Looking at your family photos should fill you with joy. Unfortunately, many of us instead cringe as we concentrate on only the flaws in our faces and figures. But you can enjoy your memories more if you follow these five tips for looking your best in photos.
1. Go easy on the glitter.
Shimmery makeup may look pretty in the jar — or even on the pages of your magazines — but they are not a good look for family photos. In general, unless your personal makeup artist is applying the glitter in preparation for your professional modeling shoot, just forget about it… forever. Give it back to 1987 and move on.
2. Let your personality shine — not your face.
When it’s time to start snapping, keep the mood light. Genuine laughter translates to more relaxed, natural-looking photos. Tell jokes, goof off a little, and have fun. The photo experts at FujiFilm also suggest using blotting papers (or tissues) to blot your face just before the photo to reduce shiny areas in your pictures.
3. Follow the stars.
If you’re standing, pull out the classic red-carpet pose: Angle your body so one shoulder is closer to the camera. Put one foot in front of the other, and put your weight on the back leg. And when you turn to the camera, make a point of lowering your front shoulder, say the pros at HP. You’ll create the illusion of a longer neck. You can also stick out your chin slightly to avoid the double-chin look.
4. Dress for success.
If you know you’re going to be photographed, choose solid colors that compliment your skin tone. Never dress in clothes that don’t make you feel good about yourself — whether or not there’s a camera on site. If you feel confident, you’ll look better.
5. Practice your pretty.
Don’t be afraid to work on looking natural. Practice in front of a mirror until you find a pose that works, then use it again and again, says style guru Carson Kressley. Ever noticed that your favorite stars look the same in all their pics? They understand the formula: Don’t fix it if it’s not broken.
Ready for your close-up? View the camera as a friend, enjoy yourself — and you’ll be proud to display the results you get.?