Pose Like A Pro

May 8, 2011

It's very early, and I'm awake -- so I can fall asleep at 2/3PM for work tonight... and while perusing Twitter I came across a cool article slide show from Instyle on how to work the camera and look fabulous in pictures.  Who doesn't want that?  I know I love taking pictures.. so I figure I'd share the tips.

1. Fake a tummy tuck: Twist your torso, turning one shoulder toward the camera and the other away from it.  It makes you look very slender.

2. Pucker up: Avoid nude lip colors.. they can make you look like a corpse once the flash hits and brights can come across harsh.  Instead, a berry lip color with a hint of sheen flatters everyone.

3. Don't drink and pose: try to take pictures early -- before that 3rd or 5th glass of wine.  You're more in control.  No matter how bright the flash is, your eyes will look droopy after drinks.

4. Go natural: Hair with movement in it comes across sexier on film, so go easy on the styling products.

5. Let the camera do the work: a good one doesn't have to be complicated.

6. Stick your neck out: push your face forward ever so slightly.. it makes your face look thinner and avoids a "double chin"

7. Seek out the sunset: dusk is the best time of day for outdoor pictures.  The sun casts less shadow downward, so you don't end up with bags under your eyes.  Instead, it lights up the area under your eyes making you look younger.

8. Don't sweat it: too much shine can be distracting.  Use a matte finishing product and run it on the side of your nose, forehead and chin.  It neutralizes shine instantly.

9. Put money where your mouth is: when taking pictures say "money" (not cheese!).  The strong 'e' sound makes the corners of your  mouth go up and the crinkles around your eyes make it look like a genuine smile.

10. Trademark your own "Blue Steel": is your right side more flattering?  Does a subtle smile look sexier?  Pull out all your favorite pictures of yourself and see what you like.  You'll probably find a look that's consistent and once you know how you like yourself to look, it's much easier to replicate it.

Now go work it :) xoxo

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