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We’re not saying that looking photogenic is everything, but for those of us who don’t have a glam squad following us around 24/7, a photo booth might cause a bit of anxiety. And thanks to the wonders of social media offering us the opportunity to upload and tag all our pictures, we live in constant fear of a Facebook picture appearing that we don’t approve of. But what about that friend of yours who always looks incredible and somehow never seems to look moody or get red-eye in pictures? What’s her secret to appearing photo-ready?

Being photogenic? It’s not just down to having a great face. Turns out there are some really handy tips that will make taking a photo a little longer but will garner much more flattering results. From how to angle your camera and face to which word to say in order to give you a great smile (spoiler—it’s not cheese), we’ve got 10 incredible tips that are guaranteed to give you a great-looking photo. Your friend is about to get some serious competition. Scroll down for the best tips on how to be more photogenic, and get ready for your close-up.

Most people know their “good side,” but according to fashion photographer Garance Doré (and a scientific study), usually the left side of the face is more attractive.
Never stand the closest to the camera or you’ll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
According to fashion blogger Chriselle Lim, a lower angle visually stretches your figure, making you look taller and leaner.
Turning your head slightly is more flattering than facing the camera straight on, because it will give your features more depth. Hello, cheekbones!
When seated, ask the photographer to take the picture from above, and tilt your face up to meet the camera, which will help define your jaw. Says Doré, “A shot from above is a godsend!”
If you’re the one posting the photo, crop it so your entire body fills the frame. This will create the illusion of vertical length.
Trust us, this totally works.
Putting your tongue behind your teeth when smiling will help you avoid a too-wide grin. Just remember to smile with your eyes so you don’t look unhappy.
Looking at a light right before a photo is taken will shrink your pupils, which helps minimise the dreaded red eye.
The hard “e” sound at the end of “money” makes the corners of your mouth go up and makes your eyes crinkle, creating the affectation of a genuine smile. Next up! The best spring/summer 2017 fashion trends you need to know about. Opening Images: Getty

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