Picture Perfect

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Face it. We all have that one friend who looks perfect in every photograph taken of her, no matter how many cocktails have been consumed before the shot was captured. No, the make-up fairies have not come to help her get ready while you were busy detangling your hair – she has simply mastered the art of a photogenic beauty regime.  If you cringe when you see yourself being tagged on Facebook or Instagram, and struggle with the art of the selfie, try these tips you leave you feeling snap happy.

Use matte make-up – If you’re being photographed, avoid make-up that will reflect any light on your face, as this will make your skin appear shiny. Use matte foundations and eye-shadows to avoid an oily skinned look.

Contouring – Contouring sounds like a complicated beauty regime that should be left only to beauty experts and Kim Kardashian, but it is actually simpler than you would imagine. Simply take a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin tone, and brush on under your cheekbones, under your chin, along either side of your nose and the outer corners of your forehead. Apply a lighter colour on the areas that light hits, like the top of your cheeks, the centre of your forehead and the bridge of your nose. Make sure to blend it well!

Use yellow tinted powder – Sealing your make-up with some powder? Yellow tinted powder is better than translucent powder for pictures, as it won’t reflect the light or leave you looking washed out.

Line the upper rim of your eye – Lining the lower lid will define the eye to a certain extent, but if you really want to define the shape of your eye, waterproof eyeliner on the upper inner rim of the eye will make your lashes look fuller and your eye look wider.

Fill in your brows – Eyebrows add structure to your face, so take an eyeliner pencil or some brow jell and fill in your eyebrows to give you better definition and leave you picture perfect. But don’t aim for Cara Delevingne brows on the first attempt – it could end up less Cara and more caterpillar!

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