you’re not happy with your smile after several tries, Facetune2’s selfie editor app can help you morph an awkward grin into a winning smile.

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5 – Don’t compare

Comparison is the thief of joy. We’re used to seeing picture-perfect celebrity faces everywhere we go. When you look at your selfie, you might wish it looked more like someone else’s. 

But you know what? We think you look great as yourself. We promise you never look as bad as you think you do! Strut your selfie with confidence; followers want to see your content, not someone else’s. 

Facetune2 will arm you with a few tools and tricks to bring out your best features—but it’s still all you, baby.

The bottom line for worse than real life selfies:

The point is, don’t stress about taking a less-than-perfect photo. We’re all our worst critics. Odds are, your followers are going to hit that “like” button so fast you won’t know what hit you. So relax, enjoy yourself, and if you need a little help perfecting your look, there’s an app for that. 

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