Our Instagrams are so carefully cultivated that art historians will have a field day 100 years from now when they’re researching old online art. We know exactly what angle to hold our cameras at for the perfect selfie, and we know which way to lean so the light will catch our good sides. We know how to cover up a food baby, and we definitely know what to post to make certain boys jealous of the awesome and fulfilled single lives we’re leading. It’s not even magic!
These are habits and artistic choices that we’ve developed over the months and years of having Instagram. Some men might think that it’s not fair; why should we, as women, get to put filters on our photos and make ourselves up? Well, boys, first off: we don’t owe you a thing, and we don’t care if we’re natural-looking or not. We put our make up on for our own enjoyment, not for you. Secondly, Insta is a way we can express ourselves and love ourselves, even if we do use a couple cheats here and there. They aren’t bad though! We’ve listed the 15 most common cheats used by women in their photographs. You’ll see how harmless they are, and maybe you’ll start integrating some of them into your own pictures!
15 We Show Off Our Assets
You know the phrase “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”, right? One thing that we’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter how good what you’ve got is. What matters is that you’ve got it. If you’re not the hottest person in the world, it’s okay. People are still going to look twice at you… We promise. That’s because flaunting it is the best way to show you’re confident in yourself, even if you are faking it a little. Instagram is easy to fake confidence on, as they’re all single-moment-in-time photos. Thus, one of the biggest ways we cheat men (and others) into thinking we’re super body-confident is to post pictures of our body. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best one in the world or not. What matters is the fact that you’re showing it off, loud and proud.
14 We've Perfected Our Grumpy Pouts
The grumpier the better, right? Wrong. There’s a threshold of grumpy that shouldn’t be overstepped, or else you just look… Well, sad. The best level of grumpy pout is just enough to still look cute, but not quite enough to actually display any emotion other than slight boredom. This cheat is used by women to show more of a range of emotions, and to show off a really good make up day. No smiling means no wrinkles or pulling, which highlights that A+ contour you did. While you definitely shouldn’t use this cheat too often, it’s a nice option for getting some easy hits. Not to mention the fact that your crush might be open to curing your grumpiness…
13 We Know How To Cover Up That Acne
These before and afters are startling, and are the best way to show these Instagram hacks. While this woman’s acne isn’t the worst that’s out there, it’s pretty bad. No doubt she’s faced some comments or stress about it, and probably doesn’t want to miss out on likes just because people are judging her skin. Oftentimes acne isn’t a reflection of how clean you keep your face, but rather a hormonal or dietary reaction. It’s sad that people judge others because of their skin. While we’re trying to change that mindset in people, in the meantime you can use all your make up skills to cover it up. If that makes you feel more confident, go for it. It’ll definitely cheat your crush into thinking your skin is great, which may or may not be what you want…
12 We Know Our Most Flattering Angles
It’s all about angles, ladies! Nobody looks good from every single angle. Some of us look really good straight-on, but terrible from the side. Almost no one looks good from an under-the-chin angle, but most of us look good when the camera is above us. Do you know your best angles? We suggest you learn, as it’s an quick and easy cheat you’ll use all the time. Some women’s favourite selfie angle has been used so many times that they’ll automatically put their camera in that position, even if they’re just using the screen to check their lipstick. You can’t help it if you know it makes you look (and feel) good! Start experimenting with your favourite angles and see what you can develop into your own perfect pose.
11 We Utilize Shapewear
There is NOTHING wrong with wearing shapewear, friends. Most of us feel more secure when we’ve got some shorts on under those dresses, and the extra smoothing out helps a lot when you’ve got a skin-tight pink dress like Kim K here. While we know this is more of a life hack rather than an Instagram cheat, we had to include it because it’s so useful. If you haven’t jumped on the shapewear train, you’d be surprised. Even for those smaller ladies it can help smooth out lines and keep your dress from bunching. There’s nothing worse than a weirdly wrinkled dress in a photo. Keep your Instagrams looking as fresh as Kim K with this cheat, and rest assured that no one needs to know if your shorts are shapewear or protection wear.
10 We Show Them Just Enough To Keep Them Interested
There’s a unique skill that we women have where we’re able to take cute photos with only a fraction of our face actually showing. Nobody seems to care that they can only see hair, sweater, and a perfectly manicured single eyebrow. This photo is still one of the most attractive shots on the list, and it has a lot to do with the fact that she knows exactly how much to show to get people excited. It’s a balancing act where you’re always trying to hint at more than just what you’re covering up. The cheat is a tricky one to perfect, but keep practicing. You’ll find that it’ll work out with just a little practice… And some awesome hair. That’s an important part of this cheat. There has to be something full to look at!