Unless you’re a supermodel, or blessed with perfect-features and great self-esteem, putting photos of your face on the internet can be a very scary thing! I recently read this blog post by Makeup Utopia member Lizzi discussing her feelings at posting her very first “FOTD” (Face of the Day). Her words really struck a chord with me:
“in the mirror, my makeup looked cool and I looked human, but as soon as I tried to take a picture my face, seemed to become completely out of proportion, my giant eyes even more so, my eyebrows at different heights (which I’m not so secretly sure they are) and also 1 eye bigger than the other, basically none of them did my makeup justice and it was all really pissing me off”
Oh Lizzi, I can totally relate to how you’re feeling about seeing your face in a photo! When I did my very first Face of the Day post, I HATED how I looked, and it wasn’t about the makeup. Suddenly I realised that my eyes were two different sizes, my eyebrows were completely different shapes, my lips are not even close to symmetrical and I have a deviated septum i.e. a really crooked nose. It really can be so confronting seeing pictures of your face up close and personal!
Obviously, through practice I have overcome these poisonous feelings of self doubt. I post one Face of the Day per week here on Makeup Utopia, and last year I posted 30 FOTD’s in 30 days. Here’s a few tricks I learned along the way-
- Take lots of photos. And when I say lots, I really mean it. For most of my Face of the Day articles I take upwards of 30 photos. This may not sound like a lot, but when I first started I quite literally took HUNDREDS! Not only did this vastly increase my chances of finding one or two photos I was satisfied with, but it taught me the best angles for my face, and how to really highlight my best features and hide the things I perceived as flaws.
- If you watch the “Next Top Model” franchise, you will know that the smallest details can make or break a photo. Try making very small changes in your facial expression with each picture. Try relaxing or adding tension to your mouth, your eyelids, your forehead. Even clenching or relaxing your jaw can make a huge difference to your finished photo.
- Shooting with your camera slightly higher than eye level can help you to look slightly leaner, if this is a concern for you. Don’t hold it too high though, this can sometimes look like the dreaded “MySpace photo”.
- Shooting your face from a slight angle rather than full frontal can help to disguise any asymmetry in your face.
- Try and have fun with it, and accept that like anything, it gets easier over time.
- BONUS TIP: Please don’t ever do a duckface pose in your Face of the Day. You might think it makes you look like you have plump, pouty lips and razor sharp cheekbones, but really, it makes you look like this.
I think publishing a Face of the Day is a really healthy thing. When done regularly it teaches you acceptance and self-love, and provides a great record of your improving makeup skills (because believe me – when you do it regularly, your makeup skills WILL improve!)
Have you ever published a Face of the Day on your blog, or even on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook? Did you find it a challenge?