In front of a camera lens can be an intimidating place to be. We freeze up, are totally caught off guard, and sometimes, our inspired ensembles just read as wacky when seen in hi-res. Trust, we can fill an album or two with all our rookie-supermodel moments.
But, thankfully, taking a great picture is hardly an impossible feat. In fact, with a few super-easy adjustments you can take any impromptu snap from amateur hour to totally Facebook-, frame-, and online-dating-profile worthy. Ditch the cheesy poses and stop trying to blend in — these nine foolproof tricks will make you look like a natural in front of the camera…even if you’re not.
Wear A Blue-Red Lipstick — The right shade of lip color can make your teeth look whiter. Look for blue-red lipsticks, or dab on a sheer blue gloss over your regular color. Your smile will look instantly brighter. Magic!
Don’t Do The Teapot — While it may feel instinctual to put your hand on your hip to create a slender line with your arms, the pose can be a bit cheesy. Instead, keep your shoulders back, and hold you arms slightly bent and away from the body — same effect, without the Mrs. Teapot impersonation.
Work The Angle — There’s nothing wrong with a full-frontal smile, but a universal and handy trick is to tilt your chin at an angle. Be sure to keep a long, swan-like neck while pointing your chin down slightly. It’s a small adjustment but can make a major difference.
Fabrics Matter — Don’t wear something that easily shows wrinkles or your undergarment lines (VPLs included). Thick, structured pieces are generally your best bet.
Stand Out — Neutral shades are lovely but when you’re in a photo (especially with a sea of friends), you may begin to blend in. Pick a bold-colored graphic print in a clean shape and really stand out in a crowd.
Remember Your Blush — Everyone benefits from a little color in her cheeks, especially when a camera flash is involved. A cream or matte blush will make you look healthier, but avoid glitters and shimmers — they’ll catch more of the light and look less natural.
Sign Of The Cross — Popping a knee, while comfortable, can break up the length of your leg. To create an extended line, cross the ankles and point the toe at an angle creating catwalk-ready, long gams.
Keep It Moving — Make sure your pose is not too stiff or placed. Relax your limbs and feel free to let your body sway (walk, pivot, dance, etc.) to hit a stance that looks natural and at ease.
Photographed by Angela Pham
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