By Brittany Anas
When it comes to selfies, sure, you want to put your best face forward. To help to do just that, a bevy of editing apps—like Facetune and Perfect365, and the editing capacity of Snapchat—provide easy Photoshop tricks to help you smooth your skin, brighten your eyes, whiten your teeth and more.
But if you’re starting to get filter fatigue and want to know how to achieve those looks more naturally, we’ve called in the experts for self(ie)-help, and they’ve dished their best skincare and makeup tricks to have you looking photo-ready in no time.
After you master these techniques, snap a photo and confidently slap that #NoFilter hashtag on your Instagram pics.
Make Your Teeth Look Whiter
Photo apps let you widen your smile and brighten your teeth with the touch of a button. But want to flash extra-pearly whites every time you smile, and do so in real life? Aside from brushing with baking soda and getting your teeth whitened, there’s a certain type of lipstick you can wear for a better smile.
“Wearing lip colors with blue in them is proven to make teeth look whiter,” explains beauty consultant Cynthia Rowland.
That doesn’t mean you need to buy turquoise lipstick. Just look for shades that have a bluish or purple undertone, like cherry reds or bright magentas. The subtle blue hues can downplay any yellow stains on teeth.
Exfoliate for Smoother Skin…
Let’s be honest, the smoothing filters on some apps can go a little too far and have you looking way too glossy and doll-like. But if you want naturally smooth-looking skin, your best bet is to incorporate regular exfoliation into your routine, explains licensed esthetician Heather Wilson.
“As we age, cell renewal naturally decreases, which causes our skin to appear rough, dry, dull and uneven,” Wilson explains. “Exfoliating is the best way to counteract this.”
Using exfoliating acids, like the ones found in a glycolic peel, can help boost collagen, increasing your skin’s smoothness, she says.
…Or Use a Facial Roller
Your face deserves a massage, too! Esthetician Christina Hardial recommends using a jade facial roller to achieve smoother-looking skin.
By gently moving the jade roller over the facial muscles, muscular tension is naturally eased, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out, lymph fluid and toxins are flushed away and blood flow is increased, Hardial explains. Combined, you’ve got a winning combination for smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Brighten Your Look with Coffee Grounds
When applied externally, coffee can wake up your complexion—just as it wakes up the rest of you when you drink it. That’s because coffee can help reduce inflammation and gently exfoliate while soothing puffiness.
Create the Illusion of Bigger Eyes
Black and bold might make eyes pop, but this popular makeup technique actually makes your eyes look smaller, explains British makeup expert Charlotte Isaacs.
“Invest in a white eyeliner pencil and draw onto your eyes before applying a darker shade,” Isaacs says. “The contrast in color enhances the eyes, acting almost like a primer.”
Also, Isaacs suggests using a light-colored pencil eyeliner on your waterline (the place where the lids meet when you close your eyes). If you want to appear to have larger-looking peepers, choose a lighter shade of brown and only apply it to the corners of your eyes.
Rowland adds that properly groomed and shaped eyebrows can also make your eyes appear bigger.
Chisel Your Cheekbones
Cheek lifts and face slimmers are popular features on photo editing apps, but there are a few ways to achieve this look without giving yourself virtual plastic surgery.
To get higher cheekbones, start by finding the right contouring shade for your complexion, suggests makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzieri. “Start with the contour near the ear and bring it straight across over the brow bone,” she explains. “Use highlighter above the cheekbone and softly apply blush to the top of cheek.”
As for a slimmer face? That mostly comes down to diet, Rizzieri notes. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, and steer clear of salty and highly processed foods, which are notorious for causing puffiness.