How to look better in photos

We love taking pictures with friends and family. You wonder exactly how all those models manage to be so damn photogenic. Even if you love the way you look in person, it takes practice to make sure your in-the-flesh beauty translates on camera. The good news? Learning how to be photogenic is a skill you can totally master.

Be natural
Hair with movement to it comes across as sexier on film, so take it easy on the styling products, says N.Y.C. hairstylist David Evangelista. "You really don't want your do to look sprayed or crunchy."
Open your eyes slowly
If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!

Take care of your make up
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).”

Curled lashes and mascara
Curled lashes and mascara are musts, Stiles insists (she swears by mark Scanda-Lash Mascara). “Both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. You want to draw people into a picture, so you want to maximize the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!”

Stick your neck out
To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Push your face forward ever so slightly, says Mimi Dorsey. "It feels absolutely ridiculous when you're doing it, but it makes your face look thinner and hides any sign of a double chin."

Look down just a little
“A subtle tilt of the chin downward will make your face look slimmer and give you a sharper jawline,” says Melissa Silver, makeup artist for Maybelline New York. “And smile. This lifts up the cheekbones, giving your face more structure.” Also, try pushing your face out just a bit.

Fill in your brows
Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.

Dont sweat it 
While it's nice to have a subtle glow to your skin, too much shine can be distracting, says Troy Jensen, who recommends applying a matte finishing product, like Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. "Run it on the side of your nose, forehead and chin. It neutralizes shine instantly without feeling goopy."

Spot a pattern
Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.

Stand up straight
Good posture not only makes you look taller, it can also make you look thinner and your stomach flatter. This is an easy one to do that takes less than five seconds: Stand up straight, roll your shoulders back, lift up your chest and lengthen your neck.

The right lip stick
Lipstick, like clothing, has become seasonless-matching your own coloring is the goal now. Roughly, cooler tones (those on the bluer end of the spectrum) work better for fairer skin, and warmer tones (those closer to red and orange) work best for darker tones like Jessica Alba's olive complexion.

Work the angles
"There's an old red carpet trick that really makes you look confident and sleek," says Cavaco. "Turn your body about 45 degrees to the side, swivel your shoulders towards the camera, plant one foot slightly in front of the other, and put all of your weight on your back leg. It simultaneously slims the waist, lengthens the legs, and makes you look taller. If you like the hand-on-hip pose and you have a short torso, place your hand lower than your actual waist. If your torso's long, place your hand a bit above the waist."

Sit like a ballerina
"When you're sitting in a photo, your torso looks folded and your back rounds to the camera, so you need to assume a dancer's posture right before the flash goes off," says Cavaco. "Imagine someone is tugging you up by a string attached to the crown of your head, so your spine and neck are elongated, then pull your stomach in and point your chin down slightly."

Highlight toned arms
"If you're placing your hand on someone's stomach or chest during a photo, push your arm away from your body a few inches so it doesn't smash against your torso and lose definition," says Cavaco. Sofia Vergara pulls it off perfectly.


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