Anyone who’s ever taken a selfie knows that it’s not the simple task it looks like. If you actually want to look good, you have to consider lighting, angles, background, and more. Taking an Instagram-worthy one has started to require almost as much artistic effort as we’d imagine Michelangelo put into painting the Sistine Chapel. Thankfully, Olivia Culpo wants to make our lives easier by offering her foolproof tips for snapping the perfect shot.
The 25-year-old Miss Universe winner spilled her secrets in an interview with Us Weekly, where she broke down the two-step process she follows every time she’s in front of an iPhone.
Step one should be a no-brainer: good lighting. The pageant queen recommends stepping in front of a window and soaking up natural light if you want a ‘gram-worthy shot.
“Find a big window, the more sun the better. Definitely getting lighting is key and then once you get the lighting, look for your angles,” she said. “If you don’t have good lighting, don’t even try.”
Her second tip is to hone in on a statement detail you really want to emphasize, whether it’s a killer piece of your outfit or a cool element in the background.
“Zero in on exactly what you want your audience to see,” she said. “Whether it’s the shoe, the color, the trend, the handbag or the scenery, you have to make sure the picture captures that. Sometimes that takes trying a few different angles and different set-ups.”
There you have it. Olivia Culpo’s secret selfie-taking method: 1. Good lighting 2. Zero in on a statement detail. Now, to whip out your iPhones and start cranking out the sexy selfies.