The holidays are at our heels and soon we will be sacheting our way to our annual festivities where we will see all of our loved ones and the pop and flash of cameras will be upon us. With the ability to post pictures to our social media pages instantaneously, we all want to look our best in pictures - there's nothing worse than unflattering photos plastered on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the world to see! I have a few tried and true tips for you on how to take a flattering photo and I've enlisted a little help from the cosmetics elves, too. With a few make up tips and photo tricks you'll be ready for your close up every time!
NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THE NECESSITIES
One thing I like to do this time of year is fill a pretty make up bag with my beauty essentials so it's always packed and ready to go. I can move it from purse to purse or better yet, carry it as a small evening purse. Thanks to purse designer, Kim Isaacson, A makeup case has never looked so chic! You won't want to leave home without your necessities when you have Clever Carriage St. Tropez Haircalf Makeup Bag - it's the perfect size to fit your point and shoot camera, too!
Photo Tip: Stand up straight! Good posture will take 5 pounds off in a photo! Angle yourself slightly away from the camera and put your weight on your back leg - you'll create a slimmer, leaner effect.
POLISH, SHINE & KEEP CHAPPED LIPS AT BAY
Oh, the Mistletoe! The number one beauty must have I keep in my "on the go" bag is lip gloss! Nothing perks up your smile faster than a pretty glossy pout! Korres Perfect Lip Hydrating Trio provides you with three different choices for soft, luscious lips - a lip butter, a lip glaze, and a lip gloss!
Photo Tip: The most important part of taking a photo is to share your smile! Try to push your tongue against the back of your teeth for a more natural looking smile.
HIGH-GLOSS SHINE IN CANDY COLORS
Don't be out shined this season! You will not be with LORAC Red Hot 6-Piece Lip Gloss Collection which gives you 6 different super shiny glosses to heat up your holidays! Be sure to touch up those lips for a bright, camera ready smile!
Photo Tip: Avoid very dark lipsticks - they can look harsh and make your lips look too thin in photos. If your going to wear red, go with a blue red - it will make teeth look whiter. The best lipstick tip is to wear translucent gloss for a shiny, flattering lip!
PORTABLY PACKED BEAUTY!
Nobody wanst to carry around a 5 pound make up bag, and thanks to our friend and make up guru Trish EcEvoy, we don't have to! Trish McEvoy The Power of Makeup Planner Romance is the ultimate makeup kit for the master planner, or even for those of us who dream of organization. Everything that you need is in one take along compact. Not only is this all that you will need for your holiday parties, it is also the ideal gift for any beauty lover!
Photo Tip: Work the angles. Avoid a double chin in a photo my making sure the camera is at eye level or slightly above. If your photographer is shorter than you, bend your knees a bit to get your face to camera level. Also, try to keep your chin out and slightly down - it may feel strange, but by doing this it will elongate your neck and flatter your face in a photo.
TOOLS FOR A FLAWLESS APPLICATION
If you're going out after work, and need a day to evening look, you'll want the right tools in your beauty arsenal. Never underestimate the power of a good makeup brush! YBF Beauty Double-Ended Brush Set with Black Carry Case ensures a flawless application of makeup and, because of its double-ended brushes and carrying case, it is just right for the girl on the go!
Photo tip: Powder your nose - nobody wants to look like Rudolph in a holiday photo! To avoid looking overly shiny in photos, keep blotting papers or a small powder compact in your make up bag to keep shine at bay.
ROSY CHEEKS - WITHOUT SETTING FOOT IN THE COLD!
Look as if your were walking in a Winter Wonderland will remaining cozy indoors! Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Brightening Pink Box O'Powder gives you the nippy cheeked flush that only a snow bunny can get! Grey winter weather can sometimes leave you looking a little pale or sallow - A touch of this blush on the apples of your cheeks will give you a soft rosy glow that will brighten your complexion and perk up your whole face!
Photo tip: Everyone looks better with a little cheek color when the camera flashes! Speaking of color - wear clothing and jewelry colors that flatter....beautiful, complexion enhancing colors will make you stand out in a picture.
TRIPLE THE DRAMA FOR LASHES THAT POP!
Get ready for eyelashes as fluttery as the sugar plum fairies! Lancome Hypnose Star Volume Mascara - Noir Midnight not only makes your lashes flutter, they also add volume and thickness like no other mascara. Even long eyelashes can fall flat. Ensure a curl that stays with Lancome Le Curler Eyelash Curler. A little hint is to warm it with the blow dryer for a couple of seconds before you curl your lashes and your eyelash curler becomes like a mini curling iron. Be careful though, and remember to touch the curler to your fingers before you apply by your eye!
Photo tip: When it comes to eye make up - blend, blend, blend. You want to avoid harsh make up around your eyes and you don't want to go too dark with the liner and shadow. Softer is better and will look prettier and more natural in a photo. Also, be sure to keep your eyes open! When looking at the camera, look slightly above the lens to avoid that "deer in the headlights" stare.
PRETTY & POLISHED MANI
Whether you feel like a sweet pink like OPI's "Bubble Bath", or a classic true red, OPI Start-to-Finish Nail Lacquer Gift Set will help you maintain your polish the whole season through especially with its all-in-one no-fail strengthener, base and top coat!
Photo tip: Try not to keep you arms too stiff or straight down at your sides. Find a comfortable natural way to hold your arms and hands. Slightly bend them at your sides, place a hand on your waist or hip, or "hold a prop' - anytime you can look animated and relaxed in a photo, the better the results!
FINISH WITH A SPRITZ ON THE WRIST
You have your super shiny glossy lips, your dramatically voluminous mascara, and you even have a perfectly polished manicure. All you need now is to finish with a spritz on the wrist! Create memories this season with warm, sensual fragrances such as Lancome Tresor 3.4 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum, Lancome's best selling fragrance, or Lisa Hoffman Pearlescent Bracelet with Heart - Agarwood and Orchid Scented which gives you a sweet scent and a jeweled look all at once!
Final tip: Have fun and be yourself in photos - the best photographs are those that don't look too posed. Chin down, big smile, eyes open - You'll be picture perfect every time. Say cheese!