Stuck at home but having more virtual interactions lately than you’ve had in your life? Now you’re on more video calls than you can count, and social distancing means you’ve likely dialed up your social media posts. You may even be seeking new opportunities (either via job or dating apps).
Take this downtime to upgrade your look. One way to do this is with glasses, which can make anyone look more distinguished. You want to look sharp for current and prospective employers. And you also want to look cute for your friends!
It’s always important to look your best during video conference calls: You should dress the way you would if you were going in to work (at least from the waist up), but you should also take a few extra steps to show yourself in your best light (both literally and figuratively) from your home office.
You’re probably thinking, “Of course not. Who would do that?” The trouble is that a room filled with natural light can look bright to you but appear dark on a screen.
If possible, get on the video call early or simply test your laptop camera to check your space lighting. Play with the positioning of your desk lamp. (Invest in a desk lamp if you don’t have one — you can have it shipped to your door if you’re under orders to shelter in place.)
Over the past few weeks, the economy has taken a pretty big hit. You might be temporarily unemployed and on the hunt for other work. For video interviews, put your best features forward! How can you do this?One way is to look more intelligent, and research suggests glasses make you look smarter.
A pair of glasses can be a great way to accentuate your best facial features, such as your eyes, your power brows or your freckles. Knowing the frames that best fit your face shape can really help you look your best. TRY ON A FRESH LOOK WITH NEW GLASSES? Shop for eyeglasses at an online eyewear retailer until you can try on frames and check out lenses at an optical store near you.
Whether you have a job or not, you should consider dusting off (or creating!) your LinkedIn profile while you are temporarily home-bound. Normally, trusted sources say not to use a selfie as your profile picture, but given the circumstances (and new “portrait mode” technology), we think you can make an exception.
Maybe pick a red tie to give off a professional-but-bold vibe. Or maybe red eyeglass frames! Is red too out there for you? Maybe blue frames, like the ones Al Roker wears, are more your style and comfort zone. Suspenders or a cute hat or pin? Probably not. You want to stand out in a good, memorable way.
Your friends love you no matter what, so it’s tempting to be your couch-potato, sweatpants-wearing self during your FaceTime dates. The thing is that you really do feel better once you put yourself together. Your friends deserve the cute version of you as much as you do.
Looking for a conversation starter? Get some new glasses! Don’t need glasses? Get fake glasses. Yes, they’re the latest trend.
Video calls are weird. The person you’re talking to appears on your screen, but your camera lens hovers well over their heads. It’s tempting to look at their eyes — that’s what you would typically do in person — but remember to look into the camera every once in a while too.
And if your new glasses don’t come up in conversation, bring them up yourself! Just because you’re tired of being cooped up at home doesn’t mean you can’t try on a fresh look.
Your “let’s grab coffee” days are postponed until further notice. In the meantime, welcome to social distancing courtship. Get to know your suitor through love letters (or instant messages) and maybe have some virtual dates while the in-person alternative is out of the question. Get the good ones to swipe right by looking your best.
In an effort to put yourself in your literal best light, you could be casting glare onto your lenses. The eye-less version of you is not your best look. Anti-reflective lenses are a shield for natural and artificial light, helping you see better and look better at the same time.
If someone has only an instant to react to your dating profile photo, you want it to be favorable. Don’t glare at your Prince Charming or Cinderella.
Video conference calls, Skype job interviews, working on your LinkedIn profile, FaceTime with your friends, tending of your Tinder page — these all mean you’re staring at digital screens even more than usual. It’s important to protect your eyes from digital eye strain, which can make your eyes appear bloodshot, droopy and tired.
Blue light blocking lenses can help, but even with blue light blocking glasses, you really should set a limit on your screen time. That will reduce any symptoms of digital eye strain (headache, eye fatigue, etc.).
Think of this as social media distancing — and another way you can protect your eyesight while your digital life is front and center.
Finally, do follow the DO and DON’T tips above to look your absolute best for video conferences, video interviews, FaceTime dates and more — even in these crazy times. Stay safe out there.