Knowing how to look your best in front of the camera is a skill just as important as the photographer’s knowledge of their equipment. There are many ways you can use your body language to exude confidence and amiability, including your eyes. The smize — smiling with your eyes — is a technique many celebrities and politicians use to convey a genuine image while maintaining a sense of approachability.
The key to nailing your perfect smize is in your eyes; avoid moving your cheeks too much and focus on the muscles around your eyes. If you find yourself moving your lips, it’s ok! A gentle tug at the corners of your mouth will pull the look together.
You can master a smize by following the five easy steps below with a little practice:
- Get comfortable! Relax the muscles in your face to avoid looking stiff.
- Tilt your head down, tucking your chin to form a narrow angle of your face.
- Slightly squint, tightening the muscles at the bottom of your eyes.
- Gently curl the sides of your lip, avoiding a dramatic smile involving your cheeks.
- Pose from different angles to find what works best for your face shape!
Learning how to smize is valuable because this technique will help you consistently look good in photos and to appear relatable in formal settings, including resumes (common in Europe or Asia), LinkedIn profiles and other headshots.
Now, show us your best #Smize on the PicsArt app!