Fed up of being tagged looking terrible? Check out our tips for mastering the perfect pose and start looking your best in every shot.
Look to your right
A US study conducted by Wake Forest University has revealed that the left side of the face is more attractive than the right, apparently due to the fact that this side of the face shows more emotion. To capture the perfect profile picture, look slightly to the right to reveal your 'best' side. This can also help to give the illusion of a slimmer face for those with rounder faces.
Choose your makeup carefully
For the perfect photo-ready appearance, make sure you avoid light reflective or mineral foundations containing high amounts of titanium dioxide (a reflective pigment). Although these foundations are great for an everyday luminous look, the flash of a camera can quickly transform your dewy complexion to a ghostly white one as the white light reflects back from the camera. Once you have applied a suitable foundation, finish your look with some face powder to help eliminate shine.
Accentuate your best features
To look your sparkling best in photos, make sure you emphasise your favourite features to make them the standout feature in your snapshot. Try playing up your eyes with some eyeliner or false lashes. Alternatively, perk up your pout with some bright lipstick. Also, make the most of your best body features with an outfit that complements your shape and colouring.
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Look away from the lens
Nobody wants glaring red or half-shut eyes ruining an otherwise great photo, so make sure you avoid this by focusing your eyes just slightly above or below the lens. Looking directly at the lens causes light to flash off the retina, leading to the red eye effect. Looking slightly away from the camera will also reduce the risk of those mid-blink shots.
Avoid "red eye" shots
As "red eye" in photographs is caused by light reflecting off the back of the eye, those with large pupils are more likely to suffer from this pesky problem. If averting your gaze from the camera is not doing the trick, another tip for alleviating the red eye effect is to make sure photos are taken in well lit environment or to look at a bright light just prior to the photograph being taken to make your pupils smaller.
Banish the double chin
There's nothing worse than spotting a picture of yourself sporting a double chin where you previously only had one, yet sadly this happens to the best of us. To avoid the appearance of a double chin in photographs, make sure that the camera is just above or at your eye level. Also, try tilting your head up and jutting your jaw out slightly - you may want to practise this one first in the mirror to stay looking natural!
Avoid direct light
It may not always be possible to control the lighting for your photographs and, unless you happen to be a professional model, you most likely won't have someone on hand to make sure it's just right. However, it is worth bearing in mind that direct light from above can cast shadows on your face and accentuate the appearance of under-eye shadows. Opt for areas with softer lighting or head to the shade if outdoors.
Pose like a pro
If you're posing for a full body shot, try the classic celeb pose of turning your body three quarters of the way towards the camera, with one shoulder closer to the camera and one foot in front of the other. This will make your body appear slimmer than if you were facing the camera face on. Try keeping your back straight with your shoulders back and your stomach in (just try not to suck it in too much, you won't be fooling anyone!).
Master the perfect smile
Many of us focus on our mouths when smiling; however, in the words of supermodel Tyra Banks, it's all about the "smeyes" (smiling with your eyes). Rather than forcing a grin, think about something that makes you happy for a more natural smile. You may also want to perfect your personal smile to work with your features. For instance, a beaming smile works great for those with good teeth, while a more relaxed half smile will make small eyes appear larger and lips appear fuller.
Practise your pose
If you're really keen to capture the perfect photo, the best thing you can do is practise beforehand. Experiment with different face and body angles, smiles and facial expressions to find what works for you, either in front of the mirror or with your own camera. Once you have discovered which looks you like best, you are ready to unleash them at every photo opportunity, making sure you look perfect each time.
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Do you want your skin to glow from within, without the need for pricey skin products or layers of makeup? The good news is, perfect skin could be just 10 simple steps away. To get the complexion you’ve always dreamed of, check out our top tips for glowing skin.
