How to hide a double chin when posing

Updated April 17, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words, most of which will be negative if the photo happens to capture flaws front and centre. Luckily, there are numerous methods you can adopt on the spot in order to conceal unflattering angles and mask the appearance of the ever-dreaded double chin. Hiding a double chin when posing can be achieved with a bit of foresight, the proper wardrobe, and a professional modelling technique that anyone can use.

Prepare ahead of time if you know photos of you will be taken at an event. Wearing long or dangling earrings, large necklaces or turtlenecks will draw attention to your neck and chin area, and thus should be avoided.

Try to situate yourself on the left or right side of the lens before your picture is taken. Certain lenses, because of their arching design, will distort the appearance of subjects in the centre frame, increasing the appearance of their size.

If possible, angle yourself so that only three-quarters of your body is facing the camera. This will not always look natural, especially in candid or group shots, but it will make you appear smaller overall.

Elongate your neck before your photo is snapped. Lower your shoulders as much as possible, lift your head and straighten your back. These small adjustments in posture will elongate your entire body, especially a problematic chin and neck area.

Tilt your head slightly downward. Because your back and neck are already straightened, leaning your head slightly downward toward the flash will not expand a double chin, but rather conceal it further. Tilting your head down also will emphasise your eyes, resulting in a much more flattering photograph.



Pressing your tongue lightly to the back of your teeth when smiling will tighten your neck and chin area, and can reduce the appearance of a double chin. Practice your poses with a self-photography photo session using a digital camera. You will quickly learn which angles work best for you.


Chances are the face you see in the mirror will not be exactly what your camera captures. Be aware that certain lenses, lighting and editing can alter your appearance, despite your best efforts to pose accordingly. Avoid being photographed from low angles or in low light sources, both of which are especially unflattering.

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Kristin Mleko is the sole Editorial Intern at The University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Association Magazine. She has been writing freelance for a year and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Boosh Magazine Online and Her Journey. Kristin also serves as a features and pop culture writer for The Chicago Flame. She is a senior at UIC, majoring in English.