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Everywhere I look I see someone whipping out their cell phone to snap a selfie or group shot. With the holidays fast approaching and parties crowding calendars, you can bet this clicking frenzy will only intensify — there will be cameras aplenty to capture every detail of every family gathering and group get-together.

The lucky few are naturally photogenic; they can’t take a bad picture. Everyone else will benefit from beauty, fashion, and technical tips gleaned from industry insiders to ensure you look your best. Get ready to embrace your inner supermodel!




Margret Avery is one of the most influential makeup artists of all time. She’s been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, can call Cindy Crawford, Barbara Streisand and Naomi Campbell clients, and has worked on major brands including J.Crew, Revlon, and L’Oreal.

Alison Raffaele, the first national makeup artist and international trainer for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has worked on A-list celebs including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gisele Bündchen. She became a product development specialist with her first brand, Skin Alison Raffaele, and followed that up with Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, a line of healthy, high performance eco-friendly makeup and anti-aging products. Currently, she’s on the makeup team at both CNBC and Yahoo! and is an on-demand editorial makeup artist.

DeShawn Hatcher has worked on hundreds and hundreds of photo shoots in her 13+ years as a makeup artist. Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Grammy winners, All-Star athletes, Fortune 500 Executives, and Academy Award nominees were all lucky enough to sit in her chair. Her most challenging (and exciting) role is that of Beauty Director for the Cotton 24 Hour Runway show, the world’s only runway show where she creates over 200 hair and makeup looks, and runs a staff of over 80 talented artists in just 24 hours.

Jasmine H Chang is a well respected fashion stylist who has worked for numerous magazines, most recently as the executive fashion editor of O, the Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping. She’s currently a top editorial strategist and fashion consultant but in our hearts she’ll forever be the stylist who styled Spinal Tap’s 1992 tour.




  • Powder on the t-zone is a must so you don’t look greasy. Everyone likes a bit of glow but keep it to the brow bone, lips, and high on the cheekbone, a la J.Lo. — Margret Avery
  • It’s important to look uniform in color. To even things out in a flash, start with a quick dusting of colorless setting powder to ensure even blending and then warm up your skin tone where needed with a matte powder bronzer. — Alison Raffaele
  • To make your eyes pop, line the inner rim of your top lid with black pencil liner. This will make your lashes look fuller and help define the shape of your eyes. — Alison Raffaele
  • To make a double chin disappear: 1) simply push your head (and only your head) straight out toward the camera OR 2) smile, then bite down. When you smile (with either lips closed or opened) and bite down, your chin automatically goes up and your jaw line gets tighter. While doing so, you can also raise your tongue to the roof of your mouth to automatically tighten your chin. — DeShawn Hatcher
  • Turtlenecks tend to make you look like you have no neck in photos. Instead, choose a V-neckline. It’s always more flattering (especially if the pic is more of a body shot) as it creates a more elongated upper body. If the photo is a head shot, a crew-neck or boat-neck is best. — Jasmine H Chang
  • If you’re wearing a statement necklace, opt for a simple and solid color top. — Jasmine H Chang
  • Pale pink is universally the most flattering color to wear. — Jasmine H Chang

Insider Tips


  • If you feel bored while being photographed you’ll look bored in the photo. Instead, concentrate on whatever it is that makes you sparkle from within (ie. chocolate, a great handbag, your best vacation). — Margret Avery
  • Can you laugh like Julia Roberts? A fake laugh looks so authentic in photos! — Jasmine H Chang
  • Lighting is KEY. The light should always be behind the camera so that you’re facing directly into it. — Alison Raffaele
  • The most flattering shot is when you’re sitting and the photographer is above you OR when the photographer takes the shot from a higher view point forcing everyone to look up — it is the best shot ever! Never have the photographer shoot under you as everyone will have a double chin. — DeShawn Hatcher

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