I love being in summer pictures, I’m the first one to say “oooooh let’s take a photo” as the golden light is hanging perfectly and making me glow in a halo of skin flattering diffusion. I’m bronzed out all summer long and the humidity is giving my hair fullness and texture. Then there’s the cute dresses and sandals, summer is easy breezy for me, BUT, as we cross over to daylight savings and winter creeps in- it’s a challenge to look nearly as good in pictures. Not to mention I’m unmotivated to layer up and be social! In an effort to make this winter more glamorous, I’m writing this post primarily for myself, but I think it might be useful to you too. I want to look better in holiday pictures this season and feel better all winter, so here it goes!
1. Put Some Color On Your Face
I’m not someone who wears a lot of make up ever but I WANT to make an effort to give myself some color this winter and look healthy in holiday pics! I’ve been using this incredible defining bronzer from Eddie Funkhouser as I transition from fall to winter and I know it’s going to add the glow I need until the spring tulips pop! It’s my ultimate go-to, I’ve been using it for all over glow then slightly heavier on my cheekbones then a touch on eyes and chin! Not even the harshest flash will wash me out with this on, and it’s only $12.99!
2. Optimum Hair
Shake it up! My winter hair is usually flat from wearing a hat (warmth over vanity for me) and it’s also dull from the heat styling since it’s too cold to air dry. To look good in pics I suggest turning your head over and giving yourself a good shake when you arrive at your destination. You may want to step into the bathroom for this. My hair is kind of flat to begin with so I’ll also rub the roots a bit to create some lift at the crown then flip upright and smooth the ends a bit with my fingers. Everyone’s hair looks better with a little movement and imperfection, this will do the trick and get some blood rushing to your face (more color!).
3. Know Your Body
As I get older it gets easier to dress well for my body. I know what fits well and accentuates my best assets, knowledge I didn’t have in my 20’s and ignored for the most part in my 30’s. Getting to know my body meant trying on lots of different looks in a variety of sizes for the last year. It’s time consuming at first but feels amazing when you know what works for you and see yourself in it. A look that works really well on me is skinny pants and a petite sheer top. Another variation is skinny plants and a blazer that fits me really well. These looks, done in the right proportions, provide a put together look for any party!
Just like Mom always said “stand up straight”. It’s true. I hate to admit it but it’s true. Avoid leaning into the person next to you, stand tall, neck long like a string is pulling your head up- and if possible arch your back just slightly so your shoulders drop down and your chest pops forward. Slighty is the key, do a couple practice poses in the mirror, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these minor adjustments.
5. Patterns Vs. Solids
As a rule solids will usually photograph better than patterns. I’m building a wardrobe of gorgeous navy and jewel tones for myself and adding texture with jewelry and pleather this season. Patterns have the tendency to distort on camera and I don’t need that drama.
I took my tips on a practice run this past weekend and this is what I came up with:
Ready To Work It?
Winter is work for my look but I’m committed to pumping up the GLAM this year! How do you adjust your look for winter? How do you keep it fabulous when it’s freezing outside? I’d love to hear your tips as well, let me know in the comments below!