It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words and nowhere is that more true than on your dating profile. Just as in real life, first impressions count when someone catches an initial glimpse of you, and if your photo isn’t up to scratch that potential date will quickly move on. If you aren’t getting quite as much attention as you’d like online, changing your photos can make a real difference. As we’re all currently on lockdown, asking someone else to take a new photo of you might not be possible, but you can still take some great photos of yourself. Here’s a quick guide to taking the perfect selfie in the site


Good lighting will make or break a selfie, but it’s easy to forget about it when you’re concentrating on taking a picture. Natural lighting is nature’s best beauty product, giving your skin a healthy glow, and making you look fresh and youthful. Stepping outside into the garden works best as you will be lit on all sides, but standing next to a window also works well. However, remember not to stand with your back directly to the window, as your face will be in shadow.


Even if you’re lit by natural light, it’s recommended that you turn the flash on when taking a picture of yourself. A flash can disguise wrinkles, smooth out blemishes and remove shadows from beneath your eyes, helping you to look younger and your skin to look smoother. It will also add sparkle to your eyes, which will help you to stand out from the crowd.


It’s easy to take a bad picture of yourself if you don’t choose the best angle. There are very few people in the world who look when shot from underneath their chin, so your selfie mantra needs to be: chin down and camera up. A good rule of thumb is to hold your phone so that the bottom of it is level with your eyes. This accentuates the eyes and helps your face to look slimmer. You can also experiment with turning your face from left to right. You may or may not have a ‘good side’, but it’s definitely worth finding out.


It will be difficult to take a flattering photo of yourself if your face is too close to the camera. Up close pictures can distort the sizes of our features, making noses and ears look bigger than they are in real life, and accentuate wrinkles, pores, and other things that we don’t want people to notice. Holding the camera at arm’s length should be enough distance, or you can set it up on a timer and get a little further away. Most modern smartphones have a timer setting, so it shouldn’t be difficult.


Though it’s tempting to think that pouting makes you look seductive, in reality, it just makes you look grumpy and unapproachable, which is the exact opposite of what you want to achieve. A smile makes you look warm and open, and like you will be a fun and enjoyable company. However, if you really feel that you don’t look your best when smiling – perhaps you are self-conscious about your teeth or you think it makes your cheeks look a funny shape – try smiling with your eyes instead of by narrowing them as you do when to smile with your mouth, but keeping your lips still. Next Top Model’s Tyra Banks call this a ‘smize’ and has even made a video tutorial so you can learn how to do it.


The best thing about taking your own pictures is that you can take as many as you like until you get that perfect shot. The more pictures you take, the more you’ll get an idea of what does and doesn’t work for you. Even if you take 100 pictures before you get one that you really like, it doesn’t matter, as having one great photo will pay huge dividends when you put it on your profile.

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