Are you one of those lovely Newly Engaged Valentine’s Day Gals? First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Now you’re probably thinking “how do I show off this stunning ring on instagram?” Here are our five tips for taking the best picture of your new engagement ring!
Take care of your hands. Especially in the Winter, hands tend to get chapped and flaky, which does not make for a pretty picture. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE! While you’re at it, get rid of any unsightly hangnails and cuticles that may ruin your picture. (instagram image credit)
Get a manicure! This one seems obvious, but it’s almost unbearable to look at a hand with bare or chipped nails. It’s best to stick to a solid, light colored nail polish such as pale pink or white to really contrast with the ring’s sparkle. (instagram image credit)
Clean the ring. This is a step some might not think of. In the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll be so excited and wanting to take a picture the second the ring is on your finger. What you might not consider, however, is the amount of fingers that have touched the ring from the jeweler, to your future husband, to all the people it has been shown to in between. Simply using a wet wipe or jewelry cleaner can take your ring selfie from a 1 to a 100! (instagram image credit)
Find good, natural light. Most diamond rings aren’t colorless, which means that any unnatural or indoor light will create a hue on your ring that might not necessarily be there. Have you ever seen a ring selfie where the diamond appears to be black? This is a combination of bad lighting and the natural color in the diamond. If you have to take the picture indoors, turn off any indoor lights and take the picture near a window. If you’re lucky enough to be able to get outside, face so the sun is behind your hand instead of directly over it. This will automatically make the ring seem brighter, and will show more of the details than it would overexposed. (instagram image credit)
Get the right angles. Rings are like people, in that each one has its own perfect angle. While most rings look good straight on, some will require careful positioning to catch the light. It’s amazing what a little hand tilt can do! (instagram image credit)