How to Look Good in Pictures Every Time

Coming into the holiday season, it’s inevitable that you’ll be subjected to being in countless photos. Catching up with family and friends you haven’t seen in awhile naturally urges everyone to document the moment. Whether it’s your friend taking shots for Instagram or your aunty getting pictures for her scrapbook, the Christmas and New Year period is filled with flashes and filters. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t naturally all that photogenic and being the subject of so many photos typically leads to more than a couple we wished didn’t exist. This year, however, that needn’t be the case. By following these simple hacks, you can banish bad photos forever and experience a merry holiday without having to worry about what might end up online.

1. Study Photos of Yourself

The first step to looking better in photos is to really get to know what you look like in them. Pull out old photographs you like and dislike and study them, determining what works for you and what doesn’t. Look at the angle of the shot and the angle of your face to find what looks most flattering for you. Study your different poses and try to spot a pattern of what works for your body. Then, try to recreate these angles and poses in the future.

Pro Tips

  • If you’ve discovered that you’re a culprit for blinking in photos, close your eyes just before a picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks.
  • To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward, tilting your chin down slightly.
  • If you’re finding that your smile looks wide and goofy, try putting your tongue behind your teeth.

2. Practice Makes Perfect

Once you think you’ve identified what works for you in photos, head to the mirror and start practicing. Practice makes perfect, so be sure to spend some time on this step. Start by trying out the different angles and poses you liked from previous photos. Most people tend to look better with their heads slightly to an angle instead of facing front. This gives features depth and tends to be more flattering. Be sure to get a good feel for the poses you like best so you’ll be able to recreate them without a mirror in the future. Once you have your pose, add a smile, trying out different versions until you find the right one for you. Ask yourself if you look better with your mouth open or closed and if you should do a big smile or a subtle one. Then, select your best smile and stick with it for all the new photos.

3. Choose the Right Lighting

When it comes to photography, lighting is everything, so choosing the right lighting is essential to looking good in any picture. Although you may be tempted to pose for happy snaps in the sun, overcast conditions are more ideal. The sun can create awkward shadows on your face if it’s in the wrong position, so a bit of cloud coverage is better. Likewise, don’t stand directly under a light when taking photos indoors as it will have the same effect. Try to stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, instead.

  • Taking photos in the evening can be even trickier than daytime. If you don’t have a professional DSLR camera and flash, you can invest in a LuMee phone case for your camera which has LED lighting on both sides to give you a soft light without the flash.
  • Red-eye tends to appear in low ambient light. If you find yourself in these conditions, look straight at a light just before the picture is taken to shrink your pupils and avoid this unappealing effect.

4. Use Phone Apps

Using apps to adjust and edit photos on your phone can mean the difference between an average and a fantastic photo. These days there are countless options for both taking photos and re-touching them on your smartphone. When it comes to taking photos, apps such as ProCamera and VSCO are some of the best on the market. Apps such as these will allow you to control elements like shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure, meaning that you can achieve a much clearer photo than you could with your default camera. As for retouching photos you’ve already taken, apps such as Adobe Photoshop Express, Snapseed, and Face Tune will allow you to edit photos, retouch skin, apply effects, and create amazing portraits with ease.

5. Wear Flattering Clothes

When preparing for photos, it’s essential to consider what you’ll wear and choose a flattering option. Part of doing so is knowing what looks good on you and what doesn’t. Opt for shapes and silhouettes that suit your body type and colors that compliment your skin tone. As a rule, tailored and structured pieces tend to create a well-defined shape and neutral tones, such as white, navy, grey, black, and olive suit most skin tones. Also, be mindful of patterns when dressing. Patterns aren’t always best for photos as they can distort your size and shape. If you really want to add a pattern, choose it for a single element of your outfit and steer clear or small, busy patterns. Generally, though, solid colors are a safer option.

  • Bring attention to your best features with the aid of accessories.
  • Adding a belt to your waist is a fantastic way to define your shape and create an hourglass silhouette.
  • Be sure to wear heels (not wedges) to create a leaner silhouette and add height if you need it.

6. Get the Right Makeup

Wearing the right makeup and applying it correctly will go a long way to achieving a great photograph. The flash and lens can make your makeup look different than it does in real life, so it’s important to adjust your beauty routine accordingly. As cameras take a two-dimensional image, it’s important to use makeup to define your face. Likewise, the flash and lens can often leave subjects looking washed out and features diminished, so extra makeup may be required.

  • Apply a mattifying full coverage makeup base to keep skin looking smooth, even, and shine-free.
  • Avoid SPF makeup as it can make your face look whiter under the camera’s flash.
  • Avoid products with shimmer and remove shine by applying translucent powder to your forehead, nose, and chin.
  • Contour your face by defining your bone structure with bronzer, giving cheeks dimension with blush and creating a radiant glow with some highlighter.
  • Remember to fill in brows to avoid looking washed out.
  • When applying eyeshadow, use a neutral shade on the lid, darker shade in the crease, and highlighter on the inner corner and brow bone.
  • Make eyes appear bigger, brighter and more defined with eyeliner and either false lashes or natural, curled lashes covered in mascara.
  • Dark lipstick can make lips look smaller than they are, so stick to bright hues for luscious lips.

