If you're on a laptop with a built-in camera (like I am in this picture), don't tilt the screen up — always place it on a higher surface and tip it down towards you.
While I was overall more satisfied with my webcam appearance when using these tips, this may just be a temporary band-aid.
But truth is that all those Photoshop protests, feel-good commercials and, ironically, articles just like the one you're currently reading only nourish our obsession.
Being video ready is no longer a concern just for people who are professionally on camera; it's an issue for everyone. " It's not that I'm particularly cameraphobic: As a beauty editor, I find the prospect of shooting a planned makeup tutorial video to be no problem. Smack dab in the middle was this close-up shot of myself. My name is Amanda, and I suffer from a syndrome I call the "Facebook Effect." The more intertwined I become with social media or any other image-heavy platform, the more obsessed I become with my appearance. Doctors say Facebook and video-chatting tools like Skype and Face Time have partly fueled this decade’s boom in plastic surgery.“People will come in and say, ‘I saw myself in the mirror, but I didn’t really notice it until I saw myself on Facebook or on my i Phone or i Pad,’” says New York plastic surgeon Adam Schaffner.I conveniently — and unintentionally — wore a pretty bold dress today, so this was interesting to see on camera. Sit up Straight Make sure your total upper body — not just your face — is visible in the camera area. I have often found that looking down at the camera often makes your face seem wider.To provide you with some comfort, keep in mind the caller on the other side only sees you from the waist up. Place the camera on a surface that's directly in line with your forehead.Additionally, some pieces of jewelry can reflect light in a way that distracts the viewer. And if you wear a pattern, be sure you don't sit in front of one.