December 30, 2013 by PREEN.ME
By Preen.Me Contributor Rachel Hayes, founder of Pretty Impressed. the go-to beauty and style blog for crazy busy moms.
Don’t you just cringe when you see a snapshot of yourself on Facebook that is anything less than flattering? Maybe you were looking downward, creating that dreaded double chin effect. Or your smile looked gummier than a five year old screaming, “Cheese!” Over the years, I’ve written quite a few beauty articles on how to amazing in a photo. Now that party season is in full swing, here’s a round up of the best tips I live and swear by.
1. Brighten up your eyes. Before even you start doing your makeup, squeeze a few redness relieving eye drops into your eyes. This will make them look bright and sparkly in the photo and will also enhance the sharpness of any dark eyeliner you might wear. Also, the brighter the whites of your eye are, the darker your lashes will look. I love Rohto Arctic Redness Relief, $8. They nix redness immediately and have a refreshing cooling sensation.
2. Make your cheekbones pop. Massage a face oil or serum onto the tops of your cheekbones before applying your foundation. This way, a little glimmer will peep through your makeup and enhance the natural contours of your face. I love: Patyka Huile Absolue, $70.
3. Use cream blush to contour and glow. Blend a sheer cream bronzer just under your cheekbones into the hallows of your cheeks to define your cheeks and create a flattering slimming effect. Then, blend a pop of peachy color on the apples of your cheeks for a radiant glow. My favorite palette that has all the right shades: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine, $48.
4. Top off with a sheer light bronzer. Swirl a light peachy bronzer all over to reduce shine and even out your skintone. I use Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder, $51.
5. Make sure your hair has blinding shine. No matter what kind of hairstyle you’re wearing—long, short, wavy, straight, up or down—crazy shine will instantly light up your entire face and exude health and happiness. Apply a shine serum to damp her before blow-drying, then again once your hair is dry and
styled to lock in that shine. My favorite: Kerastase Elixir Ultime, $56. If I’m wearing my hair straight, I love to run a flat iron over it. The straighter your hair, the most light it’ll reflect.
6. Don’t get deflated. A mid-party hair meltdown is a surefire party pic wrecker. Spray a little dry shampoo onto your roots after you’ve styled your hair to give your locks a little extra oomph. A great one: Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo, $4. You should also tousle your hair right before you enter the party so it’s freshly fluffed.
7. Do a 360° Hair Test. When celebrity stylists work on a star before a red carpet event, they check to see how the hairstyle looks from every angle. Do the same, paying close attention to small details like spraying down flyways or fixing a messy bobby pin that’s sticking out.
8. Lean Into Your Best Feature. To nail your most flattering pose, lean in to the feature you want to play up the most. Feel more confident about your lips? Lean into the camera while slightly sticking your chin up so your lips are the focus. Prefer to play up your eyes? Move your chin down slightly to make your eyes more prominent.
9. Say—don’t scream—cheese! Don’t think celebrities don’t spend a lot of time working on their smile and poses. Just be natural and strike that good balance between warm and having fun. Also, cool toned lip colors will make your teeth look whiter. I’ve been loving the new Maybelline New York Color Elixir by Color Sensational, $9. which is a hybrid between a shiny lip gloss and a moisturizing lipstick formula.
10. Art direct your shot. Finally, do your best to avoid any photobombs. Scan the background for any weirdos, stupid signs or horrible scenery. Also, use a flash. Straight on light, like the flash on your camera or phone, is most flattering because you’re less likely to wind up with any awkward shadows.
More About the Author: Rachel Hayes is a New York City based beauty editor and has been published in Glamour, Allure, Self, Cosmo among other media outlets. Aside from her blog. you can find her on Facebook. Pinterest. Twitter. Instagram and Google+ .