When participating on Zoom calls, there are a few key points to keep in mind to look your best:
Diffused, natural light from a window is the best light source. You don’t want direct sunlight on your face because it will blind you and wash you out, and you don’t want light hitting you from above, beside or behind you because it will cast shadows on your face. If you don’t have a window or good light exposure, you can set up a task lamp behind your camera so that it lights your face from the front. There are ring lights that are sold specifically for lighting phones for calls and videos but feel free to experiment at home to see if you already own a lamp that will do the job. If you have a Zoom app on your phone, you can use it to walk around your house and look for the best lighting conditions before setting up your laptop or computer.
The ideal position for your camera is slightly above eye level. If the camera is below eye level, it can cast shadows, enhancing and even creating double chins, and no one wants a view up your nose! If the camera is set too high above your head it can show colored hair root grow out and thinning hair. By positioning the camera right above eye level, your eyes appear more open and your jaw line look firmer. You can raise the angle of your camera using large books, a solid box or stand.ï¿½ Also, don’t sit too close to the camera. Most cameras are wide angle and sitting too close feels weird to viewers and can distort your face. Lastly, if you are giving a presentation or are the speaker, make sure you look directly at the camera, not off to the side at the chat box, etc…
–The background for your calls should be neat and uncluttered. When in doubt, ask a friend what they think of your background. You can also use built-in backgrounds in Zoom to change the scene behind you, which can be an easy way to hide a less than perfect space, or a fun way to change the view.
–Touch up your hair before your calls with a comb or brush. Use dry shampoo to freshen up oily hair if needed, and hair spray to tame frizzy hair.
–For women, pay attention to brows, cheeks and lips. The camera tends to flatten faces and dimension is lost, so a little darkening of the brows to frame the eyes may be needed. Also, a little contour along the cheeks can restore wash-out facial planes and a brighter than normal cheek color often helps to brighten the face, as well. Mascara is an eye-opener most women benefit from and may be all that is needed to add polish to the eyes. Nude lipsticks are still the most popular shades for business but for Zoom calls you may need a brighter/darker/more pigmented shade to make the lips stand out a bit more on camera. After-hours calls with friends and family are a great time to try more fun, dramatic makeup looks, applied more heavily and/or with brighter colors. For business meetings, keep your look polished and elegant.
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Jennifer Kyle Herd
Mary Kay Cosmetics