Let’s admit it, we can ALL be pretty vain when it comes to Facebook photos.
Because who doesn’t want to look their best when their weekend antics appear on every single one of their friends’ news feeds?!
Unfortunately for us, it can be pretty hard to get that much lusted-after VIP look when we don’t have a Kim Kardashian-style make-up artist, personal hairdresser and stylist to hand.
But don’t worry! Allure‘s creative director Paul Cavaco has come up with some genius (and very simple) tricks to ensure you’re always just as hot as Kimmy in your snaps…
1) Pefect your angles
‘There’s an old red carpet trick that really makes you look confident and sleek,’ says Paul. ‘Turn your body about 45 degrees to the side, swivel your shoulders towards the camera, plant one foot slightly in front of the other, and put all of your weight on your back leg. It simultaneously slims the waist, lengthens the legs, and makes you look taller. If you like the hand-on-hip pose and you have a short torso, place your hand lower than your actual waist. If your torso’s long, place your hand a bit above the waist.’
2) Sit like a ballerina
‘When you’re sitting in a photo, your torso looks folded and your back rounds to the camera, so you need to assume a dancer’s posture right before the flash goes off. Imagine someone is tugging you up by a string attached to the crown of your head, so your spine and neck are elongated, then pull your stomach in and point your chin down slightly.’
3) Highlight toned arms
‘If you’re placing your hand on someone’s stomach or chest during a photo, push your arm away from your body a few inches so it doesn’t smash against your torso and lose definition.’
4) Make a statement in a group shot
‘If you’re sitting or standing at the edge of a group, angle your hips toward the group, then turn your shoulders to the camera and pull them back a bit to whittle the waist. If you’re stuck in the middle of the group picture, thrust your bottom out a bit to make your waist look more defined from the front.’
5) Lengthen your legs
‘Crossing your legs directly in front of you in a photo cuts your body and legs in half. Instead, swing your legs to the side, cross your camera-facing leg over the other, and point both feet downward to highlight your calf muscles and elongate the legs. If you’re worried about your thighs looking smushed when they’re crossed, push off your tippy-toes to raise your bottom thigh ever so slightly off of the chair, then lift your top leg so it’s just barely resting on your bottom one.’
6) Prevent a double chin
‘The camera flattens your features, so you want to exaggerate a long, slender neck when you’re being photographed from the front. Push your shoulders back, thrust your neck out like a rooster, and tilt your chin down a few degrees.” Sure, it looks a little odd from the side, but “what feels unnatural in that moment actually looks great in the final picture.’
It’s time to get snapping…