How To Strike a Perfect Smize According to ‘Mona Faces’ Army’

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Supermodel Tyra Banks and her America’s Next Top Model shenanigans invented and popularized ‘the smize’ and we all fell in love with it. But, do we really know how to do it? Ms Banks describes a smize as a smile with the eyes. Because we are also not experts at these things, we tapped famed makeup artist Mona Faces’ Instagram to learn ‘the smize’ from her army.

Her army is growing by the way. It now includes everyone from Malaika Nnyanzi, Hellen Lukoma, Anne Kansiime, new recruit Karitas Karisimbi, Sheebah Karungi, Tattu and more.




Anne Kansiime


Malaika Nnyanzi




Karitas Karisimbi


Hellen Lukoma

Here’s a small guide on how to perfect your smize courtesy of

  1. A smize begins with a relaxed facial expression. Although this isn’t a real smile, Tyra says you can’t smize if you’re unhappy.
  2. Next, open your eyes wide and focus an intense gaze on your target. Since this is an expression for modelling, you’re normally looking at a camera, but you can focus your smize on people, too. By opening your eyes wide, you are engaging the muscles that are key to the Duchenne smile, but you’re utilizing them differently.
  3. Next, crack a little bit of a smile. It should have a little rise at the corners of the mouth without opening the lips. This is easier if you’re a person with a commissure smile as opposed to a cuspid smile.
  4. To give your smize the proper look, you have to properly position your shoulders, neck, and head. The main key is to elongate the neck by pulling your shoulders down and imagining your head is being pulled up by a string.

Smizing doesn’t come naturally to all people. If you’re not sure you’re doing it right, practice it regularly in the mirror. Then take a few selfies and see how you and your friends feel about it.

Photo credit: Monafaces/ Instagram

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