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6 Simple Steps for an Insta-Ready Face (#Nofilter Necessary)

Updated

If you keep up with Kylie Jenner (or Selena Gomez or Bella Hadid, for that matter) on Instagram, it’s pretty clear that she’s mastered the art of taking flattering photos. But what exactly makes a good selfie?

Instagram
Source: Kylie Jenner/Instagram; Source: Selena Gomez/Instagram; Source: Bella Hadid/Instagram

Sure, any face shot needs to be clear as day and sunny lighting is a big plus, but let’s be real, your beauty look also needs to be on point to make the pic worth sharing.

We’ve come up with a foolproof 5-minute makeup routine that lets you channel your favorite IG chicks and preps you for any impromptu front-side camera action.

Smashbox primer
Nordstrom

1. IT’S PRIME TIME!
Uploading a stunning close-up means blurring out fine lines, minimizing pores and concealing dark spots. Gently rub your bare face with Smashbox’s color-correcting primer, a hydrating green-tinted formula that counteracts redness for a velvety smooth and evenly toned base. In fact, your makeup will stay put through the 8-hour workday and beyond, no need to reapply.

Buy It! Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer, $39; nordstrom.com

Instagram
Bloomingdales

2. DON A SECOND SKIN
We’d all love to have a flawless supermodel complexion, and fortunately Armani’s luminous silk foundation provides us non-Kendalls with a similar #iwokeuplikethis glow in seconds. We’re obsessed with this weightless formula, which glides on for a gorgeous sun-kissed finish that can withstand the sweatiest summer heat.

Buy It! Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62; bloomingdales.com

Charlotte Tilbury
Net-A-Porter

3. ADD A REAL-LIFE RETOUCH
Celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is the fairy godmother of cosmetics and even has her own incredible beauty line. The Retoucher (aka a magic wand for blemishes) is her click-and-brush concealer pen that is perfectly sized for your purse. Wave it on scars, acne or anywhere that needs a quick edit.

Buy It! Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer, $35; net-a-porter.com

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder
Sephora

4. APPLY FLASH PROTECTOR
Ever have your flash accidentally go off while you’re getting your Mary-Kate and Ashley prune face on? No worries! Estée Lauder’s translucent, blue-hued powder eliminates unwanted shine so you’ll always be ready for nighttime shots and iPhone mishaps.

Buy It! The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Flash Photo Powder, $32; sephora.com

BBROWBAR
Anthropologie

5. ADD A FRAME
Give your pretty peepers the spotlight by amping up your arches: Sweep BBROWBAR’s tinted gel upward-and-across your temples, similar to the way you apply your mascara. The result is natural-looking bold brows that will wow even your most judgmental followers.

Buy It! BBROWBAR Eyebrow Gel, $27; anthropologie.com

Tarte lip set
Tarte

6. BREAK OUT THE LIP KIT
If you’ve yet to snag one of King Kylie’s sold-out lip kits, top off your look with Tarte’s matte lip essentials. Available in three pretty-in-pink shades, the matching Amazonian clay liner, LipSurgence gloss and crème are easy to apply and give you a contoured Insta-worthy pout for less than 20 bucks. Bonus perk: The lip crème can double up as blusher for an extra pop of color.

Buy It! tarte Total Lip Service Essentials, $18; tarte.com

-Nicole Zane