Facetime and other forms of video chat have a purpose far greater than just wasting time on the weekends or during vacation. They are becoming a popular method of communicating in both personal life and the professional world. The goal is always to appear more positive, healthy, and attractive than what the person you are communicating with remembers. Here are some easy tips that will help you look Facetime fabulous.
The lighting surrounding you plays a bigger role than you might originally think. Really bad lighting throughout the home or office can create a horrible appearance when seen through a computer screen.
To improve your appearance with the help of lighting, do not depend on overhead or ceiling lights by themselves. These lights have the ability of creating shadows underneath your nose, eyes, chin, and lower lip. Using only overhead lights will only light surfaces horizontally, creating a negative effect because of the fact that we line up vertically in relation to a camera.
Make use of your desk or table area by adding a small table lamp to the area. Shine the soft light directly towards your face with either a towel or sheet draping over the light. You can also make use of bouncing light off the walls in front of you by using a gooseneck lamp. The light will be reflected off of the wall towards your face, creating a broad and soft display of light.
You are able to fill the space with light in an effective way by reflecting light off of both the wall and ceiling at the same time. A good way of doing this is by placing a floor lamp in a corner behind your computer. If only the wall in your background is showing light, you could end up looking like a silhouette instead of a person involved in the conversation.
While beautiful makeup may be attractive in person, it can be horrendous during a video chat. You can create a greasy appearance for yourself if a lot of shimmer or pearl is part of your foundation and primer. Cream, concealers, and foundations can be used to help you catch the light in specific areas of your face. Instead of trying to turn your entire face into a masterpiece, chose your strongest feature and keep your focus there. Whether it’s your lips, eyes, or your nose and cheek area, pick the area you feel most confident with and make it work for you.
Be sure to pay attention to your surroundings. It doesn’t matter if you are at home, in your office, or outside at a neighborhood park. Take the time to check out the area you are in before you even start the camera rolling. Be aware of other people in the area and what activities they are involved in. If at home or work, do a quick clean up and organize the environment you are in. Regardless of how much time you put into the area’s lighting and your makeup, a messy room can have the same negative effect on your conversation.
Facetime doesn’t have to be all about your face. Use the environment you are in to add to your conversation. If using Facetime for business, use the opportunity to walk someone through the project you are working on instead of simply sending them pictures. This will also allow you to use hand gestures and maybe even props to add to the conversation over simple facial expressions.
If Facetime is something you do on a regular basis or a part of your normal routine, it may be worth getting a stand for your phone. This will free both of your hands, making it easier to take notes or thumb through paperwork. It will also take away the motion from the video and eliminate background noise created by moving the phone from place to place.
After all the time you have spent with makeup and background appearance, take a look down at what you are wearing. We can often become so consumed with the chat we are getting ready to have and making sure that everything is perfect, we neglect that our attire says a lot about our professionalism and who we are. Be sure that you are dressed appropriately for the conversation you are about to have. If you wouldn’t wear jeans and a t-shirt to the office, you might want to spend some time going through the wardrobe.
Last but not least, spend some time playing around with the zoom level and angle of your camera. Figure out what creates the largest benefit for you personally. Once you have the perfect set up, spend time practicing. If Facetime is a part of your business day, practice by video chatting with friends. The more comfortable you are, the better the results will be.