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These days if it's not on social media, it didn't happen. With smartphones, iPads and selfie sticks, snapping pictures has become second nature for our generation. Taking a selfie isn't just a hobby, it's an art, even something to be perfected, and why shouldn't it be? It's high time we proudly promote a positive self image—like Beyoncé says, "I'm feelin' myself!" So naturally I shall take a selfie and share it with my social network.

Maintaining a strong selfie game is just like anything else, it takes creativity and hard work. Maybe not blood, sweat and tears but some elbow grease anyway—if you haven't yet invested in a selfie stick, you know what I mean. Angles and lighting are everything, but that's old news. True selfie stars know that it takes a bit more to get photo ready

1. Don't just accessorize your look, accessorize your selfie.

It's the fashion tip as old as time, accessorizing is something we all do. While accessories were once just what we added onto our outfits, they are now what we bring to the selfie frame. Each selfie should be its own special snowflake, capturing a distinct look. You can snap a pic with your dog, your flowers, or an ice cream cone, or you can keep things simple and still look like a million bucks.

2. Up Your Hair Game

Your hair is one of your greatest accessories! Try braiding it with a ribbon, add a headband, or put it up in a high ponytail or topknot to show off those cheekbones. Guys can experiment with a new do or try out different hair products. Your locks will always be front and center in a selfie—show your social network you're far from basic by switching up your do.

3. Embrace Nail Art

I am that person that keeps the makers of the neon nail polish colors in business. Your nails are something you can change every week. They add a surprise pop of color to brighten up your day and brighten up your selfie. Throw out a peace sign, make a hand heart, show off your engagement ring or new watch with nail art that expresses who you are, whether it's "Surfboard Blue" or "Pink Pearl."

4. Flaunt Your Style

Your closet may be filled with items from the Yeezy Fall 2015 line or it may be the best of the Houston Rockets Championship gear circa 1994. Whatever you like to rock in your selfie, wear it with pride. Show your friends this is who I am, and this is what I'm wearing. From close-up pictures of hats and scarves to angled shots of pants and shoes, own your style in your selfie.

5. Flash Your Pearly Whites

It may be a cliché, but a smile is undoubtedly the best accessory you have. When you know a picture will end up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Periscope and who knows where else, it's the one fool-proof way to put your best face forward. 

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