How to never take a bad picture again

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Not all people like being photographed. Many people I know feel uncomfortable, insecure and doesn’t know how to act as soon as a camera enters the room. They shy away and mumble something about “never looking good in pictures”. When I was working as a model I learned some great tricks that everybody can use to take a good-looking photo. You don’t have to be a model to succeed. These are my best tips for a good picture:

Lighting is key.
It may sound simple, but it does a lot for the picture. No one, not even top models, looks good when the lighting is bad. Avoid backlight and sharp lighting from above that can create strange shadows on your face. Let the natural light from the window fall on you if you are inside, because standing in front of a window with backlight almost never looks good. To photograph outside in daylight when the sun is directly overhead does also rarely serve to anyone’s advantage.

The importance of glow and some well put concealer.
Your makeup can look very different in a picture from what it does in real life. If you know that you are going to be photographed, you might want to apply some extra concealer to cover dark circles and sweep some bronzer over your cheeks and nose. A highlighter or facial oil can also be applied on the cheekbones to add extra glow.

Photo 1: Emma Sjöberg & Karen Mulder for ELLE Japão, 1993.

Do you have a sweet side?
A German photographer once told me that the right side of my face is my “chokoladenseite” (chocolate side) and I have noticed that I tend to like pictures where I show more of my right side a little bit better. Try looking at yourself in front of a mirror to discover your sweet side.


Adjust your chin.
A small adjustment of your chin, up or down, can often make a big difference.

Strike a (natural) pose.
A lot of people don’t know what to do with their arms and hands. Learn a few natural poses like putting your hands in your pockets, crossing your arms or just letting them hand relaxed. Avoid putting your hands on your side too often, as it often looks quite posing and fake.

Photo: Tobias Lundkvist for Damernas Värld

Laugh and think about something that makes you happy.
A fake smile is often given away by your eyes. Think about someone or something that makes you happy to bring out a natural smile from within. Being yourself and avoiding freezing in front of the camera often results in the best pictures.


The efficient sleeping beauty

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That one of the most common beauty tips out there is “sleep” is not a coincidence. It really is during the night your skin get a chance to recover from the stress caused by the day behind us. These 4 products do not only help you get those precious hours of sleep – they make them even more efficient.

  1. Treatment overnight repair mask, 39€/100ml. A repairing a rehydrating night mask, nominated as “best beauty products of the year” in both Stella & Costume Beauty Awards and Norwegian Cosmetic Awards 2018.
  2. Slip TM Pillow Case in “Pink”, 79$/queen size. It is said that cotton in your pillow soaks up the moisture and oils from your skin while you sleep. Try sleeping on a cool silk pillow that is supposed to be gentle on both skin and hair.
  3. Shut the light out with Love Stories nattmask “Rizzo“,  30€/one size.
  4. THIS WORKS Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, 22€/75ml. A soothing and relaxing spray with Lavender, Chamomile and Vetiver that you spray on your pillow before bedtime. Placebo effect or not – it just works.

 


The best eye shadow for your eye colour

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A smokey eye looks good on almost everybody, but who is to say that it has to be black? Choose a shade in an accent colour to make your own colour stand out.

Emma S. ageless eye cream – for mature skin +30.

Emma S. sensitive eye cream – for dry and sensitive skin.

Base: demi mat cream.
Crease: violet.
Outer corner: purple with satin-finish.
Lash line: Plum.
Inne eye: demi mat cream.

Kicks Eye Colour – White Chiffon.


Isadora Eye Sculptor Bar nr 24 Mauve Rose Sculpt

Estée Lauder Magic Smokey – Charred Plum.

Base: demi matt vanilla
Crease:
matt rosé
Eye lid
Shimmering rose. Spray your brush to create a more intense colour. 
Inne eye: 
Light pink shimmer

Buxom Single Bar Shade – Diamond Darling.
Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte – 641 Fantasie.
YSL Couture Mono – N°01 Paris.

 

Base: Light soft cream
Crease: Matt amber
Outer corner: Copper with red undertones. Spray your brush to create a more intense colour.
Lash line: Burgundy

Isadora Perfect Eyes – Bare Beige.

