61% of women feel like they don’t measure up compared to the images of ‘beauty’ portrayed in the media. To that I say, Duh! Everything is airbrushed and photoshopped to death these days, and we never truly know what is real and what is a figment of Adobe’s imagination. Case in point: these Jessica Alba and Kim K photos that are “before” and “after”. Pretty interesting, eh?
Though most professional photos taken employ these (mostly helpful) tactics, it’s still wise to be prepared to look your best without digital help. Here are a few no-brainer tips, as well as a few secrets of the stars.
Tip #1: Get plenty of sleep the night before you have your photo taken.
No one likes dark circles under their eyes, or big, puffy bags under them, either. Besides getting to bed and sleeping for a full seven or eight hours, try to sleep on your back instead of your face. Pillow case lines on your cheeks are not a good look.
Tip #2: Avoid alcohol, sugar, and salt.
These deliciously decadent items can derail your face faster than Lohan’s drug use. They can puff you up in places that you don’t want them to, adding what will appear to be a few pounds to your face. Want a fatter face? I thought so. Just say “No” the day or two before.
Tip #3: If you violated Tip #2, use Preparation H Creme under your eyes. Seriously.
This old pageant trick works like magic. Put a little Preparation H under your eyes to shrink the blood vessels that are causing that unsightly swelling. Mind you, UNDER your eyes, not in them. (more…)