Smile please: 10 easy tips to help you look picture-perfect this festive season
From the right makeup to the perfect pose, here’s how to give yourself a photogenic makeover.Updated: Oct 23, 2017 14:51 IST
Conceal smartly : Never forget the concealer. It helps you achieve a super fine finish. Remember that the camera magnifies skin imperfections such as fine lines, acne marks and open pores. So, a flawless base is a must. Match the concealer perfectly with your skin tone.
Blot out oil: Matte-fy the oily parts of your face. Use a good blotting powder to even out your skin, as a shiny T-zone can look very odd in pictures. If your skin is oily, you might need a little retouch just before getting your pictures clicked.
Don’t neglect your neck and arms: Foundation is not just for your face. Apply foundation on your neck and arms as well, or else there will be a visible colour difference between your face, neck and arms, which will get exaggerated in pictures. A matte or semi-matte foundation works well for pictures. You can also choose from HD foundations specially formulated for photo shoots.
Shape up your brows: Enhance your brows as they frame your face and make your features flattering. They often look lighter in pictures, so shape them with a dark brown eyebrow pencil. For a natural look, fill in using light strokes.
Tame flyaways: Flyaways become more visible in your pictures and give an untidy look. For a neat, sleek look, use a good serum while combing your hair. If you still notice a few wild strands while shooting, smooth them out with a little water.
The flattering side: Everyone has a more flattering side. Generally, the left side of the face is the more attractive. If you know your prettier side, let it get highlighted in your pictures. If you don’t know the right side, click both the sides and see which one looks prettier.
The perfect angles: Don’t go too close to the camera when getting clicked. Instead of standing straight, turn a little side-ways (around 40-45 degrees ). To look taller and leaner, try low angle shots and full length shots.
Cheery colours: Since it’s the festive season, wear bright, lively colours. Avoid too much bling, as the images may not come out well.
The right light: Try to find the right light source, if not using a flash. Make sure you don’t stand right below the light source. If you are getting clicked during the day time, don’t stand against the sun light as it will create shadows.
Inputs by photographer Praveen Bhat and makeup expert Richa Aggarwal
First Published: Oct 23, 2017 14:51 IST