Urban Decay – Naked Heat Palette.

Base: Ivory.
Crease: Warm, matt light brown.
Outer corner: soft bronze almond.
Lash line: Dark bronze.
Corner of the eye: Light golden shimmer.

Ester Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eye – Ivory.

Smash box Op Eye Shadow Single – Wheat (soft warm almond)

MAC Eye Shadow – Sable.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick – Sugar Frost.
Emma S. Eye Makeup Remover

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Why is it so important to cleanse your skin?

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Carolina Öberg is a licensed skincare therapist at Emma S. We asked her about why it is so important to have a good cleansing routine.

– A good daily cleansing routine is the foundation for beautiful skin. With daily cleansing, I mean both morning and evening, and preferably in at least three steps in the evening.

But why is it so important to do it? 

– Let’s take a look on what can end up on your face on a daily basis; sunscreen, primer, makeup, dirt, exhaust gases, pollutants, sweat and bacteria. Makeup today is better than ever and can be tough to remove. All of these things pile up on your face and will eventually build up a layer. This layer does not only clog your pores (which can lead to unflattering blemishes and blackheads), but will also block you skin and make it impossible for all your yummy serums, moisturisers and luxurious face masks to penetrate the skin and work their magic.

– The skin is also a super important part of your immune system where the outer layer has a so called “acid mantle” consisting of fats and lipids with a natural acidic pH-level. This acidic environment works as a great protection against bacteria since the microorganisms don’t like this acidity.

Can’t I just use good old soap and water?

– If you treat your skin poorly and e.g. use a regular hand soap with a high pH-value you will disrupt the skins natural pH-balance. This can both make your skin dry as well as lower the immune protection which can lead to a reactive and sensitive skin.

So, how should I cleanse my skin?

– To get perfectly clean skin (and save up on laundry from makeup dirty towels) I always recommend following a three-step routine:

  1. Remove makeup – If you use makeup you should always start with an effective makeup remover. Choose a remover that suits your individual needs and preferences. If you use a lot of eye makeup or waterproof mascara, opt for a fragrance-free eye makeup remover. If you are more of a foundation-, rouge- and bronzer- kind of girl, reach for the 2 in 1 makeup remover and use it together with a cotton pad. If you have sensitive or very dry skin, gently massage a cleansing oil directly onto your dry face to dissolve your makeup.
  2. Wash – When you’ve said bye bye to your makeup, use a face wash to get rid of the last traces of dirt and excess oils. Use a facial wash especially made for the face with the right pH-level.
  3. Balance – neutralize the skin’s pH-level with a facial toner to make it ready for your following creams and serums.

– The result you’ll get from having a good skincare routine is not just a fresh and clear complexation, but you will also get the benefits of more glow, less visible dryness wrinkles and better effect of the rest of your skincare routine.

But seriously, how am I supposed to have time for all of this?

– I am myself a mother of two young ones so I know how hard it can be to make time for it all and especially time for myself. First of all, it isn’t as complicated and time consuming as it may sound, and second of all we are all human. The important thing isn’t that you do it perfect, as long as you do something.

Find your cleansing-routine here.

 

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Find the right foundation for your skin type

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“If I only got to use one makeup product for the rest of my life it would be a really good foundation. A good foundation creates a smooth and healthy complexion, erase flaws and magically gives your skin a new glow. The trick is to is to find the right foundation for your skin type. And don’t forget to prime with a great day cream well-suited for your skin to create the perfect base.” 

foundation2Combined skin
Look for a foundation that is creamy without being too oily. A mineral powder can work wonders on combined skin since it evens out the skin tone without making the skin lose any of its lustre.
Ageless Day Cream SPF15 
1. Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation
2. She Umemura Light Bulb Foundation

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Oily skin
Avoid foundations with a lot of oils in it and aim for a matte powder foundation. Another tip is to always keep blotting papers in your hand bag to absorb shine from your t-zone during the day.
Moisturising Day Cream
1. Bare Minerals Matte Mineral Foundation
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free

