As writers, we are always told show don't tell. We want our readers to form a decent visual of our characters, though. How do we do this?
A paragraph that describes our character's appearance in detail is easy. And lazy. And often boring! We can use a few descriptive lines. Metaphors are a great way to describe a character as well. But what are other ways in which we can convey how a character looks?
We can use what I call the Mirror Trick. Whenever we see our reflection, we always pause. (Selfish/self-conscious human nature!) We can use these moments and allow our character to offer a description of some feature, such as annoyance with long, frizzy hair or concern for expanding waistline.
Another way to elaborate on a character's appearance is through the eyes of another character. (Right now Rocko is annoyed that her brother is showing off his strength and lean body!)
Using interaction among characters is another trick. Through our description of action and scenes, we can convey many traits and qualities of our characters.
And still sharper claws!
Your character descriptions may vary - LOL!
What are other means by which to 'describe' a character's appearance.