One of the most important steps for getting enviably smooth, clear and glowing skin is to make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet rich in face-friendly foods, including nutritious fruits and vegetables and omega-3 rich oily fish. Deficiencies in nutrients such as iron and vitamin B12 can lead to pale, sallow skin, so make sure you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. Nuts are also a great source of vitamin E, which can help the skin to retain its natural moisture levels and stay soft and hydrated. Check out these tips on how to eat yourself beautiful
Rather than relying on makeup for glowing skin and rosy cheeks, why not get a natural glow with some outdoor activity? Sunshine (in moderation) and fresh air are both great for your skin, while exercise can improve your complexion by increasing circulation, which helps to nourish skin cells, and helping to alleviate stress. Combine these skin-boosting benefits with a workout in the outdoors such as a brisk walk, jog or cycle before work or a relaxing spot of yoga in the park.
Our skin continually produces new cells and, as these new cells appear, dead ones can accumulate on the skin’s surface, leading to dull, dry skin. Regular exfoliation is important for removing these skin cells, which will not only leave your skin looking much brighter, but will allow skin products and moisturisers to penetrate the skin more effectively. Harsh exfoliation can damage the skin, so opt for a gentle exfoliator, such as ground oatmeal, or try removing your cleanser with a muslin cloth, which will lightly exfoliate the skin.
Our skin has a natural protective barrier, called an acid mantle, which helps to keep in moisture and fight off bacteria. Overly cleansing your skin or using alkaline products such as soap can remove this protective layer of oils, which can dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles, and also remove the barrier between your skin and acne-causing bacteria. For glowing skin, trying replacing your soap with a gentle PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser and wash your face just twice a day. Check out these 7 strange beauty tricks that work
Dehydration is a leading cause of dull skin and wrinkles and, contrary to what you may think, dehydration does not just affect dry skin types but can affect oily skin too. To increase your skin’s elasticity and help it to stay healthy and soft, make sure that it is well hydrated by using a daily moisturiser suitable for your skin type and also drinking plenty of water each day.
During sleep our skin cells renew themselves and collagen production increases, helping to keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy and youthful. Study results published in the British Medical Journal found that sleep-deprived people were rated as being less attractive than those who had had a normal night’s sleep, showing that the concept of “beauty sleep” is not a myth. To get glowing skin with minimal effort, try to establish a regular bedtime and get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep? Here are 5 sleep-inducing foods to help you drift off
Many of us wouldn’t be keen on the idea of putting oil anywhere near our faces, particularly in the case of those who already suffer from oily skin. However, non-comodogenic oils can actually help to clear out pores, reduce sebum production and naturally moisturise the skin. Oils such as almond oil and grapeseed oil make great natural moisturisers, while jojoba oil is an effective multi-functional oil which is particularly beneficial for acne-prone and oily complexions as it can help to normalise sebum production. Jojoba oil can be used as a cleanser, using the oil cleansing method, and can also replace your regular eye makeup remover and moisturiser.
Spending a fortune on expensive skin products in your pursuit for the perfect complexion? The answers to all your beauty problems may already be in your kitchen. Many common kitchen staples can double up as beauty products, such as olive oil – which makes a great natural body moisturiser – and brown sugar, which can be mixed with olive oil to make an exfoliator. For those suffering from acne, ice, honey and salt may be your skin’s new best friends. Run an ice cube over spots to help reduce swelling, follow with an antiseptic and soothing honey mask, then finish with a salt water toner. For those with eczema, try putting some oatmeal in your bathwater to help soothe your skin.
Want to ward off wrinkles? Who doesn’t?! For a glowing, youthful complexion, try to cut back on two of your skin’s worst enemies – alcohol and cigarettes. Smoking irritates the skin and deprives it of oxygen and nutrients, robbing it of its healthy glow and also causing premature ageing. Alcohol also robs the body of nutrients and causes skin to dry out and the eyes to become puffy. To retain your skin’s natural glow, try to quit smoking and only drink in moderation.
Stress affects our skin in many unfortunate and undesirable ways. A study has shown that chronic stress can actually accelerate cellular ageing, leading to wrinkles. Stress has also been found to exacerbate many skin conditions, including eczema and acne, as well as robbing us of our much-needed beauty sleep. To help keep your skin glowing and beautiful, try experimenting with some stress-busting techniques to help you cope with stressful situations, such as meditation, exercise or yoga. Check out these top 10 ways to relax
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