Dating apps are the way forward to meet someone these days. There’s no doubt about it. With the pandemic, it’s even harder to meet new people in person, so how can you ensure your dating profile is looking its best?

Whether it’s Tinder, Bumble, Hinge or Grindr, this year we want to give you some tips to keep your dating profile in great shape so you always get a swipe right.

Get the pictures right

We’re in a world of scrollers and swipers. We have limited attention and limited time, so show yourself in as many pictures as possible. People want to know who they’re swiping for. 

Avoid group pictures. If someone has to be a detective to figure out which guy they’re looking at, it’s not ideal. We get that it’s good to show you’re sociable and have mates, but if you’re going to have a group photo, put it near the end so people already know what you look like. 

Show yourself looking your best. If you want to look fresh, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, try War Paint’s foundation to even out skin tone, concealer to brighten dark circles and cover any blemishes. If you find you get as shiny under a camera, try the Anti-Shine Powder to keep you looking cool as a cucumber. 

Oh, and unless you’re on a fishing dating app, avoid the pictures of dead fish. No one’s impressed by that. 

Get creative

For apps where you need to write about yourself, put some time and effort into your answers. You don’t necessarily need to be the funniest guy out there, but show your personality so that people will be enticed to get to know you more. 

Avoid cliches. If you say you like to cook or travel isn’t exactly original. Why not include a picture of yourself in action - cooking or at your favourite travel destination - a picture tells a thousand words.

Avoid copying lines you’ve seen on other people’s profiles. If you liked that line, chances are someone else has copied it too. You want to be original and show who you really are.

Keep it light

Writing negative sounding lines on your profile could turn people off. You want to make people want to hang out with you, not avoid you. 

Instead of saying unemotional phrases like “I’m a highly driven person and work is my life”, you could talk about what you enjoy doing, your characteristics, and your goals for the future. 

Think of your dating profile like a CV. You wouldn’t write about your failures or what you don’t like on your CV, this is exactly the same.

Ask yourself how your friends would describe you. Or better yet, ask your friends for personal testimonials to include on your profile.

Beware: there’s a fine balance between being real and being earnest.

Show the real you 

There’s no point blowing smoke on your profile. You’ll only get found out later down the line. 

And that goes for your pictures too. If you’re not into surfing, don’t show a picture of yourself hanging ten with a surfboard on a beach. 

Get your mates to take a look

A second opinion is always a good thing. Ask a trusted friend to give you some honest feedback and tips. They might spot where you could be falling down. 

February 15, 2021 — Jalpesh Patel

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