Haven’t you always wondered why celebrities never look bad in photos? True they must all be extremely photogenic …but it’s not just that! There must be some form of training that they all have to undergo before going on to celeb-status! If you have the time and energy to analyse countless celebrity photos for clues then please be our guest but you can leave the research part to us. Below are a few tips and poses that can help you look amazing no matter what type of pic you’ll end up posing for!
1 || Mix Up Your Selfie Game
If you’re into taking selfies you have to mix it up sometimes. There’s nothing more boring than an Instagram feed with the same pose on repeat. Your selfie can be a reflection of your beauty look, your outfit, or even your feelings at that moment. You probably know this but when taking selfies don’t look directly at the camera, look slightly above or below and accordingly tilt your head. Don’t be afraid to go all natural à la J Lo.
2 || The Right Light
Always look for a light source that shines directly on your face. When there’s no flash make use of windows and doorways, or look for lamps or even streetlights. Move around the room to find the best lighting. Keep in mind that the best natural light is either one hour before or after the sunset. Avoid harsh bright lights that can emphasise facial imperfections.
3 || Makeup
True your whole makeup should be spot on, but in order to open up your eyes and draw people into your pic, curl lashes well and put on loads of mascara. You might as well fill in your brows while you’re at it. Avoid any serious sparkle or shimmer on your face; if you can’t help it then at least keep the rest of the face matte or semi-matte. You can dust the sparkle on your collarbones and shoulders for the best effect. When choosing your lipstick opt for a bright shade that won’t minimise your lip size or add a few unwanted years to your look.
4 || Avoid The Red Eye
One tip to avoid having a red eye in photos is to look directly at a light source immediately prior to having your pic taken. This will shrink your pupils and help you avoid getting a red eye. It will also make your eyes sparkle a bit.
5 || Don’t Say Cheese
Instead of faking a say-cheese-grin, joke with the photographer or think of something genuinely funny. Moreover, when you smile put your tongue behind your teeth to come up with your best smile.
6 || Let Your Personality Shine Through
Have fun! Play around a little and don’t take yourself too seriously. Take your cue from Lady Gaga.
1 || Chin Down
You’ve probably heard that one before. When you’re being photographed from the front with the camera facing your face straight on keep your chin down to offer the camera a flattering angle. If the camera is above then you have more freedom of movement. But when given a choice, always choose to turn your head to a three-quarter position instead of facing the camera. This sideways pose gives your features more depth.
2 || Keep Your Hands Busy
Make sure to do something with your hands, this is perhaps one of the main points that can help you look natural in photos. Hands-in-pockets might probably be one of the most popular red-carpet poses. Just make sure to tuck your hands lightly and not all the way inside your pockets to avoid adding any bulk. Now you can go back and analyse celebrity photos for clues.
3 || Hand-On-Hip
Popular poses, such as the hand-on-hip pose, are probably cliched poses but they became famous because they’re actually flattering. Place your hand on your hip and relax your shoulders to create the beloved triangle shape. But if you’re not comfortable with such poses then it will show. Whatever pose you decide to go with, always choose the pose that you can pull off with confidence and ease.
4 || The Lean
The lean is another beloved celerity pose. Put one foot in front of the other and lean backwards a little. Or you could lean slightly to the side while keeping one leg a little bent. This pose is perfect if you want to look a little taller and slimmer. Who doesn’t!
5 || Lean On Something
Another version of ‘the lean’ is to actually lean on something this time. If, for any reason, you’re having your photo taken solo, find something to lean on … not only will you be able to pose beautifully but you’ll also feel much less awkward.
6 || Pose With Your Outfit in Mind
Make sure you find out which angle best compliments your outfit and then pose accordingly. You need to be able to show off the details of your outfit and shoes; especially if there’s something special about them. Don’t shy away! Practice at home if needed.
7 || Show Your Limbs
Even if you’re posing for a group pic, try to keep your limbs showing instead of the customary hand-behind-your-friend’s back stance. And if you’re not keeping your hands in your pockets, then gently rest your arms close to your thighs, this is good for elongating your frame.