how-to…take flattering pics

With every tag, instagram upload, tweet-pic, our lives are constantly being documented in pictures. And while it may be vein of me to admit, I’ll just go ahead and say it: I want to look perfect (or damn-near it, at least) in my photos.

Think about how many friends ex-boyfriend’s new girl-friends, friends and so on you’ve looked at…and judged. Its ok, I’m guilty of it too. On the flip side, think of how many people are probably looking at you right NOW! But you don’t just want to look good for other people/new gf’s of ex-bf’s, you want to look good for you. I know that I’d like look back someday and show my grand-kids my Facebook timeline and have them think “WOW grandma was smokin’ hot back in 2012.” That said, I thought I’d pull together a few quick n’ easy tips for looking your best in pictures.


I work out.

Putting your hand on your hip, creates a flattering angle for your arm aka the “skinny arm” effect/oldest trick in the book. Leaving it to the side makes the arm look soft and lifeless…wahh wahhh.



posture makes perfect!

Slouching and standing with your pelvis out looks frumpy –yes, models can make this look good combined with their deadpan expressions– but they’re also starving and getting paid to look awkward. Straightening your spine and aligning your core makes any silhouette look more svelte!



lipstick speaks louder than words

Just a little bit of color goes a long way to brighten your smile and perk up your features. Case in point, Emily’s pearly whites look whiter and her whole complexion lifts with a sweep of slow zone full-finish lipstick.



now you see it, now you don’t!

Here’s how its done: when you smile, push your tongue against your lower set of teeth. It automatically pulls up the fleshy part of your chin, aka the “waddle” and defines your jawline. Try it in the mirror a few times and see for yourself! It’s like an instant chin lift!

As we like to say at Benefit, “take a picture, it’ll last longer!” Do you have any tips to share for taking perfect pics?

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  1. Liza180 says:

    You do have a good side. Take pictures of yourself with your cameraphone from different angles to see what is your better side. For me, its my left side because i part my hair on that side so my bangs tend to lay at an angle to the right. I always try to get photographed from my left side. I’ve learned how to pose that way.

  2. Heather says:

    I was told you should never stick your chin up. A lot of people do it because they think it will hide a doible chin but its actually the opposite.

  3. says:

    case in point (not “case and point”)

  4. If your face is round, face the camera at an angle preferably with your smiling mouth ever so slightly open. This slims down your face's profile and the slightly open mouth elongates it. If your hips are wide, stand at an angle with one foot in front of the other at an angle. Never place your hands on your hips as these force the viewer's eyes to look at your hips. I got these tips from a professional photographer who counts commercial models among his clients.

  5. Anna S. says:

    Cross your legs at either the knees or the ankles (I prefer the knees). it creates a really nice line, especially when wearing heels!

  6. It’s also a good idea to stand slightly at an angle instead of facing the camera straight-on. This makes you look slimmer and celebrities use this trick on the Red Carpet all the time.

  7. SammyBB says:

    I also find it helps to pop one knee so your legs actually look 3 dimensional and it shows a little muscle definition in your legs.

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