But that angling can indirectly make you look like you have a double chin.
Or even worse, show off the insides of your nostrils.
Rarely does anyone look good beneath the harsh beams of an industrial-strength lamp.2. Our default position for most smartphones is to hold them below our faces at all times, as if we were checking email or playing Candy Crush.
And even compact laptops tend be positioned below our faces.
It’s almost human nature for your gaze to wander to that small box with your face in it at the bottom of your screen.
Avoid the temptation: Not only is it somewhat rude for the person on the other end, but staring downward can increase the prominence of shadows in your face and make it harder to see your eyes.
If it’s an option within your video chat, try to hide that box with your face in it on the screen altogether.4. Though video chats include only the upper third of your body, it’s still important to be conscious of what you’re wearing.
That creates shadows under your eyes that can make you look tired or, older.
Phan, however, has some solid advice for anyone in a time crunch.
“Take a bunch of computer paper and lay it in front of you between you and the laptop,” she says. Then stack a few books to help the camera meet you at eye level.” And there you have it, a mini studio.
Phan recommends that you “keep the laptop or device directly in front of you at eye level.
Also, don’t position the camera too close, but make sure it is far enough away to reduce the fisheye lens effect.” If you want to get serious about it, skip the webcam altogether and connect a separate camera to your laptop, propped up by a tripod or stand.3. Avoiding an unflattering angle also requires you to focus your eyes into the camera.
“Try and wear solid colors, and avoid distracting patterns. Though guys might be hesitant to touch up before a video chat, the same basic rules apply to both men and women.“Both want to brighten the face,” Phan said.