9 Tricks for Getting the Best Smile in Photos

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile in your profile pics, selfies, or headshots, there are some tricks that you can use to make your smile really shine.

Define Your Brows

You might think that your brows are a long way from your mouth and won’t make much of a difference to your smile. Au contraire: your smile is an expression that involves your entire face, and your eyes play an important part. The position of your brows is one of the key differentiators between some expressions, including smiles. Defining your brows helps define your face and makes your smile even clearer.

The Right Lipstick

There are some important considerations when choosing your lipstick shade. Avoid anything in the yellow spectrum, including reds that tend toward orange or anything gold (including gold flecks), because this will make your teeth look yellow. Bluish shades are the best, and darker is generally better, because it will make your teeth look brighter.

Even if you don’t want to wear lipstick (men are still pretty reluctant on this score), you can use a nude lip gloss to help your lips (and teeth) shine.

Stand Straight

The right posture will make a big difference in the appearance of your head and neck. If you’re bending your head down at all, it will cause fat and skin under the chin to bunch up, making your neck look fatter. Hold your head and neck straight or even tilt it upward (see below).

Healthy Teeth and Gums

You know that your teeth are the central feature of your smile and cosmetic dentistry can help ensure the best looking teeth, but many people don’t remember that healthy gums are also important to the appearance of your smile. Red, swollen, or receding gums can give you a very unattractive smile.

Having healthy teeth and gums means that you’re never second-guessing your smile–you can smile when it seems natural, and a natural smile is the best-looking kind.

Know Your Good Side

We all have one side that looks better than the other. Most of the time, it’s the left side. But whichever side it is, make sure it features more in pictures.

Tilt Your Head Slightly

Angling your head slightly will give your face more visual appeal. It creates more depth to the picture and can create an interesting play of light on your face. We’re referring to tilting your head side to side and possibly back, but never forward.

Learn How to Smize

Smiling with your eyes is really important to getting the best looks in photos. Learn it. Practice it. And improvise it, adding different degrees of smiling with your mouth.

Take a Moment

When the picture is being taken, it’s easy to get tense. If you do, your expression will show the tension. But it’s easy to get past the tension with a simple four step ritual:

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a breath
  • Open your eyes
  • Smile

You’ll find your smiles look a lot more natural and comfortable.

Don’t Be the Closest to the Camera

If you’re in a group shot, try not to be the closest to the camera. It will make your head and face look larger and possibly slightly distorted. Figure out how to make sure you’re all the same distance from the camera.

If you are looking for a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who can help you have the best smile in profile pics, selfies, headshots, and more, please call (310) 275-5325 for an appointment at Ravon Knopf today.

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