A how to on finding the best angle, the most flattering light and the easiest way to tame bed hair without spending an hour getting ready for your next video conference or FaceTime happy hour session.
Video calls are pretty much anything but flattering. You’re likely hunched over your laptop sitting in a poorly lit room with no makeup on (hey, that’s not a bad thing) and wearing the same gym gear as this morning’s workout – or your pj’s.
But jumping on a video conference while you’re working from home doesn’t need to stir up a mix of anxiety and stress. Whether you slept in, forgot about that 11am WIP, or your skin is flaring up these handy tricks will help boost your complexion to mask any #isoskin woes, bed hair and awkward multiple chin angles in a matter of minutes.
Plus, you can put them into place for work meetings, HouseParty hangs with friends and even that hardcore pilates session.
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Fake a radiant complexion
For polished skin that’s lit-from-within mix a drop of liquid illuminator into concealer and dab (don’t rub) under your eyes and along both brow bones. To lift and frame your face comb brows upward with a tinted brow gel, for bright eyes that are awake (and don’t show last night’s wine binge) a light coating of mascara over your top lashes adds definition and volume.
No virtual meeting look is complete without a light touch over the lips. A clear balm or pale pink lipstick both work, this is where your audience’s eyes are drawn to while you’re speaking, so pay close attention.
Try: Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator ($22.95, at Adore Beauty)
Hair tricks for when you just rolled out of bed
Avoid limp looking locks that weigh down your face and features by spritzing some dry shampoo into your roots and massaging in with your fingertips. It’ll help to add volume and thickness to hair while hiding that you only leapt out of bed three minutes earlier.
The next trick is to mask any regrowth or greys by angling the camera so it’s not looking over the top of your head.
Try: Lowengrip Good to Go Dry Shampoo (from $19, at Myer)
Lighting is key
The most flattering light is soft, diffused and natural which you can get from sitting in front of a window facing the light so it’s shining directly on you. If you don’t have a window available to you, fake it by placing a lamp with a white or daylight bulb (not yellow) behind the camera. The shade over the lamp softens the light.
Don’t film with light behind, above or to the side of your face as this casts shadows that can exacerbate darkness like under eye circles. If you’re serious about looking good on camera try a portable studio-esque ring light.
Try: E.L.F Glow on the Go Selfie Light ($20.40, at iHerb)
Find your FaceTime angle
Always position your camera or laptop just above eye level so you’re looking upwards. It works to give you an instant face lift by lifting and lengthening your jaw, hiding any extra chins or unflattering wrinkles, it also helps to lift and open your eyes. If you’re using a laptop, play around with the screen to adjust it to the best angle.