So you think you look great. You’ve spend numerous hours perfecting what you believe to be a great ‘look’. Then one of your friends bring out their camera and snaps away all night. The following morning, you awake to the hideous revalation that you make up was about as bad as it gets.

Trauma. Once you’ve detagged yourself from the pics on facebook and sent you friend a mildly threatening message to remove the most offensive of the bunch – perhaps it’s time to look at these top ten tips to amke sure you look great in pictures moving forward…

Thank you to all women stalk for the great tips

Use Matte make up

Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you are going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. The camera flash and the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self.

Apply in natural light

For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up. Some lights may wash you out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong and how to look good in pictures in the future.

Use yellow tinted powder

Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light leaving you with a shine. They may also leave you looking washed out in pictures. I’m sure neither of these looks are what you have in mind when trying to figure out how to look good in pictures.

Blend in under eye concealer

Most of us try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward colouring around the eye.

Use blck eye liner and black mascara

Many experts that give advice on how to look good in pictures suggest using black liner and black mascara. If you normally use browns, opt for black. The darker hue will give you better contrast. The contrast will make your eyes pop more.

Don’t forget the blusher

Skipping blusher will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face. Without it you end up looking like a blob with eyes. Don’t over apply blusher either. Start light and add more if needed.

Lipstick, lipstick, lipstick

If you’ve ever wondered how to look good in pictures, don’t forget your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to contrast your features for best results.

Look great, avoid shadows

Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes. Also learn how to position your face towards the camera to not create shadows across your face or under your chin.

Contour and highlight

Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes. Also learn how to position your face towards the camera to not create shadows across your face or under your chin.

Show the whites of your eyes

Don’t forget to use eye drops to get rid of any red lines in your eyes. Those pesky bloodshot eyes can really mess up a good picture. You can also help your eyes look bigger and clearer by using a little white shadow on the inside corners of both eyes.

Keep you skin condition healthy

If your skin is in rough shape, there’s no amount of make up that’s going to cover it (in fact it’s sure to make it worse!) so keep you skin healthy and glowing by ensuring regular microdermabrasion and exfoliation.

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