The 10-year challenge a few years back brought to light how back then, there wasn’t much pressure to be photogenic. Looking extra good was not that important. Today, that has completely changed. A photo is taken and before you know it, it is shared on social media platforms within minutes.

With better cameras and editing software among other advancements today, how do you ensure that you look good in photos?

If you have been trying to look good in photos but don’t exactly know what to do, this is for you.

Here are beauty tricks that will help you look and feel good in photos, whether it is at a wedding, vacation, a night out, or any other occasion you decide to take photos.

Study Photos of Yourself

The first step to looking good in photos is to really get to know what you look like in them. Pull out old photographs you like and dislike and study them, determining what works for you and what doesn’t. Look at the angle of the shot and the angle of your face to find what looks most flattering for you. Study your different poses and try to spot a pattern of what works for your body. Then, try to recreate the angles and poses you like, in the future.

Always do the flash test

Flash photography emphasizes any beauty issue – like foundation that is too light for your skin tone, or too much blush. It’s always a good idea for you to take a photo with flash before leaving the house for whatever occasion.

This way, you will be able to make any makeup changes before it’s too late.

Powder your nose

“Excuse me while I powder my nose!” This may sound like something you’ve only heard in movies, but it’s much needed.

Even if you don’t necessarily have oily skin, lightly dab translucent powder on your t-zone (the areas of your forehead just over your brows and down the bridge of your nose).

A shiny face in real life can sometimes look greasy in photos. This trick will therefore help you prevent that.

Know your angles

When taking a photo, especially a selfie in a group setting, hand the camera to the person with the longest arms. Hold the camera up and face it down at a slight angle.

Also, don’t stand closest to the camera, or you will look disproportionately larger.

Make your teeth appear whiter

Wearing a blue-based lipstick, especially a red one, will give the illusion of whiter teeth, making your smile stand out in photos.

Fill in your brows

Your eyebrows frame your face, so having a well-defined brow can make all the difference—especially in photos. Since photography can lighten our features, spend the extra time shaping and filling in your brows.