Most women on Tinder have had their fill of bathroom selfies and Tinder pictures featuring a 6-pack with no face attached. That's actually good news for you, because all you have to do to boost the odds of attractive women swiping right and returning your message is put some effort into choosing your best Tinder photos.
The expert Tinder photo tips you’re about to read will help you get more matches, even if you’re more Average Joe than Ryan Gosling. You’ll also see plenty of Tinder photo mistakes guys make, so you can learn by example.
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Here are 9 easy ways to make your Tinder pictures irresistible:
#1 Dial Up The Contrast
The last thing you want to do in your primary Tinder photo is fade into the background. To really catch her eye, your profile pics need to stand out.
A team of researchers studying the reactions of participants swiping through Tinder photos found the pictures rated the most attractive all had a high degree of contrast.
In other words, you’d want to go with a photo like this:
Instead of a photo like this:
#2 Keep The “Noise” To A Minimum
Simple images work best on Tinder.
It all comes down to “cognitive workload,” which is a fancy term for how hard your brain has to work to interpret what you’re seeing. As cognitive workload increases, your attractiveness dwindles – obviously not what you want to happen on a dating app.
Here’s the take-home message: don’t choose Tinder photos that have a lot going on in the frame. Save the cartoony, trippy filters for Instagram, and focus on images that are easy on the eyes.
#3 Be The Star Of The Show
The ideal primary Tinder profile picture should feature you, and more specifically – the upper third of you.
This comes back to the brain’s preference for simple images.
That’s not to say you should avoid group shots entirely in your Tinder pics.
Showing your active, fun social life can be enticing – you just need to do it the right way.
Here are 3 rules a Tinder group picture should follow:
- You’re the center of attention. In fact, the most flattering group shot is when you’re near a woman who is smiling at you. It also helps if you’re touching someone in the photo, for instance resting your hand on a friend’s arm. People subconsciously assign a higher social status to the person doing the touching, rather than the “touchee.”
- It maximizes the “Ugly Friend Effect.” In a nutshell, you want to stand next to people who resemble you slightly, but are less attractive than you. This gives your perceived attraction level a boost.
- It comes later in your photo lineup. You don't want your primary photo to be a group shot, because playing “guess who” is annoying and a big reason women swipe left. Save the group shot for near the end of your lineup. You can use up to 9 photos and Loops on Tinder, and you’ll want to upload at least 3. Tinder profiles with 3 photos got more matches than profiles with only 1 photo.
#4 Master The Art Of Manspreading
Manspreading, AKA taking up as much space as possible, makes for truly hot Tinder pictures. Research has found that expansive postures, i.e. arms or legs flung wide, makes you more attractive to others.
Open body language also makes you seem more approachable, whereas doing something like crossing your arms can make you appear more defensive and insecure.
As Harvard social psychologist Ann Cuddy explains, “high power” expansive poses radiate power and confidence, while “low power” poses convey just the opposite.
In other words, this is good:
This is not:
#5 Everyone Looks Better In Red
The majority of guys are wearing neutral clothing in their Tinder photos, so opting for a brighter color makes you instantly more eye catching than your competition:
Even better, women perceive guys wearing red as more attractive, more sexually desirable, and higher in social status. With that kind of boost, why would you not wear red in a Tinder photo?
#6 Grab A Dog (Any Dog)
Owning a dog, or *looking* like you own a dog, gives you instant +2 attraction points.
Here 3 reasons why you should pose with Fido in your Tinder photo:
- Dogs make you look happier, friendlier, and more relaxed.
- Dog ownership can give you more street cred in the “serious relationship” department, since pets are a commitment that require nurturing and responsibility.
- An adorable pooch is also a great Tinder conversation starter – she may send you a message just to compliment your dog, and you can take it from there.
If you don’t have any kids of the 4-legged variety, snap a pic with one of your buddy’s dogs.
#7 Hand Your Phone To Someone Else
For a lot of guys, selfies constitute their entire Tinder photo lineup.
Convenient, yes – but consider this: 82% of participants in a recent study thought there should be less selfies posted on social media. (And if you've got a shirtless selfie or a mirror selfie as your main profile picture, swap it out stat.)
Selfie takers tend to be perceived as less attractive and likeable, and more narcissistic. Not a great first impression to make on a dating app, right?
#8 Send The Right Message
How you look is important, but your appearance isn’t the only thing she’s noticing – even on Tinder.
When your photo pops up in her feed, you’re going to be judged on everything that’s visible – and that includes everything from your surroundings to what you’re doing in the picture.
To get the best results on Tinder, you need to take a look at the message your photos are sending. It’s called “signalling,” and it’s important to nail it. Use photos that have appealing backgrounds, as opposed to your grungy bathroom wall or messy living room.
If she looks at your Tinder photos and thinks, “Wow, there’s a guy I’d like to spend time with,” congrats. You’ve succeeded, and she’s swiping right.
#9 Take Off The Sunglasses
Eye contact is a powerful thing. A strong gaze can spark a connection, and convey confidence. On the flip side, hiding your eyes can make you seem less trustworthy.
And the negative effects of obscuring your face don’t stop there. A PhotoFeeler study found your likeability and competence also take a hit.
Pro Tip: Using an image editor like Photoshop or Pixlr to slightly thicken your limbal ring.
It’s that dark line surrounding your iris, and studies have shown that having a thicker one makes you seem more attractive.
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