As you browse through awkward family photos and candids with friends from the holiday season, it can seem nearly impossible to find just one shot that you like. After all, those Instagram filters are helpful, but their potential for transforming a photo is still limited. If you haven't made a New Year's resolution yet, this might be your cue: 2014 could be the year you become more photogenic. The truth is, all it takes is the right beauty products and techniques, a healthy dose of confidence and a flattering pose to achieve a stunning shot.
Follow these tips and you'll look better in photos, pronto:
- It's tempting to cake on the foundation when you're trying to hide your flaws, but overdoing it can make you look older in photos. Instead, start with a sheer tinted moisturizer or primer as your base for a healthy dose of hydration, which will keep any flakes at bay. The oil-free sunday riley effortless breathable tinted primer is a lightweight formula that can camouflage any imperfections. Light-reflecting mica lends a super flattering soft-focus effect, too.
- If you need slightly more coverage, you can certainly use a cream or liquid foundation, but make sure the color is a perfect match. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who's prepped stars like Halle Berry and Elizabeth Banks for the red carpet, told Daily Makeover that a flash combined with too-light foundation can make you look washed out. She suggested matching your foundation to the skin on your chest, and also applying a light layer on your neck to make sure it blends.
- A translucent setting powder not only soaks up any shine in your T-zone and ensures your makeup stays put, but also offers an airbrushed finish.
- Bronzer gives your complexion an instant boost. Just be sure to blend it well from your temples to beneath your cheekbones and along your jawline for natural-looking contouring, and avoid shimmery formulas, which can make your skin look shiny on camera. A gel bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks will give you that coveted sun-kissed glow.
- Stick to neutral eyeshadows, which will subtly complement your complexion without overpowering your features or drawing attention to any flaws. Hues like champagne and shades of taupe and brown are universally flattering and can bring out the warmth in your skin.
- Volumizing mascara is a must for making your eyes stand out. Georgie Eisdell, the makeup artist who beautifies Dianna Agron, Carey Mulligan and Amanda Seyfried, told Cosmopolitan magazine that she recommends blinking directly onto the head of the mascara brush before swiping the bristles from the roots to tips in a back and forth motion.
- For high impact, place the chella heated eyelash curler under your lash line, then lift and hold the lashes upward for 10 seconds. You can repeat this up to three times to maximize the curl.
- Bold brows will enhance your facial expressions and give your features added dimension. Fill them in with a powder or pencil that is just a half-shade darker than your natural hair color for a striking look.