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How to: Create The Perfect Instagram Flat Lay

How to: Create The Perfect Instagram Flat Lay

Flat lays are those super ‘Instagrammable’ pictures that you see across fashion and beauty bloggers’ social media feeds. You take a photo from a bird’s eye view of objects, clothing, beauty products or your GLOSSYBOX on a plain background so all the objects are the focal point.

We love featuring this style of imagery from our subscribers on our feeds and we’d love to see more of our Glossies producing these snaps. So we’ve created a beginners guide to taking the perfect flat lay!

Step 1

Find a plain backdrop. Many bloggers favour using a plain white table, plain bedding or even the floor! Anything that is flat with not a lot of pattern or texture.

Step 2

Pick the object you want to focus on. For example, your GLOSSYBOX. Place that in the centre and create a mood around the box using things like the beauty products from your monthly box, flowers, jewellery and notepads etc.

Step 3

Once you have all your objects, start with the largest items as the base of the flat lay. For example, large flowers or your laptop. Then add everything else wherever looks aesthetically pleasing. Flat lays can take a lot of time, trial and error so feel free to experiment. You’ll find yourself moving a lot of items around, practice makes perfect.

Step 4

Grab your camera and take as many pictures as you want. Sometimes it’s helpful to stand on a chair or lift your arms high above and snap. Or you can shoot closer to make the flat lay look busier. Play around with the angles to see what works for you.

Step 5

Editing is a big part of achieving the perfect flat lay. Once you have taken your photos, upload it into an editing app. I love using VSCO Cam, FaceTune and Snapseed as these come with so many filters to play around with. The brightness and sharpness of the image are the most important factors of a high quality flat lay so focus on those tools.

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Alice Keegan

Alice Keegan

Eye Shadow Lover

I think it is so important to follow a beauty routine that works for YOU - you don't need to follow the crowd. I am always researching and trying out new looks, products and routines that are fresh and popular amongst the global beauty community to keep up to date with what's on trend and what works best. If you name a product, I've probably tried it.