There is nothing worse than looking like a million bucks in the mirror and like 50 cents in photos. Oh, how can those models look so flawless in photos?
Well, first of all, that is their job. Secondly, it takes practice and some good tips such as those listed below. So without further ado, here is how to have a million dollar smile in photos.
Smile with your eyes
Or squint. But just a little bit. Basically what you are trying to do is create tiny pillows underneath your eyes. Why? Well, try smiling without moving any muscles around your eyes. It will both look and feel flat, boring and fake. On the other hand, when you just smile with your eyes, you are already looking fresher and you can take a good picture, but when you combine eyes AND mouth, that will be one hell of a good picture.
Wear a bright lipstick
Lipstick will, logically, turn your lips into the center of your face and draw all the attention to them. So don’t be afraid to go bold with colors. However, there is one great lipstick trick that will make your teeth look even whiter than they already are. The key is to buy lipsticks that have blue undertones. Why? Because on the color wheel, blue hues are placed opposite of yellow and orange hues, and when they are placed next to each other, they tend to cancel one another.
“Close your eyes and open” trick
When you know someone is going to take your picture, close your eyes a couple seconds before that moment and slowly open them while you are also slowly drawing up the corners of your lips to form a smile. This way, you will eliminate the possibility of feeling awkward about taking a photo and your smile isn’t going to look forced at all.
Show off those teeth
You don’t necessarily need to make a huge, toothy grin, but when you show some teeth, your face gets brighter. And the key for a great picture-perfect smile is to try to show just your upper teeth. Have in mind that a close-mouthed smile is also okay, but you will look a lot more serious than the rest of the group.
But take care of your smile
We are not all blessed with a perfect Hollywood smile. And in the era of social media and selfies, we are more or less forced to make the best out of our smiles, which is perfectly fine.
Firstly, you should have a good dental hygiene. Make sure you floss, brush and have regular dental checkups and cleanings to make sure they are as clean and as pretty as they can be.
Next, if your teeth are crooked, but you don’t want to wear braces, you can opt for Invisalign, which is basically almost the same thing as braces but it is completely invisible. These clear plastic aligners will put your teeth into the right positions. If you are an Aussie, you are lucky, because you can find the best quality Invisalign in Bondi Junction – so book your appointment today.
If, on the other hand, you have problems with discoloration and yellow teeth, you can do some quick at-home fixes such as rinsing them with hydrogen peroxide, brushing them with baking soda from time to time (because if you do it often, it could wear away your enamel). On the other hand, you could also opt for professional whitening, but that will cost you some extra bucks.
Lighting is literally everything. It is the best beauty product in the world, and it’s free. It can make those nasty circles under the eyes disappear, it can make your skin and eyes glow and your teeth whiter. The best is to either face directly into it or away from it in order to avoid unflattering shadows.
The “uh” trick
Even though your whole life you’ve been hearing photographers yell: “Say cheese” when taking a photo of somebody, that actually results in cheesy photos. Firstly, that ‘ee’ sound will stretch your mouth into that unnatural and fake-looking smile, and secondly, your smile won’t look real and cheerful unless you are super happy. Not to mention that the sentence “say cheese” annoys almost every single person over the age of eight. On the other hand, pronouncing “uh” will cause your lips to form a much more natural smile. So the next time someone is taking your photo, try saying things like ‘Elijah’ or ‘Banana’.
That would be it. If you have some more perfect smile tips, feel free to share them in the comment section below.