Christmas party season = a photo frenzy. Snap-happy friends, relatives and even total strangers will be photographing, posting and pinning pictures for the whole world to see before you’ve even had a chance to say ‘cheese’.So make sure you’re photo-ready by arming yourself with these camera-friendly beauty tips from those in the know – your Christmas pics have never looked so good!
‘A matte bold lip in a bright shade matched with nude eyes and natural skin looks very cool and never fails to impress, plus if you're having too much fun to touch it up, you needn't worry, a faded stain of lipstick looks just as great’ says international makeup artist Lisa Houghton.
Black eyeliner pencil is my absolute favorite and always looks great around the eyes. Lots of mascara will give it a stylish sixties vibe. Try waterproof mascara to avoid panda eyes. Keep the emphasis on your eyes and pare it with a bare lip or nude baby pink
Ditch the glitz
‘A Camera Flash has a way of over emphasizing everything so avoid shimmery eyeshadow - even the most subtle application can be overpowering.
And be careful with dewy skin, it can often look sweaty especially after a few hours of partying! Try an oil free moisturizer or a semi matte foundation instead’ suggests Lisa.
‘Caught from the wrong angle – even the most slimmest of faces can inadvertently be given a double chin in a photo’ warns ELLE’s beauty director, Emma Strenner.
‘Try and position yourself below the camera so you’re looking up and slightly tilt your head to the side – this will help to create a much more flattering angle without any unwanted chins…’
Make sure your hair looks at it’s best when the flash goes off with these top tips from our favorite hair experts…
‘In photographs you never see your hairstyle from every angle as you would in real life, so a chic up-do can end up looking severe and unflattering if it’s pulled back too tightly’ says hair stylist Adam Reed, 'if you want to wear your hair up then keep it soft and loose to frame your face and add texture’.
‘If you’re wearing your hair down you need to ensure that it doesn’t end up limp and lifeless halfway through the evening’ says hair stylist Leigh Keates. ‘Beachy waves work well as they’ll just get looser throughout the evening and look even better.
If you’re worried about your hair looking a bit flat just as the camera appears – a quick trick that we use on photo-shoots is to tip your head upside-down, give it a quick rub at the roots and then flip it back and bring all your hair to the front of your shoulders – this will make it look really fu<
Never know what to do with your hands in pictures?
‘A clutch bag will give you something to hold to keep your arms from looking lifeless. Just be sure to hold the bag away from your body to keep your arms looking slim’ suggests Alannah Sparks, Acting Fashion Editor, ELLEUK.com
ELLE loves Topshop for clutches...
Glowy skin is pretty; greasy skin is not.
‘Always think about shine – the camera is not kind with this, even if you have typically matte skin, remember to blot because the lights can leave you with more shine that you would think’ says ELLE’s beauty director Emma Strenner.
So before taking a photo, blot your T-zone with an oil-absorbing sheet to look polished instead of perspiring.
ELLE loves Mac Blot Film £10.50
Black might be classic but if you want to make an impact and stand out in a group shot you need to go bright.
Photographer Matthew Rolston recommends red whenever possible - 'It's the secret of the Valentino dress—red pops right out of the frame'.
Don’t want to give up your trusty black party dress? Add a flash of colour on your eyes or nails.
And finally…if all else fails a natural happy smile can work wonders in a photo.
And our ELLE experts agree:
‘Happy, smiley faces are the most beautiful!” says model Giedre at Models1
‘And a smile gives you instant cheekbones’ adds Natalie Wansbrough-Jones, ELLE Senior Fashion Editor.
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