7. Hair

Your hair can also make or break a photo quite quickly, so it’s important to prepare it. The flash from a camera can highlight flyaways you didn’t even know were there. Keep frizz at bay by adding a good pomade or serum to hair during preparation. Rub it in your palms before using hands to smooth down hair. Finish prepping your hair by adding shine so it doesn’t look dull in photos. A simple spray-on shine will do wonders and only take a second to apply. Right before appearing in a photo, refresh your hair by simply turning your head upside down and shaking it up with your hands. This will add instant volume and stop your hair from appearing flat.

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In today’s social media-obsessed world, it’s safe to say that knowing how to be photogenic is of utmost importance. What’s the point of having an Instagram account if you don’t look good in pictures, right?

Getting caught looking horrible in photos can be a tad traumatizing—and it’s enough to make us wonder exactly how all those models manage to look so damn good all of the time. Taking a great pic is a fine art—it’s a lot harder than it looks to make sure your in-the-flesh beauty translates on camera.

MORE: 7 Secrets to Taking the Perfect Summer Selfie or #OOTD Pic

The good news? Learning how to take the perfect selfie or photo and actually love the way you look in it is a skill you can totally master. Here are a few of our favorite tips.

1. If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!

2. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great—promise.

3. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match, says mark celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who has prepped everyone from Halle Berry to Jessica Chastain, and Elizabeth Banks for the red carpet. “When a foundation is too pale for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.” She advises, “Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck if your neck is paler (as is the case for most people).”

4. Curled lashes and mascara are musts, Stiles insists. “Both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. You want to draw people into a picture, so you want to maximize the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!”

5. Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.

6. Try this old-school red carpet trick: Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy, too-wide grin.

7. Fill in your brows. Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.

8. Make sure your hair is shiny. “Spray-on shine is great for a last-minute add-on shine,” says hair stylist Serge Normant, who has worked with Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Sarah Jessica Parker throughout his years in the biz.

9. A photo can highlight flyaways, so make sure your style is sleek. “A good pomade or dry oil will help, but use lightly,” says Normant. “If you are afraid to use too much, spray on your hands and then lightly try to control fizz.”

10. Look toward a light right before someone snaps your photo. Doing so will shrink your pupils and help you avoid red eye.

11. Surprise photo op? Try this five-second prep: Blot your face with a tissue or single-ply cocktail napkin, then pinch your cheeks to create a rosy glow (yep, it’s old school, but it works).

12. A couple drops of Visine will help your eyes look brighter and more awake.

13. Blush is a must! Without some color on your cheeks, your face can look two-dimensional in photos. Use a medium pink shade on the apples of your cheeks to help shape your face.

14. Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth.

15. Try the “red carpet” pose: Put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side, and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer.

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16. Avoid serious sparkle on your face. “Anything too shimmery on the skin can just be too much in a photo,” says Stiles. “A soft glow is nice, but if you have oily skin it can really exaggerate shimmer and make you look very shiny. If you are a shimmer addict and just can’t help yourself, keep the face matte or semi-matte (a velvety finish). Add a little highlighter to just the tips of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with a powder highlighter that has a very soft sheen.”

17. On the other hand, a bit of sparkle below the neck can give your skin a pretty sheen. Dust your collarbone and shoulders with a shimmering powder such as Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer in Powder ($38 at Natasha Denona), which has the perfect finish for playing up assets.

18. Stand in front of a white wall. A light-colored backdrop will help brighten your face. Using a white background also helps a camera’s automatic settings find the right color balance, so your skin tone doesn’t end up looking too pink or yellow.

19. Wear bright lipstick. “Dark lipstick can have a minimizing effect on lips,” says Stiles. “Steer clear of a dark matte lip color. It can look aging and unflattering. Stick with brighter colors.”

20. Be in more pictures! People who think they aren’t photogenic tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Kate Moss doesn’t nail it on the first frame. The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you’ll be happy with one or two of them.

21. A photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below. If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, grab a seat.

22. Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.

23. Grab a prop—preferably not a red Solo cup. Holding onto an object such as a flower or decoration can help you relax your posture and add personality to a picture.

24. To make your eyes sparkle, look at a light source. A lamp, for example, will create a flattering gleam in your pupils.

25. Forget saying “cheese,” and instead think of something funny. Better yet, joke with the photographer. A natural smile trumps a fake one every time.

25 Ways to Look Amazing in Photos | @stylecaster

A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.

Having just renewed two government-issued IDs, I have been harshly reminded of what NOT to do when being photographed: stare straight-on at the camera, do a weird half-smile. As a beauty blogger, I’ve mastered looking cute in selfies, but as evidenced on my license and passport, when I don’t dig into my bag of photo-posing tricks, I look…intense.

The experience traumatized inspired me to investigate further why some people look so amazing in photographs. I picked three of my most photogenic Facebook friends (they always look gorgeous!) and asked them to reveal their personal photo-taking tricks. And, oh boy, did I get some good, extremely specific advice for you. Read on.

Eleanor Langston, beauty writer—like me, she’s photographed frequently for work and is constantly surrounded by beauty-obsessed people. All of this teaches a girl to pose. She also has unfairly perfect hair, but let’s not get hung up on that for now.

Eleanor’s look-great-in-photos tricks:

1. Play up your brows. “Darkening them by one shade with a pencil, wax, or powder will frame your face and balance out your makeup,” Eleanor says. “If I have to leave the house quickly, it’s the one thing I do that makes a big difference.”

