Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to: Look Your Best for Picture Day

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I don’t know about you, but I have quite the love-hate relationship with Picture Day. I love it because I get to all dolled up (it’s pretty much the only day of the year I’m allowed to wear makeup), but I hate it because it’s just so… awkward. Sitting in that chair and having people tell you how to pose, it’s just weird. Maybe that’s not how it is at your school, but that’s how it was at my school.

Anyway, sometimes, you get so focused on how you want your makeup and hair to look, you forget about the fashion part of it all. That’s why today, I’m going to give you some more fashion-related tips on how to look your best for picture day. If you’re looking for something hardcore beauty, this might not be the post for you.

Let’s get into it!

  1. Think about what kind of look you’re going for. It’s always good to have a general idea of what you want to look like on Picture Day. Do you want to go natural, bring out your girly side, or go for a bold look? It’s all up to you, but whatever you do, try not to go overboard. After all, it is school, not an editorial photoshoot.
  2. Pick something with an interesting and eye-catching neckline. Because you only get to see your top half in the photo, it’s a good idea to wear something with an interesting neckline because that’s really the only part you can show off in the photo. But don’t pick something too eye-catching, you don’t want it to distract from your face.
  3. For some ideas of interesting necklines, here are a few. You could either pick a top or dress with an intricate top half, or you could pick a top or dress with a collar. A collar’s always a quick and easy way to add some interest. You could also throw on a necklace or a scarf!
  4. Accessorise!!! If you usually avoid accessorizing, maybe make Picture Day an exception. Pop on a simple (or extravagant) pair of earrings, a necklace, anything to just add some interest to your top half.
  5. Test out your look beforehand. You really don’t want to wake up the day of, put on your makeup and your outfit and learn that it looks awful. You’re probably going to be in a big enough hurry in the morning, so test it out beforehand to save yourself the trouble.
  6. Get your homework under control. You can’t control the amount of homework you get, but you can control how quickly and efficiently you get it all done. A few days before Picture Day, make sure that you just stay organized and do your homework on time so you aren’t stressing out before the day and causing any unwanted acne. Even if you don’t get acne, it’s always good to stay organized, right?
  7. Eat healthy a few days before. Of course you should always be eating healthy, but be a bit more careful with what you eat a few days (or even a week) before the day so your skin can look its best. Drink plenty of water and steer clear of gluten-y foods, lower your dairy intake and sweets (or whatever works for your skin) to keep your skin looking good. You don’t want (another?) pesky pimple popping up on your face on Picture Day.
  8. Get plenty of sleep the night before. It might even be a good idea to get lots of sleep two nights before the day as well. You want to look naturally well-rested and alive on Picture Day, not just faking it by caking on tons of makeup.
  9. Relax. Though the last few things I talked about might have seemed kind of crazy and like I’m going to be trying really hard to look good on Picture Day, though it’s fun to plan ahead, it’s a good idea to just relax. You are only getting your picture taken. No biggie.
How do you like to prepare for Picture Day? Do you have any other tips to add? Were there any tips you found helpful? Please leave it as a comment and share your thoughts! I’d love to read them and reply to you!

Thanks for reading!
- J


  1. I remember picture days. I really didn't have many in high school but during middle school I had one every year. I love looking at them and seeing how much I've changed. It's nice.

    The Caribbean Flower

    1. I definitely agree with that. It's a great way to see how far you've come from those days. Looking back at my old school photos gives me a really nostalgic feeling and I love it.

      - Juliana