Beauty is big business on Instagram – everything from make-up tutorials, magic acne remedies and lipstick launches. One way to make your account stand out from the rest is by posting high-quality, professional looking photos. Little tricks for keeping your props in place and challenging the selfie myth, here are five hacks for taking better make-up photos on Instagram.

Hack #1 – No Selfies

It might seem like taking selfies would be the primary method for taking photos of your make up. However, the selfie camera just doesn’t offer the same level of quality as the back camera. Instead, invest in a mini tripod (many selfie sticks double as a tripod) with a Bluetooth remote control so you can take a photo of yourself without it being a ‘selfie’. The tripod will also make your photos steadier, boosting the quality of your photos even more.

Hack #2 – Double Sided Tape

If you want to post a flat lay of your daily make up, but you are having trouble getting your lipstick tubes staying put, crack out the double sided tape. This will keep it all in place, leaving you with the time to focus on the color balance and symmetry of your flat lay shot.

Hack #3 – Face The Light

As with most types of photo, make sure you or your model is facing the light. Standing in front of the light will only make the subject dark, and you won’t be able to see any of the make-up. Using natural light is always best if possible, it’s more flattering. Or do some research online to work out how best to light your photos.

Hack #4 – Caution: Mirror Compacts

Watch out for any mirrored compacts or silver labels featuring in any of your photos because they may cause unwanted reflections. Close the mirror enough so that it doesn’t cause a problem and roll over any silver labels if possible.

Hack #5 – Grab A Spoon

A more interesting way to take photos of products is to add scoops of body butter on wooden spoons, or essential oil dribbling from droppers. Show the product in action and make it seem almost delicious, this will give the photo an appealing quality not always found in make-up photos.

Along with finding your or your subject’s best angles, these five hacks should help you take excellent photos of your make up. Even the most highly trained, professional photographers will take many shots before they come away with the perfect one, so don’t give up if it doesn’t look perfect first time. Keep re-arranging your props, try different angles and lighting, until you find something that works for you.

Whether you’re selling make up or just showcasing it, taking high-quality photos will help boost your engagement levels and get more followers on Instagram. Getting more likes on Instagram will help your posts be more visible to more people; the more engagement your posts receive, the higher up it will appear on your followers’ feeds. These hacks will help you on your way to Instagram success!