7 Simple Tricks to Look Prettier on Video
Whether you Viddy, Vine, Skype, or shoot home movies with a camcorder from the 90's (no judgments), here's what you need to know to do your hair and makeup for video
"Daylight works really well," says Chapman. "But make sure you are facing the light." So, set your computer up in front of a window -- you should be looking out. If you try to Skype with the window at your back, you'll look like a dark blob. Avoid overhead light because it creates dark shadows -- especially underneath your eyes -- and all the concealer in the world won't help fix that.
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The next time I was prepared. I did my hair and makeup for video, I found a room with more flattering light, and I propped the computer up on a pile of magazines to get a better angle. The difference was huge -- and it kept me from being distracted by my own face during the meeting.
If you're thinking these tips will only benefit you if you Skype, consider how many forms of video communication are out there right now: Google Hangout, FaceTime, social media aps like Viddy and Vine, posting to YouTube, or even old fashioned home movies (mostly captured on your smartphone, of course). We have to be "camera ready" all the time. No pressure.
That's why I called YouTube makeup artist sensation Samantha Chapman (one half of the Pixiwoo sisters, who have more than 145 million views) to get her top tips on how to do makeup for video. And then I chatted with the hair and makeup team from "Days of Our Lives" -- they know a thing or two about prepping for video.
Follow these seven expert tricks, and I promise you'll look so much prettier in your first Skype meeting than I did in mine.