Why do round faces photograph so badly?

How can you help a round face take better photos?

This is why I want a cheek reduction, lip reduction & nose job -_-

I want a defined face that takes good pictures! Hell, it makes me want to get a credit card and just get it done

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I know I look better in photos when I cake on makeup and contour...any more tips and tricks?

When I wear liquid foundation and go a bit heavy on the blush and only line my top lid with gel liner and apply mascara, I photograph pretty well

Updates:
I just want to add, NO, the picture I had up before was NOT of me! A lot of people(guys especially) thought it was me. It wasn't lol And the pics on my profile aren't of me ha, they're just there. I'm not asking for compliments, which is why I won't act like a retard and post pics in an obvious attempt for attention
ok geniuses

I'm not asking whether you think I'm ugly or not. I know I'm not ugly, but I don't photograph well. I also don't care for your less than average posts of girls. Either answer the question or move on and quit acting like mongoloids

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  • The technical answer to why round faces don't photograph well is simple: usually the person taking the photos doesn't know how to work with the persons features, or because the equipment doesn't do a good enough job (I'm looking at you, camera phones). Not to mention that certain types of lenses on different cameras have different distortion effects at the right focal lengths, or zoom lengths. Wide angle lenses tend to have something called "Barrel Distortion" which makes straight lines at the edges of the photos bow out towards the edges of the photos, where as "Pincushion Distortion" found on long range lenses does just the opposite. Barrel Distortion is common in camera phones because the lenses are designed to capture a wider area or have a shorter focal length.

    If you want to get technical, there is a way to reduce the "roundness" of the face in a photograph, and it is all done with lighting and a decent camera; this technique is called short lighting. Short lighting is when the subjects face is turned at a slight angle from the camera (called a 3/4 angle) and the light (whether it be natural or artificial, such as in being outside or in a studio) is aimed at the side of the face that is not facing the camera. This is not the easiest thing to do right, because if the contrast between the two sides of the face is too great, the camera won't be able to handle it which may result in the shadows being clipped or the highlights being blown out.

    Granted it won't completely change the shape of the round face in the picture, but it will help reduce the overall round quality that the face has. As you said, makeup also works wonders, (as does Photoshop) but it's better to get it right earlier rather than tweak it later.

    Hope this helped!

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    • I forgot to add a very important piece of information: Barrel Distortion will only make a round face appear even more round.

    • I was going to say this, but you've done a great job. Most people today are using camera phones almost exclusively, and perhaps don't realize how extremely limited and less-than-ideal they are for the job. It isn't about megapixels, it's about lens size and design, focal length, and sensor size. And, with all photographs, LIGHTING is an incredibly HUGE factor, and most people are taking pictures in low-light (poor) conditions with non-white light at bad angles with bad shadows.

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What Guys Said 10

  • Lily Cole

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    Gemma Ward

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    Alison Pill

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    Kirsten Dunst

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    Your point is invalid.

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    • those girls aren't attractive

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    • Gemma Ward is pretty, the other 2, not so much

      But it's good that he managed to answer my question because obviously I'm gemma ward, kirsten dunst(who is ugly as hell btw) and alison pill

    • Kirsten, Gemma, Alison... lily.

      Kirsten is hot, Gemma is hot, Alison is cute, and lily... has her moments. IMO

  • Poor photographers/camera angles/cameras.

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  • They don't photograph badly at all! Having a round face is actually an advantage if you know how to use it as such. Round faces look soft and delicate, which can be very lovely/sexy if portrayed as such.

    There are plenty of celebs with round faces and tons of lovely photos. Emma Stone, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere to name a few.

    Sure, some photographers choose to shoot these women to try and make it look like they don't have round faces, but that's simply because these photographers aren't familiar with this kind of face. Their best shots are the ones that use this feature as an advantage instead of trying to cover it up.

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    • Hair style has A LOT to do with why these women look great as well. Notice that these women tend to keep medium length hair/wigs that rests either on the shoulders or right around the jaw-line. Going too long or too short doesn't look as good.

  • as a model you need to know your angles. The thing with a round face directly looking at the camera can make you look fat. Have your face turned

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  • Its a matter of taste and sense

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  • Check out Medical Tourism for cheaper plastic surgery

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  • Just show an unbelievable amount of cleavage to take the attention away from your road kill face, another option is wearing a brown bag over your head, they look symmetrical and very photogenic! Final option is take a hammer and chisel to your jaw, very valid option because lets FACE IT (GET IT?) IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE! nah I'm jk, but to answer your question seriously I do not know why round face photograph so badly, I have a round face and I think I look better when I take a picture from a slight side angle as it breaks up the roundness a bit and makes my face look more angular and fitting. You should post an update with a pic even though I know you said you don't want to but it'd help a lot, it's kind of hard to help when you have nothing to go on

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  • Long hair framing your face can cast part of your cheeks into shadow, making them seem thinner.

    A downward angle (camera above your face) also makes your cheeks seem thinner.

    Also, put a warning up when you're posting pictures of horse-face-fox. I almost choked to death on my bagel.

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    • I like how guys on here think they're unique by saying they don't like Megan Fox

      I'm sure she was voted sexiest woman alive just for the fun of it

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    • aren't you a special cookie

    • I know right? Sprinkles and everything.

