How to Be Photogenic

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It's no surprise that those who don't like to have their pictures taken are the same people who feel they are not photogenic. Most of us can remember a time when we saw a picture of ourself and wished we had looked better. It's usually an important event such as a wedding, birthday, reunion or public appearance when we can't avoid the camera. However you look at it, you're going to have your picture taken, so it's best not to put up a fuss. Besides that, you might want to take a killer photo for Facebook, Instagram, etc. Everyone's doing it.

Yes, it is possible to make friends with the camera. Photographers, fashion designers, makeup artists, and models all know the tricks of the trade. Everyone doesn't have that luxury, so we've got some handy tips to help you manipulate the outcome in your favor.

Put Your Best Face Forward

Practicing good hygiene is not only good for your photos, it's good for your self-confidence. Show up with clean hair and flawless makeup. To reduce facial shine, try Lancôme Photogenic Foundation (oil-free formula) for great coverage and a matte finish.

Never try new makeup for the first time on the day of a photo shoot, unless a professional is hired to apply it. For indoor pictures, you may need to apply your eye shadow, blush and lipstick a little heavier than what you're accustomed to. Take them along in your handbag for quick touch-ups.

If you're teeth are getting a little bland, have your dentist whiten them up or plan ahead and use a home teeth-whitening kit for a dazzling smile. Keep in mind that orange and coral lipsticks have a tendency to make your teeth look yellow. If this is an issue, stick with pink, plumb or rose shades. Or, just use a neutral lip gloss.

It's all in the Pose

Most people have a "good side" and a "bad side." If you haven't noticed this, you're lucky. However, by taking a close look at yourself in the mirror, you will probably discover that one side looks better. Maybe it's a scar on your face or the way your hair falls. When you learn which side looks better, you can angle yourself so that your best side is facing the camera. If you're posing for a casual group picture, be the first up there so you can choose your spot.

Accentuate your best features and pose your body in such a way to hide your flaws. You may feel silly, but you can practice posing in a full-length mirror. Rest assured, you're not the only one who has taken this approach. Practice good posture. Sit and stand up straight. Present yourself with pride and it will be evident in the pictures. How you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you.


Photographers know how important lighting is. If you're still reluctant, ask for a soft filter to flatter your facial features and tell him or her which angle you prefer. You hired them and it's their business to make you happy, but always be open to suggestions. They know that the more pleased you are with your photos, the more you'll buy.

If you're having your pictures taken outdoors, avoid direct sunlight and don't squint. Unless it's a scheduled event such as a wedding, don't hesitate to reschedule an outdoor photo shoot if the weather isn't favorable. Rain, clouds and wind can ruin your chances before you've even begun.


The more poise you have, the more likely you are to look natural and show your best smile. The most attractive pictures are a result of someone who is comfortable around the camera and knows exactly what they want. This can be learned. Practice makes perfect.

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