Clean Up the Background
This might not seem like it matters, but it does. To raise the overall quality of the picture, make sure the background is clean. A bathroom really is good for that; find a stretch of wall to post in front of and you don’t have to worry about doing anything more than scrubbing some mildew stains off the wall. A light colored background is the best, for contrast with your body.
If you can’t use a bathroom, kitchen, or other blank wall, make sure there aren’t any messes. Piles of dirty laundry should be shifted to the other side of the room for the few minutes it takes to get the picture.
Wear Fitted Clothes
Clothes that are too small dig in and make any imperfections really, really obvious. Avoid the muffin top look by doing what the good looking girls do, and wearing clothes that fit. A size five girl in a size five bikini looks amazing; a size five girl in a size four bikini looks like she’s been pigging out. Same goes for muscle shirts and skinny jeans and men.
Wearing clothes that are too big makes you look bigger than you are. It blurs the lines of your body and turns you into a blob. Skip those, even though they’re tempting. They don’t hide your flaws, just replace them with others.
Have Good Posture
For the pic, at least. Just straighten the spine, put your feet shoulder width apart, and suck in your stomach. Try to flex your muscles without being obvious. The way you post yourself has a big impact on how you look, so don’t just flop out into the picture like a homemade pancake. Come out dressed up and presented like a stack of delicious pancakes at a restaurant. And maybe lay off the pancakes for a couple days before your picture.
The most cliché advice of all time, but it really does work. Smiling draws the eye of the viewer. They don’t spend as much time noticing your flaws, and you come out looking better over all than if you posed exactly the same way and let them notice every little detail.
Wear Confident Colors
Colors like red and orange say that you know what you want and you can get it. Men in red are proven to be more attractive to women. Confidence is sexy, so wearing confident colors boosts you as well. Women wear red when they want to get a guy’s attention, and the reverse works as well.
If you want to snag the women who are eager to snag men, stoop to their level. Put these tips into practice and you’ll be amazed how quickly your profile pic can go from average to amazing.