It’s been merely a month since Thailand was struck with rising number of COVID-19 infection cases that triggered a semi-lockdown. Social-distancing, work-from-home and conference calls have become a new norm for most corporates, and for us all. But before you shrug it off and go on your regular daily, or weekly call with your bed head, pyjamas and bare face, let us remind you that working from home isn’t vacation, and you are expected to look close to what you usually do when you’re at work, not the look you do when you get our of bed!
But to look decent during a video call doesn’t mean bombarding your face with makeup or using fancy app that gives you the halo light like you just descends from high heaven. There are ways to perfect your con call appearance without looking like you’re overdoing the photo-editing app — and that comes in the form of our dear old favourite beauty Youtuber Tina Yong, who kindly shares her quick and easy tips to up your con call game!
Lighting is EVERYTHING. Period!
Light to photography and video is ingredients to cooking. You start with rotten raw materials and the food sucks. So, the first rule to getting a good video call look is to find the spot with the best light such as a large window where you can sit facing it. Don’t sit where the light is behind, or directly above you. If you don’t have any spot like that in your house, use the lamp or as recommended by Tina, a TV turned on to any Youtube channel with blank, white screen. This trick will automatically turn your TV into a light source!
Be mindful of the angle.
We hate to say this, but most people are doing it wrong when it comes to where they place their device during a con call. If you don’t believe this, look at your colleagues’ screenshot the next time you do a con call and you’d see 80% of them place the laptop lower than their eye level, making them being captured from a low, and unflattering angle! For conference call, do not place your notebook where you usually place it for work (which is where it’s easiest to type). For con call, the camera is the main actor, and not the keyboard and you need to place your device where the camera aligns with you eye level. Put it on a cardboard box or stacks of books to raise it to the eye level and you’ll see a big difference!
Wear something decent, even just for the top half.
We know how good it feels to work in pyjamas, but do your colleagues (and bosses) a favour of not turning up during con call wearing them, okay? As advised by Tina, you don’t need to go for a full-blown work outfit for a 30-minute con call, but put on some nice blouse at least. You can keep your pyjamas, shorts, track trousers on your bottom half because the world’s not going to see it!
There’s such thing as 5-minute makeup.
For conference call, that is! Unless you are equipped with a 4K, Full-HD webcam for your con call, you don’t need a foundation. That built-in camera will never be able to show any detail of your skin flaws unless it’s a giant pimple or a large dark spot. So, what you need is some brows, curled lashes, some mascara to make your eyes pop, a tint in shade close to your natural lips for both lips and cheeks and a bit of concealer to cover any prominent imperfection and that’s it!
You can watch Tina Yong’s full video here.