March 25th, 2020 | Updated on May 5th, 2020
We can’t go more than a few minutes without hearing, reading or thinking about Covid-19 and it is making an impact on all of our daily lives.
The kids are off school, there’s no toilet paper or tinned tomatoes and more of us than ever are now working from home. While the idea of working from home thrilled many of us, the novelty is quickly wearing off.
While you may rejoice in spending your days in your pyjamas, with untamed hair and slippers (and we do too!) there’s one snag in your comfy plan, the dreaded conference call.
Whether you’re chatting to your boss, colleagues or clients, we all want to make sure we look as good, as if not better, than we would on a normal working day.
We’ll be honest, none of us wants to spend an age putting on makeup and styling our hair for just a few moments on our webcam. Similarly, we don’t want to look unprofessional while on our call.
Below are 7 top tips on how to make sure you are conference call ready, with minimal effort. By following these, you will easily give the perception you’re not feeling the strain of this quarantine and have everything together, even if you don’t!
1. Let There Be Light
Lighting if your best friend when it comes to covering blemishes and under-eye bags but you need to make sure you get this right.
Natural light is your best option, but be careful where this is coming from. If you have a window placed directly in front of you, this can shed too much light on your face and highlight any imperfections you are wishing to hide.
Back or side lighting from a window gives you the coverage you may normally get from makeup and give that look we get with many Instagram filters.
If you aren’t in a position to be near natural lighting, invest in your own instead. The Glamcor Mono light is amazing for providing illumination from behind and was originally designed for eyelash artists.
Just ensure you have a lower setting on and angle this correctly or it could have the opposite effect! It can also double as a desk lamp for your home work station, bonus!
2. Correct That Posture
You would never slouch in the boardroom, so why do the same on a conference call? Always sit up straight and make sure you are sitting in a comfy and supportive chair, you never know how long you may be stuck there.
Keep your head held up and your shoulders back. Proper posture doesn’t just look professional but can make you seem more confident and in turn, makes you look more fabulous.
Also, be conscious of the camera angle, try to have your computer or laptop face-on and at eye level. There’s nothing worse than having to chat online with someone who has only half their face or are looking down towards their lense.
3. Don’t Neglect Your Wardrobe
You may have already shunned your work clothes to the back of the wardrobe and are revelling in your leggings and baggy hoodies.
Not only does this look unprofessional on a conference call, but it also makes you look untidy and even the most facially blessed can look awful!
Even if you only do so to your top half, make sure you are wearing something that reflects the work you take pride in. If you are having regular conference calls, you should rotate between shirts.
Avoid loud colours or prints as these can look unsightly on camera and some can even cause strange effects to your screen which can be very distracting.
4. Plan Your Backdrop
Nobody wants to see your laundry hanging up or your dirty dishes behind you during your call. You need to properly plan where you will place your laptop before the call commences.
Choose a neutral background, this could be a wall, a cabinet or even your curtains. If you don’t have the right space, be conscious of what is in the background.
If you can, add a nicely pruned houseplant or perhaps some tasteful wall art. Avoid family photos in the background, as much as you love those holiday memories, your clients probably don’t want to see them.
5. Look After Those Locks
We understand that haircare takes up time and now that we are all confined to our homes, we can strike this from our morning routine.
Your hair can make all the difference in your appearance. Always make sure it is brushed and any frizz is smoothed down.
Dry shampoo is your best friend, so if you have neglected to wash your hair for some time, make sure you grab a bottle of this. Greasy hair is even more noticeable on webcams so make sure you don’t have it.
If you want to completely hide your hair, you could always use a headscarf, match it to your outfit and it’ll look like a deliberate fashion choice and not that you are trying to cover something up.
6. Only Eye Contact Allowed
We may not be able to make physical contact but eye contact is essential. We all get distracted on our own screens but you should make an effort to look directly into the camera so your clients feel like you are being attentive.
This also gives a more confident feel from yourself, something we all need to portray when in the workplace.
7. Fake-Up The Makeup
Why should we bother slapping on a full face of makeup for just a 20-minute conference call? This is the best time to let your skin breath, ready for the summer.
On the flip-side, we still want to look good. False Eyelashes are an amazing alternative, not only are they super quick to apply and remove, they seriously make a huge impact on your overall look.
Flawless Lashes by Loreta have one of the best online ranges or false eyelashes, seeing as we can’t go to the shops anymore. By applying false eyelashes, they give the illusion of tediously applied eye makeup without the effort.
You can take them off at the end of each call and pop them back on again easily for the next one!