Ready for your red-carpet moment? From double chin-proofing your pics to dealing with Facebook posts, here are foolproof steps to looking your best in every shot.

Strategically Use Shade for Outdoor Photos

Stand with the sun behind you. "It creates a lovely, luminous effect," says Messina. Additionally, take pictures in open shade—full sun can create squinty eyes, while dappled shade makes skin look splotchy. Also, note that the best time of day to take outdoor photos is right after sunset. "It's when light is the prettiest," says D.C.-based photographer Kate Headley.

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