Look good in photos

The Ultimate Guide to Looking Good in Photos

Do you feel like you’re not particularly photogenic and just can’t get a good picture of yourself? For it to work, you need to know how to flirt with the camera. Get to know yourself and understand what makes you look good; you can also look great in photos.

Prepare for the photo

Check out why you look good or bad in photos.

Examine photos of yourself: When do you look good? When do you look stupid Can you spot a difference between the pictures? Also, look at photos of other people and find out why they look good in photos. Pay special attention to the following factors: exposure to the photo, squinting or closed eyes, the wrong angle of view of your face, cosmetic issues like spots or blackheads, a hairstyle, or clothes that just don’t suit you.

Practice posing in front of a mirror or camera.

The best way to find your best pose or smile is to practice. Look at yourself in the mirror and decide what position and facial expression you look best in. Decide whether your left or right side looks more attractive. Human faces are never completely symmetrical, so one side often looks prettier than the other. Put your body in different poses so you get used to it and can recall the poses when you’re in front of a camera. For a particularly flattering angle, turn in about 45 degrees. Your hairstyle can often help you figure out which side of your face looks better. This is especially true if you have an asymmetrical hairstyle.

Wear the right clothes.

Wear something that you know looks good on you. The cut should flatter your body, and the colors should make your complexion and hair color pop. This is very important so that you can look your best in photos. Single-colored dresses usually look better than patterned ones. If you wear patterned clothing, choose the patterns wisely. Patterns can look very unflattering if you don’t have the right physique for them. Small patterns can appear restless and messy in photos. Only wear a patterned piece, if at all, never head-to-toe patterns. If you want to look slimmer, wear dark colors. You can wear a light-colored dress or jacket if you are very thin. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your clothes.

Smile naturally and kindly.

A fake smile can make you look bad in a photo because it looks fake and your eyes aren’t as bright. To look good in a photo, you have to make an effort to make your smile look natural. To present your most beautiful smile, you must feel something. If you’re not particularly happy right now, think of happy memory, your favorite meal, or anything that makes you laugh. A real smile involves the eyes. Try closing your lower eyelids slightly to look more natural. Place the tip of your tongue against the back of your upper front teeth. This can help you smile more naturally without grinning too broadly. Let someone stand outside the photo area who makes you laugh. Practice in front of the mirror. Learn what the difference between a natural smile and a fake smile feels like.

Pay attention to the right make-up.

Makeup can mean the difference between a great photo and a horrible photo for women. If you know how to emphasize the right areas of your face, you can look great in almost any photo. Use concealer instead of heavy makeup. Redness around the nose, circles under the eyes and other “problem areas” can be concealed with concealer. Use it anywhere shadows fall on your face. You can find these spots by tilting your face slightly in front of the mirror. Then powder your T-zone – forehead, nose, chin – with a light powder. These areas of your face can look slightly greasy and shiny without powder. Line your eyes with eyeliner so they don’t get lost in a photo. Using mascara, your eyes will stand out intensely in the picture. Apply some blush to make your cheeks appear more sculpted. Try a pink, coral, or peachy hue for your cheeks. If you don’t have any blush handy, pinch your cheeks just before the photo so they get good blood flow.

Make your hair come alive.

Before posing for a photo, tilt your head back and forth. This will add volume to your hair if it previously looked a bit flat. You can also run your hands through your hair to organize it or add some volume. Don’t overdo it with styling products. Hair that looks wet or cemented with too much hairspray doesn’t do well in photos. Control flyaways so they don’t ruin your photo. Spread some pomade or drying oil between your hands and gently stroke it over your hair. Also remember to position your hair properly. Don’t just let it fall as it falls, but drape it forward over your shoulders, backwards, or to one side. Try out in front of the mirror what looks best on you.

Learn to take good photos

bow your head

When you face the camera, don’t look directly into it. Look a little bit above or below, and then tilt your head up or down slightly. Stretch your neck and then tilt your chin down slightly to get a more prominent face shape in the photo and to minimize the risk of appearing as if you have a double chin. It might feel weird, but it can help you look amazing.

Find the right light.

Proper lighting is very important for taking good photos. When shooting without a flash, find a light source that shines directly in your face, not from the side. Lamps, streetlights, windows, and doorways can provide the light for your photo if you don’t have a flash. Many of these even produce nice, soft light that will flatter you in pictures. Move around the room until you find the right lighting. Place the light source behind, above, or in front of you and decide how it looks best. About an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset, there is very nice natural light for photos. Avoid light that casts harsh shadows on your face. This will only accentuate blemishes unnecessarily and create unflattering dark areas on your face. In addition, wrinkles and other “problem areas” appear more clearly in bright light. The sun or ceiling lamps that are too bright can produce this unfavorable light. It’s best when the light gives your face an even glow, from your forehead to your cheeks and chin. Take the pictures calmly on a cloudy day or use a soft light lamp.

Position your body at a slight angle to the camera.

Instead of taking the photo head-on, turn away from the camera about 45 degrees. This pose slims you down and creates angles that add interest to a photo. Pose as you did on the red carpet. Put your hand on your hip, turn your body away from the camera and your face towards the camera. Rotate your torso so that one shoulder is closer to the camera than the other. This is how you look slimmer. Whichever way you face the camera looks the biggest. If you don’t want to emphasize certain body parts, ensure they aren’t closest to the camera. Pull your shoulders back and straighten your back. Good posture can make a world of difference regarding how you appear in a picture.

Position your whole body correctly.

Instead of letting your arms hang straight and standing on stiff legs, bend them slightly to bring them to life. Bend your arms slightly and keep them away from your body. This also ensures that your body gets a shape instead of just forming a “lump” with your arms. Keep your hands relaxed and keep your fingers slightly curled. Bend the front leg slightly and shift your weight to the back leg. Or cross your legs at the ankles. Move your arm away from your body and bend it slightly to make it look slimmer.

Take lots of pictures.

If you want a good photo of yourself, then by all means, take more than one. Even models pose for hours and hours until they look perfect in a picture. The more photos you take, the better chance of a great one.

Be self-confident.

Be proud of who you are. You are unique and have great qualities. Concentrate on not spotting any flaws you think you have in yourself. If you’re happy and can pull off a genuine smile, it can make a world of difference in a photo. Don’t try to bend your body into unnatural and uncomfortable poses convulsively. Pose to make your body look flattering, but keep it natural. Stiff poses only make you look weird, leading to a bad photo.


Try different poses to find out which one suits you best. Be happy when you take a picture. If you don’t like showing your teeth, smile without teeth. That, too, can look good. Make sure your makeup looks natural.


About the Author

Helen Miller

Helen Miller is a freelance writer at CouponKirin. She covers personal finance topics in a syndicated column that appears in Financial Planning Magazine. Her work has been featured by Market Watch, Digital Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Yahoo Finance. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.