Make up artist reveals incredible hack for taking selfies


The selfie hack everyone should know! Make-up artist reveals how to create a more flattering Instagram photo by holding your phone at arm’s length and zooming in

  • Make-up artist Eleanor Barnes shared hack on TikTok and Instagram this week
  • Smart phone front cameras distort features on Instagram, making selfies worse  
  • Instead users should hold the phone at arm’s length and zoom in 

A make up artist has shared an incredible hack to completely transform selfie-taking on Instagram.

Eleanor Barnes, from the US, revealed the front camera distorts facial features on Instagram Stories, and selfie-takers will get a much more flattering photo by taking a snap from far away and zooming in.

The trick does not work using the camera app on iPhone as it does not allow zooming in on selfies but it does work on apps including Instagram Stories.   

Ms Barnes is pictured holding her camera far away and zoomed in

Eleanor Barnes, from the US, revealed the front camera distorts facial features, and selfie-takers will get a much more flattering Instagram Story photo by taking a snap from far away and zooming in. She is pictured left with distorted features and right a zoomed in camera

Ms Barnes, who goes by @babysnitchery on TikTok, posted the video this week, which has now racked up more than 900,000 views, and a further 450,000 on Instagram. 

She begins the clip by holding the camera next to her face showing her chin and smile at a wide angle.

‘Stop taking selfies like this,’ she wrote. ‘Front camera distorts your features. Hold your phone far away and zoom instead’ she added. 

She begins the clip by holding the camera next to her face showing her chin and smile at a wide angle. 'Stop taking selfies like this' she wrote

Ms Barnes explained that the front camera distorts features, making selfies less attractive

She begins the clip by holding the camera next to her face showing her chin and smile at a wide angle. ‘Stop taking selfies like this’ she wrote. ‘Front camera distorts your features’

Ms Barnes explained that selfies are worse when zoomed in

Ms Barnes then moves her arm out and zooms in on her face, showing a stunning selfie and more accurate photo of her face.

Ms Barnes then moves her arm out and zooms in on her face, showing a stunning selfie and more accurate photo of her face. The hack only works on Instagram Stories

Ms Barnes then moves her arm out and zooms in on her face, showing a stunning selfie and more accurate photo of her face.  

Writing on Instagram the beautician joked discovering the hack ‘saved her from an unnecessary nose job’. 

Beauty fans were grateful for the hack and praised Ms Barnes for the tip. 

One posted: ‘Yassss transformation queen!’ Another wrote: ‘DUDE! I needed this! Thank you!’  

YouTuber James Charles tried the hack out, saying on Twitter that he'll never take a selfie the same again

YouTuber James Charles tried the hack out, saying on Twitter that he’ll never take a selfie the same again

The video tutorial has attracted from hundreds of beauty influencers who have tried the hack out. 

YouTuber James Charles tried the hack out, saying on Twitter that he’ll never take a selfie the same again. 

‘Did you know your front camera distorts your face?!

‘Take a selfie with your phone close up & then take another holding your phone far away but zoomed in… I’m deada** never taking a closeup photo again’ he wrote.



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