Okay, so I kinda love posing for pictures. Admittedly, 90% of the pictures on my phone are of myself. With that said, I have posed and taken thousands of pictures over the years both professionally, and for fun. In all those sessions, I have learned some tricks to really play up my best features while posing. So, brace yourself because I am about to let you in on my top 10 secrets to get you looking fantastic in any photo instantly!
1. It’s all in how you pose! If you are standing, turn your body so that one side of your body is closer to the camera than the other. A slight turn towards the camera can make you appear much more slim. Do not stand head-on, it can make you look bulky.
2. Say “Money”…not “Cheese”! We’ve all heard “say cheese” when we are posing for a picture, but do not fall for this trap. Saying the word “cheese” makes a very unflattering face. Instead, say the word” money”. Almost each part of saying this word makes an attractive face. Try it now! Doesn’t it feel good?
3. Stick your chin out. This may sound crazy, but when someone is taking your picture, stick your chin out. It tightens up your face and neck and makes you appear slimmer. It may feel uncomfortable, but it will look great on camera.
4. Wear the right color on your lips. Your smile is always the most important part of taking a great pictures, so you’ve gotta make it pop, while still looking natural. Stick to berry-colored lip sticks or glosses. It comes across great on camera.
5. How’s your lighting? Make sure the light is behind the person taking your picture. This allows for the light to be on you. It may mean it is bright and in your eyes, but suck it up…it’s gonna make a great Facebook profile pic!
6. Get rid of that double chin. Along with sticking your chin out a bit, place your tongue behind your teeth. It will relax your face and will smooth out that double chin you’ve been sporting since Christmas.
7. Avoid patterns. Stick to solid, vibrant colors. Patterns can make you look bulky and it can distract from the most important part of the picture…YOU
8. Get a good angle. Make sure the camera lens is at or above your eye level. If the lens is below your eye level, you will appear bigger.
10. Make your eyes pop! Apply darker eye shadow to the crease of your eyes while putting light, shimmery eye shadow on the inside of the eye and the brow bone.