7 Hacks To Help You Smile More Convincingly In Photos
Leave the cheese at home, eh?
We’re a culture that loves a photo. Whether it’s a selfie on a night out or a snap of our friends drinking cocktails in Ibiza, these days it seems like your whole life seems to be documented on social media.
And sometimes when people are shoving their phone in your face, you’re just not feeling it and it can put you off your game. So here are the best tips for faking a natural smile when your mug is feeling otherwise...
But first, Queer Eye's Tan France's guide to the perfect Insta pic...
1. Say ‘hey’
Rumour has it that mega famous supermodel Linda Evangelista used to shout ‘hey’ at photoshoots before she began posing. And it actually really helps. The word puts your mouth into a smiling position, without it looking forced, and the fact that you are speaking makes it look more ‘oh you just caught me being fun and happy’.
2. Push your tongue up
Lots of people think that pushing your tongue into the roof of your mouth, and smiling without your teeth, helps tighten the muscles in your face and neck making your smail appear strong and natural.
3. Lol lol lol
You might feel like a total oddball doing it, but laughing out loud before the snap is taken actually helps to put your face and mind in the right mood for smiling. HAHAHAHAHA.
4. Think happy thoughts
A common photographer trick is to close your eyes, count to three and then open your eyes and imagine you’re seeing someone you haven’t see for a while. SANTA.
5. Practise in the mirror
Do you think celebs just rocked up on the red carpet without seeing how their smile looked in the mirror. Nah, babes. Take practice pics and try how different smiles look to see how it feels to smile in a genuine way.
6. Crinkle your eyes
If you don’t smize (smile with your eyes) then you’re going to look fake. When you genuinely smile the corners of your eyes crease, so if your eyes don’t move then everyone is going to feel a serial killer vibe tbh.
7. Smile with both sides of your mouth
Behavioural investigator Vanessa Van Edwards advises that smiling with one side of your mouth is actually putting across a negative emotion. She says: "A microexpression you have to know about is contempt. Contempt is a one sided mouth raise or smirk. It is the universal sign for disdain or hatred. It is the ultimate negative facial expression. Be sure you NEVER have a smirk in your selfies unless you want to tell the world to back away.”
And now, please treat yourself to guys trying liquid lipstick because you deserve it...