Stick your chin out or use your tongue.
It might feel weird, but sticking your chin or head out slightly will ensure you don’t look like you have a dreaded double chin. Another way to give the appearance of a thinner face? Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling. It might feel strange, but by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling is an effective way to help avoid the dreaded double chin, as it elongates your neck and your jawline. I’ve tried it, and it works! It also works for Heidi Klum and Renee Zellweger, who are fans of this trick.
Have the photographer shoot from above eye level.
Being photographed from below is’s the most unflattering angle there is. Head-on can work, but it’s even better if the camera is slightly above you. Because of the angle, you’ll need to look up, which elongates your neck and torso.
Angle your face.
Unless you’re being snapped by a professional portrait photographer, it’s key to avoid direct head-on shots. Why? Because there’ll be an absence of shadows, which could make your face look wider, larger, or slightly discolored. Instead, stand slightly sideways and tilt your chin a little bit downward. From there, be sure to look at something just above your natural line of sight.
Twist your body and position your arms
Tilt your body toward the camera slightly, with one leg in front of the other.
The old red carpet trick:
- Position your body 45 degrees
- Put the arm closest to the camera
on your hip or
hold your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.
- Plant one foot slightly in front of the other
- Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg.
Ever wonder why every celebrity poses with her camera-facing arm on her hip? It’s because that particular move ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against her body making it look flattened. If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, t ry holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.
Cross your ankles
If you’re being shot head-on (maybe for a street style snap?) cross your legs, starting at the calf. This stance will make your hips look narrower and your legs look longer, plus it looks a bit more casual. It’s worth noting that the pose also works when you’re sitting. Although it’s always preferable to stand in pictures, if you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles. It’ll be more flattering than not doing anything with those stems.
Learn to smile for the camera.
Smiling is a tricky thing when it comes to photos. The solution? The ‘natural’ smile you so often do when the camera’s not on you. When you smile naturally, the area around your eyes tends to crease a bit, which reads as much more sincere than stiffly smiling just with your mouth.
Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your face to tense up, your eyes to squint, and your cheeks to puff out, which aren’t the benchmarks of an attractive photo. Instead, take a beat to relax your face and open your mouth slightly, so that your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth. This is universally flattering, and allows you to decide how much teeth you want to show.
Not a fan of smiling with teeth? Learn to smize (smile with your eyes, for the uninitiated.)
Practice good posture.
Standing up straight really does make a difference. Not only will it elongate you in photos, but it gives you an aura of strength and confidence, which is naturally alluring.
It’s a basic rule: Whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger.
Don’t follow the group.
The key to a stellar group shot? Not all doing the same pose. Not only is that hokey but everyone is shaped differently, so the viewer’s eye will naturally gravitate to who looks best in the pose, not the picture. Instead, be sure to stand comfortably without mimicking the people directly next to you.