Written by Maine Mendoza
It all started with a selfie camera.
I’m sure many people have dreamt of entering the showbiz industry at one point in their lives. I know I did and thankfully, I got a break. But more than fame and celebrity status, what I really wanted was to entertain others while expressing myself genuinely—to create authentic content that would spread laughter and positive vibes.
A trusty aid to accomplish all these since the beginning of my career are cameras, which as we all know, are a huge part of this generation’s culture. Knowing that most people nowadays always try to capture the perfect selfie for posting on their social media profiles, I’d like to share with you a thing or two about selfies that I picked up along the way:
Find your light
Whether it’s natural light or artificial light, lighting will help capture beauty in all its glory—pak ganern. Between the two, I always go for the former though. That sunlight just adds that glowing look that’s unmatched by any artificial light.
Find your angle
Angles are your best friend when you take selfies because it really enhances your already-stunning look. Want to let that jawline shine? Take a selfie from top view and tilt your head a little away from the camera. Want to make yabang your height (wow conyo)? Take a selfie from a bottom angle with your phone extended away from your body.
I can’t emphasize enough how important authenticity is to look and feel your best. In every selfie you take, make sure to smile naturally. And don’t forget to smile with your eyes—it adds that extra kislap and kutitap especially if you have a smartphone like the vivo V20 Pro which has an industry-leading eye auto-tracking feature which will let those sparks fly.
Choose the best filter for the photo
Our pictures, no matter how simple or engrande, always tell a story. In order for that story to be communicated clearly, we can use filters that color correct images to set the mood of our selfies. Just make sure your smartphone has a high quality display like the vivo V20 Pro, which has a high definition 6.44 megapixel display (super clear and colorful guys), so that you can clearly see your vision come to life.
Of course, choose the perfect selfie tool like the V20 Pro
When I started posting videos and pictures online, smartphones had a more or less decent camera setup. Now, smartphones are way more advanced and halos kapareho na ng mga professional camera. My current go-to phone, the vivo V20 Pro, for example, has a 44megapixel dual selfie camera which really captures all the details—pati pores! Char!—for that perfect selfie.
It also gives me an advantage in taking OOTD mirror selfies dahil tatlo yung rear camera niya! Ang sarap din gamitin kahit madilim because it has a 64 megapixel night camera.
And I just love the stunning colors of the phone that can match any outfit! My personal fave is the Sunset Melody kasi colorful ako e! Chos! The other stunning color options are Midnight Jazz and Moonlight Sonata, may pagka-mysterious no?
Be The Focus
Finally, in taking selfies, forget about all the outside noise and all the things you think people will say. Just be yourself. Be the focus of your selfies. I’ve always promoted self-expression either explicitly or through my work. So trust me when I say, “Just be you”, because it will not only get you places, but it will help you feel your best every day.
About the author:
Maine Mendoza is a Filipino actress and television personality who rose to fame for her role as Yaya Dub in the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga! segment “Kalyeserye”, previously aired on GMA Network and worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV, where she was paired with Alden Richards to form the highly popular love team AlDub which is a portmanteau of Richards’ first name and Mendoza’s character in “Kalyeserye”.
Nicknamed the Phenomenal Star, she was the Philippines’ most googled female personality in 2015 and most tweeted Filipino celebrity in the world in 2017. Her huge following on Twitter and Instagram, at 6.2 million and 3.8 million respectively, makes her one of the most influential artists in the country. She is also known for her funny and quirky Dubsmash videos which always go viral.
Maine has also released her first autobiographical book in October 2017 entitled “Yup, I Am That Girl” which is said to be an unfiltered version of her personal blog Pessimistic Optimist Bella.