  • Megan Fox is ugly and has bad skin, the 2nd and 3rd links don't work and the 4th link shows a beautiful girl

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  • ...its not the round face...

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What Girls Said 8

  • I have this problem too.

    There are exercises for the face that really help.

    some face exercises to research:

    The Lion

    The Fish

    The Turtle

    Also, upper body aerobics slim down the face.

    I do f 5 sets of 100 each before and after each workout and during cool down breaks. Here are just a few

    jumping jack arms;over head elbow bends,'scare crow' elbow bends,windmills,scissors

    Also, when doing aerobic exercise like running in place or jumping jacks, do different upper arm movements, this changes the muscles you use in your neck and shoulders that are also effecting your facial definition. Plus, we all seem to forget sometimes that we have muscles in our face and aerobic exercise builds muscle everywhere, no matter what size clothing or diet we may have.

    Specifically for PHOTOs:

    Have light coming from front and downward onto you; If from behind, have it come slightly from the side and angle a boney part of your face towards that light source at your shoulder.

    Front lighting:

    highlighting the forehead and higher linear part of the nose (not the bridge, which is that triangular bit, but the actual length of the nose) If you stand facing the light source, then take a step to your left and angle your chin down a bit, that will give the effect.

    Back and to the side Lighting:

    Even if you can't look at it, you can see it in your periphery, just angle your jaw bone at it as opposed to the side of your cheek which will look rounded out

    Draw attention to your eyes by looking up instead of straight-forward

    Make up : Try it and play to see what works for you But, some things I used to do:

    Put a fine layer of pale eye shadow under the bottom eyelid and at the outside ridge of the eyelid,on the browbone, and even down the highest straight part of that nose, again. Put an extra sweep of mascara on those outer few lashes. This all helps to create more balance and even a little more of a heart shape than a moon shape. Also, change and play with where you apply blush.Put blush very lightly on the outer cheekbones,where your face begins to curve back into shadow. Use pale shimmer blush on the high boned parts of your cheeks.

    I've a broad shield shaped face and I collect bloat and chub on my cheeks and chin easily.

    I do not like how I look in most photographs.

    So, when I made a conscious effort to exercise more, I also started keeping track of how my face was thinning and looked into the exercises I was doing and what health factors cause facial bloat

    One thing I found was that my Celtic heritage makes me less able to produce and hold on to B vitamins which regulate a lot in our bodies that ,if imbalanced, show in our faces.

    Also, my Mediterranean heritage causes me to hold onto fats in certain areas like my chin,nose and cheeks ( think renaissance pucci and cherubs)

    -I cut all foods that are bleached white.

    -I make myself drink water 'book ends' :

    when I wake and before bed

    before and after each meal or snack or coffee

    before I go out and when I get home

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  • I have a square face - I wish I had a more round one, way more feminine than the square shaped one! Anyways, if the makeup tricks have stopped working (or they never worked right), then I think you should go for the nose job, etc and you may find that you won't need as much makeup when taking photos (less makeup always looks better anyways).

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  • When, you say round face, do you mean like "chipmunk cheeks" or something? I don't pay attention to a person's facial structure.

    Can I just ask a simple question, if you don't think you're unattractive, why do you want to

    get all these cosmetic procedures done? Like the whole reason people get plastic surgery

    in the first place, is because they don't like the way they look. So, if you do like the way

    you look, why even bother with surgery? I'm just curious.

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    • Because I don't photograph well...

      Yes, chipmunk cheeks lmao I should have specified

      They've gone down over the years, as I've aged but I'm still not content with them, but I guess photographs aren't a good reason for surgery

    • Oh Okay, well I have chipmunk cheeks, actually it's a inherited trait from my mom's side of the

      family. Basically everybody in my mom's family has chipmunk cheeks. And, I actually like them, it makes me look like me. Which at the end of the day is all I want, to look like me, not other peoeple. Good luck with whatever you decide though. : )

  • I didn't notice but I have a heart shaped face and I don't like forward pictures either the side profile looks much better

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  • Mine is oval so I can only speculate. Google some stuff and practice in the mirror. See which is your best side. If you are really 18 I'd stay away from any cosmetic procedures. Your body is still developing and you don't want to harm it in any way.

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    • I am really 18(who would lie about that?) but I rather be happy now then die tomorrow unhappy

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    • Why thank you 7 gnat :)

    • Your'e always welcome for a little dose of truth :)

  • maybe you need to lose weight? I did and my cheeks got thinner...

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    • I've floated everywhere from 110-130 @ 5'2 and nothing -_-

      I'm currently like 116 or 115

    • well I lost 50 pounds, so it took a lot of weight... I just did your bmi and (using 115 as your weight) your at 21.0 and 106 would be your perfect weight since it would get you to a bmi of 19.4 which is where I'm at, up until 19.4 my cheeks weren't really getting thinner...

  • the camera adds 5 lbs, just to let you know

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  • I agreed. Make up really helps. It can create an illusion. I even saw a plastic surgeon picture (and she totally use make up trick to create longer nose and less round face for herself). Rule 1. use bronze below the cheek bone. 2. bronze around the jaw line. 3. bronze where the sun hits (chin, forehead, etc). 4. Two line (use a touch of bronzer) down the nose to make it looks longer

    Go to any department (high end) and they can teach you steps and techniques. Good luck, I have a round face and people always think I am younger than my age so that is an advantage. :)

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