Beware restaurant and bar lighting
Although these are great places to grab a drink with the girls, they’re not the the ideal setting for your group shot. Overhead lighting (like the kind in most rooms) adds to the appearance of uneven skin and under-eye circles. For better results, point your face toward the light source in your photo. Better yet, head outside around sunset for some natural lighting. “The lighting [at dusk] is really flattering,” photographer Jack Guy told InStyle. “The sun casts less shadow downward, so you don’t end up with bags under your eyes in the photo. Instead, it lights up the area under the eyes and you look younger.”
Take a cue from the celebs
For a classic, no-fail pose, turn your body three quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the photographer. When you face the camera head on, your body tends to look wider. This pose ensures the camera catches you at your best angle. Correct your posture: belly in, buttocks tight, shoulders back, spine straight.
Put your best face forward
When it comes to makeup, it’s best to tread lightly—especially with foundation. A face masked in any kind of monotone base will look flat and pasty in photos, Morgen Schick, a beauty expert and author of Your Makeover, told Real Simple. For a more natural look, Schick suggests using concealer only on red spots, imperfections, and shadowy areas. To find your facial shadows, Real Simple advises tilting your chin down an inch or two while looking in a mirror. Notice where the shadows appear (likely around your eye sockets, under your lip line, and on your chin). Add a warm blush to your cheeks and a berry shade to your lips. A nude lip could get washed out with the camera’s flash. Brighter tones will photograph best.
Check out 5 Ways to Wear a Dark Lip With Confidence.