Six (6) Tips for a Photogenic Smile

Published January 28, 2013 by teacher dahl

 

ImagePicture..Picture!! …With cameras in cell phones, email profile pictures, and online photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is almost a necessity. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a celebrity or genetically blessed to create a crowd-pleasing smile. Here are helpful  tips:

Smile Tip #1: Wear a “Parade” Smile

Photogenic smiles are gentle and natural.In other words, strike a smile you can hold for a long time. When you smile gently, your face looks relaxed. Your mouth opens slightly, and your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth.

Smile Tip #2: Nix the Double Chin

More worried about your chin than your smile? It’s all about posture. “If you slouch or your head is too bent forward, you won’t like how your smile looks,” says Pamela McClain, DDS. She recommends turning your head slightly and dropping your chin so your face is not completely square with the camera.

Smile Tip #3: Make Lipstick Your Friend

If you are a woman, select a lipstick that works with your skin tone. “The right shade of lipstick can make teeth look whiter,” Garcia says. Shades like cherry red, wine, berry, plum, or rosy pink are your best bet. The blue-based or pink-based undertones will minimize any yellowish tones in your teeth.

On the other hand, Garcia says that the wrong color, especially one that’s too dark or too red, can detract from your smile. (Psst. Lipstick sticking to your teeth? Might be a sign of dry mouth or excess plaque.)

Smile Tip #4: Work With What You Have

You don’t need perfect teeth to have a camera-worthy smile. Just look at Tom Cruise and his off-center ivories. Garcia points out that the line between his two front teeth, which should line up with the center of his nose, is off to one side. It’s a rather obvious fluke but when Cruise smiles, few people notice it.

Smile Tip #5: Prime Your Teeth and Gums

Getting your teeth and gums camera-ready requires a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation.If your teeth have yellowed with age, you might take time to try a whitening product from the pharmacy or visit your dentist. Correcting cracked, broken, or missing teeth will likely mean some time with a dental professional.

Smile Tip #6: Practice

Your perfect smile might not happen overnight. If you have a big photo event like a wedding or graduation coming up, take time to practice smiling in front of a mirror. You can see how it looks and feels when you hold your shoulders back proudly and strike a natural, unforced smile. You can also play around with turning your head and finding your best angle.

source: Web MD 

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