How to Look Good in Holiday Photos

Avoid taking photos you'll end up regretting (or un-tagging on Facebook) with these easy tips!

'Tis the season for holiday parties, which means lots of holiday pictures uploaded to Facebook. Follow these tips to make sure you won't need to "un-tag" any photos of yourself this season.

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Photo-perfect makeup

When you're applying your makeup beforehand, don't forget these three flattering essentials: Mascara, concealer and blush. Mascara to look awake; concealer to appear fresh-faced; and blush to give your cheeks a pop of color. Check out these budget beauty buys if your makeup bag needs an update!

Before you leave the house, slip lip balm and blotting papers into your purse so you can freshen up if you need to. For lip color, we like Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm- it's sheer enough to apply easily without a mirror, but will still brighten your face. Use Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens ($5 at Sephora) to quickly eliminate any shine (plus, they smell like candy canes!).

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Strike a flattering pose

Posture can make the difference between a flattering and an unflattering photo! Before the flash goes off, consider your pose.

  • If you're being photographed with another person, angle your torso so it faces them slightly to create a slimmer profile.
  • If you're standing up, cross one of your legs in front of the other to give the illusion of a leaner silhouette.
  • The famous "skinny arm" trick may be overused, but it's effective! Not only does putting your hand on your hip make your arm look long and thin, but it forces you to stand up a little straighter. To make this pose look natural, use it sparingly, such as when you're standing at one end of a multi-person photo.

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  • Do you have long hair? Before the flash goes off, pull it forward from the base of your neck to the front of your shoulders - it will look fuller and more voluminous.
  • Turn your head slightly to camouflage asymmetry and capture a more flattering angle. (If you're not in a natural position to turn to the side, tilt your face downwards instead. Think "chin down," not up.)
  • To make sure your smile looks genuine, not forced, make yourself laugh by thinking of a funny story.
  • For a more natural expression, gaze at a spot slightly above the camera lens instead of directly into it.
  • As the photographer counts aloud to three, close your eyes, opening them on three as the photo is snapped.

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Do you have any tips or tricks for photographing well? Share them below!