Beauty is Screen-Deep

Look your virtual best when you go on your next video conference. These days, it's all about what's above the desk that matters

As everyone has somehow adjusted to staying inside their homes, the most opened apps have switched to web conferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and Webex as we all try to stay in touch with colleagues and friends. Whether the video call is for work or for pleasure, we all want to look nice and put-together, which is in all honesty, quite a challenge, especially if we're just sitting around at home in our most comfortable pajamas or loungewear all day long.

So, if you need to look sharp and chic in a matter of minutes, here are a few tips and tricks you can do for your next virtual meeting:

Set the Scene

Where you place your laptop or computer or phone is always going to be the most important to consider, no matter how much you've prepared for the virtual call. Make sure you're facing natural light. Remember, natural light is your friend. If that's not an option, angle your desk lamp to bounce light off a nearby all. Don't point the lamp straight to your face as this can be very unflattering.

The Right Angle

The most flattering position for a camera is at eye-level. Angling the camera down makes it seem like your friends or colleagues are towering over you, and putting the camera too low may have them look right up your nose. If you are on your phone, use a tripod to get the lens at the right height and hold the camera steady. If you're using your laptop's built-in camera, stack it up on top of a pile of books until you've reached the ideal perspective.

Moisturize

If you thought that you can forget about skin care, well, you are mistaken. Just like any other day, skin care is essential when starting out any look, wherever you may be. After a quick cleanse, look for a hydrating moisturizer to add a subtle glow to the skin. Always prep and prime the face. That is the best way to start.

Add A Little color

Check if you have any redness or if you feel like you have a dull complexion. Even out your skin tone with a color-correcting cream or tinted moisturizer. Brighten the eyes by patting concealer under them a shade lighter than what you normally use. A touch of blush to your face and a swipe of tinted lip balms or lip tints can bring some life backto your face.

Keep it Sleek

Don't forget about your hair before getting on that conference call. Even if it's just the unwashed "bed head" hair, spraying a little bit of dry shampoo into the roots and giving yourself a little head massage will do the trick. Brush and smooth out your roots to get some volume, giving that illusion of having a fresh blowout. The key here is to look polished.

Clothes Matter, too

Wear a top that is, more or less, close to what you would wear to the office. Stick to soft colors and pastels. Steer clear of busy patterns or large prints as they can be a little distracting on camera. Think of it this way: Business on top, party on the bottom.

What's Behind You

No matter how much you've prepared yourself for your video conference, if the space behind you is all in a clutter, your efforts may go to waste. Emulate an "office environment" by facing the camera to a blank wall with a few friendly props.

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