Instagram is supposed to be about spontaneous moments. Unfortunately, it's become a showcase for a (fake) world of perfection. People seem to be having tons of fun - and almost look comfortable in clothes that seem to have come straight off the runway.

The new raison d'être of Instagram seems to be to make yourself a lot of money. And so I've unearthed the best tips for taking great pictures (AKA making yourself a lot of Instamoney, maybe) courtesy of Marianna Hewitt.

Marianna Hewitt, from Life With Me, impresses more than 465k people with her flawless Instagrams. And lucky for all of us, she's spilling the secrets behind her "perfect" Instagram account.

Here’s the 6 rules on becoming an Instababe, according to her. 


1. Smile

''The first tip for selfies is to stick your neck out and smile like Tyra. My face always tends to look a little fuller when I smile with teeth, so I usually just smirk in a photo to give the illusion of a more defined face and higher cheekbones.''

2. Play with angles

''I'm on the petite side, so I want to give the illusion of height. I ask people to take photos at a lower angle and tilt the camera up to make me look taller. Taking a photo at my eye level or above makes me look very short. But don't take the photo from so far below that it makes you look like a bobble head.''

3. Find the most flattering position for your outfit

''If a clothing item isn't that flattering on me, like a loose top, I'll generally sit down in the picture to give my body some sort of shape.''

4. Move

''Photos straight on can make shoulders look wide, turn to the side and try a 'natural' walking photo."

5. Play with your arms

"While we are speaking about standing, never put your arms to the side of your body. This will squish your arms down and hide your waist. I try to always place my hand on my natural waist line to accentuate it and keep my arms away from my body."

Here are her tips to edit your pictures

In summary...

1. Take A LOT of selfies to find the one.

2. Edit your «imperfections» with Facetune.

3. Use a VSCO Cam filter (her favorites are A1, M6, C3, S2, A6).

4. Change the contrast, the saturation, the exposition and make it neater with the application.

5. You can also add a white frame with Picframe.

She recommends the app Faded for landscapes and Snapseed for the foodies.

Sources 1 and 2.

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