A well-maintained Facebook account requires a striking and flattering profile picture of yourself. Use a few simple tips to look natural and beautiful in the photo. Take the photo yourself or ask someone else to help you. Finally, edit your photo until you have the perfect image to upload to your Facebook account.
Part 1 of 4: Getting the right facial expression
Step 1. Squeeze your eyes a little bit
With wide-open eyes you often don't look attractive, but rather intimidating. The quickest way to look more attractive is to squint your eyes just a little bit.
Make sure you don't squint too much, because then it looks like you're severely nearsighted
Step 2. Tilt your head
One of the reasons everyone hates his or her passport photo is that you have to keep your head straight on it. This is not flattering. For a nice photo, tilt your head slightly and take the photo from your best side.
Step 3. Show a radiant smile
A beautiful smile always looks good. Research shows that people judge someone who smiles more attractive than someone with a neutral facial expression. Relax your mouth, show a few teeth and smile naturally.
A forced smile does less well than a natural smile
Step 4. Don't purse your lips excessively
In English they call this a 'duck face'. Make sure you don't look like that in the photo, because it looks rather ridiculous.
Step 5. Keep it natural
Your profile photo is meant to show the best side of yourself, not to make you look so different that people don't recognize you when they meet you.
- Use bright lipstick when using makeup and keep your eyebrows looking flawless. They enhance your natural expression.
- Take off your sunglasses as it will distract from your features.
Part 2 of 4: Picking the right pose
Step 1. If possible, have someone else take your photo
If someone else takes your photo, you can pose however you want. The other person can also help you to stage the photo as well as possible.
Step 2. Take a head and shoulders or head and torso shot
A profile picture focuses on your face, but you can show more of your body. For a confident look, stand with one hand on your hips, bending your elbow slightly back.
Make sure your face is still visible as you show more of your body
Step 3. Bend your body at an attractive angle
Good posture is of course very important, but standing straight in a photo makes a stiff and unnatural impression. Lean your body slightly to the side and your body slightly forward. Your body seems more relaxed and better proportioned.
Step 4. Keep yourself off center of the frame
Professional photographers know the rule of thirds. In your mind, divide the image into three equal pieces with two vertical lines. Make sure you are on one of these lines rather than in the very center of the frame.
Part 3 of 4: Finding the right wallpaper
Step 1. Do not take a photo in front of the mirror
It is now hopelessly old-fashioned to take a selfie of yourself in front of the mirror. It is better to turn the camera around and take the picture. With most smartphones you can get a good picture of yourself in this way.
- You can also put your camera against something and use the timer function to take a picture of yourself.
- A selfie stick can also give good results.
- If you do have to take a photo in front of the mirror, make sure the phone stays out of sight by holding it at shoulder height and pointing it slightly upwards. Then zoom in as much as possible for a photo that only shows your face.
Step 2. Get a nice decor
Your face in front of a white background makes for a dull photo. Rather take a photo somewhere outside, at work, or just in front of a colored background.
The background should not be too busy, as that will distract the attention. Also, do not take a photo with other people, because then it will not be clear which person in the photo you are
Step 3. Provide good light
Your profile picture shouldn't be too dark, but it shouldn't be too light either. Find a balance between these. For that reason, night and mid-day are difficult times to take a picture. Rather try it in the morning or around sunset.
- Natural light is best for a photo. However, you can also take a good photo indoors, as long as you make sure that the light source does not shine directly on you. Make sure you have indirect light.
- If there is no other option than flash light, make sure that the flash does not reflect too strongly on your body. Ask someone else to take the photo and look out for it.
Part 4 of 4: Editing your photo
Step 1. Crop your photo
Facebook shows a square profile picture. On the computer, this becomes an image of 170x170 pixels. On a phone this will be 128x128 pixels. With a photo editing program you can already crop your photo into a square.
Step 2. Keep the saturation level (saturation) of the colors low
Too intense colors make your portrait look very unnatural. With your photo editing program you can lower the saturation of your photo before uploading it.
Step 3. Get a clear photo
If your photo is too dark, you can make it brighter with your photo editing program. Don't overdo this, because if your photo gets too bright, you'll look unnatural and unattractive.
If your photo is really too dark, you'd better take a new photo with better light
- Rather use a camera than a phone. It's practical to use a phone, but a simple camera usually has more and better options for taking a good picture than a phone - especially if you have someone to take the picture for you.
- If you're taking a photo for your Facebook business page, make sure you're wearing professional attire. A photo in casual wear is absolutely impossible; that does not reflect professionalism. Pay some extra attention to your clothes. Choose clothes that look good on you and that make you feel good and confident.
- Remember that clothes that look good on you in everyday life don't always have to be the clothes that fit your profile picture. After all, this photo only shows your face and shoulders, so what your legs look like in it isn't important.