Social Media Expert Reveals How To Look Great In Photos Without Photoshopping

Social media mentor and photographer Paige Casey reveals tips for taking the perfect photo

Celebrities tend to look “100” in all their social media posts.

But they can’t take all the credit. With professional photographers, wardrobe stylists and makeup artists at their disposal, stars like Kim Kardashian, Jasmine Tookes and Cardi B know all the tricks of the trade for creating Insta-worthy photos.

Do you want your feed to be the highlight of your life?

Austin-based social media mentor and photographer Paige Casey (@paigeydahling) reveals how to get the perfect shot.

After alo's application of a body oil, Jasmine Tookes' skin looked dewy and hydrated as she donned a black bikini in a recent social media snap

After alo’s application of a body oil, Jasmine Tookes’ skin looked dewy and hydrated as she donned a black bikini in a recent social media snap

The secret to exposing so much skin and looking like a Sports Illustrated model is

The secret to exposing so much skin and looking like a Sports Illustrated model is “squirting sunscreen right before the photo is taken,” Paige told me. ‘The skin catches the light and provides a natural highlight’

Secret #1: Skin

Having your picture taken in a bathing suit can be stressful.

The secret to exposing so much skin and looking like a Sports Illustrated model is “squirting sunscreen right before the photo is taken,” Paige told me.

‘The skin catches the light and provides a natural highlight.’

The expert prefers mineral sunscreen because it contains no harmful chemicals, but says that both mineral and oil create a “wet” appearance when initially sprayed.

In a black bikini, Jasmine Tookes’ skin appeared dewy and hydrated after applying a body oil from Alo, in a recent Instagram photo.

'They shoot at dawn or dusk to get the best diffused natural light that hides wrinkles and imperfections'

‘They shoot at dawn or dusk to get the best diffused natural light that hides wrinkles and imperfections’

Secret #2: Light

“Celebrities and influencers are very selective about when to shoot,” Paige revealed.

“They shoot at dawn or dusk to get the best diffused natural light that hides wrinkles and blemishes.”

To create the “good light” during the day, “find a shady spot in direct sun,” the blogger said.

“You know you’re ready to shoot once the dark circles under the eyes disappear and there’s even light around the face.”

Secret #3: Powder

Every beauty junkie knows the benefits of pressed powder. It fixes your makeup and keeps your skin from looking greasy.

But according to Paige, a flawless look is achieved with the right application.

“Apply powder with a powder puff to hide pores, rather than a makeup brush,” she said.

A powder puff absorbs oil and provides a velvety, matte skin finish.

'Apply powder with a powder puff to hide pores, rather than a makeup brush'

‘Apply powder with a powder puff to hide pores, rather than a makeup brush’

The expert suggests getting to know your phone and turning on the network. ‘The rule of thirds states that the subject in the image should be placed along the grid lines or at the intersections where the lines meet’

Secret #4: Phone Settings

The influencer suggests getting to know your phone and turning on the network.

“This is a setting that will help your photographer capture you with the right composition.

“The grid helps users follow the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds states that the subject in the image should be placed along the grid lines or at the intersections where the lines meet.

“iPhone users click -> settings -> camera -> grid, Samsung users, click camera -> settings -> scroll down to gridlines.”

“If you want to stand out against the mountains, the ocean, or the forest, it’s best to wear red or yellow,” says Paige.

Warm tones such as red, yellow and orange go best with cool tones of green, purple and blue respectively.

Warm tones such as red, yellow and orange go best with cool tones of green, purple and blue respectively.

Secret #6: Color

For a well-balanced photo, get acquainted with the color wheel and contrasting colors.

Whatever the background — a natural landscape, a blank wall, or the couch in your living room — to pop, use a complimentary shade.

“If you want to stand out against the mountains, the ocean, or the forest, it’s best to wear red or yellow,” says Paige.

Warm tones such as red, yellow and orange go best with cool tones of green, purple and blue respectively.

In 2021, Paige proposes to open your mouth for fantastic photos.  'Say 'HAA' instead of a closed-toothed smile for a natural smile look'

In 2021, Paige proposes to open your mouth for fantastic photos. ‘Say ‘HAA’ instead of a closed-toothed smile for a natural smile look’

Secret #5: Smile

In 2009, Tyra Banks taught America how to “smize,” a term she coined for her signature modeling trick.

Fast forward to 2020 and knowing how to smile with your eyes proved fruitful during mask mandates.

In 2021, Paige proposes to open your mouth to engage with your audience authentically.

“Say ‘HAA’ instead of a closed-toothed smile for a naturally smiling look.”

“For a full-body photo, put your shoulders on the camera,” Paige revealed. “Place your heel in front of your back foot, rotate the hip of the forward-facing leg toward the camera and stand on your toes about an inch off the ground”

Secret #6: Angles

“For a full body shot, straighten your shoulders to the camera,” the photographer revealed.

“Place your heel in front of your back foot, rotate the hip of the forward leg toward the camera and stand on your toes about an inch off the floor.”

This creates shape, adds dimension and lengthens the frame, making the body instantly slimmer.

Secret #7: Props

“A prop keeps your hands busy and makes posing a lot easier,” admits Paige. “I recommend holding a hat, bag, bouquet, or sunglasses.”

Cardi B loves to lug around one of her many Hermes handbags in her glamor shots, while Megan Thee Stallion makes sure that sitting on the couch looks tres chic with a wine glass in hand.

'A prop keeps your hands busy and makes posing a lot easier.  I recommend holding a hat, bag, bouquet or sunglasses,

‘A prop keeps your hands busy and makes posing a lot easier. I recommend holding a hat, bag, bouquet or sunglasses,” said Paige

Posing with a handbag gives your hands something to do

Posing with a handbag gives your hands something to do

Cardi likes to lug a Hermes

An accessory acts as a good support

Cardi B loves to lug around one of her many Hermes handbags

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