12 Secrets To Looking Better In Photos With Model Cate Underwood

‘Tis the season of snapshots, and whether you’re camera-shy or a regular ham, you’re going to get your photograph taken—a lot. And since the stress of being in front of the lens tends to inspire everything from awkward smiles to crazy eyes, we thought we’d enlist the help of a professional for tips on how to make every photo profile pic-worthy.  

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  • Enter Cate Underwood: the 23-year-old model/photographer/DJ, who not only knows the secrets to working it in front of the camera (she modeled for Vogue Russia), but also knows what looks best from behind the camera (she’s shot for Vogue Ukraine, ELLE Ukraine, and Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine). Read on for Underwood’s insider tips so at your next holiday party or family gathering, you’ll be prepared to look your very best when the flash comes your way. 

  • The Key To A Natural Smile
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    The Key To A Natural Smile

    ​“Usually I ask to be told a joke, so I can smile naturally, which is the best kind of smile.”

  • The Most Flattering Position
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    The Most Flattering Position 

    ​“Cross your legs.”

  • Trick For Better Posture
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    Trick For Better Posture

    Pretend you are squeezing a lemon in between your shoulder blades to instantly improve slumping shoulders.

  • Avoid A Double Chin
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    Avoid A Double Chin

    “Move your chin a little forward and down.”

  • Makeup Secrets
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    Makeup Secrets

    “A little bit of highlighter on the cheekbones and inside angles of the eyes looks good.”

  • Even The Playing Field
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    Even The Playing Field

    In a group shot, make sure you are all an even distance from the camera. If one person is closer to the lens, they will look bigger.

  • Instantly Thin Arms
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    Instantly Thin Arms

    Don’t jam your arms up against your body, as it will flatten them. Instead, hold them out from your body.

  • If You’re Not Feeling Confident, Fake It
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    If You’re Not Feeling Confident, Fake It

    “When you are just starting to model, you are nervous all the time. Experience makes a big difference for your confidence in front of the camera.”

  • Define Your Jaw
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    Define Your Jaw

    Pretend there is a string pulling up your nose ever so slightly, which will help define your jawline.

  • Know Your Better Side, And Use It!
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    Know Your Better Side, And Use It!

    “Since I was a child I already knew my 'better' side or at least I thought that it is a better one.” To find your best side, take a few selfies of each side, and compare to see which you prefer.

  • Emphasize Your Eyes
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    Emphasize Your Eyes

    “Use makeup to make your eyes look bigger. Any tricks to open your eyes wider won't look natural.”

  • Project Happiness
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    Project Happiness

    “The only way is to be yourself at this point and start to love even your defects—that is exactly what makes you different from others.”

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