Looking Your Best on a Webcam

Woman smiling during a Zoom meeting from her desk at home

More of us than ever are working from home and participating in virtual meetings. Engaging socially via streaming platforms is also more popular than ever.

Given all of the time you now spend on your webcam, we thought you would appreciate some helpful advice about how to look your best. Whether you’re on Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or another video streaming platform while working from home or connecting with friends and family, you don’t have to settle for a dim or washed-out view.

Let’s start with how you can ensure the environment presented during a virtual meeting enhances your appearance.

Maximize natural light: By facing a window during video calls, the additional natural light helps the camera focus more sharply with a higher resolution. Also, make sure the angle of the camera is complimentary and not too low or too high.

Don’t forget about the background: The background people see is important during an online professional meeting. A neutral background is often best, without clutter. In some cases, you might want to take advantage of Zoom’s customized backgrounds—put yourself at the beach, in space, or some other environment for a fun change of pace.

Using a photograph: Some platforms offer the opportunity to use a photo instead of a live camera shot. If you do choose that option, make sure the photograph is properly focused and clear.

Handheld phone vs. computer webcam: In most professional meetings it will be better to use the webcam to communicate clearly. A handheld phone using FaceTime, for example, is more convenient but should probably be limited to social meetings.

Skincare & Makeup Tips

Even though working in your pajamas sounds great, it’s still important to appear professional during meetings. You may need to alter your regular makeup routine a bit to put your best face forward when using a laptop with a low-quality webcam. Here are a couple of tips:

Focus less on blemishes: Instead of covering skin imperfections, emphasize cheekbones, brows, and lips. Use contouring makeup to highlight angles and to avoid appearing “flat” on camera. Highlight your lips with bold, red lipstick that can help reflect your confidence and professionalism.

Rely on technology: If you’ve skipped your normal routine on a particular day, take advantage of Zoom’s Touch Up My Appearance feature. This filter works much like the Instagram filter to soften your features and help you look your best.

Even though it’s tempting to loosen up on your skincare regimen when you’re spending day after day inside, maintaining the health of your skin is one of the best ways to ensure you won’t look tired or wan during online meetings.

If you’ve been considering an aesthetic procedure at our plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles and want to schedule a virtual consultation, you can contact us using the online form or call us at (310) 300-1779 to schedule a remote consultation.

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