2. Dress in sleek clothes. “It’s sad, but some outfits (billowy tops, tunics) that look fab in real life often photograph oddly because you don’t get the proportion of your skinny legs. For special events when you know there will be lots of Instagramming, either wear a slimmer-fitting top that hugs your silhouette OR throw on a tailored blazer on top of your loose top to give you a more streamlined shape.”

3. Master the chicken arm. “Everyone in America has gotten the memo that the ‘chicken arm’ (the cheerleader, hand-on-hip pose) will make your arms look more toned, but they often miss a key point: You have to put one arm on your hip but then angle it BACK (not straight out), so that your elbow is facing behind you instead of perpendicular to your body. This angle makes your pose look more natural than the chicken arm, but you still get that same toned effect.”

4. Create angles. “My general rule for finding the most flattering picture is to remember that it’s all about ANGLES. Never stand facing the camera, but position your body to one side or the other and even cross one of your legs. If you don’t want to cross your legs, then at least bend one of them to break up the shape.”

Oh hey

A funny thing about blogging is the drastic increase in a number of photos I take of myself – or have others take of me. And let me tell you something, as effortless and casual as bloggers make these constant photos look, it’s no walk in the park. Talk about #firstworldproblems, but sometimes getting the right shot can feel like pulling teeth. It’s why I could never be a fashion blogger. That would just be exhausting.

That being said, over the years I’ve learned some good, quick tricks to help speed up the time it takes to get the perfect shot saving myself – and my beloved Instagram husband- a lot of time. These 10 simple tricks will help you snap the perfect shot of yourself every time.

And, don’t just take my word for it, I’ve got some of my fav blog friends here to help out with this as well. Sarah from Venus Trapped in Mars -who has the world’s happiest/most perfectly colorful Instagram, Taylor from The Daily Tay – whose hilarious captions and Instagram stories are always sure to make you laugh, Erica from Coming up Roses – who has the most relatable girly ‘gram around, and of course Helene from Helene in Between – who can snap a travel shot like no one I know. And, also Yours Truly Yinka who always looks SO stylish.

So, let’s go ahead and dive into these 10 Simple Tips to Look Better in Instagram Photos

1. Repeat After Me, One Foot Forward

The most automatic pose when someone takes your photo is to plant your feet straight down. But, by taking one foot and stepping forward it not only gives your body natural curve, it also gives the picture movement and interest.

TIP: Try to step forward on the balls of your feet so you are somewhat on your tiptoes, it’ll elongate the legs making you look taller and leaner.

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2. Don’t be Afraid To Move

Grabbing the perfect shot with movement can be tricky. And, you are likely to end up with a few outtakes that’ll make you LOL for days. But, simply adding some movement to a shot instantly makes it more interesting and eye catching. Be natural and move in a way you usually would in real life.

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3. Down in Front

Sitting is always a comfortable position to be in, and so it can lead to a great shot. When you’re comfortable you’re more likely to look and feel natural in front of the lens. So, take a seat and get comfy.

Tip: Sometimes a traditional chair can feel too stiff and awkward, so try sitting down on stairs, the ground, a railing, or a bench.

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4. Step WAY Back

Let the surroundings of your landscape take center stage. Have whoever is taking your photo step way back to show the scene. Not only will this add interest to your overall Instagram feed, but honestly…it’s easier to look better from far away – fewer things to worry about!

Tip: If you have the perfect shot in mind, take a photo of the shot without you in it. Then, show it to whoever is taking your photo. Show them the shot you want, and then just ask them to retake it with you in it!

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5. Look back at it.

Ah, the over the shoulder “glance back.” It’s all like, “OMG I was just walking and then I just turned around and there you were with the camera ready to take the shot.” #HowConvenient

Tip: The best way to do this one is to be real with it. Try to think about it as if you’re mentally telling a friend to hurry up/follow me. Usually actually looking back right as the camera clicks is best, so let the photographer let you know when they are ready and then look back and “snap!”

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6. Don’t Neglect the Back of Your Head

Listen, you’ve got nice hair. Sometimes the perfect way to change things up is to take the classic “looking away” picture. Not only are these pictures visually interesting, but they are also perfect for days you didn’t want to put on makeup (or are hungover on margaritas).

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Grab a Prop

Sometimes just deciding “what should I do with my hands” is half the battle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “where the hell should I put my hands?” Grab a prop of some sort to snap a more natural shot that doesn’t feel as awkwardly staged. This can be anything – a coffee, a camera, a book, a dog, a purse, a cocktail.

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7. Master the Mirror Selfie

I’ll be honest a mirror selfie is kinda my BFF. It’s the easiest no-hassle way to grab and outfit shot without a lot of fuss. And it turns out my followers love them too because they always get great engagement on the ‘gram. So, don’t neglect the always famous mirror selfie.

Tip: Try different compositions. Sometimes you can do a full body, sometimes crop off your head and just go for the outfit. Also, try bringing the camera lower between your midsection and chin, to prevent stumpy looking legs.

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8. The Sideways Glance Is Your BFF

The casual sideways glance is a go-to. You get a nice profile which is usually always flattering. Plus, it gives you that hella cool “OMG didn’t even know there was a camera right in front of me” kinda vibe. If you’re a real champ through an effortless hair flip in there.

