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Hi my name is Jena, and I am the girl on Instagram with the silky smooth skin and the pearly bright white teeth. You probably remember seeing me in my perfect photos, where you never see a zit or a wrinkle because lets face it, I’m perfect. If you believe everything you just read, you are one gullible chick! THAT IS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH! I have zits, wrinkles, brown spots, and everything else that is going wrong being in my 30’s. All of those other chicks with the smooth skin on Instagram, yeah they are normal too I promise. BUT, thankfully times have changed and there’s an app for that! It used to be that you snapped a picture and just posted the darn thing and you were done. Welcome to 2017, where you need 3-4 apps on average to strike that perfect pose. Now, when I say perfect I’m not saying you must look perfect in your pictures. What I mean is that there is an actual true “art” to Instagram, where photos that are filtered are seen as more appealing than those that are not (you can thank Pinterest for all of the extra work we all have now). If you are in the business of wanting to gain more followers, then you need to listen up and start filtering those photos! I have been asked probably more times than I can count how I take the “perfect selfie”. It’s honestly a process and in my opinion still not perfect! I am not afraid or ashamed to post a natural photo, again, this is about an art that helps you gain more followers! So lets dive right in, shall we?

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Lighting & Background

This is the #1 most important tool to taking a quality selfie. In my bathroom, I open the blinds and climb up on my bathtub and stand against the wall that is closest to the window. The sun is rising on that side of my house so this is where I get the very best light. The photo above was taken around 9am. NOTE: the best time of day to take a selfie is early morning between 8am-10am. There is just something so soft and amazing about the light that peeks through your windows at this time! Another great time of day to selfie is later afternoon. MID afternoon is not the best time of day. I know this isn’t ideal, and trust me I selfie all day long (its my job, duh) so always make sure that you are near natural outdoor light for the BEST blank canvas to get started with. Stay out of the sun! Sun is not your friend when you are taking a selfie!! It can really hone in on all of your flaws, and no one wants that, right?! You also want to make sure that you have a clean, uncluttered background. You aren’t doing yourself any justice if you are standing against/near a cluttered background (the eye will wander to your background, and not the picture of your “object” you are showing off). This is why I stand near my window up against a neutral white wall. I also selfie outside on my front porch where it is shaded and letting in the perfect amount of soft natural light. The background there is brick (which isn’t my ideal as it is always best to go for lighter colored backgrounds) but the brick wall is clean, and clean is your friend!

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Picture Placement

I am a very symmetrical person so this concept was hard for me to grasp at first, but remember we are making art here. Don’t automatically place yourself or whatever image you are snapping in the middle. There is a “rule” if you will, called the rule of thirdsYou can google this concept and literally find every single photographer or blogger discussing the importance. I will save you all of the copying & pasting & crediting about this rule, and let you google it here  

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(example of a selfie of mine that is more off centered following the rule of thirds)

Apps: the secret sauce

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Now that you’ve taken your picture near natural light, followed the photo placement, it’s time to make them look pretty! Here comes the fun part! These are the top apps that you need to download to your phone! It’s best for organizational purposes to put all your photography apps in to a folder. Most of these are free apps! Here are my current faves:

  1. Picframe – used to collage pics, or frame them so you have a white border
  2. Facetune – here is where the magic flawless skin comes in; you can also brighten your jewels and pop your lip color etc.
  3. VSCO Cam – awesome magic to filtering your pics, #1 app used by bloggers you probably follow on IG -Tutorials found here 15970253_10102595630657455_1978407825_n.jpg
  4. BeautyPlus – this has a magical option called “beautify” that will perform magic right before your very eye. You can watch a video here and notice in the video how she is in natural light, applying the “rule of thirds”.
  5. YouCam Makeup – love this app for 2 reasons: eye lashes & teeth whitening #money
  6. PhotoMirror – when you see me twice in the pic, I’ve used this app15826626_10102592182203185_4100302466038591913_n.jpg
  7. Afterlight – pretty much the same thing as VSCO just another option
  8. PicTapGo – this is my “final” app I use before posting to IG. I typically use Facetune, followed by VSCO, then PicTapGo. Here I will add some crispness, crop, adjust contrast more and then *KEY* this is how you can get a white border around the pics. If you select “float” it will float your picture like this: 15970605_10102595638486765_1146473778_n.jpg

(Also note in this pic I used YouCamMakeup and whitened my teeth and darkened my mascara! DON’T FORGET to whiten your friends teeth too – show them some love would ya! Also, yours will stand out if you don’t even the playing field for everyone in the pic)

Here are some more before & after pics to show you the true “art”b and a.jpgfacetune.jpg

Okay ladies, hope this helps you up your selfie game! If you have any questions leave me a comment here and I will get back to you!

xoxo

Jena

 

Oh sweet, sweet selfie lips. It started out being the way to post outfits daily without having to get all the way ready, and it turned out to be my “trademark” if you will. My Stella & Dot posts will float around and everyone knows its me because of the lips. Some may call them duck lips, but I call them “selfie” lips. There is actually a true art to the pout, I promise.

