8 Simple Hacks To Instantly Look Better In Photos
In a world where a significant number of the population is obsessed with “likes” on social media (we’re not even living in Black Mirror alternate universe), taking photos has become a common pastime. Regardless of whether there’s a special occasion, some of us has made snapping selfies and wefies part of our daily routine. While Photoshop and Mei Tu Xiu Xiu remain as go-to tools to “zhng” up photos, here are natural ways for you to look better in photos, so you can hashtag #nofilter.
Use your tongue
It might feel strange, but by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling is an effective way to help avoid the dreaded double chin, as it elongates your neck and your jawline.
Angle your face
Avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit upwards.
Practise good posture
Standing up straight really does make a difference. Not only will it elongate you in photos, but it gives you an aura of strength and confidence, which is naturally alluring.
Learn to smile for the camera
Smiling is a tricky thing when it comes to photos. Too big, and you look silly, but none at all can make you look broody or angry. The solution? The ‘natural’ smile you so often do when the camera’s not on you.
Cross your ankles
If you’re being shot head-on, cross your legs, starting at the calf. This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. This works when you’re sitting too!
Twist your body and position your arms
Ever wondered why every celebrity poses with her camera-facing arm on her hip? It’s because that particular move ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against her body, which would make it look larger.
Don’t follow the group
The key to a stellar group shot? Not all doing the same pose. Everyone is shaped differently, so the viewer’s eye will naturally gravitate to who looks best in the pose, not the picture.
As much you think “posing” for these types of pictures will make you look better, the fact remains that loosing up and having a little fun will almost always make for a more flattering snap.
Images: 123RF.com, Park Shin Hye’s Instagram
Text: Natalya Molok / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / May 2017
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