Stylist George Kotsiopoulos on How to (Really) Look Good in Pictures

Meghan Blalock

Obviously, the vast majority of we regular people don’t spend much of our lives primming and posing on the red carpet–but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look good in photos just as much as the next girl! If there’s one person who knows a thing or two about killing it in pictures, it’s “E!’s Fashion Police” co-host, celebrity stylist, and all-around funny guy George Kotsiopoulos.

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“On ‘Fashion Police,’ we kind of look at women in photos and we judge based on that, but in real life, women aren’t [always] getting their photos taken. So sometimes in real life a woman can look great, but in photos they look crazy. It doesn’t matter because that’s not what it’s about,” George told StyleCaster at at Ray-Ban’s District 1937 event in New York last week, where the sunglasses brand launched their new multi-material shades for the summer.

“You can look like crap, but if you’re confident, nobody notices that really. If you have a wonderful personality and you’re confident, that goes a hell of a long way.”

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To that end, conveying self-confidence is definitely key when it comes to looking good in pictures. But feeling good about yourself does not an awesome photo make; George says there are two main factors that can really impact how good you look in a picture.

1. Lighting
“I don’t do selfies because I’m not a 14-year-old girl, but if you’re into selfies, you need proper lighting,” George says. “No one gets lighting! It’s key; once people realize the light’s coming from this way, you want to be lit that way. And the older you get, the more important it becomes.”

2. Posture
“‘Cool’ doesn’t work [when you’re getting your picture taken.] Standing like a slob, being cool, it doesn’t work,” George advises. “You look like an idiot. So I think it’s just about having great posture. Sucking it all in.”

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