Zoom meetings have become a part of everyday life. Every meeting, social call, and rendezvous takes place over zoom. If you’re staring at your face on a screen all day, you want to always look your best. Since so many people have been working from home, procedures such as fillers, Botox, and microneedling have become more popular. Working from home means more people can fit cosmetic procedures into their schedule, as they are able to stay home and heal. More and more people are getting minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to help them achieve their desired look.
That being said, here are some tips for looking your best on zoom.
Lighting is an important factor in looking your best over zoom. Sitting by a lamp and having one direct light source specifically for your face will have the most even lighting. Avoid backlighting or side lighting. These will cause part (or all) of your face to be cast in shadow. Avoid sitting with your back to a window — this will cast you in silhouette. Instead, face the window for soft, natural lighting. Check your Zoom video settings as well. If your lighting is dark, you can manually adjust your video settings under “adjust for low light”.
A plain and simple background is the best way to go. Bookshelves have become popular to show in the background, but they can be distracting if there are too many items and trinkets. If you choose to sit in front of one, make sure that there is nothing overly distracting in the background. You can use a Zoom virtual background as well, either a stock photo from Zoom or your own chosen photo.
Sitting or standing too close to the camera will have a fish eye effect, making your face appear wider. Position your camera an arm’s length away from your face. This will give a view of your face, and the very top of your torso. As well, make sure whatever camera you are using, webcam or phone camera, is at eye level. Look at the camera when you speak — eye contact will have the best presentation. Positioning the camera too high can distort the way your body looks, while positioning it too low could have people peering up your nostrils. If you are using your phone for Zoom meetings consider using a lens from any reputable shop, for example, the Xenvo Pro Lens on Amazon will enhance your mobile phone’s Camera
Bright, solid colors show up the best on camera. Some patterns and graphics on shirts can get distorted depending on the quality of your camera.
Zoom also has a setting called “Touch up my appearance” if you would like something to smooth out any marks or blemishes. Also, the Zoom help center has video tutorials.
Remember to preview your appearance before you go live on a call, to make sure you look your best!