You know your photogenic friend who always looks naturally beautiful in photos? She’s about to get some competition. Between holiday parties and family gatherings, it’s the season of picture taking, so we put together our best tips to make sure you look your best in every photo.
To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great — promise.
Make sure your makeup is a perfect match, says mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles, who’s prepped everyone from Halle Berry to Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks for the red carpet. “When a foundation is too pale for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.” She advises, “Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck if your neck is paler (as is the case for most people).”
Look toward a light right before someone snaps your photo. Doing so will shrink your pupils and help you avoid red eye. This helps to ready your eyes for the flash.
Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth. The Left side of your face is almost always more flattering.
With a closer picture a photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below, a higher angle will also help to accentuate your jaw line. If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, grab a seat. However, if you are having a full-length photo taken a lower angle will visually stretch your figure, making you look taller and slimmer.
Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.
Never stand the closest to the camera or you will look disproportionately larger. Instead, stand on an even plane with everyone else in the photo.
Practice Your Red Carpet Pose: We’ve seen Taylor Swift rock the classic hand-on-hip at almost every red carpet event, but we love Allison Williams’ style here. Tilt your upper body out a little to create an angle between top and bottom, and hit that hand right to your hip for the ultimate figure-flattering stance
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