True story. In late June I got a call from a TV producer who was developing a syndicated beauty show. He “loved” my blog and wanted me to interview as a co-host for the show. There were going to be four hosts and I would be the “boomer beauty expert” Since they were in LA and I was in NYC, the interview would be on Skype.
No problem. I had done quite a bit of TV for book promotion so I knew the drill. I got my hair blown out and applied the usual pancake make-up, contouring and eye liner. I sat down confidently in front of my laptop and dialed into the interview. But when I saw myself on the little pix in the corner, I knew it was all over. I looked like a cranky troll and unless it was going to be a beauty show for trolls, I was not a contender. I was not surprised that I never heard from the producer again.
Te Best Skype Beauty Tips
I began looking at other people on Skype. Some looked as bad as I did while others appeared polished and radiant. Clearly there were tricks I needed to learn. For tech support I turned to one of the smartest people I know Miral Sattar, founder of Bibliocrunch. A graduate of Columbia Engineering, Miral has a depth of knowledge that seemed to answer any technical question. In one afternoon she showed me what I was doing wrong and the right way to light and set up for Skype.
1. Find a spot in your apartment with a wall or bookcase in the background and a sunny window to one side. This is your Skype sweet spot.
2. Raise the laptop until the web cam is at eye level. Depending on your height and the height of the table, this can take one or two phone books. When the eye of the camera is level with yours, tilt it down slightly.
3. Push the computer back until its at least 12 inches from your body.
4. Try to keep your head straight when you talk. Avoid the temptation to lean in and keep smiling. Not a a big giddy grin but just a pleasant expression on your face.
Make-up for Skype is All About Light
For make-up advice, I turned to celebrity stylist Dex Phillips. According to New York based Dex, traditional TV pancake make-up is what gave me that pasty look on Skype. The challenge for Skype is bring light, radiance and definition to the face despite a fairly unflattering camera system. His make-up plan is distinctly different from the primer, contouring and shading of traditional on-camera application.
Skype Make-up According to Dex
1. Even out the skin tone with a tinted moisturizer, using it all ove the face including the eyelids.
2. Use a concealer under the eyes and to cover blemishes
3. Apply a neutral tone matte eye shadow all over the lid for a fresh and natural clean eye. No smokey eye!
4. Apply two coats of mscara for further eye definition. Apply one coat, wait a minute to allow it to dry, then apply another coat.
5. Apply bronzer on cheeks and temples for a warm, healthy glow.
6. Using a lip brush, carefully line and fill in lips with a neutral color.
Please try out these tips and let me know how they work for you. And I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions for hair or clothing options for Skype.