How to: Look Skinny in Pictures

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, Uncategorized

Lets face it, not every woman can be a super model and look amazing in every photograph taken. Some people shy away from the camera because they hate their smile, or because they fear the saying  “the camera adds 10 pounds”, but that is all about to change. Style Caster tells woman 12 Tips to Look Skinny in Pictures in the Lifestyle sections written by Perrie Samotin. Follow these tips and you will never have an unflattering picture taken of you ever again! (You’ll thank me for this one, xoxo)


  1. Stick your chin out or use your tongue. As odd as it sounds, sticking your chin or head out slightly will ensure you don’t look like you have a double chin.  Another trick is to put your tongue on the roof on your mouth while smiling.
  2. Say no to below. NEVER allow the photographer to photograph you from below. It is the most unflattering angel there is and can add weight to you. Having the camera slightly above you is the best angel but head-on is okay too.
  3. Dress accordingly. If you know you’re going somewhere where photos will be taken, make sure to dress flattering. Wearing all one color is a good idea, it will translate onto the camera and be more flattering.
  4. Turn your body. Slightly turn your body sideways (towards the camera) planting one foot in front of the other. Then point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot. Looking at the lens head-on usually makes you appear larger.
  5. Position your arms. Notice how celebrities pose with their camera-facing arm on their hip? It ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against their body making it look flattened. If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, try holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.
  6. Make sure your hair isn’t too wild. If you’re wearing your hair up, make sure it’s not too crazy. For example; buns, braids, or ponytails that are too tight can cause your face and torso to look larger.
  7. Sit pretty. If you happen to be sitting when someone walks by with a camera, be sure to cross your legs at your ankles- your thighs and calves will look slimmer.
  8. Fake a tan. Things like spray tans can make your legs, arms, shoulders and neck look slimmer. If you’re only showing your face, a small amount of bronzer will do.
  9. Avoid direct sunlight. If you’re shooting outside, direct sunlight can make you squint, which can plump up your jawline. Not to mention direct sunlight can sometimes make it appear as if you have no nose!
  10. Distance counts. Whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger- its a basic rule.
  11. The old bag trick. If you’re wearing something that’s tight, bulky or detailed around the middle, it could look expanded in photos. Hold your bag directly in front of the area to mask it in pictures (it is the oldest trick in the book)
  12. Don’t yell cheese. It is just lame. And you can end up looking either way too happy or a forced smile. Just smile naturally.