10 selfie trends that made waves in 2015

Because simply snapping a photo of your face isn't enough anymore 

Clown contouring
Clown contouring
16 Jul 2015

Clown contouring

While contour selfies are nothing new (especially if you follow the Kardashians on Instagram), clown contouring is a relatively new phenomena, having been invented by beauty vlogger belladelune, who posted this flamboyant selfie as a response to people who call her a clown.

“Even though you don’t need this amount of makeup or any makeup at all to look or feel beautiful, let’s face it, makeup is fun and it’s a way of expressing yourself,” she said. “And personally, I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been called a clown or hated on because of the way I use this art form, and I just did this to show you what a real payasa (‘clown’ in Spanish) looks like.”

The most amazing part? She actually managed to blend all of that into a pretty decent base look, inspiring dozens of other women to post their own clown contouring selfies.

No makeup selfies
No makeup selfies
16 Jul 2015

No makeup selfies

Few categories of selfie attract as much ire as the barefaced selfie, which serves as an excuse for women to show how attractive they look au natural. While some users (celebrities included) post “no makeup selfies” to promote self-confidence, haters accuse them of either wearing light makeup in the photo, or of deceiving us by wearing makeup at all.

The #dontjudgechallenge
The #dontjudgechallenge
16 Jul 2015

The #dontjudgechallenge

You’ve probably seen thumbnails of people with exaggerated unibrows, acne, and double chins all over your Facebook. Click play, and within seconds, you’ll see these dorks transform into their actual hot selves. While these videos were created in jest, the so-called #dontjudgechallenge has received criticism for inadvertently making fun of people who really do have unibrows, acne, and double chins. As Vine user Jesse Calvillo said in a widely-shared video, “All you guys are doing is mocking the way people look and then revealing that you don’t actually look like them.”

Half make-up selfie
Half make-up selfie
16 Jul 2015

Half make-up selfie

Earlier this year, women started posting photos of themselves half bare-faced, and half-made-up, to encourage self-confidence and fight “makeup shaming”. The trend originated from beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials, who applied makeup on just one side of her face to show that there’s no shame in wearing makeup – and that there’s no shame in going without it! Instead of accusing women who love makeup of being vain or un-feminist, we should embrace makeup as a fun means of self-expression. Likewise, women who wear makeup shouldn’t pressure those who prefer being barefaced to start wearing it.  When you post a half face selfie, you’re basically showing the world that neither side of your face is better than the other: ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference (remember to hashtag #thepowerofmakeup!).

Fitspo selfies
Fitspo selfies
16 Jul 2015

Fitspo selfies

Never scroll through Instagram during lunch. You’ll probably come across a photo of your friend’s oiled, toned, and flawless body (hashtagged #fitspo) while reaching for a third slice of pizza. Perhaps, inspired by their dedication, you’ll burn off those pizza calories with a run later tonight. Or perhaps you’ll scoff at their narcissism and obvious abuse of camera angles while crying through your fourth slice.

Wefies
Wefies
16 Jul 2015

Wefies

The first rule of wefies is that there must be two or more people in the photo. The second rule is that the person with the longest arms has to take it, thus sacrificing how good they look in the picture for the sake of the team. And the third rule is that you have to take at least five or six, so that everyone has a chance to post the photo where they look awesome, and everyone else looks busted.

Sheet mask selfies
Sheet mask selfies
16 Jul 2015

Sheet mask selfies

A sheet mask selfie is the perfect way to show that you enjoy pampering yourself, but are more relaxed than people who use clay masks. (If you’re feeling really creepy, you can try using one of these animal sheet masks, as pictured on Vivian Hsu!)

#AfterSex selfies
#AfterSex selfies
16 Jul 2015

#AfterSex selfies

Okay, technically, these are wefies, but whatever. An #AfterSex selfie is exactly what it sounds like: a photo posted depicting you and your bae in the throes of bliss. As if people weren’t narcissistic enough over social media. Barf.

Amusement park selfies
Amusement park selfies
16 Jul 2015

Amusement park selfies

Roller coaster selfies might seem silly enough, but apparently, they’re so hazardous that Disney banned them from their attractions. Earlier this year, a roller coaster in Disney’s California Adventure park had to stop midway for an hour because a passenger took out a selfie stick. What can we say? A selfie at the top of Space Mountain just isn’t worth a Final Destination 3 situation. 

Wealthfies
Wealthfies
16 Jul 2015

Wealthfies

At long last, we’ve arrived at the most notorious kind of selfie: a photo of your gorgeous face surrounded by luxury goods. Stalking wealthfies might be fun, even intriguing – what kind of 22-year-olds can own a closet full of Hermes bags? –  the gross display of wealth always leaves us feeling a little bit hollow.

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