How-to: your best Facebook profile pic ever
In a world where we do most of our communicating via a smart phone, and everyone – from blind dates to potential employers – has the ability to ‘google’ us, it pays to always have your best foot – or photo – forward.
Facebook is a big part of many people’s lives, with a reported 8.2 million* Australians having an active Facebook account. Which also means 8.2 million profile pictures on display.
So what are the dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing the perfect Facebook profile picture? Well, there are a few guidelines that can be followed, as well as a few rules that definitely should be followed to ensure that you’re always presenting the best possible version of yourself. Check them out below…
FOOL-PROOF FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC TIP #1: Keep your (beauty) wits about you
As you never know when someone is going to take a photo, upload it to Facebook and tag you, it pays to always look as photo-ready as possible. Don’t get us wrong, that doesn’t mean having to spend your night worrying about posing for potential photos, but you should always keep some beauty essentials handy in case the opportunity presents itself. Oil-blotting papers are fantastic for a quick ‘matte down’, and having your chosen lipstick in your handbag is a must so that you can regularly refresh your lippy. If the weather is humid, or you’re in for a long night, we’d also advise you opt for a long-wear foundation. We recommend teaming Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer with Revlon PhotoReady Makeup if you’re after a truly long-lasting dream team. This lightweight, pink-tinted primer works to smooth and soften skin by reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines and diffusing light to help disguise imperfections, The PhotoReady Makeup combines photo-chromatic pigments with a light diffusing formula that gives complete yet virtually undetectable coverage and an airbrushed-looking finish.
FOOL-PROOF FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC TIP #2: Beware thy boss
Do you work in an office full of Facebook friends? If yes, that’s fine, but you need to ensure you don’t make any mistakes that could land you in hot water or potentially even damage your career. That means no chucking sickies and posting photos of yourself at the beach; no photos of yourself with your ‘best assets’ tumbling out of your dress; and absolutely no racist or defamatory photos of any kind. If you don’t want to censor what you post on Facebook, simply stick your profile on private and ensure you don’t make ‘friends’ with your boss or colleagues. But beware – if you think you’re exempt because you’re not working, think again. Many potential employers check a person out on Facebook before hiring them, with good reason.
FOOL-PROOF FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC TIP #3: Say ‘no’ to selfies
Esteban La Tessa from La Tessa Photography tells us that the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their profile picture is taking their own. “Usually when you take your own self portrait you take it from a low or high angle – and these angles are known in photography to not be particularly flattering for most people,” he advises. So stop the selfie, pass the camera to one of your friends and allow them to snap away to ensure you get the most flattering, natural-looking photo possible.
FOOL-PROOF FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC TIP #4: Be conscious of your surroundings
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when taking your photos. Kai Ayub, L.A. based Fashion Designer and Stylist, emphasises the importance of choosing the right location – because if you’ve got a mess behind you or anything embarrassing lying around it will get picked up by others.
You should also keep the elements in mind before snapping away. Is the too-bright sun causing you to squint? Is a strong wind blowing hair all over your face? Before you pose, “move your hair away from your face and take off your sunnies, as most of the time we can see your reflection in the shot,” says Kai.
*According to a Gizmodo report, February 2011.
What are your tips for a perfect Facebook profile picture?