How to Take Better Pictures

How to Look Better in Pictures

We're excited to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Allure!

Yesterday, at an event for Pureology, I had the opportunity to play model – a fun but nerve-wracking experience. (That's not me–my photos haven't come in yet!) Before I started posing, I learned a few easy tricks that will help me look better in future photos (because not everything translates flawlessly). I arrived at the shoot with clean, dry hair, my normal makeup, and wearing jeans and a tee. These fast tweaks got me camera-ready in under 20 minutes.

For the tips, just keep reading.

Fluff your hair. The hairstylist had about 10 minutes to do my hair. He played off my wavy texture and wrapped sections around a curling iron to eliminate frizz and add volume. (You can try this trick with a clipless curling iron like Enzo Milano Round Clipless Curling Iron.) Once finished, he asked me to flip my head over so he could break up the waves with his fingers. Before passing me to makeup, he did a slimming trick: He back-combed a few small sections of hair at my crown to add height. Doing this will make your face will appear slimmer.

Mattify your skin. Glowy skin is pretty; greasy skin is not. So before taking a photo, blot your T-zone with an oil-absorbing sheet. You'll appear more polished. We like Boscia Blotting Linens in Green Tea (you get 100 sheets for $10). The makeup artist finished by swirling a loose powder-covered fluffy brush across my forehead and nose.

Darken your eye makeup. Makeup often looks watered down on film, so the makeup artist amped mine up. He lined my bottom inner eye rims with a black eyeliner to intensify them (he asked me to blink so that the top rim would get coated, too). He layered a dark chocolate shadow over my neutral one for a sexier version of my everyday makeup. Try the Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes in Black Diamond.

Throw on one bold accessory. To dress me up, the stylist put a chunky gold necklace (by designer Thea Grant) around my neck. It gave me instant confidence and something to touch and pose with in the pictures.

Add wind. You probably won't be able to snag a fan for your next candid shot, but if you're outside and there's a breeze, use it to your advantage by turning so your hair blows away from the camera. Adding movement to your hair will prevent you from looking stiff...and have you looking more like a supermodel.

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