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25 Dos and Don’ts for Your Online Dating Profile Pic

The love experts at YourTango compiled some tips for how to attract hotter dates with a great online dating profile pic. I’ve taken their tips and re-interpreted them for you below. If you follow my advice, you’ll be attracting better quality matches online before you know it. Remember, everybody: a picture paints a thousand words, so if you’re good looking, you don’t even need to fill out the rest of your profile. Good luck out there, heartthrobs!

  • Do Have a Picture 1 of 25
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    GOOD JOB! YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO DATE OTHER HUMAN BEINGS!

  • Do Take Candid Photos 2 of 25
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    Photos that convey less effort get twice the response than professionally posed photos. So do post a cute selfie or a candid shot a friend took.

  • Don’t Pose in the Bathroom 3 of 25
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    For some reason people don't find grout and toilets sexy. And if someone does, you probably don't want to date them.

  • Do Something Representing a Passion in Your Photo 4 of 25
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    For example, this woman clearly has a passion for drinking bottled water.

  • Don’t Pose with a Gun 5 of 25
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    This is not what dudes mean when they invite you to the gun show.

  • Do Make a Kissy Face 6 of 25
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    Ladies, you are 32% more likely to be selected by someone if you pucker your lips rather than keep them sealed. That's because guys want to be able to imagine kissing you before they ask you out. But be careful: a coy pucker quickly turns into a crazy duck, and duck faces are 1000% less likely to be chosen than any other face (not actual science).

  • Don’t Pose Awkwardly Against a Wall 7 of 25
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    No matter how long your limbs are. You may be confused for a well-dressed spider.

  • Do Wear Red 8 of 25
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    Men and women both find people wearing red the most sexually appealing. Ladies, if you can make yourself look like a Disney Princess lost in a field, even better.

  • Don’t Pose Lying on a Piano 9 of 25
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    I hope this is self-explanatory.

  • Do Hold Your Face and Look Cute 10 of 25
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    Okay, I just made this one up. But I mean, don't you want to date this girl? Just to see if her face falls off when she takes her hands down?

  • Don’t Look Angry 11 of 25
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    If you look angry, you're 12% less likely to be chosen by someone. But I mean, only 12% less. So, you know, if you're looking for someone to spar with, I say go for it. At least he'll think your red gloves are sexy.

  • Do Post a Close-Up 12 of 25
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    BUT RETOUCH THE CRAP OUT OF IT FIRST.

  • Don’t Pose with a Friend 13 of 25
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    WHAT IF SHE'S HOTTER THAN YOU?

  • Do Lay in Grass 14 of 25
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    And act natural. Like you always do when you're just chillin' in the grass, sharing your splendour. This will make people want to have sex with you in the grass. (Not proven. Subject to allergies.)

  • Don’t Use Fancy Indoor Lighting 15 of 25
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    It comes off as a bit staged.

  • Do Use Natural Light 16 of 25
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    It can make you look 10 years younger! Especially if you can get the sun to blur half your face!

  • If You’re a Guy, Do Look Away from the Camera Lens 17 of 25
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    Women respond more to guys who are "too cool" to look into the lens of a camera. We prefer to see pictures of you looking at some hot girl in the distance.

  • Guys, Don’t Pose Shirtless 18 of 25
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    I mean, you know. There are exceptions. Really hot exceptions.

  • Do Take Off Your Glasses 19 of 25
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    And maybe a tiny bit of that lipstick. That's all I'm sayin'. Just a touch.

  • Don’t Lean on a Car 20 of 25
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    I don't know why this rule exists. Is that your car, blondie? I love that car. I would date this fun girl with the fun car. Maybe only lean on awesome teal blue cars that would look great in an erectile dysfunction ad?

  • Do Use the MySpace Angle 21 of 25
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    Ladies, holding your camera above your head, being coy and flirting with direct eye contact gets the most messages, according to YourTango. Again, pucker = good. Glasses = bad. GET IT TOGETHER.

  • Don’t Let Him Know How Depressed You Are 22 of 25
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    CLEAN UP THAT BACKGROUND, GURL. Oh, and go back on your meds.

  • Don’t Hold Cash 23 of 25
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    Even if you have Euros leftover from your last exciting trip abroad. This is a dating profile pic, not an invitation to a mugging!

  • Do Pose with a Quarter 24 of 25
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    This is everything online dating should be.

  • Don’t Try to Look Younger Than You Are 25 of 25
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    Unless you do so by posing in natural light. Then it's okay. Also, again, HANDS ON FACE IS ALWAYS A WINNER.

All photos via iStock

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