Expert tips for always being photo-ready
Do you notice that all the photos you get tagged in tend to be a little on the unflattering side? Does your skin seem too shiny? Does your mid-section look frumpy? Does your smile look as though it’s been painted on?
Don’t fret, it happens to all of us. But that doesn’t mean it can’t change. All you need is some expert advice to ensure that you’re always ready to be snapped, no matter what. It’s easy! To prove it, we’ve enlisted the help of three ‘photo-ready’ experts, who have all shared their very best tips and tricks to guarantee you never take a bad photo again. Bold statement we know, but we’re running with it.
FIVE PHOTO PERFECTING TIPS FROM MAKE-UP ARTIST, NICKI LURIE:
#1: Match your foundation
Always make sure you match your foundation in natural lighting and try a couple of different shades around your cheeks and jawline in order to find the best match. The shade that looks the least obvious and blend away seamlessly is generally the right shade for you.
bh recommends Revlon PhotoReady Makeup for its ability to provide airbrushed-looking skin in any light with virtually undetectable coverage. Plus, it contains SPF 20 and also helps to minimise line, wrinkles and pores – always a
#2: Get the right kind of radiance
As much as you don't want shiny skin, you definitely do want a luminous complexion, so it’s best to add a liquid illuminator to your foundation to give your skin a natural and beautiful radiance.
bh recommends Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator as it boosts natural luminosity, minimises flaws and enhances your skin with a hint of sheer colour.
#3: Keep dark circles at bay
Shadows tend to look more pronounced on camera, so to brighten up the area underneath your eyes, choose an illuminating concealer that will help to minimise dark circles. The shade you choose can be an exact colour match to your skin tone or slightly lighter.
bh recommends Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener. Its lightweight formula reduces the appearance of fine lines while brightening the overall eye area and also helps your eye shadow stay in place all day.
#4: Contour with conviction
Anything you contour and darken will have a receding effect and cause that area to appear smaller. The secret to contouring (whether using powder or cream-based products) is to blend, blend, blend – and then blend some more. You also need to feel your way around the contours of your face to get the best result.
bh recommends Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer. It incorporates four different bronzer shades that you can use together to provide the best, most natural looking contouring for your complexion all year round.
#5: Highlight right
While contouring and darkening an area of your face makes it appear smaller, anything you highlight will appear larger. You don’t have to be shy when highlighting your cheekbones. Work a powder or liquid highlighter over the highest point of your cheekbones and up towards your eye. Don’t forget to highlight your brow bone, too.
bh recommends Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette because of its photocromatic pigments that bend and reflect light to help minimise flaws in your complexion.
FIVE PHOTO PERFECTING TIPS FROM ESTEBAN LA TESSA OF LA TESSA PHOTOGRAPHY
#1: Try to include three quarters of your body in your profile picture. An elongated portrait highlights your cheekbones and jaw line and tends to make your body appear slimmer.
#2: Always remember to roll your shoulders back and extend your neck. Tilting your chin up slightly also helps avoid the dreaded ‘double chin’.
#3: Practice makes perfect! Get a friend to take your photo. It always helps having someone on the other side of the camera that you trust and makes you feel relaxed. There should be a good connection between the model (you) and the photographer.
#4: Relax your mouth and eyes. These two areas in particular will show if you are nervous in photos. There is nothing worse than a forced smile, so try and think of something that makes you happy while you’re being snapped.
#5: If you’re shy in front of the camera don’t try to be someone you are not. Relax and be yourself. Nothing looks better on a photograph than confidence and honesty.
FIVE PHOTO PERFECTING TIPS FROM L.A. BASED FASION DESIGNER AND STYLIST, KAI AIYUB
#1: For special events, work your look – as in, BE the muse you’ve chosen to embody for the night. Whether it be a sultry siren or a diva; try to channel that in your photos.
#2: Always keep in mind that fabrics move. Use your hands to smooth down your garments and show off your waist.
#3: Big jewellery can take the focus off you in a photo. Stick to small earrings and pendants unless it’s a huge diamond - then show that baby off!
#4: Bright colours always capture everyone’s attention and make a photo more fabulous, so wear a fabulously bright top or dress but be careful what you team it with.
#5: Some of the best shots taken on the red carpet are when celebrities know their best angles. The side tilt, right eye light, the slight pout; have these well practiced if you want to ensure great photos.
What are your best tips for looking totally picture perfect?