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We’ve dished out tricks on how you can dress to make yourself look slimmer on a day-to-day basis and what you should wear to look amazing in photos, but here comes the trickiest part — how to pose for photos. 

Unless you’re being shot by a photographer with professional lighting and a great stylist on set, you’re not going to look as slim and as perfect as you’d like in every photo. Even the most beautiful and confident woman has occasionally fallen victim to an unflattering photo. 

Happily, we’re always here to help. Check out these eight super useful tips on what you should take note of during the photo-taking process and how you should move and position yourself to come out tops in every single photo, even if they were hastily taken with an iPhone!

#1 Position your eyes at the same level as the lens 
It’s very important to note the position of the camera while posing. You should make sure that the lens is always positioned at your eye level or above. It should not go below your eye level as you will run the risk of looking like you have a double chin. 

#2 Elongate your neck
To further keep the double chin at bay, subtly stick out your neck and push your face forward a bit. If you can’t quite visualise this in action, try leaning your head forward so that your forehead sticks out, and tip your chin slightly down. It might sound awkward, but trust me, it works like magic. 

#3 Angle your face 
Most of our features are asymmetrical (we usually have eyes of different sizes or an ear positioned slightly lower than the other), so angling your face draws attention away from these facial features. Tilt your head so that two-thirds of your face are in view and turn the remaining third slightly away from the lens. Angling your face will also make your face appear slimmer to the person looking at the photo, as it draws the eye up and down (forehead to chin) instead of left to right (cheek to cheek). 

#4 Avoid the red eye 
The red-eye effect happens most commonly in a poorly-lit environment. When it’s dark, our pupils open up to let in as much light as possible. So when you use a bright flash to illuminate the photo, the light travels through the dilated pupils and reflects off the eyeball. You can either look towards a shining light right before someone snaps your photo to “shrink” your pupil or avoid looking at the camera directly. 

#5 The old red carpet trick 
This pose is tried and tested by almost all of the celebrities on the red carpet. Position your body 45 degrees, put your arm closest to the camera on your hip and turn your head towards the camera. It might not be the most fashion-forward pose, but it really helps to make you look slimmer. 

#6 Keep your feet close
If you are being shot from head to toe (a street style star in the making perhaps?), try crossing your ankles instead of having your legs wide apart to create a narrower base. This makes your hips look narrower and your legs longer, because you create more of a vertical line with your body straight up and down. 

#7 Good posture
Probably the most cliche and straightforward bit of advice, but nothing ruins a photo like an awful hunch! Always remember to roll your shoulders back. This action elongates your neck and body, plus it gives you an aura of strength and confidence that will make you appear more appealing too. 

#8 Review your favourite photos 
Last but not least, take a look at your own photos that you deem most flattering and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look when you smile with your teeth showing? Or is there a certain angle that you feel makes your legs look the longest? If you manage to identify some of these patterns, try to replicate them the next time you are posing for a photo!