It’s the holiday season when it seems like cameras come out everywhere, making every event fair game for picture taking. In spite of the popularity of the “selfie,” not everyone wants to star in a visual display. If you’re one of those who has “photo issues,” here are some tips on how to look good in pictures.
Most people think that they have to look perfect to take a good picture. Not so. If you can relax and engage with the photographer or the group, you have a better chance of appearing naturally attractive. And a little preparation will add polish to your presentation.
Practice Your Pose
Posing for pictures doesn’t have to be stressful. When in doubt, use your mirror and practice, practice, practice!
- Don’t squarely face the camera. For a slimmer look, turn your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, planting one foot in front of the other.
- Move your face forward a bit, and tip down your chin.
- Hold arms slightly away from your body.
- Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck in your stomach.
- Keep your eyes open and focused at a point above the camera. You can prevent red-eye by looking directly at a light source immediately before the picture is taken.
- Keep your smile natural by thinking of something funny. Don’t say “cheese” unless it makes you laugh.
Use the Right Makeup
Conceal lightly. Don’t use foundation or powder as a mask. You can get a more natural effect by using concealer only to hide imperfections (say, redness around your nose) and shadowy areas. Reduce any shine on your forehead or nose with a translucent matte powder.
Enhance your eyes. Draw attention to your eyes by defining your brows and lash lines. Fill in your brows if necessary and intensify your upper lash lines with liner. Lining the bottom lashes will make your eyes will look smaller. Add mascara to the upper and lower lashes.
Add some color. Even if you have naturally dark skin, without blush, your face can look pale or washed-out in a photo. Gently apply a warm light color to your cheeks.
Give Your Hair Some Bounce
Wear a style that flatters your face shape. Since hair tends to look flatter and duller in pictures, add a little extra height and volume to those locks. This will also help make your face appear more delicate. If you want to try a new look, make sure it works before you start posing for pictures. At your next appointment, ask your stylist for suggestions.
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