Elevate Your Selfies With These Affordable Ring Light Attachments

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Let’s face it: selfies have basically become a bona fide photographic genre in recent years, and there’s no longer a halo of shame for posting them incessantly to social media, and attempting to improve them with the help of some flattering filters, editing apps, and some good old fashioned staged lighting.

While I personally love a good filter — my current favorites happen to be Instagram’s proprietary “Reyes,” and VSCO’s O.G. “G3” — I’ve come to learn that the best kept “secret” to a flawless self-portrait is using a ring light to brighten up your features and blur the look of imperfections.

Seriously, whether you want to give your selfies a slight upgrade or just want to look a bit more awake during your conference calls, investing in a complexion-enhancing ring light accessory will literally give you an instant boost. In fact, I’m pretty much convinced that ring lights are the magic behind the filter-like quality you see in perfectly-lit videos and pictures taken by professional photographers, bloggers, and videographers.

The best thing is that you don’t have to get a full-sized lighting set-up to reap the benefits of ring lighting — there are plenty of tiny phone attachments that pop on and off your smartphone super easily. Below, check out some of our favorite models to try out for yourself.