How to Take the Perfect Selfie

How to Take the Perfect Selfie
16 Feb
 Posted by Herbalife Nutrition  0 Comment
Eyes open, and smile.

Whether you like to take pictures or shy away from the camera, it seems that it’s nearly impossible to avoid taking a selfie at some point. Since these pictures will most likely be plastered all over social media, here are a few tips to make sure your selfies come out picture perfect!

I just came back from a huge event in Chicago, Illinois, called an Herbalife Extravaganza, where there were thousands of people in attendance. There were so many photo opportunities and everyone was taking “selfies” to post to their respective social media sites. People would say, “Jacquie, take a selfie with me for Facebook, I’ll tag you.” Or, “Take a selfie with me so I can put it on Twitter.” A few of us started laughing because everyone was posting photos of themselves at a rapid pace. Then I got worried. After taking so many selfies, I realized I could potentially look like a hot mess out there in cyber world. So, I thought, ‘I can’t be the only one with some awful photos online.’ It’s time to master the art of taking a proper selfie.

Everyone these days has some kind of social media account. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so many other platforms are just loaded with selfies. For those who might have been asleep for the last few years, a selfie is defined in the dictionary as “a photograph that is taken by oneself with a digital camera or a front facing smartphone, tablet or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking or photo sharing website.” And trust me, everyone is doing it.

I’ve seen some amazing selfies. I’ve seen celebrities and people I know post the most amazing group or individual selfies. Alternatively, I’ve heard of a few selfies that have broken up marriages. Let’s just say they were a bit over exposed, if you know what I mean. And then there are some selfies where I’m more interested in what’s going on in the background than the person in the photo.

There’s definitely an art to creating a good selfie. I’ve been part of some disastrous selfies where half of my head is cut out, the lighting is off, I look 10 years older, my face looks grainy or the angle makes me look like I gained 10 pounds. It’s difficult to be both behind the camera and in front of the camera, so lets get to the bottom of this and learn 8 tips on how to take some perfect pictures.

Here are some top tips for the perfect selfie

Take a quick look at yourself

This tip should be obvious but you’d be surprised. It’s important to give yourself a quick once over before the picture is taken. This isn’t a big deal if it’s just you in the photo, because you can simply hit delete and take another one. But think about the group selfie that your friend tagged you in on Instagram. Your friend looked perfect while your hair was sticking up, your eyeliner was smudged or you had food on your face. Friends only post the selfies that they look great in. Trust me.

Be aware of what’s behind you

If you truly want to be the focus of your selfie, then make sure you check out your background. There is nothing worse than a selfie taken in a messy bedroom. I always check out the backgrounds in photos. You can see what kind of furniture people have, if they leave their clothes on the floor, what kind of food they eat. A good background is important. I recently saw a selfie where a guy was smiling from ear to ear as someone’s house was burning to the ground behind him. Not Cool. Look for solid colored backdrops or unique textures to really make your photos pop. A messy background can really ruin a good selfie.

Lighting is everything

No doubt about it, lighting is the most important thing when it comes to taking a good photo. Indoor lighting is never the best. It’s just not as flattering as natural light. It’s all about the sun. The sunlight can be our best friend when it comes to snapping that perfect pic. For the best result, try facing the sun. When it’s behind you, it can cause a lot of unflattering shadows.

There’s strength in numbers

The beauty of today’s cameras and mobile devices is that they can take hundreds of pics at a rapid pace.  So, click away. Change it up a bit with every click, even if it’s just slightly moving the position of your head with a little tilt. It’s rare to get the perfect selfie when you take just one picture. The more pics you take, the better your chances are of capturing a really awesome photo.

Strike a pose

The best thing about a selfie is that you can take it when you’re all alone. Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. You can practice your poses and your angles, and you can get that perfect reach down so your arm isn’t in the picture. The more selfies you take, the more you can critique. When you finally get that perfect photo, the one that shows off your muscles and your sexy little smile, you can practice duplicating it. So, when your friend wants to take a selfie with you at the gym, you’ll be ready to breakout your signature pose with all of your angles just right. While you’re practicing, just remember to delete the ridiculous ones immediately! You never know who might get their hands on them.

Edit your selfies before you post

Sometimes we get all caught up in the moment and just want to get our pics out on social media immediately. We want to see how many likes, comments or shares we can get and we don’t want to wait. But slow down. If you want your photos to be the best, you may have to do a little bit of editing before they are posted. This only takes a couple of minutes, and many cameras and phones have the capabilities of cleaning up photos prior to posting. You can crop, brighten, reduce red eye and even turn your selfie into an amazing black and white or sepia photo with just a few screen taps. A good filter can even make a blemish disappear. So, take the time to do a little self-editing before you post. You’ll be happy you waited.

Rock the silly selfies

OK, lets face it, we all get sick of seeing our friends’ photos that are exactly the same over and over again. The clothing and the scenery may change, but the face and the pose are exactly the same. Yes, you need to find the perfect pose, but once in a while you also need to let loose and just get goofy. These are selfies that become the most memorable and the ones that get shared and liked the most. So, make a silly face or wear a crazy hat. If you’re doing a group selfie get everyone to make crazy faces like they are surprised, scared, sexy, whatever. Just have fun. The end result will be worth it.

Front camera vs. back camera – the great debate

I’ll be honest: I like to use the front facing option on my smartphone to take my selfies. This is the feature that allows you to take a photo of yourself like you’re looking in a mirror. The great debate, however, says they aren’t as good in quality as the back-facing camera. With the back-facing camera, you take a photo and then turn the phone around to look at the picture. Admittedly, with the back-facing camera I have to take a dozen pics to get the right one. With a front-facing camera, I can see what I look like and practice my pout before I hit the button. Front-facing photos have a lower resolutions, I’ve been told. I guess this is a personal choice.  Be sure to practice using the back and front camera so you can see the difference and decide what’s best for you.


