Let’s face it — we’re all guilty of being hypercritical of ourselves in pictures. We judge a group photo by how “good” we look in it, we snap a million nearly-identical selfies to get just the right one, and we curate our social media shots with the critical eye of an artist. If you’ve taken one too many pictures that you simply cannot stand, you may be guilty of one (or more) of these reasons why you’re not looking your personal best in front of the camera. After all, photos can be deceiving. So, just make sure that the deception is working in your favor and that you look good in pictures — #NoFilter needed.
1. You aren’t smizing
Supermodel Tyra Banks really does have a point when it comes to the power of smizing, but you don’t have to be America’s Next Top Model to win the benefits of smiling with your eyes. It may take some practice to perfect it, but once you start smizing, you’ll never want to stop — especially since it will automatically boost any photo. Yes, it’s that powerful — smize correctly, and your look will be happy and playful while also conveying a sultry and smoldering effect.
It’s best to use a mirror when you’re first learning to smize so you can effectively see what look you’re achieving. It’s all about exuding warmth and gleaming vibrancy from the eyes with just the hint of a squint. Sometimes it’s also helpful to close your eyes for a few seconds, then open them. It helps to refresh your gaze while giving an air of natural brightness to the eyes.