There are cameras everywhere these days, and pictures of you end up on Facebook and Twitter mere moments after they're taken. Sometimes you don't have enough time to untag them before it's too late, and everyone has seen you looking your worst! We asked Nancy O'Dell, host of Entertainment Tonight and RUSK National Spokesperson, for the lowdown on how celebrities like Lea Michele manage to look so gorgeous every time they face the flashbulbs.
Nancy O'Dell says to determine the angles from which your face looks its best. "Experiment by posing in the mirror; it will quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you. Once you're aware of this, use the best angles as much as possible in the future." For example, Kim Kardashian always tries to be photographed with her chin down and from her left.
The dreaded double chin - it's the worst, right? Even if you don't have one, you've probably been photographed from an angle that made it look like you did. How can you avoid it? O'Dell says, "[It's] always best to stick your chin out and slightly pulled away from your neck. It will feel awkward, but the camera doesn't detect the proportion of how far you pull out your chin. That way your jawline is stronger, and you will help to prevent a double chin look."
You'll rarely see a celebrity standing fully face-forward to the camera. To help your body look its longest and leanest like Dianna Agron is doing here, think of a Miss America contest's traditional pose. "Never stand flat to the camera - always angle your body a bit to the side. If you angle yourself slightly, you can take down several inches off your hips. Always put one foot in front of the other as well," Nancy O'Dell advises.
It's not just a classic song lyric from the '90s; it's great posing advice that stars like Eva Longoria clearly follow. "A great trick for making hips look slimmer is to pull your body forward from the waist up slightly towards the camera. Put one or both of your hands on your hips. Your arms will look more toned as you will be flexing the muscle slightly when you are holding them on your hips."
To get a genuine smile in your pictures, O'Dell says to think of the camera lens as a person (a person you'd like would definitely help) and then smile. If you're posing for a series of photos, don't keep holding your smile—your mouth is going to start shaking and feeling awkward. Move your jaw around between pictures for a glowing grin like Anne Hathaway's.
What are some easy ways to avoid taking a bad photo? O'Dell has a few never-fail tips: "Wear dark colors in photos. Don't wear shiny material; it reflects light and can make even the slightest bulge look much bigger than it is." Her favorite trick? "Make sure you add some sheen to your hair for the photograph. It's so simple, but shiny hair can make a big difference in a photo—I love RUSK Deep Shine Oil. The flashes picking up that shine are a great thing."