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How to Look Good in Pictures

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How to Look Good in Pictures

Tips to Help You Look Good in Photos

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While most of us strive to look our best each and every day, there are certain times when we especially want to put a fab face forward—particularly if there will be photographs to document the occasion. A lot of people shy away from pictures because they don’t like the way they look in them, but that doesn’t have to be the case. By following a few easy tips, you can ensure that you look your best, and have photographs that you will be proud to show off. For best results, start preparing about 10-14 days before the actual event.

Wash your face thoroughly: It is imperative that you take time every night to remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and pollution. I would suggest using a makeup remover wipe first, using light pressure, before actually cleansing your skin. This method helps to avoid working makeup and other debris into your pores. Follow up with a toner. Rose water is perfect for the skin and can be picked up in any health food store. After toning, I would recommend applying a thin layer of hyaluronic acid serum, which will help to plump fine lines.

Exfoliate your skin: It’s important to exfoliate your skin during the winter months, as the dry air can cause dead skin cells to build up. Purchase a gentle facial scrub, or make your own by adding a little baking soda to your usual cleanser. Just make sure not to overdo it; once every two to three days is all you need. Smooth skin will help cosmetics glide right on.

Get a facial: I would recommend an oxygen facial, as this will give the skin a natural, rosy glow. If you intend to have extractions, do not schedule your appointment too close to the date the photos will be taken. If you feel you need extractions, tell the esthetician that you would prefer the extractions to be done manually, and not with a comedone extractor.

Have your brows shaped: Perfectly groomed brows will make you look extra polished in photos, and can draw attention to your eyes. I would recommend having them done professionally with a licensed esthetician.

Perk up your pout: Buy a soft, children’s toothbrush and gently use it to massage your lips. Apply a lip moisturizer before bed every night. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Lip Balm or Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly. Following these steps will make your lips appear soft and plump in your photos.

Whiten your teeth: There are a lot of options when it comes to getting a brighter smile. You can start small with a whitening toothpaste or mouth wash, or take it up a notch with whitening strips. Professional whitening is also available; talk to your dentist about this procedure.

Stay hydrated: Aim for eight glasses of pure water every day—and that doesn’t include coffee or sodas. In fact, it is advisable to avoid sodas altogether; the sugar in them causes the insulin in the body to spike, leading to possible breakouts. The carbonation can also make you appear bloated in photos.

Get quality sleep: This may seem difficult at times, but it is very important. You’ve seen what can happen when you don’t get enough sleep: puffy skin and dark circles under your eyes. Set up a sleep schedule and try to get to bed at the same time every night. To help yourself fall asleep faster, turn off all of your electronics about an hour before bed. Get a warm bath going, listen to relaxing music, and drink chamomile tea, which has natural calming properties. Another option is cherry juice; cherries contain melatonin. Make sure to sleep on a satin pillowcase to reduce the friction on your hair and skin.

Combat stress: Again, this may seem easier said than done, but learning to manage stress is extremely important. Stress can lead to an increased production of cortisol, which can cause dark circles and acne breakouts. Vitamin C is a great way to keep cortisol under control. A good source is Emergen-C, a vitamin supplement mix that you combine with water to create a yummy, fizzy drink. Visit the company’s website to get free samples.

Search for inspiration: Look through magazines, photo albums, and websites for poses and styles that you like. Practice smiling in front of a mirror. A good way to produce a natural, flattering smile is by trying to think of a funny memory or something that makes you happy. Also, study your profile and figure out what your best angles are. Never face the camera head on, as this is usually the least-flattering pose.

Pick out the perfect outfit: For photos, contrasting tones will be the most flattering. If you’re blonde with fair skin, choose navy blues and charcoal grays. If you’re darker, go for creamy champagne tones and other light colors. Another option is to go monochrome: wear one color from head-to-toe, which will automatically make you appear taller and slimmer. Believe it or not, black is not a good choice. It can disappear in the picture and cast a dark light onto your face. Also remember to consider your undergarments carefully, as they will determine the fall of your clothing.

Choose the right cosmetics: Remember, modern cameras are high definition. It is important to wear cosmetics that will work with them. One thing I cannot stress enough: always wear a primer! I would recommend HD Makeup For Ever products available at Sephora. Work in two thin applications of the Microperfecting Primer, and then use a foundation brush to apply a layer of Invisible Cover Foundation. Make sure to apply a little under the jawline and chin. Finish with a layer of Microfinish Powder, which will add a soft-focus effect to the complexion. Now is the time to get out those fake lashes. MAC has some very good ones that look completely natural. If you’re just going to use mascara, be sure to curl your lashes and apply a few more coats than usual.

If it calms your nerves, you can always do a practice photo session. Just ask a friend or relative to be your photographer. This will give you the opportunity to really tweak your final look.

Happy picture taking!

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i love this article <3 thanks GoodFaith for those tips!!! This comment has been removed.
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@simplybeautiful3 And for the rest of us, there's always Photoshop-LOL This comment has been removed.
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I often shy away from the camera but by following these tips i am sure i wont have another bad photo again! & a superb article by the way. This comment has been removed.
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@VoicelessInNevada They have a really good cosmetology school in Nevada, called Euphoria. Maybe you could go there & have one of their instructors shape your brows. Call & ask if they're looking for models to teach their classes. Beauty school prices are extremely reasonable & sometimes even free. This comment has been removed.
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PS: One of these days, I would like to have my brows professionally shaped - too short on funds for such a luxury these days, so I just fill in the brows I have and hope for the best. This comment has been removed.
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GHi GoodFaith! Thank you so much for this article! I tend to shy away and disappear when people "whip out" their cameras! Lol! I like the tip about avoiding black, since so many opt for it as a more slimming colour. This comment has been removed.
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I would love to get an oxygen facial sounds right up my alley. Thank you for the fabulous article. Taaz is a great beauty haven. This comment has been removed.
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Great article as usual. I really like how you cover all the bases with lots of really useful details. This comment has been removed.
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I typically have a very hard time smiling in photos. In fact, I have stopped trying to smile in them because I always look worse when I try and fake it. Hopefully these suggestions will help! This comment has been removed.
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@taykaufman I would recommend geting a "light" spray tan to start off with. Then I would suggest wearing vibrant colors, such as jewel tones. If the pics are really important, stop by the MAC counter, they offer professional makeovers with purchase. This comment has been removed.
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I am very natural and heavily into fitness, as a result I don't wear much makeup or know much on how to apply it. Anytime I take photos I just kinda looked washed out in them. Any tips for someone like me? This comment has been removed.
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@courtney2bambi A photographer once told me that if you relax & close your eyes for a few minutes before you take pictures, this seems to miraculously prevent you from blinking during the actual picture taking. Try it...& let me know whether it really works or not. This comment has been removed.
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I appreciate how much time and effort you put into making your articles so detailed. All of this is great info. Now if I could only stop closing my eyes in photos! ;) This comment has been removed.
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