“BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?” – Every girl ever getting their picture taken. I have no idea how super models seem to look so effortless in pictures all the time. When I take a picture, it’s usually complete with awkward hands, a little bit too forced of a smile and I pick just the right angle where you can totally notice the poutine I had on cheat day. I think most women (and men!) would agree that we would pay good money to unlock the secrets of taking a great picture.
Think about Perspective
Pictures are two dimensional so automatically anything closer to the camera is going to look bigger. So if you have a body part that maybe is a little larger than you want, try to angle yourself so that it is further from the camera. This doesn’t just apply to hips or mid section. I have taken way to many pictures with my hands on a table in front of me and it looks like an alien is trying to reach out of the picture. When you pull everything away from the foreground it is immediately shrunken.
Strike a pose (with your hair)
So many times I have taken great pictures and then realize my hair is doing some weird half forward half backward mullet dance. Not cute. Remember to pose your hair too! Putting it in a determined place will make your pictures more polished and less just got out of bed
Chin Forward Chest Up
Get ready to feel like a penguin, a very photogenic penguin. Putting your chin forward and your chest up makes your posture look amazing. Your body will lengthen, making you look thinner and there will be no double chin action in this shot. This also brings more focus to your face instead of it blending into your neck.
Move those arms
Unless you are some kind of crazy muscle goddess you have a cushion on the arms. It is such a common mistake to tighten the arms against the body squishing them down into a wider pancake arm. By pulling your arms away from your body you get a smoother, slender appearance.
While amazing photos can be taken with a sexy pout, most of the time you just need to take it back to basics. A beautiful genuine smile never fails in photos. Granted, sometimes a forced smile comes off a little more “Here’s Johnny” than carefree super model. The best tip is to actually smile, get your friend or photographer to make you laugh or smile. Your genuine happy smile is guaranteed to light up the picture! Follow those 5 tips for looking picture perfect and you will be that much closer to being a Kim Kardashian level snapshot queen!
I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen those Instagram stars (I’m talking to you Jen Selter) who somehow seems to look flawless when they workout. Their hair is perfect, their fitness fashion so on point and somehow they manage to make sweaty look like this perfect flushed dewy face. However, if you’re like most women (and men!) you do 5 minutes on the treadmill and look like a sad wet rat with a face that looks as red as stop sign. Now don’t get me wrong I still love to workout, it is amazing for your mental and physical health (… and I also want a Kim Kardashian booty), but I also might want to look cute while I’m doing it. One of my friends once told me that if you’re working hard enough, you shouldn’t look cute at the gym. This may be true, but I decided to go on a hunt for the best fitness beauty tips and products to help at least a little. Try a few of these and you’ll be looking a little more Kayla Itsines and a little less “Just walked across the Sahara desert”.
I would never recommend you wear a full face of makeup to the gym. There is not product in the world that will keep it looking on point through a full round of P90X. That being said I look like I just had my high school prom last week when I don’t have any makeup on. If you can relate, or just like a flirty lash to bat at that cute personal trainer I definitely recommend waterproof mascara. Apply minimal coats for a natural, sweat friendly look.
Whether you’re working up a sweat on your lunch break or between classes, you don’t want sweaty gym hair afterwards. To freshen up use a dry shampoo. Make sure your dry shampoo leaves no white residue, especially if you have darker roots before you apply it on moist hair. Dry shampoo is a miracle for those fitness ladies on a tight schedule that don’t have time to shower after a quick workout! (Don’t forgot deodorant too!)
Hydrating Cleansing Wipes
After a workout you want to maintain that post-workout glow that makes you feel like a movie star, who needs blush when you have cardio? However, getting your sweat on causes sweat and excretion of toxins that you may not want on your face. Exercise is by far one of the best natural skin treatments, but if you don’t cleanse your skin after it may cause you to break out. To stop the breakout, use a hydrating facial wipe to wash off all the sweat and keep your skin fresh. Try to use one that is moisturizing with all natural ingredients.
Use these products and you will definitely be able to rock that workout selfie! But my best tip for keeping beautiful during and after the gym is always hydrate! Working out causes you to deplete important fluids that keep you feeling energized, your skin looking nourished and allow your body to repair itself after a workout. Water is definitely the not so secret formula to gym beauty! Keep posted for more tips on how to Get Beauty in our next Blog! Until then, Ill see you in spin class looking fresh and beautiful!