Have you ever untagged a picture of your self that you considered to be unflattering?! Admit, we all have! There’s always that one photo of ourselves on the ‘Gram (or twelve. Cough, cough) that you just want to hide from the public. Whether you were caught in an awkward pose, or with your mouth full of food, those tagged photos can make you cringe. No one wants a photo they hate circulating online, so how can you combat the photo blues? We have a few tips for looking your best in every photo, whether it’s a selfie or a professional session.
Face the Light: Face the light source you have, whether it’s sunlight or a window. Facing the light helps avoid the blown out light of a flash, which can make you look washed out. Good light sources include natural light, and even a lamp in a pinch.
Strike a pose: Try turning sideways and angling one shoulder towards the camera. It instantly makes you look taller and more slender by changing your body angle! It’s flattering on everyone and you’ll feel like a model.
Keep your hair natural: Steer clear of crunchy hair products like gel and hairspray, and instead, try a shine serum from a professional brand like Aveda. It won’t weigh your hair down like regular beauty products, and will add shine and volume! Hair with movement always photographs better than stiff, stick straight hair.
Avoid a double chin: Push your face forward and slightly dip your chin downward. It may feel awkward, but it is flattering and helps you have a more defined jawline. It also helps if your makeup is blended well along your neckline. Have a friend or your photographer check your makeup before you begin shooting, in order to make sure that your makeup is all the way blended in. Try a beauty blender if you have trouble preventing a foundation line.
Makeup tips: Consider hiring a professional makeup artist, especially if you are having Senior Pictures taken or are going to an event where there will be a professional photographer. If you are going to an event and want to look your best, try filling in your brows lightly for a more polished look. It will also make your brows look more defined and will help frame your face. Keep your skin looking dewy and fresh will a light dusting of translucent powder, especially during the hot summer months!
Outfits: If you’re mixing prints, try to stay in a similar color family, or wear solids for a streamlined look. Try slim belts to bring in your waist at your smallest point for a more flattering photo, and if you’re short, try adding a low or mid height heel to appear taller and give your leg a longer line!
Selfie savvy: A real smile is always the best choice. Even a selfie taken mid-laugh will look more relaxed and not too formal. Avoid things like excessive cleavage, gang signs, peace signs, or the infamous duck face. Remember that prospective jobs and colleges can now look through your social media, and keepin’ it classy is always a win!