Taking the perfect selfie can be very challenging when you have to direct and star in your own photo shoot. Executing your perfect pose while finding good lighting is hard enough, and having a steady arm that doesn’t wobble can also be a pain. Be as still as possible, take a deep breath, relax, hold your pose and click away. Sunlight, your good side, a little tilt of the head, and you have the perfect selfie.

And just for fun, here are selfies of my friends Susan Bowerman and Samantha Clayton. You’ll see that what makes a really great selfie is a personal, friendly approach.

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7 Face Cleansing Tips for Healthier Skin

01 Apr

 Posted by Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training  0 Comment

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A clean face leads to healthy-looking skin.

You know my mantra: cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Achieving beautiful and clear skin can sometimes be as simple as having a clean face.

Having a clean face is vital for clear skin, and I cannot stress the importance of cleansing enough. Here are seven tips for a clean face that will help put you on the path to clear skin in no time. We don’t just need to wash away the surface grime—we also need to slough dead skin cells!

How to cleanse your way to healthy-looking skin

    Cleanse your skin twice a day: every morning and every night before bed, no matter what. Just because your skin looks clean, that doesn’t mean it is. Chances are it’s covered with invisible impurities that can harm the skin. Get rid of them.
    Avoid ordinary bar soaps and stick with facial cleansers that are gentle and designed for your skin type.
    Never dry your skin with the family hand towel. If it’s not clean, you could be transferring bacteria onto your fresh, clean face. Try a quick sniff test. If your towel doesn’t smell like it’s fresh from the laundry, then you might want to ditch it and grab a clean one.
    Only rinse with warm water, never with water that is too hot or too cold. Extremes in temperature may irritate your skin and cause damage.
    Exfoliate at least once a week. Gentle exfoliation buffs away dead cells on your face, resulting in smoother, brighter skin. Just like you would for a cleanser, make sure to find a scrub that’s suitable for your skin type.
    Invest in a facial once in a while. Just like you would go to a dentist for a teeth cleaning, your skin needs a deep cleansing, too. Frequency of facials depends on skin type. Work with your aesthetician to determine how often a deep cleaning is needed.
    Be gentle when cleansing around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. Handle with extra care.

Do you already do all of these things? Good for you. We’re all busy and sometimes it’s the simple things that start to slip, but a clean face and clear skin will help give you confidence.

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Last All Year

23 Feb

Posted by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND – Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training  0 Comment

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Take better care of yourself in the New Year.

New Year’s resolutions––don’t make promises you can’t keep. This year, make a few small changes in your eating habits that can yield big results.

Do you remember the New Year’s resolutions you made last year? Let me guess: If you’re like most people, you probably vowed to eat better, get more exercise––and maybe floss more often. So, looking back, how did it go? Did you accomplish all you set out to do? Or, did you start the year out strong then fall back on your old patterns, so that you’re making the same resolutions again this year? This may surprise you, but I think that’s okay––and here’s why. If you make the decision every January to shape up, it says that taking better care of yourself is important to you. If it weren’t important, you wouldn’t keep working at it. And just because you make the same promises to yourself every year, it doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t accomplish anything last year.

Any improvement is good

Maybe you didn’t exercise as much as you planned or ate as carefully as you intended. But if you’re still doing better now than you were the year before, maybe it’s because you managed to chip away at a few bad habits. And that’s great – because the little changes to the way you do things every single day can really add up. And you can continue to build on these small successes this New Year.

Don’t do too much at once

It’s great to be ambitious but if you try to tackle too many changes at once, you could be setting yourself up for defeat. Making resolutions is the easy part. Making them stick is what’s hard, because you have to do things differently. It takes time to undo a bad habit, which is why repetition is so important. But it’s a lot easier to repeat a small, relatively easy task than one that seems positively Herculean. Plus, you have to figure out what’s getting in the way of your progress, and figure out how to move these obstacles out of your way.

Let’s say you don’t floss your teeth as often as you should. What’s getting in your way? And what steps can you take to make sure you’ll do it regularly? It’s not really a time issue, it only takes a couple of minutes. But you need to make sure you have the floss in the house. You need to make sure you see the floss whenever you brush your teeth. You need a mirror so you can see what you’re doing.

Maybe you decide that rather than tossing the dental floss in the back of the medicine cabinet where it gets lost in a jumble of half-used toiletries, you’ll instead make a little ‘dental kit’ for yourself. Make one that includes your toothbrush, your toothpaste, your floss, and maybe a little dental mirror. With everything conveniently in one place it’s more likely that every time you pull out your kit, you’ll not just brush––you’ll wind up flossing, too.

Move obstacles out of your way

Same thing goes with your eating habits. You have to figure out why you’re not doing what you plan to do, and how you can make it easier. It’s easy to say you’re going to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it’s hard to do if you don’t keep them in the house. But that’s not enough. Once you’ve got them in the house, you have to make it easier to eat them. So, maybe you make sure to keep a stash of fruit in the freezer to add to protein shakes. Or keep a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter to remind you that fruit makes a great snack. Or you keep some cut up veggies handy in the refrigerator where you’ll see them every time you open the door looking for something to munch on.

Just make sure that whatever changes you plan to make are things you know you can really do. If you’ve never brought your lunch to work, it’s unlikely you’ll suddenly start doing it every day. So, set a reasonable goal and make it specific. Not “I’m going to bring my lunch to work more often,” but “I’m going to bring my lunch to work twice a week.” That way at the end of the week it’s easy to determine if you’ve met your goal or not.


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#6DayHealthy BreakFastChallenge

24 Jan

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