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.But the new guy in my life happens to be a world traveler, and old-school telecommunication has begun to seem almost as antiquated as mailing a letter—without the writerly romance.Rather than risk letting my new fling lose momentum or, worse, fizzle out in a string of missed calls and lackluster text messages, I resolve to master the perfect video chat. Unlike Instagram, the myriad video apps on the market don't offer dreamy, skin-perfecting filters.A beautiful finish on the extra-small screen takes preparation and practice.
According to multiple studies—including a 2011 paper on the influence of cosmetics on facial perception led by Nancy Etcoff, Ph D, author of —the subtle difference in tone between the color of your lips and eyes and that of the surrounding skin will make you look more attractive, more feminine, and, best of all, younger.But if snapping multiple selfies feels, well, self-indulgent, Roncal says there is one universal pose that works for every face shape: The Tilt.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.On a recent press junket for , Gwyneth Paltrow fielded a series of fan questions via a Skype session on 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."There's just one spotlight on the suspect, and it never looks good." Lighting from below is similarly unflattering.