Tips for Looking Good in Holiday Photos

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You know that there is a problem when out of a 100 selfies, you don’t have anyone good enough for Instagram, there is also a bigger problem if you feel that your photos don’t look nice without thousands of filter added to it. The quest for the best pose, smile and makeup for pictures has been from time past, we still haven’t figured out some people manage to look flawless all the time. But, with these tips below, we are sure that your quest to be flawless with every click will start asap.


I won’t advise you use HD powders, because they blur flaws in normal light but look horrific when hit with a flash.

Don’t over contour. You want to bring out your best features not to look overly made up. Use shine sparingly.

Don’t overdo the glitter. Because of the shine on shadows, lip-gloss’s and other makeup products, any part you used it on tends to seem larger than it already it. So, highlight the parts you want to stand out-just a little. Also, use luminous skin care products instead of highlighter for a more natural definition in photos.

TIP:  Wear bright lipstick because a dark mark colour can make your lips look aged and unflattering.


Feel confident about your body and the way you are. Read more about how to boost your body image here.

If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks.

Practice your smile. A fake smile is noticeable in pictures. When you take a photo, you need to give your best, most natural smile so you look your best. If you don’t like showing your teeth, try a toothless smile. Those also look good.

Pay attention to your brows. The brows frame the face, make sure you even out the products you put on the brows so they look natural instead of looking painted on.

Study why you looked good and bad in old pictures. What did you do wrong or right? Then look at pictures of other people and find out why they look good. Some problems might be external though such as the lightening or internal such as the angle of your face, and the type of smile you had on or cosmetic issues, such as blemishes and black heads, or a hairstyle or clothing choice that didn’t show you at your best.

Find your best pose. Strike a pose in front of a mirror, or in front of people. Have them determine which angle suits you best.

TIP: Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth.

Flip your head over to rumple it up and give it more volume.

Relax your body, don’t have stiff arms and stiff legs, try bending them to give them life.

Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.


Teni Beauty

Resident Chief Editor, Signature Reporter. Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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