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July 18, 2020

Six Quick And Easy Tips For Looking Your Best On Zoom

With COVID cases climbing, it doesn’t look like the world is returning to normal anytime soon. What that means is video calls, virtual meetings and online classrooms are the new normal.


Staying safe doesn’t have to mean giving up, though. Sacrificing your self-image doesn’t help anyone, least of all you, so here are a few ways you can boost your spirits AND your appearance in the Zoom room. We’re calling it “Zhuzh Up Your Zoom”…


Young and mature businesspeople using videoconference application, engaged in on-line meeting working distantly from home, computer webcam screen full frame view. Video call, modern tech usage concept


Smooth out the edges


The ​​Touch Up My Appearance option on Zoom retouches your video display like a face filter on a photograph. Just go into your Zoom settings, tap the meeting tab, check the box for Touch up my appearance and suddenly you’re in soft focus. Voila!


Here comes the sun


Set your computer up so that you are facing a window. According to photographer Khalid Farqharson (@lord.farqu), natural light is king. Sunlight, he says, is stronger than any regular light bulb. “But it’s diffused by the environment, so it’s bright without being harsh.” And let’s face it, all want that golden glow.


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Put a ring on it


If you don’t have one yet, it’s time to invest in a ring light. Developed for dentistry and once the secret weapon of the professional photographer, a ring light encircles the camera on your computer or phone and evenly illuminates your face, minimizes unsightly shadows and focuses the viewer’s attention on your eyes, making you appear more alert and engaged. I’ve been hosting literary events from my room during quarantine, and the ring light is a must, especially when you’re online and the sun goes down. 


Four eyes are better than two


Adding a funky pair of glasses can switch up your look, hide tired eyes and wrinkles, and might even help with eye strain (though not proven.) That being said, you’ll have to make a choice between frames and your ring light–try both and the reflection in your lenses will give you away! 


Put your face on


As in life, so in Zoom. “I have three tips to make your face come alive,” says actor and makeup artist Veleeta Dahlia DaCosta (@veesmakeupandphotos). She recommends a tinted moisturizer or light coverage foundation like Makeup Forever’s Reboot, a little brightening concealer under your eyes, and a few coats of mascara (no one will be able to tell how thick any of it is through the screen). Top it off with a lipstick that pops and you’re good to go.


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Oh, this old thing


No one wants to see your bed in the background, least of all you. Your room is a sacred space, so do what you can to curate your backdrop. Add framed photos or original artwork to the wall behind you, but remember the ring light reflection! I am a postcard fanatic, so I frame them and hang them in clusters, creating meaningful collages from the people and places I love. If there is only open space behind you, try hanging plants or rearranging your furniture to create a barrier between your work and living space so no one knows it’s all happening in one room. Maybe even pull a bookshelf away from the wall and create a rainbow of color with the titles. 


Whatever you choose–whether it’s something from this list, full Falsies at noon, or your high-school prom dress–just remember that this is your show and you are the star. Ultimately you should do what makes you happy. And, I choose staring at my virtual meeting monitor in happiness over horror any day of the week.



Verified Expert

I impulsively bought a ring light a while back and now I don't know how I ever survived Zoom meetings without it! And when you're on a call with multiple people, good lighting can help you stand out from the crowd.


Verified Expert

With online classes starting up again next week, these tips are much appreciated


Verified Expert

Some kind of extra direct lighting (ring light) is the biggest game changer!


Verified Expert

Great advice. Test it out with a friend before the real show :)


Verified Expert

Definitely will help getting more comfortable with video chats and zoom meetings!


Verified Expert

These are great functions. I did not even notice that there was a touch up appearance button. Not only does these tips make you look better on Zoom, but it also boosts confidence and makes you feel better!


Verified Expert

Yes! These are all excellent tips. It is so important to look professional on these zoom meetings, even though we are at our homes right now. If you set your setting and treat the meetings like they are in person, you will have much more success in your zoom meeting endeavors.


Verified Expert

This is such a nice way to bring some sense of normalcy back into our everyday day lives. I do multiple zoom calls a week and it is so easy to just not put forth effort into how I look since I'm just at home. But doing these little tips will get us all back into feeling better and more like ourselves in no time.


Verified Expert

So helpful! Im on zoom so much for work. I love the tip about minimal makeup. I will definitely use that.


Verified Expert

Great tips!! Thank you so much :)


Verified Expert

If you have a chance to test your camera the day before, plan out your outfit as well. The combination of lighting/webcam and certain clothing colors can affect how your skin looks on camera. For example, a white blouse might be too bright/reflective on webcam, a black dress might look too harsh, and certain shades (like canary yellow) might make your skin look washed out.
Sometimes it is as simple as changing your wardrobe!

This is a great tip, too, Abby. Thank you. Like school picture day. I can't tell you how many times I'd wished I'd tested my shirt first. Oye.