16 Smart Hacks To Look Your BEST in Every Photo You Take!

Your guide to being photogenic—Cosmo style.

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    1. Always elevate the camera to get the best angle

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    4. Master the art of smiling

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    5. Keep shine at bay

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    6. Intensify the colour

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    7. Check that foundation

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    8. Texturise greasy hair

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    10. Groom those brows

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    11. Try this angle

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    14. Upgrade to gel liner

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    15. Conquer the red lip

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    16. Master the 'open eye'

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    2. Wear just one bold colour on your face

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    3. Say no to shadows

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    9. Don't skip mascara

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    13. Show off those cheekbones

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    12. For a 'groupfie'


  • It's the best way to avoid a double chin. Anytime you're taking a picture of yourself or that of someone else—angle your camera in line with your forehead to get the best frame.

    Karlie Kloss and Toni Garrn

  • A wide smile makes your eyes look small and and draws attention to any crow's feet. Avoid over-smiling by sticking your tongue behind your teeth so that your gums and teeth don't show too much.

    Jacqueline Fernandez and Bianca Hartkopf

  • A shimmery face may look good in the mirror, but it can look sweaty in picures. "Maintain a beautiful glow by applying a little sheer powder to the face," says Eliano.

    Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder, Rs.2,450

  • Don't be afraid to pile on extra liner or lipstick. The camera tends to fade out some colour, so an extra slick of lipstick will actually look natural.

    Megan Fox

  • A too light or too dark foundation can ruin a could-be good photograph, so make sure the shade matches your skin tone perfectly. "After applying foundation, take a selfie and check if you need to darken or lighten it to get the right shade," Eliano advises.

    Sonakshi Sinha

  • Unless its slicked back, greasy hair never photographs well. If your hair looks like it needs a wash, use dry shampoo at the roots to amp up the volume and create movement.

    BBlunt Back To Life Dry Shampoo, Rs.550

    Jennifer Lopez

  • Defined eyebrows make a mega difference in photos—they instantly draw attention to your eyes and add symmetry to the face. If yours are sparse, fill them in with a brow pencil, marker, or powder.

    Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper, Rs.1,540; MAC Penultimate Brow Marker, Rs.1,550

  • ...and turn slightly to the side so that one of your shoulders is closer to the camera. This will make you look tall and lean.

    Elle Fanning and Heidi Klum

  • Your eyes can get 'lost' in photos, so dark liner is important. Cosmo recommends gel liner as it lasts longer without a smear or a crease.

    Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Liner Brush, Rs.4,465

  • Bold red lips brighten up the face, but they can also draw attention to uneven skintone and small flaws. Make-up artists know this, so they pay special attention to blemishes around the mouth, concealing them to perfection.

    YSL Touche Éclat, Rs.2,600; L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick in Ravishing Red, Rs.999

    Angelina Jolie

  • Tend to blink during a photo? To banish half-closed eyes for good, close them just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks.

    Scarlett Johansson

  • "If you're going for a bright lipstick like red, don't add drama to your eyes so you can balance the look," says Eliano Bou Assi, Manager of Artistry & Education, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

    Sonam Kapoor

  • Don't stand under the light because the shadow it creates on your face will make dark-circles pop. Instead, stand where the light directly hits your face.

    Priyanka Chopra

  • Curl your lashes and pile on the mascara—this will help make your eyes look more 'open' in pictures.

    Kylie Jenner

  • Don't skip blush—without some, your face can look washed out and flat in photos. Apply some to your cheeks and don't keep the colour too light or it won't show up.

    Emma Stone

  • For a 'groupfie', let the friend with the longest arms click, so everyone fits in the frame.

    Ranbir Kapoor, Vikram Chandra, Deepika Padukone & Aamir Khan