11 Celebrity Secrets To Looking Instantly Photo Ready

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



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



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


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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


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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


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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



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



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


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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



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



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)