Say oats NOT cheese for perfect pics: Tips for the 75 per cent of women who avoid photos for fear of looking bad
British women are so self conscious that three quarters now avoid appearing in photos for fear of how they will look, a new study has found.
With snaps so often posted on social networking sites, photos get a wider audience than ever before.
Where once before a tangible photograph would lay in a drawer for very few to see, now photos can be viewed by all, leaving us open to catty comments or exposure to those we”d rather didn”t see our candid snaps.
We are now hyper-aware of just who might see our impromptu snaps, and snaps – evidenced by the fact that almost half of women now say they “hate” the way they look in photographs.
Say oats! Words with rounded sounds like plum or oats help your mouth produce a sexier shape than saying cheese
Indeed, the research found that 36 per cent of brides-to-be feel anxious about their wedding day purely because they know they will be the focus of photographic attention.
The element women hate most when seeing pictures of themselves is their smile, with 52 per cent keen to avoid the lens for this reason.
The second most common complaint is that they always have their eyes closed in snaps, followed by being embarrassed by their outfit.
Teeth discolouration (32 per cent), wonky teeth (24 per cent) and “smile lines” (14 per cent) are the main reasons women feel insecure about their smile, the study for Macleans toothpaste found.
However, despite women”s hang-ups, a smile is the first thing men are attracted to in a woman – ahead of cleavage or a nice pair of legs.
Interestingly, 28 per cent of men actually said they found “smile lines” attractive.
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The research also found that men are not seduced by a “Hollywood” smile, with 43 per cent insisting that naturally white teeth were the most important feature of a smile.
Yellowing or stained teeth were the biggest turn off.
TV presenter Holly Willoughby”s smile proved to be most popular among men, polling 35 per cent of the vote, followed by Cheryl Cole (33 per cent), Katy Perry (17 per cent) and Fearne Cotton (11 per cent).
Celebrity photographer Daniel Kennedy, who has shot the likes of Angelina Jolie and Thandie Newton, admits that “a great smile is not easy to perfect”, but he has tips that will help produce a winning photograph:
Firstly, says Kennedy, enjoy yourself. A natural smile that goes through to the eyes is more attractive than a fake one. Instead of “cheese,” say oats or plum. It will help create a sexy shape with the mouth.
Keep your chin down and look up through your eyelashes for a face-slimming look that enhances cheekbones.
And lastly, don”t forget a slick of lipgloss. It makes lips look fuller and healthier.
PHOTOGRAPHER DANIEL KENNEDY”S TIPS TO TAKING A GREAT PICTURE
Look up at the lens through eyelashes for a sexy photo
1. Try to enjoy yourself. A natural smile that goes through to the eyes is far more attractive than a fake one.
2. Try to say “oats” or “plum”. It helps your mouth create a really sexy shape.
3. Keep your chin down and look up through your eyelashes for a face-slimming look that enhances your cheekbones.
4. Don”t forget a slick of lip-gloss. Trendy or not, it makes your lips look fuller and healthier.