10 Tips on how to look better and thinner in pictures
Everyone has an unflattering photograph of themselves somewhere in their photo album and even the thinnest and most beautiful women can look less, than perfect in a photo. Celebrities of all shapes and sizes seem to look good though, and that’s because they know how to pose. They say that the camera never lies, but that’s a lie in itself, because if you follow these few tips, you too can look slimmer in photos. If you don’t believe us, then just check out some celeb photos and you will be able to spot spot some of these poses:
1. Turn your body to one side
When you know a photo is coming, turn your body to one side and place one foot in front the other with your toe pointing towards the camera and your weight on your back foot. Looking straight on at the camera will make you look bigger and turning to one side will slim your overall profile.
2. Shoulders back, tummy in
Another tip on how to look better in pictures is – have a good posture. Don’t make it obvious or it will be there for everyone to see in that photograph for all eternity, but pull back your shoulders, push your chest forward and gently suck your stomach in. Practice at home, in front of the mirror, until you get the hang of doing it without it looking unnatural.
3. Don’t rush to the front of a group shot
You want to be in the shot, but don’t be too keen to be front and middle of everyone. Quite simply, the closest thing to the camera will appear to be the largest, so bear that in mind, when choosing your spot in a group photograph.
4. Hold out your arms
Our next tip on how to look better and thinner in pictures is – hold out your arms slightly away from your body and this will stop any excess weight in your upper arms from flattening out and looking larger. This is why you see so many celebrities in photos posing with their hands on their hips, but hands on hips can look a bit too posed in a family snap, pulling your arms away from your sides will be just as effective.
5. Avoid being photographed from below
If anyone gets down on one knee to take your picture, run! This is worst possible camera angle for making you look larger. The best camera angle is one taken from slightly above, which gives the effect of elongating your torso and giving you a slimmer appearance, but be aware, this can make your nose look longer too, so find your balance.
6. Cross your legs when sitting down
You will always look slimmer standing up, but if you can’t get out of a photo being taken, while you are seated, remember to cross your legs, at the ankles, in front of you. This will help to make your calves and your thighs look slimmer.
7. Wear single color outfits and nude color high heels
Another easy tip on how to look better and slimmer in pictures is – wear single color outfits. If you are going somewhere that you know you are going to be photographed, then choose an outfit that is the same colour, from top to toe, or almost from top to toe. Single colour outfits and nude color high heels, if appropriate, will have the effect of elongating your profile and making you look slimmer and your legs longer.
Quick tip: black or dark colors make you look slimmer, while white and light colors makes you look a little larger, than you really are, so keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.
8. Lose double chin
Our next tip on how to look better in pictures is – get rid of double chin. Stretch up your neck and push your face slightly out and it will get rid of a double chin. Another good trick for this is to smile and put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth at the same time. This is another one you might want to practice in front of a mirror first to make sure that you are not pulling funny faces at the camera.
9. Use objects to your advantage
Use the objects that you are carrying to their fullest advantage, it’s another great tip on how to look better in pictures. A strategically placed handbag can hide a tummy bulge, or a jacket over your knees, when seated, will cover your legs.
10. Practice your posing
As with everything, practice makes perfect. Get in front of a mirror at home, try out some poses and see how much of a difference they can make. If you don’t practice, you won’t feel comfortable and you probably won’t look natural in a photograph either. You don’t want to be the one who is always pulling that awful and ‘oh so obviously artificial’ pose in every family picture!
How to look better in pictures? Do you have some other tips to share?