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9. When in doubt, look down

The downward glance will never (ever ever ever ever) let you down. It works for everyone…just trust me. I almost always snap one quick “look down” picture just in case the other snaps fail.

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There you have it. 9 tried and true Instagram-worthy poses for your next snap!

1. Go for contrasting lids and tips. Pair a smoldering eye look with a crisp off-white nail polish. The combo looks elegant, plus you won’t have to worry about your manicure matching your clothes. Shadows we love: Bobbi Brown Eye Kohl Palette, $37, MAC Eyeshadow in Print, $13, and Chanel Basic Eye Color in Argents, $46.

2. Get tan and toned. Look like a golden goddess by mixing liquid bronzer with a firming body cream, then massage it into your arms. It’ll temporarily tighten your skin and give it a glow, says Scarlett Messina, a Pennsylvania-based makeup artist.

3. Perfect your complexion. Camouflage any pimples by applying a yellow-based cover-up to counteract the redness. Use a concealer brush to pat it on precisely, then blend the edges with your ring finger, says Tracy Brennan, owner of Kalologie, a beauty boutique in Los Angeles.

4. Pump up the volume. For oomphy, tousled strands, try this trick from Nathaniel Hawkins, a celeb hairstylist who has worked with the Olsen twins: When you’re finished blow-drying your hair, switch to the cool setting, flip your head over, and aim the nozzle around randomly for a few minutes. “This creates pockets of air between your locks so they look extra full,” he says.

5. Sweeten up your cheeks. Create a foxy flush with a deep berry powder blush. Use a fluffy brush to swirl it in small, circular motions over the apples of your cheeks and back toward your hairline, says NYC makeup artist Greg Vaughan. This will blend the color evenly. Try Cargo Blush in Mallorca, $22.

6. Make your gloss multitask. Keep a pearly white lip gloss in your desk drawer to slick not only on your lips but also on your brow bones and cheekbones as highlighter, says Pati Dubroff, an L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist. A universal hue she loves: Dior DiorKiss in Sorbet Meringue, $19.

7. Rework your hair flair. A glittery accessory adds instant glamour to any hairstyle. If you forget to bring one to work, use a brooch from your sweater.

8. Fake a gorgeous glow. Mix one part foundation with one part liquid illuminator, and then use your fingertips to massage it all over your face, says Brennan. Try American Beauty All Over Face Glow in Gold Glow, $15, and Mark Duotint in Double Rose, $6. Top it off with a dusting of a light-reflecting shimmer powder.

9. Sweeten your handshake. Since you’re going to be shaking hands and mingling, mist your fragrance on your palms so that your touch will release a small amount of scent throughout the night.

10. Work a sexy updo. Starting with dry locks, tease the hair around your crown, then flip your head upside down and mist the underneath layers with hair spray, says Patrick Melville, creative director of Warren-Tricomi salons. Flip back up, then gather all of your hair — except the front section — into a loose bun and secure with bobby pins. Now mist those face-framing pieces with hair spray and use a round brush to blow dry them so they’re sleek. Insert a sparkly hair accessory a few inches above one of your ears.

11. Prep your lids. Before you apply any eye makeup, blend a creamy concealer onto your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes. This will give your shadow a base to stick to and conceal any redness.

12. Score perfect party legs. If you don’t have enough time for a full in-the-shower shaving session, just smooth baby oil onto your legs before you take the razor to them, says Dana Minkin, owner of the Gloss Day Spa in New York City. “The oil protects your skin and will leave your legs extra satiny.”

13. Revive your manicure. Slick a shiny, clear top coat over whatever polish you have on your nails. It’ll give them a glossy finish and prevent nicks so your mani will look freshly done, says Sunshine Outing, a nail technician at Haven spa in New York City.

14. Go for a smoldering stare. A smoky eye effect is a classic night-out look. To do it: Line the rim of your upper and lower lashes with a black eyeliner, says Charlie Green, an NYC makeup artist who works with Heidi Klum. Now use a stiff brush to smudge the pencil into your lashes. Finish by sweeping a dark shadow onto your lids.

15. Nix a shiny nose. Left your powder compact at home? Tone down a glaring T zone with a piece of one of those toilet-seat covers in the ladies’ room. It’ll act as a blotting paper, says Mary Lisa, a makeup artist at the Julien Farel salon in NYC.

16. Flip up your eye fringe. Don’t have an eyelash curler on hand? You can use a sturdy plastic spoon instead, says Mary Lisa. Just press the curved end into your eye socket so the edge flips up your lashes, then swipe on your mascara.

17. Make a hair headband. Here’s an easy-to-do style that’ll make loose locks look superchic. First, blow-dry your strands so they’re straight, then create a side part, says Enzo Angileri, a Los Angeles stylist who works with Charlize Theron and Lucy Liu. Now pull the front two inches of your hair taut below the upper layers and secure them together with an elastic. Spritz with hair spray. He recommends Matrix Freeze Trix, $12.95.

18. Bedazzle your body. Enhance your cleavage by dusting a shimmery body powder over the tops of your breasts. And to prevent the sparkles from rubbing off on your outfit (and your date’s shirt), first apply a body lotion so the powder has something to cling to, says Green. She uses Victoria’s Secret All That Shimmers Body Powder and Brush, $27.

