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Ever see a photo of yourself and wonder if you were caught mid-blink? Maybe the sun was bright and you were squinting. Or maybe—cue a dawning sense of horror—your eyelids just look a little droopy in real life. (They don’t, we promise.)

Whatever the case, popping your eyes open as soon as the camera snaps isn’t the solution. That’ll just make you look half surprised, half maniacal.

Instead, try a subtle trick our photographer friend recently taught us: Raise your eyebrows just a millimeter. The small movement lifts your eyelids, making your peepers look larger and more awake.

Now, on to updating your profile pics…

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