Look Irresistible In Your Online Dating Profile
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Digital Love1 of 12
By Tiffany Tse
Standing out in the online dating pool isn't easy. You've got to highlight your best qualities in just a handful of photos and hope that you attract the kind of guys you want to meet. As one of the last few strangers to the world of online dating, I went straight to Arum Kang, CEO and co-founder of dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, for advice on how to create the perfect online profile. Turns out that after studying the top 150 female profiles of the app's 100,000 users, she has a lot to say!
Stand At An Angle2 of 12
Standing at an angle, rather than straight on, attracts more responses. "If you're at an angle, you appear less intimidating, and more inviting and flirtatious," says Kang. It might be awkward taking a photo alone when you're used to posing in a group, but remember to relax (no awkward hands on hips or stiff crossed arms, please!). But it's also important not to stand at the exact same angle in every photo. That'll get people thinking you only look good on one side, or that you're hiding something.
Just Smile3 of 12
This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at the number of photos of people not smiling—or worse, pouting! "On written profiles, words like 'love' or 'passionate about' perform better than 'like,'" says Kang. "The same concept applies to photos. If you look like someone who enjoys life and is optimistic, those photos do better than a serious one. There are no exceptions—everyone looks better smiling."
Dress Up4 of 12
The most successful profiles include a casual look and a more formal outfit. "It hints that you're comfortable in your own skin, but also know how to dress up when the occasion calls for it," says Kang. Above all, show variety. "The key is to not be pigeonholed into one type of image, so if you include a sexy look, include a next-door look too. Don't box yourself in."
Appear Interesting5 of 12
"Pictures are a great way to tell a visual story," says Kang. "Think about the story you want to tell people in the five seconds they're scanning your profile and show that you're more than a pretty face by displaying diverse interests. Outdoor settings, pets and food work really well." If you have a photo of yourself enjoying a concert or posing with your dog, post it. It's an instant conversation starter and an easy way to find something in common.
Show Off Your Assets6 of 12
According to Kang, bikini shots have a phenomenal response rate (shocking, right?). You're showing off your figure and your love of the beach. At the same time, beware of overly suggestive photos. "You may get a lot of messages, but think about what kind of person your images will attract," she says. Also, don't feel pressured to post a swimsuit shot. "There are plenty of other ways to make your profile look great. But if you're comfortable with it, don't be shy about showing off your assets."
Go Natural7 of 12
A natural look—rather than a glamour shot that feeds into everyone's bias against online dating—works best. Blushington makeup artist Chauntal Lewis suggests using a mattifying primer to reduce shine and a cream blush. "Skin is everything," she says. "You want to achieve a dewy, healthy glow." And according to Kang, the majority of the top female profiles wear their hair loose. Drybar stylist Alex Ortega suggests that if you can't get a blowout, "just use a heat protectant for shiny hair, and a great volumizing mousse to get lift at the roots."
Ditch the Costumes8 of 12
Kang warns against posting photos of yourself dressed up for Halloween (yes, even this hamburger getup is off-limits). "First impressions are formed in a split second, so don't put up a risky photo," she says. "You may think your costume is funny or interesting, but when people don't know you, it can be taken out of context."
Avoid Landscapes9 of 12
This photo of me hiking in Joshua Tree's a great way to display one of my hobbies, right? Wrong, says Kang. "You have space on your profile for only a handful of photos. Why waste that opportunity with one that doesn't clearly show your face or body?" she says. "Many times, we see people post photos with a nice background, but they're just a tiny dot in the image. We encourage outdoors or travel photos—just make sure you're prominently featured in them."
No Boys Allowed10 of 12
Even if it's just a photo with your best guy friend or brother, "this is a big no-no," says Kang. "People often make snap judgments if you have a photo with someone that could potentially be your boyfriend or a significant man in your life."
Skip the Selfies11 of 12
Selfies are so common nowadays that it's easy to throw one up on your online dating profile. But consider this first: "Selfies don't do well at all," says Kang. "It makes you seem too into yourself."
Leave Kids at Home12 of 12
Unless you have a child of your own (in that case, Kang encourages you to show photos and be upfront in your profile about it), it's safer not to show off your cute niece, nephew or best friend's baby. It's an immediate red flag: "The first thing people think is, 'Who is this kid?'" says Kang. "Surprisingly, a lot of guys include photos with babies and children. It's a don't!"
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