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Use a foundation that provides both colour and rehydration, and look for a sort with some extra shimmer or glow added to it to brighten up your skin. Choose one with a light, fluid texture that is easy to apply and doesn’t build up on any dry spots or wrinkles.
Sensitive Day Cream
1. Dior Nude Air Foundation
2. Lumene Nude Perfection Glow Foundation

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If you have sensitive skin – look for a foundation that is fragrance free and allergy tested. A mineral powder with nourishing properties can be good option, but skip the anti-ageing ingredients since they can often irritate sensitive skin.
Sensitive Day Cream
7. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue 

8. Idun Norrsken Pure Mineral Illuminating Foundation


Use your body wash for something important

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”I have friends who have suffered from breast cancer, so I know how important it is to detect cancer at an early stage in order to defeat it” – Emma

In October it is yet again time for the Swedish Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. We at Emma S. want to draw attention to this important matter. By regularly checking your breasts, for example when you shower, you increase your chances to detect the disease at an early stage. Use your body wash for something important!

How-to:

  1. Use a firm, smooth touch, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
  2. Begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast and have covered the entire breast from your armpit to your cleavage.
  3. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts.

Here’s what you should look for: Are the breasts in their usual size, shape, and color? Does something stand out as different from the rest? Has anything changed since the last time you checked? Make a note about how your breasts look and feel and save it to your next self-exam.

If you have any questions or suspect something that may be a symptom of cancer, turn to your closest hospital or your gynecologist.

 


Wear it now – Velvet

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Velvet is looking out to be one of fall’s biggest trends. If you want to get a head start and wear it now it’s best matched with a light-weight top and accessories with a summery feel.

1.) Top, 269 sek, Mango 2.) Matte Radiance Bronzer, 429 sek, Laura Mercier 3.) Barrow Street EdT, 30ml, 399 sek 4.) Velvet pants, 499 sek, Mango 5.) Cocktail ring, ca 250 sek, Madewell 6.) Sun glasses, 2 550 sek, Ralph Lauren.


Emma’s guide to summer in Stockholm

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Café.
Sthlm brunch Club
 lis located by a beautiful park in Vasastan and serves breakfast all day. They don’t take any reservations so be prepared to come early to get a table outdoors. @sthlmbrunchclub_

Restaurant.
Köpmantorget in Old Town is a new favourite of mine. It’s a quaint little square a bit off the most touristy streets where the restaurants’ outdoor settings unfold along the cobbled streets. My favourite spots are Grill RubyÖsterlånggatan 17 and Bistro Pastis.

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Special place.
Rosendal’s Garden
 is an oasis located at Djurgården in Stockholm. Stroll among the flowers, apple trees and plantations, buy some home-made jam in the Garden shop and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry at the café. Rosendalsvägen 38, Djurgården.

Juice bar.
Juiceverket at Odenplan is one of my regular spots. I always order the Asklepios Health Sumo with extra ginger that is said to be good for your health. Norrtullsgatan 21, Vasastan.

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SPA.
CA & Company
 is a new beauty salon at Södermalm run by my amazing friend Annelie Englund. Book an appointment for a relaxing massage, a manicure or a tailor made facial with Emma S. products! Folkungagatan 89, Södermalm.

Shopping.
If you want to get as much shopping done in as little time as possible you should head to Biblioteksstan. The stores are lined up closely and you’ll find a great mix of high-end and budget, Swedish and international brands. My favourite stops are By Marlene Birger, & Other Stories and Filippa K.

Museum.
I love photo art and Fotografiska always has fantastic shows. This summer I’m going to see “The picture of Greta Garbo” and Bryan Adam’s exhibition “Exposed”. The Modern Museum also has an amazing exhibition signed  Yayoi Kusama right now, which is as amusing for grown-ups as for children. Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm and Skeppsholmen.

 Images: @tuvaalicia, Bockholmengruppen, garderner.blogg.se, MyNewsDesk and Fotografiska museet.