Mirror selfies were pretty much invented by fashion girls. Back in the early days of camera phones and social media, bloggers who wanted to show off their entire outfits would cleverly bypass the awkwardness of stretching your arm out (let’s not forget front-facing cameras weren’t a thing back then) by finding the first reflective surface in their home. It’s genius, really—and mirror selfies have stuck around ever since.
So what’s so good about them? Firstly, they’re the best way to show off your new favourite dress/top/ensemble. Granted, having an Instagram husband/friend is ideal, but not everyone has that luxury, and what if they’re off sick? Plus, have you ever asked someone to take a picture of your outfit and hated every single one but you simply could not bring yourself to ask them to take another? We’ve all been there. With mirror selfies, you have full control, even if that means spending so long in front of the mirror your legs start aching. What’s more, face selfies are not everyone’s vibe, and some even loathe the thought of them. Mirror pics provide a nice middle ground for selfie-phobes who still want to get in on the Insta action.
With all of this in mind, we’ve rounded up the top tips for taking mirror selfies, illustrated by some of the best in business showing us how it’s done. Free up some storage and keep scrolling to know how to do it right.
#1: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Maybe you’re taking a mirror selfie of your latest purchase to WhatsApp to your mates, or perhaps you’re planning to post it to Instagram to help build your following for professional reasons. If you fall into the latter, it might be worth taking note that people love authenticity, and mirror selfies are great for this simply because we all have mirrors. Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine makes some good points about authenticity in Instagram photos, saying, “The satisfying relatability (as in, ‘I, too, could have taken that photo that you took and that makes me feel great!’) is uplifting. And the air of familiarity (a selfie in particular can make you feel like you genuinely know the person you’re looking at) is all-inclusive.” In short, don’t try to make your mirror selfie look too “airbrushed,” got that?
#2: TAKE CARE WITH ANGLES
Any seasoned mirror selfie taker will know what angles work best for them. Perhaps you prefer to hold your arm up as not to obstruct any of the outfit (cleverly shown here by Pandora Sykes); maybe you like two hands on the camera, holding it in front; or maybe you like an aerial view, holding your phone up high. Either way, find what works best for you, but don’t be afraid to switch it up.
#3: THEY AREN'T RESTRICTED TO FULL-LENGTHS
A common misconception is that mirror selfies’ only function is for full-lengthers. But no: They’re also really good for showing off jewellery, outfit details or even a cool new phone case. Make like Jeanette Madsen and get up close and personal.
#4: IF YOU HAVE A SPOT THAT WORKS FOR YOU, STICK TO IT
Finding “the good mirror” might take a while, and you might have to suffer through bad ones to get there, but once you have it never let it go. If you’ve found a spot you love—whether that’s for its good lighting, cool backdrop or spaciousness—stick to it. Blogger Brittany Bathgate seems to have found hers, and we’re happy for her. And slightly jealous of that décor.
#5: CLEAN MIRRORS ARE IMPORTANT
Like in any creative task, making sure your equipment is in good nick is important, so get that Vanish out and give your mirror a good clean. Smudges and specks of makeup are not chic.
#6: YOU CAN TAKE ONE ANYWHERE
Any mirror is an opportunity in the business of mirror selfies, and the randomer, the better, so don’t be afraid to whip out your phone at the next reflective surface you walk past. But, of course, that’s not without its risks. I mean, who hasn’t hurriedly pretended they’re texting when the lift door opens to a bunch of people just as you were taking a mirror selfie?
#7: HAVING AN IMMENSELY COOL BACKDROP HELPS
Sure, mirror selfies in your home are great and all, but an incredible backdrop will definitely take things up a level. Try an azure-blue ocean like Kendall Jenner or an obligatory pic in the Yayoi Kusama mirror room (you know the one). And if all else fails, there’s always Sketch.
All right, now phones up, poses on and let’s get to posting.