19. Cop the ultimate blowout. The secret to perfectly straight strands: After you’re finished blow-drying your hair, flip your head over. While you’re upside down, use a flatiron to smooth out any kinky pieces in the underneath sections of your hair, says Angileri.

20. Pare down your loot. If you don’t have enough room in your purse for all of your primpers, just carry a balm like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $15. You can use it as a lip gloss, a cuticle balm or a face highlighter.

21. Scent your strands. Put a small amount of an oil-based fragrance on your fingertips and then run them through your hair, says Sarah Horowitz-Thran, founder of The House of Creative Scentualization. Oil will linger in your locks longer than a traditional spray version, and it won’t dry out your do.

22. Enhance your natural hue. To pump up your hair color and add tons of shine to your tresses, use a temporary color-depositing conditioner before a big event, says Hawkins. To get the best benefit, let it sit on just-washed hair for about 15 minutes. The results will last through a few shampoos.

23. Tune up tired tresses. If you’re productless and your hair looks frizzy, wet your hands, then smooth your palms over your strands. The water will reactivate any products you applied in the a.m.

24. Soften your heels. Get your feet in shape for strappy sandals by first sloughing them in the shower with a pumice stone, says Stephanie Sakoff, creator of Lucky Chick bath products. Then slather on an ultrathick foot lotion and put on a pair of cotton socks to help the moisturizer soak in while you finish getting ready. Try Lucky Chick Spearmint Foot Fetish Foot and Leg Cream, $20.

25. Get 24-karat eyes. The perfect complement to dramatic red lips: glistening gold eyes. To get the look, use your finger to blend a cream eye shadow onto lids. If you’re pale, go for a light champagne tone; if your skin is medium or olive, opt for a bronze color, says Vaughan.

26. Glam up your liner. Instead of using a basic eyeliner, go for one that’s spiked with flecks of shimmer, says NYC makeup artist Paula Dorf. She created Paula Dorf Eye Color Glimmer in Mambo, $18, to make any eye color look extra sparkly.

27. Restyle your pony. For an easy, elegant tress effect, use a fine-tooth comb to tease your roots at the crown of your head. Then gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic, says Spresa Bojkovic, owner of the Damian West salon in NYC. Pull out a one-inch piece of hair, wrap it around the elastic and secure the end underneath the ponytail with a bobby pin.

28. Look pretty in pictures. Avoid a shiny-looking complexion caused by a camera flash by applying a mattifying lotion to your T zone before you put on your makeup, says Vaughan. It’ll keep oil at bay all night. One we like: Estée Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Oil-Control Hydrator, $32.50.

29. Spray it on. To give your skin a sexy sheen in seconds, fill a spray bottle with a dry body oil and mist it all over right after you shower, says Minkin. We like Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil, $25.

30. Pick the perfect product. You really need to keep only one styler at the office for postwork primping, says Richard Corio, a stylist at the Sally Hershberger salon in NYC. A quick guide depending on your hair type: Curly-haired girls should go for a texturizing cream. If you have straight strands, try a smoothing serum. And short locks will get the most help from a nonsticky gel.

31. Place your scent strategically. Before you go to work in the morning, mist your bra and undies with your favorite fragrance. The perfume will adhere to the fabric and last until you get undressed. This way, you don’t have to lug your fragrance around in your bag.

32. Turn on your radiance. No need to wash your face and start a new makeup job from scratch. Instead, pat a light face moisturizer over your day makeup, says Troy Surratt, NYC makeup artist. “It’ll instantly give you a fresh, dewy look.” Then go ahead and do your touching up.

33. Have some hair foresight. If you know about your p.m. plans in advance, try to wake up a bit earlier that morning to give your mane a supersleek blowout before work, says Corio. “This will ensure that it still looks good later on, whether you want to put it up or just wear it down.”

34. Rock red-hot lips. For a sexy lip effect, a scarlet pout is the way to go. After applying the lipstick, layer a matching lip liner over it. This will fix any uneven edges and give your lip color a long-lasting, velvety finish.

When you finally manage to get out of bed, heed this advice to hide the telltale signs of a late night out.

35. Fix stinky strands. If your locks smell like a bar, rub a fabric-softener sheet along the length of your hair, starting at your roots, says senior stylist Elvin Arvelo, co-owner of the Julien Farel salon in NYC.

36. Fake awake eyes. To create the illusion of well-rested peepers, use a flesh-toned pencil to line the lower inner rims of your eyes, says Dorf. “This area is usually bloodshot when you’re tired, and the pencil will offset the redness so your eyes look bright.”

37. Perk up your skin. Drinking alcohol can make your complexion look dull. Use a moisturizing face mask to pump up your glow, says Gabrielle Ophals, co-owner of Haven spa in NYC. Keep one in the fridge so it’ll also wake you up when you use it.

38. Fudge clean locks. If there’s no time to shampoo, dip a makeup brush into baby powder (or matte bronzer if your hair is dark) and sweep it over your roots, says Jet, owner of the Jet Rhys salon, in San Diego.

39. Ditch dark circles. To camouflage undereye circles, use a salmon-hued concealer. The pinkish shade counteracts bluish undertones.

