The old adage is that the camera adds 10 pounds, but where's the saying about how it seems to magnify every fine line, blemish, and dark circle? It is beyond frustrating to see an amazing face of makeup in the mirror, only to swipe onto your iPhone's front-facing camera to document your handiwork and notice that things look off. But while Snapchat's pretty filter is always a great Plan B, we're here to tell you that it's actually not entirely necessary. According to Mario Dedivanovic—aka the go-to makeup artist of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and countless other A-list selfie champions—looking better in photos comes down to a few small, totally doable tweaks to your beauty routine.
So free up some phone space by deleting your FaceTune app—after perusing the tips below, you definitely won't need it. Keep reading to see which three small makeup mistakes are sabotaging your photos.
In order to give the illusion of a natural look, it's important to nix any obvious lines or smudges. Cakey foundation might be the first thing that comes to mind, but Dedicanovic says that eye shadow is actually a very common culprit. Apply the shadow no further than the outer corner of your eyes—then, using a clean stiff eyeshadow brush (aka not the one you used to apply the color) blur the line up toward your brow bone.
And if obvious foundation is a struggle? Make sure you're prepping your skin beforehand with a deep moisturizer, like Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré—plus, seamlessly buff away existing smudges or cakiness with a Beautyblender ($20) and a couple of drops of face oil.
On most days it seems like a coat or two of mascara ought to do it, but the camera has a tendency to pick up every tiny clump and tangle. Dedivanovic recommends using a lash comb after you've applied your favorite formula—and we'd advise taking it a step further by priming with a clear lash gel before applying mascara at all.
Since most lipsticks are dehydrating by nature, you're setting yourself up for obvious flaking if your pout is parched to begin with, says Dedanovic. Prep your lips by using a gentle scrub, followed by a touch of balm. (Make Beauty offers the perfect duo for this.)
Head over to Allure to check out more Instagram-ready tips from Dedivanovic, and peruse our guide to looking great for even the most mundane of photo ops (ahem, driver's license).