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7 Secrets To A Prettier Profile Pic [According To Science]

Whether it’s your profile picture for Facebook, Whatsapp, Tinder, or LinkedIn – you want to look your best, right?

7 Secrets To A Prettier Profile Pic

Here are 7 scientifically proven ways for women to look more attractive in their online profile pic!

1) Slim Down In Seconds

When you’re posing for a closeup photo, you may think it doesn’t matter how you hold your arms since they’re not in the frame. But your arms are connected to your shoulders, right?

If you want to instantly look a little slimmer in your photo, pay attention to what your shoulders are doing.

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When you put your hands on your hips, your shoulders and upper arms extend slightly – making you look wider. But when you tuck your elbows against your sides and extend your hands, your shoulders and arms flex inwards, making you look slimmer.

Pro photographer Peter Hurley recommends pretending that you’re holding a giant sub sandwich.

2) Strike A Pose

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Barnaby Dixon, an anthropologist from New Zealand, found that men prefer a hip-to-waist ratio of 7:10, as compared to a closer ratio of 9:10.

If you don’t have the “golden ratio” of hips-to-waist, no reason to worry – you can fake it easily when you’re snapping a profile photo. Instead of facing directly into the camera, stand at an angle and twist your torso so one shoulder is closer to the camera than the other.

Celebrities on the red carpet do this all the time so they can put their best face (and shoulder) forward.

3) Skip The Snapchat Filters

If you think you look cute in a photo with a dog face and a huge tongue rolling out of your mouth, you’re not doing doing yourself any favors.

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According to Hinge's internal data, photos using a Snapchat filter got 90% less likes than similar photos without the filters.

4) Makeup vs Au Naturel

While some women wouldn’t dream of snapping a photo without carefully applied makeup, other women prefer the natural look. But which look do men find more attractive in a profile photo?

Dr. Alex Jones and Dr. Robin Kramer decided to find out. As it turns out, makeup doesn’t make that much of a difference when it comes to perceived levels of attraction.

Wearing makeup only contributed a 2% increase in attractiveness, while the woman’s face itself accounted for a full 69% of what men found attractive about her.

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But there is one makeup tip that works for any woman – wear red lipstick. A research study at Manchester University found that the average man tends to focus on women’s lips when looking at their photos – and wearing red lipstick holds his attention the longest.

5) Let Your Hair Down

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A French researcher discovered that men showed more interest in a woman with long hair when she allowed it to naturally fall over her shoulders than if she was wearing it in a ponytail or a bun.

The researchers believed that having long hair was interpreted as a biological indicator of health, and also made them appear younger and sexier.

So if you’re looking to appear more attractive and youthful in a profile pic, if you have it – let it loose.

6) Bare Your Arms

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Researchers from the University of New South Wales had men rate women on their looks, and the data revealed that long, shapely arms are the #1 trait men find attractive in women.

They found the women who showed off their arms were rated as more attractive. If you’re choosing a profile pic, think about using one where you’re rocking a tank top or sleeveless dress.

And if you’re about to take a profile pic, consider doing a few quick bicep curls with whatever object is handy. That will give your muscles a temporary boost of definition.

7) Have a Guy Snap Your Profile Pic

In his book, “In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction,” researcher David Perrett found that women are consistently found to be more attractive by men when a man takes their photo.

So next time you’re taking a profile pic, hand your phone to one of the guys in the group instead. Make sure to smile for the camera, since studies have shown a happy, relaxed smile is the expression men find most attractive.

If you’re looking a little stressed or anxious in your profile pic, it’s definitely time for a change.

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