Nod forward slightly—not too far, or you'll veer into double-chin territory—to create the look of a more delicate jawline and larger eyes. As powerful as body language, our skin—specifically changes in color—plays a key role in nonverbal communication.
In a 2010 study monitoring the face in motion, professor Paul Matts, Ph D, who studies the psychology of beauty as a researcher with P&G Beauty, teamed up with a crew of computer scientists to map how blood distribution shifts in the face during changes in expression and emotions.
And while all of my friends have a version of Mirror Face—cheeks tighten, lips pucker, and brows lift into a doll-like position rarely seen in actual life—none of us who aren't Hollywood celebs have figured out how to maintain Mirror Face while moving. But the notion of an impromptu on-camera conversation feels less like catching up and more like an audition.
Until now, I've managed to evade requests for video calls by feigning poor reception or unavailability. On video, eye contact is interrupted by glimpses at my own face—a nagging, sallow, undefined distraction in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
A beautiful finish on the extra-small screen takes preparation and practice.
I call upon You Tube phenomenon and makeup artist Michelle Phan, who built a following of more than 4.5 million subscribers—and now has her own line of cosmetics, em michelle phan—broadcasting from a laptop in her Florida bedroom.
A couple kisses on the Pont des Arts, on February 14, 2011 in Paris, during the Valentine’s day, traditionnaly the annual celebration of love.
AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) " data-medium-file="https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/109184872.jpg?The megastar appeared flawless on one side of the split screen, while her amateur interviewers looked blurry and distorted—that is, alarmingly human—on the other.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.With my laptop perched on outstretched legs, I log on to Skype and check my reflection without dialing anyone.The Rembrandt triangle appears on my right side—success! According to Phan, "The closer your face is to the camera, the more it can be distorted." Regardless of whether you're using a laptop, i Pad, or phone, Phan suggests creating some distance."I hold my phone out as far as my arms can reach," she says.