Now, let’s get down to business. Whats on those lips? I’ll be honest, I am a creature of habit. It’s very hard for me to try new things because when I find something I like I tend to stick to that color and wear it forever. Lately, I’ve really gotten in to the lipstick thing so my collection is growing like crazy!

Here are some of my current faves:the-line-up

  1. Mac Lipstick – Color “Creme Cup” : this is a nice neutral pale pink color. The finish is creamy, which I love. It definitely needs to be lined with a lip pencil, and if you google this color you will find loads of suggestions. I personally selected the Mac Lip Pencil in color whirl. It looks a little more bright pink in my selfie pic due to filters. I also added a little gloss over the top which is nothing more than Maybelline’s Baby Lips Gloss in color taupe with me.
  2. Mac Nude Lipstick – Color “Velvet Teddy”: this is a great nude! I personally hate nudes that wash you out and this one does just the opposite. The tone of this color adds a nice warm pop! As you can see this has more of a brown tone, and it pairs very nicely with neutrals. This is a matte lipstick, so if you don’t like a matte lip add a clear gloss for some shine. The downside to a matte lipstick is they can sometimes dry out your lip which is a “reapplying” nightmare. I think Mac has their matte colors figured out! I do prefer wearing with a little gloss for day wear. Again, my favorite is the Maybelline Baby Lips gloss I posted about above.
  3. NYX Matte – Color “Whipped Caviar”: this is a great muted plum! I love NYX lipstick because its ballin’ on a budget and they’ve got great pigments. If you google and search NYX on Pinterest you will find some great Mac dupes. The reason I selected this color is that it’s a great dupe for Mac “Faux”. $6 for the big W! Sorry about the pic, hah! The most recent picture I have wearing this color is with my deer face!
  4. Alexa Persico – “Jessie Decker Lip Kit”: can’t take credit for this one. Ashley Drissi turned me on to this and then I told my hubby about it and he purchased it for me for Christmas (what a gem that guy). This sold out in about an hour, so next time it launches you have to order right when it goes live! This color isn’t as cool as I thought it would be, but I still love it! Jessie Decker could try to sell me a paper bag and I’d buy it. The lip liner that comes in this kit is my FAVORITE though! Hands down!! It glides on so perfectly and I’ve been wearing it with other lip colors as well. Ross also purchased me this lip gloss that they recommended pairing over this kit, you can find it here (color is naked).(I do really like this gloss a lot).
  5. Haus of Dolls Cosmetics – “She”: this one isn’t photo’d on my arm above, but I can’t finish this post without telling you about THE lipstick that I’ve literally worn for over a year. You’ve seen it pretty much on every single selfie I own and it goes down in history as my favorite lipstick ever! It’s a richly pigmented pink lipstick, with a nice creamy finish. Sadly when I just went to their site to link the color, its sold out. Hopefully it comes back in stock soon or I might cry!

 

Well gals, that is all for now! I hope that helps you if you’ve had your eye on any of the colors you see in my pics! I do have others (darker colors) that I am loving as well but I’ll save that for another day! I am surprised I was able to even do a back to back post like this. Well, I am working from home today thanks to a little projectile puker 🙁 Leave me your comments on some of your faves so I can check them out!

 

xoxo,

Jena

 

This is my very first post, on a blog, EVER! Many of you have asked me for a few years now to start a blog to go more in-depth about all things Jena Green: anything from owning a boutique, to “how do I juggle it all”, to “where I got my lipstick”. I decided since liketoknow.it doesn’t seem to want to approve me (what is the deal with that), that a blog would be a more efficient way to get more detailed about my daily looks! If you follow me on Instagram you know that 99.9% of my outfit photos are selfies. Lets be real, I’m not frolicking on a beach like those beautiful bloggers, and I’m certainly not all the way ready every single day (hence the lip down selfie gals). Who knows, maybe my husband will turn in to one of those “husbands of Instagram” and start photo’ing me against cool walls while I hold my latte (no offense to those of you doing that, you just have your life together, #goals). You never know, I’ve learned to never say never, so I guess you have to stay tuned 🙂 But for now, it will be me, Jenny From the Block, the girl with the duck lip selfie. I can’t promise you that I will post daily, but I can promise you that I will be real and I will take you behind the scenes into this thing of mine I call life! I hope you enjoy this blogging journey of mine!

xoxo,

Jena