How to Get That Dreamy, Soft Glow #Aesthetic Effect for Your Photos

Only minimal editing needed!
by Cheska Santiago for Cosmo.ph   |  Jan 31, 2021
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) INSTAGRAM/NADINE, INSTAGRAM/AMYSERRANO
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Here's at Cosmo.ph, we're constantly finding ways to level up our Instagram game. From finding apps that will help you score that grainy, overexposed effect to listing down the best low-key sexy poses from celebs, we've got you covered, girl! Today, we'll be discussing how you can get that dreamy, ~soft glow~ effect that's all over Insta rn. Check out some examples from our forever peg, Nadine Lustre:

A dreamy Nadine Lustre
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A glowing Nadine Lustre
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While you can create the same effect with the use of Photoshop and *tricky* camera settings, YouTuber Amy Serrano found an easier way to score similar results. Her trick? Placing a tiny amount of moisturizer or petroleum jelly on the lens of your camera.

Placing a tiny amount of moisturizer or petroleum jelly on the lens of your camera
Place a tiny amount of moisturizer or petroleum jelly on the lens of your camera or phone. YouTube/Amy Serrano
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If you don't have a DSLR like her, you can also employ the same trick on your phone's camera. Amy smears the product directly on the lens, but if you don't want any potential damage, you can place some cling wrap on it beforehand for protection. After that, pat it down with tissue to adjust the "blurriness."

That trick alone will already give your photos a dream-like quality to it, but to amp it up more, you need to use some glow-boosting makeup products. Make sure to apply a blinding highlighter on the highest points of your face, put on some gloss, and place some glitter on your lids, too. These will create some sparkles that will def a little extra ~*something*~ to your pictures.

use some glow-boosting makeup products
Apply some glow-boosting makeup products on your face for some serious sparkle! YouTube/Amy Serrano
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Once you're done prepping your phone and your face, it's time to take some photos! Make sure to turn the flash on so that the light will pick up the sparkles on your makeup and accessories.

Make sure to turn the flash on
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After you're done taking photos, the only editing you'll need to do is adjusting the brightness to your liking and adding some grain for a more ~vintage~ effect. Post your pics and see the double taps come in!

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Watch Amy's full video below:

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