There are a lot of tips on the internet about how to look good in photos. Most of them involve things that are out of our control like lighting, special clothes and makeup or red-carpet style poses. I'm not so interested in those tips. I want to know that when someone whips out a camera at 1am on Friday night I'm not going to look like an asshole in all the pictures that show up on Facebook on Saturday morning. Some people have it easy with a brilliant smile and a face that makes love to the camera. I hate those kind of people. (Try to avoid being in the same photo as them!)
For the rest of us, the stars need to be aligned in order to look good in a photograph.
Practice these tips in the mirror and you'll find the stars on your side.
When you first try them out, you'll feel and look like an idiot, but after some time it will come naturally and you'll look great in every photo.
1.) Turn your head slightly to the side and point your shoulder towards the camera.
2.) Extend your neck. (also very slightly)
3.) Point your nose down.
4.) And look up through your lashes. (if this feels too awkward try to keep your eyes closed until the last minute and then open and look up)
It's kind of a come-hither stare, but it works. Your face will look thinner and your nose will look smaller.
Smile your best smile and if you struggle with looking fake, put the tip of your tongue right where the back of your front teeth meet the roof of your mouth.