Have you ever experienced one of those awful days where you just cannot take a decent photo, in fact, you are crossing the line towards hot mess? Even worse, it seems to happen at your most important events like weddings, family functions, and birthdays… Angles, make-up styles, color schemes, lighting, poses- there is so much to consider for one tiny photo! Not to mention, all of your Facebook and Twitter admirers will be witness to your not-so-radiant side. The best way to battle anti-photogenic syndrome is to be prepared, so I have compiled a list of important factors to consider before stepping forward and loving the camera:
Bloating: Big night ahead? Try and get to the gym for a heated yoga or barre class during the day to knock a few pounds of water weight right off that body! Rather than looking like a balloon about ready to pop, you will look slimmer and more relaxed in pictures.
Shine: Oily, slick faces make for bad pictures. Facial shine highlights imperfections and can even make you look grimy or sweaty. Use a moisturizer made to minimize shine, apply primer before your foundation, and dust your face with a mineral powder to set your make-up.
Underarm Marks: Nothing screams ick like huge underarm sweat marks in photos. Guys can get away with it, but even then it is still pretty gross. A Chiq woman knows better! We all sweat, I even tell my friends, “I sweat like a man when I workout,” but when you are out-and-about impressing the world with your fabulousness find a way to nip that in the bud. If regular deodorants don’t work for you try some clinical protection.
Sheer Fabrics in Light Colors: If you really want to show off every roll or bump on your body, then wear a lot of light colored, sheer fabric… the feathery lightweight material clings to every curve, and light colors like tans, creams, and whites tend to have a widening effect. However, if you are really dying to wear something of that nature, like a silk cami, pair it with some dark jeans or a skirt to show off your body’s true feminine shapeliness.
Body Language: This tip has to be one of the most important. Your posture and how you position yourself towards the camera can make all the difference in the success of a photo. Keep arms relaxed and loose rather than propping them up on your hips! Not only does it draw attention to your biceps making them look larger, but your hips as well. If neither of these are issues for you then do not worry. However, for most it looks better just to avoid this stance. Additionally, when you angle your body towards the camera ease one shoulder towards the photographer turning your head towards that shoulder. Also, keep the outside leg slightly in front of you to elongate your frame. Simple, easy to do, and works just about every time (if you remember to do it).
Hope you are feeling ready for the camera Chiq ladies! I promise you will be fine for the flash the next time you are out on the town, your Facebook and Twitter persona will remain intact, and all will be well in the world.