how to up your Selfie Game

If Korea taught me one thing, it is that you have to be selfie (selca) ready all the goddamn time. Maybe I just have vain friends, but I learnt a thing or two (or ten) about how to fake feeling fresh and spritely #nofilter, when you’re hungover on a Sunday and been dragged out for brunch in Apgujeong. 

By popular demand^, I was asked to share some tips. So. Here we go. 

Disclaimer: this is very tongue-in-cheek and by no means the definitive guide to selfie-taking. You learn a crazy amount just by observing perfect Korean girls perfecting their 57degree angle. Also I may go a bit Tyra. Soz. Aso this is the vainest post I’ve ever written. Double soz.  


no honestly you don’t look like an idiot holding your phone in front of your face as you spin around trying to find the best light. I PROMISE. It’s a necessary step. Move to a window wherever possible, bathroom lights are ~usually~ too harsh. You’ll know you’ve hit it when all the best bits of your face suddenly appear goddess/god-like on screen. THAT is your light.

From personal experience McDonalds has pretty decent lighting. Also coffee shops. If you’re in Korea the theA has a brill upstairs bathroom PERFECT for selfie taking (far right photo was taken there).


ANGLES ARE SO IMPORTANT. Seriously. In 2013/2014 there was a trend in Korea for kids to film themselves going from hella unflattering angles to perfect selfie face.

ssEEE. An angle that usually works for ~most~ face shapes is holding the camera above and tilted forward slightly (0:33 in the video is pretty much perfect #얼스타그렘). AKA the 57 degrees. The number varies, but you get the jist. It’s a very specific thing. 


unless you are a seasoned selfie pro, you’re probably going to have to take a couple to get that perfect shot. And that’s ok. For those of us with western phones this is super easy and not at all embarrassing, considering the shutter tone isn’t permanently on. If you picked up a phone in Asia I am so sorry, but practice makes perfect, you gotta deal with that constant click. Everyone will know. 


utilise the head tilt to show off your cheekbones/jawline/makeup or to just be amazingly cute. You can never have too many head tilt selfies. If you’re at 90 degrees you’ve probs gone too far. 


if you’re STILL having trouble then I suggest getting apps. aillis (used to be lineCamera), beautyplus, aivary, b612, any purikura app… anything with cute stickers, really. Most of them are free (in app add ons), and, well, you can never have too many to find which ones you like. It’s an adventure! (aillis is my fave).

I hope these tips are useful~ if you want to get some selfie inspiration then you can always check out my instagram, anything with my face in it will most probably have Korean tags, so you can also see the pros at work 😉

Happy selfie-taking. If you have any questions, leave me a comment~ 

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^popular demand = not entirely serious twitter convo. This was painful to write oh my goodness



  1. Anonymous
    May 2, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    "From personal experience McDonalds has pretty decent lighting." What a great excuse to eat more McFlurries! My personal tip is to be tipsy – all of my best selfies are from when I've been drinking ? I shall make sure to put this entire post to good use everyday for the rest of my life!Chanel || Bonnie Blondie

    • Fii Cridland
      May 2, 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Indeed. The soft lighting they use to dim the customers late at night is ace for perfect selcas. All my drunk selfies are wildly embarrassing. Just. No, me. What were you thinking.GOOD. THAT'S WHAT I LIKE TO HEAR. xo

  2. Carina Chung
    May 2, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    SELFIE GAME ON POINT! You've got skills!Im gonna try to use these tips to hopefully get a decent selfie – instead of the usual crap ones i spam my sister with hahaha!X, CarinaRunning White Horses | Fashion + Travel

    • Fii Cridland
      May 2, 2015 / 8:02 pm

      IT TOOK PRACTICE AND SURVIVING BEING HARASSED WITH MY FRIENDS PHONES. In a ~awhh but we never have photos with u and u look nice today~~ way. I'm so weak to flattery. LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES. POST ALL THE SELFIES. PRIDE. xo

  3. Jessica Edmunds
    May 2, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    YAH I am loving this hahaha it is true you need the good light, I have been like yes my make up in on form today tried to take a selfie and been like NO YOU CANT SEE THIS AMAZINGNESS haha OMGGGGGGG! I need to get some apps too I always delete the good ones for memory xxx

    • Fii Cridland
      May 2, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Yaaaaaay 😛 And it's the actual worst when you have to go into uncontrollable lighting situations (aka outside) to get the best light. Eurgh. Today I took refme off to update a game and download a new purikura app. #prioritiesxo

  4. Tanith Hood
    May 2, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Next time I'm in a McDonalds I'll be trying out their light to see if it gets my selfie seal of approval :')))!Love this post!xx

    • Fii Cridland
      May 16, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Ahha you should! The unashamed maccy d selfie 😉 It's a winnerxo

  5. Kimamely Beauty
    May 2, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    This is so on point! Thanks for getting this up so quickly. I'm definitely going to be making use of the head tilt! I saw a selfie iphone lens in town today. That may have to be mine. Ah Fii look what you've started…Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

    • Fii Cridland
      May 16, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Ahah no problem! I hope that these tips are incredibly useful! Also I REALLY WANT THE CAMERA PHONE LENSES. SO BADLY. xo

  6. Alice Cerea
    May 7, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Amazing style!Alice Cerea, BABYWHATSUP.COM Join this new blogger network, I'm waiting for you!

    • Fii Cridland
      May 16, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you!xo

  7. Carolin Schroeter
    May 16, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Hahaha I love this post and I'm still grinning from ear to ear (selfie alert!). I love your selfies on Instagram so please never stop posting them awesome lady xxxxCaz | Style Lingua

    • Fii Cridland
      May 16, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Awhhhhhhhhh Caz you're too kind xo

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