40. Befriend your bedhead. Instead of trying to wrestle messy morning-after hair into submission, work with the rumpled texture, says Hawkins. Just scrunch some curl-enhancing mousse into your dry locks to tame frizz and bring out your natural waves. He prefers Tresemmé Curl-Enhancing Mousse, $4.

Beauty: How do I become gorgeous in exactly one month?

9. No cigarette, coffee, tea, alcohol, no weed, no drug! Absolutely healthy lifestyle! Your skin won’t prematurely age. Your liver, lungs and pancreas will stay healthy. Your brain will be clear too.

10. Wash your face every night with a soft cleanser. I use Dove white bar soap if no makeup or a good cleanser from Lancom with makeup. No one will tell you how good Dove is until you try. Then apply raw, unfiltered coconut oil on your face before applying moisturizer.

11. Shape up your eye brows if you are a female, this is for you. Don’t do anything on your eyebrows. Let them grow and bushy. Then few weeks later, go to a thread place which will use threads to shape your eyebrows. You’ll love your eyebrows. You’ll also look better with natural looking, shaped eyebrows. Afterward, just use the tweezers to pluck the new hair.

12. Try laser hair removal for a hair free body for longer time unlike shaving or waxing. Sometimes you can go 3–6 months hair free with laser. You’ll never be hair free but you won’t have to worry about your facial hair growth every week. The price is much cheaper and affordable now. Don’t buy a package since many business have gone out of business. Try one session each time. To prepare for laser, stop waxing your legs and let the hair grow. Start shaving. Then when you get all the hair back, sign up for laser hair removal for your legs, upper lips and underarms. If you are a hairy man, get your chest and back waxed. You’ll feel better inside.

13. Get a water bottle. Add slices of cucumber, ginger and lemon. Drink 3 bottles or 3 liters every day. When you wake up, drink water on empty stomach. Your colon will be empty soon. If you don’t want to drink a whole gallon, just sip every few minutes.

14. Chew raw ginger after lunch: Don’t use any medicine for digestion issues. Rather cut a small piece of raw ginger and chew after lunch every day. You won’t have gas problems and also feel energetic. It works like caffeine and gives you more energy than coffee. Therefore don’t have it after 2pm if you want to sleep at night. Your skin will be clear too since more skin problems are caused by what you eat.

15. Whiten your teeth. Either buy strips at home or go to a dentist to have it done professionally. You want to have beautiful smile with white. Make sure not to have coffee, tea or wine to have stain on your white teeth.

16. Sleep well. Make sure to sleep well. Sleep is necessary to look and feel good. Then you won’t need caffeine. Cut down in caffeine too. Caffeine makes you skin look dry. Live a stress free life by sleeping well. Stress can kill you by giving too many health issues. Therefore sleep whenever you feel stressed.

17. Eat raw honey on empty stomach. Your skin will be clear with a glow. You’ll never have digestion issues. You will rarely get sick. Your liver will be clean. You won’t have cancer. And you will start to have so much energy that you won’t be needing caffeine anymore. Here’s the recipe: boil water; add turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper. When the water starts to boil, pour it in a cup. Add raw honey.

18. Detox your body. Every night an hour before going to bed, squeeze 1 lemon in a cup. Then squeeze 1/2 orange. Cut the other half to eat. Drink the squeezed juice. Immediately have a shot of unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. Drink water. Then eat the orange slices. This will cut the fat in your body and will help with digestion. You’ll get skinny within a few weeks.

19. Show gratitude and practice forgiveness. Everyday find 5 things to show gratitude. It can be the food on your table, roof over your shoulder, the best pizza, a nice chat with a good friend, etc. Everyday also find someone to help. Go out of your way to help. This will help your inner glow. Without the inner glow, the most beautiful exterior does not appear stunning. Most beautiful people are beautiful inside and out. Say “I forgive you” whenever you feel pain. You forgive to help yourself and certainly not because they deserve it. You’ll see how free and happy you become once you hold no more resentment.

20. Be nice and kind to everyone even when you don’t want to. You’ll need inner beauty as well to glow.

21. Work on self love and forgive. Every morning and night and every time you look at the mirror, tell yourself, “You are stunning and the best. Everyone loves you”. In order to feel stunning, you need to believe that too. Force yourself to look happy and smile. Every time you feel down, say, “I’m so happy!” Instantly you will feel better. Every time you rremember painful experience, say, “I forgive you”. No name just “I forgive you”. Makr it a habit. Eventually you’ll feel happy, free, lighter and beautiful. Otherwise no amount of plastic surgery will fix you. Remember to work on things that make you insecure. One day your face starts to look witchy because your I side is so bitter. So forgive for your own sake. If you have weight issue, exercise and eat healthy. When you love yourself, you cannot eat food that is bad for you and gives you health problems, digestive issues and acne. Don’t carry your insecurity with you for a long term but do find the solution to better those areas. Love yourself enough to work on your body and mind. Once you love yourself, no one can hurt you or mistreat you.

On day 28, get a facial from a professional. She will get rid of your pimples too. You should get a facial every 90 days. If you have acne scar, go for vampire facial for 6–12 months. You’ll get new, clear skin.

On day 29, go to the store to buy clothes and cosmetics. Get clothes that accentuate your body and you feel comfortable -not too tight, not too loose. Try makeup that will lift you. Also buy shoes and accessories.

Day 30, go to a hair stylist. Change your hair color to lift your complexion. Get a new cut.

