Put Your Best Face Forward
Has social media (Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, Instagram, Google) put a whole new twist on the
pressure to look good in photos—never has our “Face” been more on display for people we went to
grammar school with to colleagues to extended family. How can we put our best “Face” out there?
Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, world-renowned facial plastic surgeon and professor at Boston University School
of Medicine, offers these tips to “put your best face forward” in photos.
1Women should slightly look up towards the camera as it will make your eyes
larger, and raise your eyebrows creating
the attractive look of large eyes.
6Blink just before the camera goes off. That is, if they are counting to three to
shoot, blink deliberately on two. This will
help guarantee that your eyes are not
closed during the picture, and importantly, will get you with the most open
and bright eyes—and remember, bright
eyes are critical to looking good.
2Men should slightly protrude your chin. This creates a strong face and
eliminates a double chin.
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3For men and women, slightly lean your neck towards the camera. 7Smile with your eyes! A fake smile is just your mouth. A true smile is when
your whole face is laughing. Think about
sending energy to your eyes or smiling
with your eyes, and your beauty will
shine into the photograph.
4For Women—a minute before your photo, tap on your lips a few times
(somewhat stronger than you’d think!).
This will send blood to your lips making
them redder and fuller—both considered
very attractive. Similarly, you can pinch
your cheeks a few times to get a little bit
of a rosy glow.
5Stand at an angle to the camera. This creates a slimmer body profile, and
adds some interest to the photograph.
Also, try slightly lowering the shoulder
towards the camera. This will relatively
elongate your neck and slim it out.
8Be relaxed. Think about relaxing your face and trying to convey that to
the camera. And, consider botulinum
toxin treatment (e.g. botox or dysport).
They’ve been shown to not only relax
wrinkles, but to actually improve your
mood and help you to feel more relaxed
and confident. That emotional change
will show in your photos. |