Even as stay-at-home orders are being lifted, many women and men likely will continue working and attending school from home. With that in mind, we wanted to share tips for appearing refreshed and professional during video conference calls on Zoom or other social media video platforms, especially if it’s been a long time since your last filler or BOTOX® treatment at our Burlington, Ontario, practice.
Everything from the angle of your camera to the background and lighting can affect your appearance during videoconferencing. Spending time styling your hair and applying makeup can be undermined by not paying attention to these logistical issues. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to address these concerns, provide some skincare and makeup tips, and suggest nonsurgical and surgical procedures that can help you look good on camera and in real life.
The Logistics of Video Meetings
If you’re involved in daily videoconference meetings or attending school remotely, it’s important to have a dedicated space with the proper lighting and background to communicate a professional, attractive appearance. Lighting is typically the most troubling issue for people on webcams. Spaces that aren’t well-lit cast shadows on your face. Sitting with your back to a window also creates a silhouette effect. Avoiding backlighting or lighting from the side is the key to looking your best.
Tidy backgrounds can also enhance your overall appearance. If you’re known for your professionalism and organizational skills at work, a cluttered background could be jarring and send an unfortunate message to co-workers. Neutral or simple backgrounds work best.
Wide-angle cameras used in smartphones and laptops distort your appearance if you sit too close. Never position the camera so people are looking up at you. Set it so it’s eye level or just slightly above your face.
You can also use social media and videoconferencing filters, such as Zoom’s Touch Up My Appearance filter. No one will know the difference.
Looking Your Best
Brushing your hair and wearing something appropriate is probably the baseline for preparing before a video meeting. But enhancing your appearance with professional skincare products and makeup is worth the effort for many people. Web cameras tend to “flatten” and wash out our faces, so using contouring techniques that create depth and more well-defined angles can help. Look online for detailed makeup tips to highlight your lips and eyes, such as Allure’s article quoting professional makeup artists.
Cosmedica offers top-of-the-line skin care products that you can purchase during your next visit to our practice.
After being cooped up for months, people are looking to regain some sense of normalcy. That may include scheduling a cosmetic treatment appointment to refresh your complexion, minimize lines and wrinkles, or even undergo a procedure such as blepharoplasty to give you a more rested and youthful look.
You can contact us to request a consultation using the online form or call us at either Cosmedica Professional Skin Care Centres, (905) 631-6288, or The Centre for Personal Surgery, (905) 634-5573.