Secrets to Appearing Taller in Photos

Let’s face it: These days, pictures are worth a thousand words, or at least a few “likes.” And for us shorties, stature has always been a hang-up, especially in photos. (Remember that college reunion pic where you look like you’re 12?) Here, five tips for appearing taller in your next ‘Gram or group pic.

looktaller1PLACE A HAND ABOVE YOUR HEAD

Look, we’re not saying every shot of you needs to be arms-raised-in-excitement, but strategically placing a hand in your hair or, say, on the brim of that cute straw hat will add height to your silhouette and draw the eye upward.

looktaller2STAND ON YOUR TIPPY TOES

It seems silly but it’s true. Even if your feet will be in the frame, the extra effort does wonders for your calves and butt. Just be conscious of not craning your neck like you did way back in those kindergarten group shots.

looktaller3PUSH YOUR SHOULDERS BACK

Good posture is one of the major factors that helps elongate your stature in photos. Pretend there’s a string tied to the top of your head, then roll your shoulders back. Simple as that.

 

looktaller5CROSS ONE LEG OVER THE OTHER

Instead of standing flat-footed with legs side by side, cross one of your legs over the other for a little optical illusion. This gives the uninterrupted appearance of a longer, more slender figure.

 

looktaller4ANGLE THE CAMERA LOWER

No, we’re not talking below-the-chin selfie-mode. But aiming the camera up toward your torso will actually make you appear longer, since the distance from your head to the lens is farther. (It also doesn’t hurt to pose against statuesque pillars for good measure.)

PSA: Water Temperature Really Affects Your Beauty Routine

From showering to shampooing, water is a staple in your beauty routine (and you know, life in general). And the right temperature can mean the difference between red, itchy skin and a baby-soft complexion–or a frizzy mop versus a sleek mane. Here, your guide to tweaking the temps to your advantage.

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Ice cold: To dry your freshly painted nails super fast. Let them air out for a couple minutes and then swiftly dunk them into a bowl of freezing water to set the polish. Boom! No more nicks.

Cool: To wash your face. You want the water to be chilled enough that it feels refreshing, but not so cold that it smacks you awake. Plus, a cool rinse helps to reduce any redness while closing up your pores.

Lukewarm: To shower and wash your hair. We know how good a steamy shower feels (particularly after a long day), but prolonged exposure to hot water actually strips the natural oils from your skin and scalp, leaving you tight and dry. To get a deeper clean, turn to your products (might we suggest an exfoliating scrub and weekly clarifying shampoo) as opposed to turning up the nozzle.

Hot: To shave. The heat softens hairs so they’re easier to remove. To avoid drying your skin out while you tend to your fuzz, turn the heat up just briefly at the start of your shower so you get a little bit of steam in the stall. Then quickly adjust it back to lukewarm temps to finish.

The exception to all of this? Brushing your teeth. There is no known link between water temperature and the cleanliness of your chompers. Just make sure that you’re using a toothpaste with fluoride (to fend off cavities) and are scrubbing the recommended two minutes each time.

6 Things That Might Happen If You Stop Dyeing Your Hair

Touching up your roots, brightening your base, adding partial highlights or lowlights…there are seemingly endless ways to dye your hair. And you’ve tried them all. Over and over again. Which makes you wonder what your real color is–and what might happen if you stopped dyeing your hair altogether. Here’s what to expect.

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YOU MIGHT SAVE MONEY

Whether you’re keeping it simple with a boxed dye job or have a standing appointment with your stylist every month, coloring your hair–and maintaining it–costs a pretty penny. You can save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars every year by sticking to au naturel strands.

AND YOUR HAIR MIGHT FEEL HEALTHIER

While hair dyes and techniques have come a long way since their follicle-frying beginnings, they do still leave some damage. Taking a hiatus from color will help your hair return to its previous state–especially as dyed ends get chopped off.

BUT IT MIGHT BE HARDER TO STYLE

Especially if you have naturally straight hair. Healthy, non-processed strands are smoother, silkier, and thus, more slippery–which is a good thing until it comes to holding some of those pretty twists and braids in place.

AND YOUR HAIR MIGHT LOOK THINNER

For finer-haired ladies, a coat of color can thicken strands, making them look–and feel–temporarily thicker. And that’s just with a single-process color. Many women also add highlights and lowlights to give hair depth and the illusion of fullness. Without this, your mane may fall flat and appear lank.

YOU MIGHT NEED TO REBOOT YOUR REGIMEN

You’d think that you’d use less products on healthy, non-colored strands, but you might find that you suddenly need things like texture sprays and waxes to wear–and hold–some of the same styles you sported before.

AND YOU MIGHT GET BORED

People typically dye their hair to refresh their look and express their style and individuality. And while there are certainly many perks to leaving your hair as is (mainly saving loads of money), you might soon find yourself in a rut and itching for something different. Whether you go for new cut (or back to coloring) is entirely up to you.

7 Beauty Trends You Can Only Pull Off in Summer

Just like a dark-red lip pops against a cashmere sweater and a generous sweep of blush livens up pale winter skin, certain beauty trends (like braids and bronzer) are made for summer. Here are the ones to try now–as in, this very second.

blue_nails_listCOBALT OR TURQUOISE NAILS

There are shades–like creamy nudes and bright reds–that always look good, no matter the time of year. But a statement blue like this works best against sun-kissed summer skin.

OR BLUE EYE SHADOW

The same goes for a subtle dash of sapphire liner or a light wash of cerulean shadow across lids.

crown_braids_listCROWN BRAIDS

Pair them with a breezy sundress and you’ll look like you’re ready to stroll the beach or boardwalk. (Wear with a sweater, and you’ll suddenly look like you’re about to milk a cow.)

THICK HEADBANDS

A) They keep sweaty strands (and flyaways) out of your face in the sweltering heat. B) They add instant polish to those aforementioned summer braids. And ponytails. And buns.

gigi_listBRONZED EVERYTHING

A light dusting of bronzer across your forehead and cheeks enhances an already golden complexion–whereas it can look muddy on pale winter skin. Bring the color up to your eyelids (like GiGi here) and all you need to complete the look is some lip gloss.

SHINY LIPS

Lipstick can look and feel a bit heavy this time of year. A glossy pout, on the other hand, is fresh and light–especially in a punchy pink or juicy coral.

shiny_lids_listOR SHINY LIDS

To complement your summer glow, of course. Get the look by dabbing Vaseline on top of bare lids–or tapping a light layer on top of a dark-brown shadow to really make the color pop.

 

Never a Dull Moment!

imagesThe experience that I have had with the company so far has been great, you’re in control of everything you do, and your comfort is the most important thing to everyone. Your experience is what you make it, you have the opportunity to learn different things and yourself and the world. The company is great, the management & trainers are always there when you need help or guidance about something. The team of girls I have had the opportunity to work with is amazing and there is never a dull moment in camming.

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