Don't bother logging on if you don't have a great online dating profile picture.
First impressions matter... and when it comes to online dating, your first impression is your profile picture, not your love of hiking and spicy food. Check out our no-fail tips for choosing the best photo of yourself:
1. Look Like Yourself
Your online dating profile photo should look like you on a really good day... but it should still look like you! And make sure to get an honest friend to look over your selection: A study in the Journal of Communication found that while online daters rated their own photos as relatively accurate, independent judges rated a third of the photographs as inaccurate. Your best bet? Step away from the webcam and use candid shots your friends have taken.
2. Like the Current Version of Yourself
It's not enough to look like yourself from last year or from the time you had mono during college and fit in your skinny jeans. We're looking at you, ladies: The Journal of Communication also found that female photos were less accurate than male photos, and were more likely to be older, retouched and to contain inconsistencies, including changes in hairstyle and skin quality. Think about it this way: picture the guy you dated last. Now picture him with a mullet. Or a handlebar mustache. Or both, if you can handle it. Would you still have gone out with him if he was rocking those? If you have long brown hair in your photos, don't surprise someone with a blond pixie when you meet in person.
3. Keep Makeup Natural
When it comes to war paint, men prefer you all natural. In fact, 67 percent of men polled by UK fashion site My Celebrity Style say they prefer minimal makeup... and a third say they prefer none at all. Don't leave him guessing what your pout looks like underneath all that liner—keep it light with tinted gloss that brings out your natural pucker. And resist the urge to channel Amy Winehouse with overbearing eye accoutrements and stick to mascara and an eyelash curler to highlight your eyes. Do Men Prefer Women In Sweats Or Heels?