Take a selfie every 30 days and compare your change. Post to Facebook. You’ll be getting lots of compliments for looking so stunning. You’ll be amazed how clear, healthy and radiant your skin looks. You’ll feel more confident about yourself. You will have more energy too. You’ll also love yourself more and will be motivated to change your life for better.

Simple ways to look gorgeous

“Women constantly change their minds when it comes to appearance. You may not want to stick to just one look and do something different, thus just tweaking your hair a bit or wearing another shade of lipstick than you normally do on an everyday basis is enough to change the way you usually look,” says beauty expert Amyn Manji.
Here are a few ways you can perk up your look –

Shape your eyebrows: Eyebrows shape your eyes and face, thus if you have brows that helps highlight your features, there’s nothing better than that. Says beauty expert Farheen Shaikh, “When you make your brows full and straight, they give you an innocent look, while defining an arch will make you look edgy.”
Do your hair differently: Instead of getting a haircut done or colouring your hair, you can always tweak your hairstyle a bit to make it look trendy and different. A middle part will lend a symmetrical look to your face, while a deeper side part will make you look mature. Changing your hairstyle is probably the easiest way to spruce up your look. Further you can also go in for a braid or a bun that are perfect options for a makeover.
Choose bold colours: With the party season on in full swing, there’s no better way to change the way you look than flaunting bright and bold colours in your makeup. You can always opt for a bright red lipstick or do the smokey eye look. Further you can also add bright colours to your hair to make it look funky. Says Manji, “In case you do not wish to colour your hair completely, you can add extensions in bright colours such as purple or fuchsia.”
Try a new perfume: Choosing a different scent than what you normally wear will also amp your look. It is best to choose one according to the occasion you are wearing it for. For example, if you are going for a party in the evening, you can wear something that has a hint of musk. But if you are going for an occasion during the day, it is best to choose something light and fruity.
Illuminate your face: The best way to ensure that you look great and different is by dabbing an illuminating cream that will highlight your features before you apply a foundation. This will make your skin glow after you’ve applied your makeup.

8 Ways Anyone Can Look More Attractive, According To Science

Beauty is truly only skin deep, and at the end of the day, it’s pretty meaningless if we don’t foster the more lasting parts of our identity, like kindness and intelligence. However, sometimes we just want to feel like we look our best, and for those occasions, there are scientifically verified ways to appear more attractive.

As much as I firmly believe that way too much emphasis is placed on physical attributes in our culture, and also think that the media definitely creates unrealistic standards of beauty (I’m supposed to hold down a full-time job and look like a Photoshopped celebrity who has a personal chef and trainer? I don’t think so), I also definitely feel more confident when I’m happy about the way I look. It’s an inescapable part of being human, no matter how much we might be aware of our culture’s perverse fascination with looking “perfect.”

That being said, there are definitely super simple ways that science tells us we can look more aesthetically pleasing — which in turn will hopefully give us that little added boost of confidence to help us take on an important moment or event. Because at the end of the day, so much about beauty products and fashion is really about how they makes us feel, and not about what they’re actually doing to us on the outside.

So in the spirit of feeling our most awesome, here are eight things you can do to look more attractive, backed by science.

1. Keep Your Teeth White

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According to a study from the University of Leeds featured on Business Insider, clean white teeth are a quick indicator of good health and thus instantly make us more attractive to others. So grab those whitening strips (or whatever method works best for you and your life) and say hello to an awesome smile.

Try: AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Accelerator Light, $22.99, Amazon

2. Go For A Voluminous Hair Style

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A piece in Everyday Health noted that thick hair is associated with health and vitality, which instantly makes you look better. If your hair has been thinning with age or is just on the thinner side in general, celebrity stylist Oribe recommended using a dry shampoo on the roots to absorb heavy oils and create an instant illusion of fullness.

Try: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $44, Amazon

3. Take Care Of Your Skin

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A study published by the NIH showed that smooth skin is a major factor in overall attractiveness since, much like white teeth, it instantly indicates good health. So if you want that added boost of confidence, start giving your skin a little TLC. And since I’m a skincare junkie, I can’t help but recommend a gentle chemical exfoliate followed by a quality (scent-free) moisturizer. It’s a simple and cost-effective method for glowing skin. Also, never forget the sunscreen — seriously.

4. Have Red Lipstick Handy

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The same Business Insider piece noted that a University of Manchester study found that our lips are considered to be one of our most attractive and arousing facial features. It also found that drawing attention to them with red lipstick means they will be stared at for an average of seven seconds longer. So if you’re looking to feel your sexiest, go with the red!

Try: Lime Crime Velvetine Lipstick in Red Velvet, $20, Amazon

5. And Put On That Red Dress

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If you like red lipstick, you should also consider that red dress in your closet. In a study out of the University of Rochester, participants rated people as more attractive when they’re in red over other colors — even when shown pictures of the same person.

Try: BCBGMax Azria Bennett One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $268, Amazon

6. Mimic

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That’s right — a study featured in the Social Psychology Bulletin simply subtly mimicking the person we’re talking to can increase your attractiveness. So the next time you’re in conversation with someone you’re really into, be sure to pay attention to their body language and respond with a similar gesture or posture. Subtle mimicry indicates attraction.

