No matter the occasion, it's become universally appropriate to whip out a phone just about anywhere and snap selfies to capture the moment.
Here are 13 tips for getting really awesome selfies, illustrated by the celebs who do it the best!
When you're looking for the best natural light, remember you don't have to run straight to the sunniest window you can find.
Be careful what you wish for! An overload of sunlight will highlight every line, wrinkle, bag, pore, thought, and emotion. Take notes from selfie queen Kylie Jenner.
Stand a few feet away from your window or light source — right where you can catch a good ray of light without it beaming directly on you.
Always place your phone between you and the light source.
If you are posed with the light behind you, then your picture is going to come out dark and you'll appear more like a silhouette.
Stand facing the light and hold your phone up so the light is hitting your face, but not beaming like crazy into the camera. Another way to prevent a too-bright light is to find a window covered by a sheer curtain or blinds.
Here's a tip straight from Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model: Crop out your cell phone in mirror selfies if you can.
Model Sandra Shehab of season 24 took this selfie in a mirror, using her cell phone. She angled her phone out of the mirror's view so well it looks like someone else took this picture for her. Pow!
Another Ashley Graham hack is to play with the contrast settings on your phone's camera, instead of using a filter.
"I'm not into Instagram filters or airbrushing apps," she told InStyle. "Why not just be you? When my selfie needs a boost, I pump up the contrast to make it look sharper."
Get a cell phone-size ring light ($14, Groupon) if you're regularly in dimly lit locations but always need to snap a good selfie.
Please note that ring lights can give your skin a yellow or blue tint, so be sure to only use it when necessary *and* to grab one that has different light settings you can play with.
The Impressions Vanity phone ring light has three light settings.
People always say "know your angles." Here's how to find them: Go with the pose you know you ALWAYS look great doing.
There's no uniform list of angles for every person. It's all about how YOU like to look. You can find these angles by taking a bunch of selfies (not like you don't do that anyway right?), then selecting the pose you really, really love.
Then you just have to get in the habit of popping into that pose when it's selfie time. Lock down at least three different angles you love so not all your selfies look alike.
That brings me to a MAJOR selfie tip: Don't be the person who takes the same selfie all the time.
Switch the game up!
People don't care to see the same duck lips selfie up and down their feed. Show off your selfie when you're wearing something cool, just switched your hair up, or wore a new lip color.
The coolest selfies are the ones where you look like you're having fun, living life, and showing who you are.