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Everyone is taking selfies, but only a few get it right. We tell you how to strike the right pose, just in time forA� the countdown

WITH the advent of Instagram and mega-pixel mobile cameras, the selfie culture has evolved from a narcissistic indulgence to a form of self expression. Models are taking them backstage, actors are taking them on sets; in fact there is no wrong place to take onea��as Obamaa��s controversial selfie at the Mandela funeral proves. So we asked a few self confessed selfie experts to give us tips on taking the perfect selfie (incidentally, Oxford Dictio-nary’s word of 2013).

From the top
Chennai-born model Rochelle Maria Rao likes taking selfies because, a�?it tells me if I look good before I head out. And I do want to show off if I am hanging out with a close friend or doing something fun,a�? Rao says. Her favourite angle is a�?the top angle. A good selfie should also have a bit of the background,a�? she adds. Chenn-aiite socialite Tania Samtani gives her nod to Raoa��s tips, adding: a�?I use Apple apps like Aviary, Instagram and Pixelomatic to make my selfies perfect.a�?

Hold the thought
Current Miss India Earth, Shobhita Dhulipala, loves taking selfies and calls herself a a�?loyal lover of the camera.a�? She feels that selfies let her emote freely. a�?It captures not just the moment but also my mood and freezes it forever,a�? she confesses. a�?Whatever the emotiona�� capturing it gives me joy,a�? she says. According to her, selfies look great when taken with light directly on your face.a�?

Going au naturel
a�?Selfies may be about projecting the natural look, but there are ways to perfect it,a�? says celebrity make-up artist Ojas Rajani. a�?A bit of make-up andA� grooming makes a difference,a�? Rajani says. To look natural, she says, a�?Use a compact to cover your blemishes.a�? Use a tinted moisturiser or rub a beetroot on your cheeks for that natural glow. a�?Even if it is an a�?out of beda�� look you want, use an eyelash curler,A� mascara and kajal to open up your eyes. Finish off with a lip balm or a lip plumper,a�? Rajani says.

Pose perfect
Selfies, according to ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, appeal to onea��s vanity. a�?Today, therea��s an inordinate openness about your whereabouts and the need to tell and share,a�? Kasbekar says. a�?Hence, in an increasingly visual social media world, one is constantly posting images of oneselfa��may as well have a terrific image sent out then.a�?

a�� Mrinalini Sundar & Sumitra Nair

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