Rule number one when you smile for a photo: don't say cheese. Making an "i:" sound actually stretches your mouth, resulting in a smile that looks unnatural, and it's better to say a word that ends in an "ɜ:" sound, like "panda" or "banana." If you want information on this and tricks for developing the beautiful, genuine smile that appears when the camera shutter sounds, see Step 1.
Method 1 of 3: Practicing the Pose
Step 1. Smile with your eyes
When it comes to smiling for a photo, the worst offense is showing a jack-o-lantern: all teeth exposed, eyes closed. To make your smile look genuine, you have to put your eyes on it and smile a "Duchenne" smile. A real "Duchenne" smile is genuine by nature, because it's hard to move the muscles around the eyes unless there's something really making you smile.
- Check the difference in the mirror. Do you see how less happy you are when your eyes are not involved?
- When you smile for a photo, pretend like smile at someone you love. The eyes will be folded convincingly and the smile will look beautiful.
Step 2. Show the teeth
It's not necessary to give a wide smile with visible rows of teeth, but showing a few teeth in a smile will brighten your face. Try showing only your upper teeth, rather than a smile so wide that all your teeth are exposed. If you prefer a closed-mouthed smile, that's fine - just know that you're probably going to look more serious than the others in the photo.
Step 3. Find the best angle
Looking directly at the camera is not a pleasant pose for some people. It can cover up your strengths and cause you to change slightly in the photo. Show off good bone structure by turning your head slightly to one side. If you have what you call a "good" side - the side that makes you look better - show it to the camera.
- While adjusting the angle of your face can make your photo look better, it can also look artificial if you overdo it. Make sure your face is tilted at an angle that looks natural.
- If possible, stand slightly below the camera, so that the camera is pointing slightly downwards rather than up.
Step 4. Keep your face level with the camera
If the chin is bent, the shape of the face will look changed. If you lift your head and your chin sticks out, it will look as if you are trying to hide a double chin. The most natural position for the face is to keep it level with the camera, as if you were going to talk to it.
Step 5. Say words ending in "ɜ:
Photographers like to have the person being photographed say "cheese," but as a result tend to produce "cheesy" photos for two reasons. First, the "i:" sound stretches the mouth so that the smile looks fake and unnatural. Second, your smile it won't look sincere unless you're genuinely cheerful, and people over 8 years old are often annoyed when asked to say "cheese" The solution? Think of something you love that ends in "ɜ:". Pronounce "ɜ: " makes lips form a more natural smile. Thinking about something you love produces a natural smile. Doing both together will produce the most captivating facial expressions!
For example, if you love someone named Elijah, think about him and say his name when it's time to smile at the camera. People, places or other things are fine too, as long as it puts a smile on your face when you think about it
Method 2 of 3: Refreshing Smile
Step 1. Practice good dental care
Your best smile will partly start with feeling confident about your appearance. If your teeth aren't clean, you won't want to show them to people. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth and keep them clean regularly to keep your teeth looking bright and beautiful.
Step 2. Brighten teeth with whitening
If your teeth are yellowing or discolored, you may feel more confident with a smile if you whiten your teeth. There is no need for expensive whitening treatments. You can brighten your smile in minutes using natural whitening techniques. Here's how:
- Rinse your teeth with hydrogen peroxide. It's a safe and natural whitening agent that will lighten teeth several levels of color.
- Brush your teeth with baking soda. Add a little baking soda to your toothpaste or make a simple toothpaste from baking soda and water and rub it in. Do not do it too often, because it can cause tooth enamel to erode.
Step 3. Apply lipstick that makes your teeth look like pearls
Certain lipstick colors reduce the yellow color of your teeth and make them look brighter and whiter. You can also enhance your smile by using one of the following colors before your photo:
- Richberry Reds. This color is so contrasting with the teeth that it makes them stand out.
- The base color is blue. This color reduces the yellow color of the teeth.
- Stay away from orange and yellow lipsticks. These colors accentuate yellow and make your smile look darker.
Step 4. Make sure your lips are moisturized
Smiling with cracked or chapped lips can make you feel uncomfortable about how you look and result in bad photos. Exfoliate your lips with a facial scrub and use a lip balm or lip gloss to keep them in good shape. When it comes to smiling, you don't have to worry about how your lips look.
Step 5. Use makeup to accentuate smile lines
Using foundation, blush, and bronzer can contrast your smile and make it stand out even more. Choose the color that best matches your skin tone. Your teeth will appear whiter if you use a darker make-up so that your skin looks tan.
Step 6. Be confident in what you have
Smiling isn't about looking perfect - it's about looking happy and confident. Your smile will look more beautiful if your face displays confidence and calm. Excessive worry will appear on your face, and in photos, you will appear tense or irritated. Don't forget to stay calm and think about fun things, and you'll be happy with photos that capture your best looks.
Method 3 of 3: Coping With Difficult Situations
Step 1. Practice in the mirror
If there's going to be an event with a photo session, and you're nervous that you might look stiff in the photo later, take the time to practice smiling beforehand. Look in the mirror and find the angle that works best for you and the number of teeth you need to show. Don't forget to smile with your eyes too. When you find a smile you like, pay attention to how it feels on your face, so you can do it later.
Step 2. Feel a genuine smile
If you're worried that the look on your face in photos is likely to look fake, pay attention to how it feels when a genuine smiley face - like when someone makes you laugh, or your favorite comedy makes you laugh out loud. Ask yourself the following questions to help "remember" what a genuine smile feels like:
- What feelings fill your brain when you have a genuine smile on your face? See if you can put on a similar smile in front of the camera.
- What is the natural position of your face when photographed? If possible, take a quick look in the mirror before your smile fades and remember what your real smile looks like. When it's time to shoot, try rearranging the position of the face so that the most attractive smile appears.
Step 3. Blink before smiling
If your eyes tend to be half-closed in your photos, try a few tips to make your eyes look wide open and awake. Just before the photographer takes a picture, blink for a moment before opening your eyes and smiling. You're less likely to indulge in the urge to blink when the camera flash flashes.
Step 4. Wet your teeth before smiling
If your teeth are a bit dull, the quickest solution requires no preparation: just before smiling, brush your tongue against your teeth to wet them. Teeth that shine a little will look brighter than teeth that are dry. The gloss will prevent your teeth from looking dull. Makeup artists actually recommend applying a little Vaseline to the front of your teeth to keep your teeth looking smooth and shiny during your photo shoot.
Step 5. Don't think too much about appearance
If you worry too much about your appearance, chances are that negative emotions will show up in your smile. You'll end up looking tense and forced instead of natural and happy. Next time you're preparing for a photo shoot, ignore the photographer's suggestion of saying "cheese," and head to a "happy place." Instead of thinking about how awkward your face is, think about something that makes you smile. Positive feelings will shine brightly, brightening your smile.
- Stay relaxed. Photos can't capture a smile properly if you're stiff and formal.
- Think about funny things that make you smile.
- Photographer or someone taking pictures