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What Is Squinching?

This Technique Will Make All Your Selfies Supersexy

What Is Squinching?
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Have you heard of squinching? Up until we read Who What Wear's exposé, neither had we — but trust us, once you see it, you'll recognize it! (Full disclosure: we initially thought it was some kind of cleaning product.) Portrait photographer Peter Hurley invented and coined the term for the revolutionary technique, and it's the easiest way to make any selfie worthy of profile-picture status. Celebrities (especially sexy dudes) do this all the time on the red carpet.

Squinching is a portmanteau of squinting and pinching, which is what you should apparently be doing with your eyes in every photo. According to Hurley, having wide eyes in an image makes you look afraid or uncertain. Squinching is the key to looking confident! "Narrow the distance between your lower eyelid and your pupil," advised Hurley, "bringing the top lid down just a touch." Still not convinced? A few real people took some before-and-after shots to prove the technique's power for ourselves.

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