Whether you’re attending a wedding, gala, or just going out with your girlfriends, you’ll want to capture the moment in a photo. Prepping for photos doesn’t have to be as laborious as it sounds. There are some easy steps you can add to your normal makeup routine that don’t require any extra effort. To avoid looking tired, oily or washed out, here are 4 tricks that ensure you always look insta-ready (#nofilter).

Trick #1: Use Highlighter and Bronzer to Accentuate Features

Contouring your face brings out the features you want to emphasize and draws the eye away from features you don’t. Sweep a matte bronzer along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and around your jawline to add some definition. Use a shimmering highlighter on the high points of your face, and in the corners of your eyes to brighten up your look.


Trick #2: Bold Red Lips = Instant Teeth Whitening

Looking for an easy way to whiten your smile? A little red lipstick is all you need. Find a shade with blue undertones to counteract any yellow stains on your teeth (a shade with yellow or orange undertones will just make matters worse). To make your lips look fuller, try adding a touch of gloss to the middle of your bottom lip to give it a plumped effect.


Trick #3: Make Your Eyes Pop with Shimmering Eyeshadow

The trick to looking wide-eyed and well-rested? Here’s how to do it—no caffeine required. Simply sweep a shimmering eyeshadow in a shade close to your skin tone all over your eyelid. To avoid making your eyes appear smaller, skip eyeliner altogether. Finish by curling your lashes and layering on black mascara.


Trick #4: Warm Up Your Complexion With Blush

Bad lighting, bright flash, bland backdrop. All factors that can make you look washed out in photos. Warming up your complexion with a little blush not only shapes your face, it also gives you a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance. But take note—one shade of pink does not fit all. Find a blush with the same undertone as your skin for the most natural look.


Now that you have all these tricks in your arsenal, permission to go forth and selfie with confidence!