Try: The Language of Love – Powerful Body Language to Attract the Opposite Sex, $9.99, Amazon

7. Accentuate Your Symmetry

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You’ve likely heard that facial symmetry is strongly associated with attractiveness, and a study out of Stanford confirms this. However, the fact of the matter is most of us aren’t perfectly symmetrical. Our eyes might be two slightly different sizes, our mouth may be a little lopsided, our nose could be a little uneven. It’s natural and normal, and is generally not something to stress about at all. However, if you want that extra boost of confidence, the good thing is that makeup is kind of a miracle when it comes to creating the illusion of symmetry. You can soften a hooded eye, shadow the nose, or slightly reshape a lip — it’s all about knowing how. Check out the above Pixiewoo video to see how you can make your eye bigger or smaller to see how it’s done.

8. Be Confident

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This is something I’ve written about before as well. Confidence can instantly make you a more magnetic person. According to Harvard psychologist Craig Malkin, it’s because confident people are more likely to engage in behavior that inspires trust in other people, like solid eye contact and open body language, as well as are more likely to be open and say what they mean. So even if you’re naturally on the shyer side, try to fake it ’til you make it on those nights when you want to feel super cute.

We’re all our own worst critic when it comes to the way we look, which is why some quick, scientifically-proven ways to look better can be just the thing to help melt away our insecurities. So throw on that red dress, pump up your hair, and remember that you look awesome.

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Makeup is a great, fun way to improve your appearance on a daily basis. It makes you look more put together and, if you use it right, it can enhance the existing beauty of your natural features. All in all, makeup is a useful tool that can transform your look and significantly increase your self confidence. However, you should not feel like you always have to wear makeup in order to feel good about yourself. Makeup should be a tool that you use to maximize your natural beauty, not cover it up.

There will always be times throughout your life when you can’t wear makeup. Whether you’re staying out of town and forgot your makeup at home or you woke up late and have to sacrifice your regular makeup routine, no-makeup days shouldn’t ruin your mood. It is completely possible to look good without wearing makeup and still feel confident about your appearance. Looking gorgeous doesn’t depend upon a full face of makeup. Your natural beauty can still shine even when it isn’t enhanced by foundation and eyeliner.

No makeup makeup tips

1. Hydrate Yourself

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Hydration is key to looking great without wearing any makeup. Most women use skin makeup, including primer, foundation, concealer, and other products, to even out their skin tone and cover up any breakouts or other blemishes.

Drinking enough water can have transformative effects on the appearance of your skin. Keep yourself sufficiently hydrated on a daily basis in order to eliminate skin discoloration and minimize blemishes. Make it an active goal to drink at least six to eight cups of water per day in order to stay hydrated and reap the benefits of proper hydration for your skin.

2. Keep Up a Skincare Routine

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It is important to maintain a healthy regular skincare routine in order to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy at all times. Start by washing your face two times per day. In the morning and at night, use a mild, non-toxic face wash and lukewarm water. If you have to wash your face more than twice per day, try to rinse it without using soap in order to prevent irritating your delicate skin.

Moisturizing is also key to a healthy skincare routine. Moisturize twice per day. Use a light gel moisturizer in the morning and a heavier cream at night to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

3. Eat the Right Foods

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Maintaining a healthy diet is important to keep your skin, lips, and eyes looking the best that they can. Eat as little processed food as possible and consume as much fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, and proteins as you can.

4. Groom Your Eyebrows

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Keep your eyebrows groomed in order to make sure that they look presentable without gel, powder, or other enhancing makeup. Schedule a regular appointment to get your eyebrows waxed or threaded by a professional. These regular appointments will ensure that your eyebrows always look neatly trimmed and cleaned up.

In the intervals between your professional appointments, keep up the maintenance yourself by plucking stray hairs with tweezers. Just be careful not to over pluck your hairs. Never try to shape your brows by yourself.

5. Lengthen Your Lashes

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One of the main benefits of makeup is enhancing your natural features. Most women use mascara as a staple in their daily makeup routine to make their eyelashes appear thicker and longer. Mimic the positive thickening and lengthening effects of mascara without makeup by regularly applying an eyelash serum to your lashes.

There is no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a professional eyelash serum. You can create your own with standard household ingredients. Simply mix together a blend of petroleum jelly and jojoba oil to create your own serum. Apply it nightly to your lashes to lengthen and thicken them permanently.

6. Whiten Your Teeth

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When you’re not wearing makeup, your teeth become a major focal point of your face. Help your smile shine by whitening your teeth. Look into getting a professional bleaching kit from your regular dentist’s office, use whitening toothpaste daily, or create a home whitening blend with a mix of baking soda and lemon juice.

7. Take Care of Your Lips

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Take care of your lips to make sure that they appear healthy and vibrant with color without any lip gloss or lipstick on no-makeup days.

Keep your lips moisturized by applying a thick layer of high-quality lip balm to them every night before you go to bed. Also, make it a habit to exfoliate your lips once or twice per week in order to remove dead skin flakes from them and help them look and feel smoother. Massage a scrub of brown sugar and coconut oil into your lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate them easily and gently.

Don’t underestimate your natural beauty. It’s easy to look gorgeous without makeup. Just make sure to keep your natural features clean, neat, and healthy so that they look as good as they possibly can without any enhancement.

And here are some great no makeup quotes for you:

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