Celebrities and models aren’t necessarily prettier than everyone else—they just know how to dress for their body shape and personality (or have stylists to do it for them), apply makeup to look fresh and well rested, and pose in the most flattering way. Here are some tips from professionals on how to ‘project’ for the camera. You’d be surprised at how a few simple adjustments to your posture can make you look taller, thinner and more graceful.
1. Hide a double chin
It’s all in the position of your face. Straighten your neck, but relax your shoulders. Then push your chin out and downward. This may sound strange, but practice this in front of the mirror and you’ll see!
2. Avoid severe hairstyles
Yes we know it’s easy to pull your hair back into a ponytail. But these updos can look very severe and harsh on film. Literally, let your hair down! This will soften the curves of your face. You can also do a partial updo, or pull down a few strands of your hair so they fall gently against the sides of your cheeks.
3. Secret to a photogenic smile
Here’s a secret from the modeling industry. Push the tip of your tongue behind the top front of your teeth. This will avoid that stiff smile! Your facial muscles will relax and also help you avoid a double chin.
4. Make your arms look thinner
Don’t push your arms against your torso. Angle them a little away from your body, so you see a gap between your torso and your arms. A shawl can also help hide really big arms.
5. Choose slimming clothes
V-neck blouses and dark colors are sure-fire slimming secrets. And get a good fabric that follows your silhouette without being super-clingy—clothes that are too loose and shapeless will only make you look bigger. Read our 7 tips to make you look thinner.
6. Position your feet
Take a cue from red carpet poses! Position one foot in front of the other, swivel your hips,. And then turn feet slightly away from the camera to make your frame look taller and more narrow.
7. Smile with your eyes
Think of something happy and pleasant, and look straight at the camera. Avoid the vacant, fake smile. If you’ve been smiling too long, your facial muscles will look fake, so stop and puff up your cheeks for a second before smiling again.
8. Breathe out
Breathe out just before the shot is taken, since breathing in will stiffen your shoulders and make you look tense and stiff.
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