11 Celebrity Secrets To Looking Instantly Photo Ready

You know how stars always look flawless? Here are the tricks they have up their sleeves.

1 of 24
  • Celebrities like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung get photographed practically every time they step outside, so naturally they know a thing or two about looking photo-ready on the fly. Although we can’t claim to have the paparazzi clamoring for a picture, we wouldn’t mind cribbing a few of their tricks for the times when our stylist and makeup artist have the day off (read: every day), and thought you might feel the same way. Click through now for the simple secrets to looking instantly presentable for your close up.

  • Secret 1: Top It Off
    Photo credit: Bruce/Javiles/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

    Secret 1: Top It Off

    Tresses can’t be tamed? A hat not only covers up unruly hair, but makes a strong statement as well. Janessa Leone’s fedoras are a favorite of celebrities like Jessica Alba. A Zadig & Voltaire Love bag and Black Orchid High Waisted Skinny Jeans ($141) in Ikat complete Alba's look.

  • The silver detail gives a rustic fedora a sophisticated spin.

    ​Janessa Leone Sara Hat ($187)

  • Secret 2: Put A Blazer On It
    Photo credit: Stoianov/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

    Secret 2: Put A Blazer On It

    A blazer packs a lot of polish. Notice how Kate Beckinsale’s Helmut Lang blazer smartens up her slouchy Parker Devlin Pants ($242).

  • A sleek black blazer like this one is one purchase you’ll never regret.

    ​Topshop Slim Fit Tailored Blazer ($90)

  • Secret 3: Structured Is Smart
    Photo credit: Splash News

    Secret 3: Structured Is Smart

    A slouchy bag can make an outfit look sloppy. Keep it polished with a structured bag like Miranda Kerr’s Hermes purse—don’t worry, we have an affordable option on the next slide.

  • We can’t picture this classic navy purse ever going out of style.

    ​MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Leather Satchel ($358)

  • Secret 4: Pump It Up
    Photo credit: Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic

    Secret 4: Pump It Up

    There’s nothing like a pair of sleek heels to instantly look camera-ready. Cara Delevingne’s strappy pair is a closet staple.

  • These affordable heels are a dead ringer for Delevingne’s version.

    ​Jeffrey Campbell Blakeley Heels ($70)

  • Secret 5: Flash Your Pearly Whites
    Photo credit: All Access Photo / Splash News

    Secret 5: Flash Your Pearly Whites

    It may seem elementary, but confidence is the cheapest and easiest way to look camera-ready. Not feeling so fearless? Slap on a smile like Nikki Reed.

  • Make sure your smile is ready for the camera with whitening toothpaste.

    ​Marvis Toothpaste ($11) in Whitening Mint

  • Secret 6: Embrace Matchy-Matchy

    Secret 6: Embrace Matchy-Matchy

    For the sake of looking pulled together, color coordinate a couple elements of your outfit, as this will quickly ensure you look unified. Lupita Nyong’o chose a pretty palette of greens including a Peter Pilotto Stretch Silk Mira Dress ($1666) and Manolo Blahnik BB Pointy Toe Pumps ($595) in Mint.

  • Call it the Lupita effect, but we rush to recreate anything she wears. We’ll emulate her spring green look with these pieces.

    Red Valentino Green-Multi Floral Print Dress ($462)
    ​Ted Baker London Thaya Leather Pointy Toe Pumps ($185) in Green

  • Secret 7: Wrap It Up
    Photo credit: Apg/AKM-GSI

    Secret 7: Wrap It Up

    Gwen Stefani may be concealing her actual baby bump, but we’re thinking an oversized printed scarf like Stefani’s Theodora & Callum version is a genius way to handle a not-feeling-so-skinny day.

  • We're quite charmed by the long fringe on this leopard scarf.

    Joseph Leopard Print Scarf ($154)

  • Secret 8: Opt For A Bright Lip
    Photo credit: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com

    Secret 8: Opt For A Bright Lip

    While we love Harley Viera Newton’s mint coat, it’s her punchy red pout that really caught our eye.

  • A bright red lipstick is a relatively inexpensive pick-me-up that can change your entire look.

    ​Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick ($35)

  • Secret 9: Fake A Killer Outfit With A Standout Coat

    Feel like your ensemble is too boring to be immortalized in a photo? No one will know if you top it with a statement coat like Alexa Chung’s Marc by Marc Jacobs stunner.

  • Make a futuristic statement in holographic leather.

    ​Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Leather Coat ($1595)

  • Secret 10: Add One Major Accessory
    Photo credit: Vantagenews/AKM-GSI

    Secret 10: Add One Major Accessory

    One awesome piece of jewelry will pick up any accessorizing slack in you outfit. Case in point: Kate Moss’ gilded pendant.

  • The extra long chain makes sure this stunning horn necklace will get noticed.

    ​Kule Horn Pendant on Box Chain ($250)

  • Secret 11: Shade Yourself

    Secret 11: Shade Yourself

    No eye makeup? No problem. Sunglasses like Kate Bosworth’s Karen Walker Deep Freeze ($250) are the perfect cover up.

  • Bosworth wears these nonstop, and with the flattering shape, we can see why.

    ​Karen Walker Deep Freeze Sunglasses ($250)


Today On: