Ever find yourself going through a friend’s profile on Facebook thinking, ‘God, she is just so photogenic. Why can’t I look like that in photos?!’. Well, you’re not the only one. A study has found that half of women are so critical of their appearance that they ‘hate’ looking at photographs of themselves. And three-quarters are self-conscious enough to try to avoid appearing in pictures altogether. (I have multiple hand-over-face snaps to prove it). The most common complaint? Teeth that aren’t white or straight enough. Never mind enjoying the Kodak moment – apparently we are too busy worrying about our outfit choice; the morning-after picture reveal on our Facebook wall; being caught with our eyes closed and, even worse, the dreaded up-camera double chin shot. Ugh.
So is it all in our heads or are some lucky people just naturally photogenic? “YES!” says photographer Josh Ryan – the go-to guy for Playboy Playmates who want a smokin’ hot picture. “I’ve shot women that have never taken a photo [professionally] in their life and immediately were amazing in front of the camera. That doesn’t mean that you can’t become photogenic. The key is to let your guard down and become 100% vulnerable in front of the camera… and of course having a good photographer that makes you comfortable and you can connect with.”
Photographer Josh Ryan’s top tips for taking an ultra-flattering photo?
1. Don’t try too hard. Never try to be something you’re not – it shows on camera. Use what you’ve got to the best of your ability and don’t feel the need to nail it on the first try.
2. Practice your poses and facial expressions in the mirror. Pick up a magazine and study the pros. It can’t hurt!
3. The most important tip: get a great photographer! (or a great photo app!)
We took a look at some of the signature poses that celebrities like to strike when the cameras start snapping, from daring seductress to skinny in a flash!
As a fair-skinned blonde living in L.A, I’m always on the hunt for an amazing self-tanner that lets me wake up with that oh-so satisfying bronzed glow. I haven’t the patience to lay out regularly to get an all natural color – and I definitely have no interest in frying my skin and dealing with head to toe dark sun spots later on. So I rely on magic in a bottle!
I’d heard great things about the Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush (Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of the brand) so I was excited to try it out for myself. I always prep my skin the night before applying a fresh layer of self-tanner (I have the ol’ bath-exfoliate-shave-moisturize routine down to a fine art).
So I’ll admit I didn’t follow Rodial’s directions exactly when it came to application.. and I learnt the hard way lol They recommend using it in your shower cubicle but of course I just plopped a towel on the floor and sprayed away – then realized the fine mist travels everywhere. Second tip – try to hold your breath! Because it’s very similar to an actual spray tan, you’re continually applying the aerosol so just be careful you’re not inadvertently inhaling along the way (cough cough..)
Shake the can and then hold it 30 cm away from your skin and spray slowly, evenly and continuously. You don’t need to rub it in and it goes on like a dream – even coverage, no spotting, and so easy to get every body part. I never apply self-tanner to my face as I am acne-prone & use benzoyl peroxide/retinol nightly, which just strips it off anyway. But you could easily spray on a makeup sponge to apply, taking extra care around your eyebrows and hairline. Allow it to dry before dressing.
I do believe the trick to really gorgeous convincing color is to have some kind of base tan as it tends to give self-tanner a more natural undertone (and means it will fade more evenly). But base tan or not, the Rodial tanner gave a really nice brown (no orange-y hue!) color to my skin. It is one of the pricier products on the market but you do feel the quality when applying the spray and with the end result. You get about 4-5 full body applications in a bottle so it could be a good beauty splurge if you have a beach vacation or a night out coming up you need to look extra glam for
Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush; $45.00, SpaceNK