If you’re working from home then the bets are that you are spending copious amounts of time on Zoom or other video conferencing apps. It’s safe to say that no one should spend that much time looking at themselves on a video call, but since it seems that this is the way it’s going to be for some time now, we will provide you with some tried and tested tips to looking genuinely incredible on video calls.
TAKE A SHOWER
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how many people decide to skip showering before their meeting, and once they try it out, they realize what they’ve been missing out on. Showering is your sure-fire way of looking awake, ready, and energized for your call.
This goes hand in hand with showering, but if you are really dead set against it, then there are several ways to groom yourself into looking like you’re alive and well (and not working from your bed). For example, washing your face with an anti-bacterial and Vitamin-C rich facial wash helps in making you look fresh and clean. Use one of these moisturizers to ensure your skin looks as awake as you’re trying to pretend to be.
FOCUS ON YOUR EYES
This is what most people forget to do: taking care of the bags under your eyes is a literal game-changer for your video calls. This may not be a one-time activity, but instead, you’re going to have to persevere in it until you get to the point where the bags under your eyes literally disappear. In the meantime, while you’re working on the long-term solution, try to schedule some time to use an under-eye mask, or even put 2 slices of cucumbers under your eyes an hour before your meeting.
CLEAN UP YOUR NECK
Oh yes, you’re already thinking: I never do that. Well, this is your reminder. Use one of these clippers to make sure that your neck is smooth and clean or perfectly trimmed. It makes the whole difference (trust us).
WEAR WORK APPROPRIATE CLOTHES
This is so so important. Dress in work appropriate attire. Nothing says unprofessional like showing up to your team Zoom call very visibly wearing the same clothes you slept in. It creates a bad image of you, and this is all about managing perception and aesthetics. So wear appropriate attire even if that sounds annoying.
SET UP YOUR SHOT
If you don’t want to be in bed for your work call (because, obviously), and you don’t really have a home office, the best thing for you to do is to find a well-lit room or corner. Prop out a corner with books and house plants to make it look more exciting. If you can, use your laptop to do your call for stability and to eliminate needing to readjust the angle continuously.
Lighting is key when it comes to anything related to a camera. And this is where most people go wrong on Zoom. If you can, make sure you are near a natural light source (but don’t position it behind you unless you want to look like a guardian angel). If you don’t have access to natural light, get a small light that clips on to your laptop. Or if you really want to go the extra mile, invest in the secret weapon of all on-camera professionals: a ring light.