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In today’s workplaces, web conference calls are commonplace. Whether this is a daily or quarterly event in your office, you know the pain of seeing your face on screen and thinking “Is that how I look today??”

First of all, video – particularly webcam video – distorts your features slightly, depending on the angle, quality of the camera, and lighting in the room. So, don’t worry. That’s not really how you look today.

Of course, you still want to look nice for the others in the online conference. Especially when you’re trying to make a good impression at work, appearances are important.

Luckily, there are three simple tricks to help you improve your web conference look – without piling on tons of clown makeup.

Lighting

Poor lighting can do things on camera that it doesn’t do to your face in real life. If you can select your space, take your laptop somewhere that’s bright. Natural light on a sunny day is always a winner. This will reduce the amount of dreary shadows that creep under your eyes and mouth.

If you’re stuck in a dim and crowded conference room, try to sit closer to the camera so your face picks up the light of the monitor.

Eyes and Lips

The shadows and other minor distortions of webcam calls darken your eyes and mouth, so that’s where you need to focus your makeup attention. There’s no need to overdo it; a little goes a long way.

The goal is to brighten your eyes and make them “pop” as much as possible. Eye liner and mascara are essential.

Concealer is great for quick fixes under the eyes or covering pimples and wrinkles around the mouth, but remember that opposite colors on the color wheel actually cancel each other out. If you have redness or dark circles, check with your beauty specialist for the perfect correction color.

Contrast

Overall, aim for color contrasts. There’s no need to go overboard. Focus on adding warm color to your cheeks to send a message that you’re happy and pleasant to work with. Choose a lipstick color that contrasts with your hair and skin. This will help your lips stand out, and it will bring attention to you when it’s your turn to talk.

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Fall is a fun season for layers and adding plenty of new styles to your wardrobe for the coming cold. Here are five of our favorite fall trends that showed up on the runway and will be seen on stylish women everywhere.

Layer Your Fringe

Recent trends last year included 70’s style fringe paired with a lot of leather and suede. However, this fall, expect to see flapper-style fringe coming in metallic and feathery layers. These dresses, coats and skirts are flouncy, feminine and add flourish to your fall look. Prabal Gurung used a burgundy layerd fringe dress with a black layered fringe trench for a classy wispy look that is perfect for the fall season. A black feathery number from Michael Kors featured fringe on the asymmetrical skirt and long sleeves, reminiscent of an autumn raven.

Bring on the Florals

Fall flowers are bold and large this year. Designers like Mary Katrantzou and Prabal Gurung were bringing floral prints onto the runway for fall styles in dresses and pantsuits. Florals continue to be a trend, so make sure you get some fall fabrics in your wardrobe that featured deep tones of burgundy, navy and gold.

All That Glitters

Get ready for plenty of shimmery, shiny fabrics that will sparkle as you enter the room. Fall fashion for 2017 should include plenty of golds and other sparkly fabrics that will be fun and trendy. Tome and Jason Wu had dresses on the runway that were made entirely of solid gold fabric. Christopher Kane, Zimmermann and Emilia Wickstead had glittery showstoppers that sparkled with every step of the runway model.

Off-The-Shoulder Strut

The one-shoulder dress is flattering and a bit alluring without being too exposing for comfort on a crisp fall day. Designers, like Dion Lee, Jason Wu and Brandon Maxwell, had models walking the runway in dresses that dropped off one shoulder for their fall lines.

Patchwork and Quilted Textures

Quilts and scarecrows are already a fall staple, so why not add them as inspiration for your wardrobe? Watch designers, like Tommy Hilfiger and Erdem, piece together a variety of fabric patterns in a patchwork style for striking dresses, one piece jumpers, coats and more. Mulberry even showed of a lilac floral quilt as a poncho, setting the tone for a very cozy fall line.

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It is said that “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” However, getting a shot that is worthy of 1,000 mentions is easier said than done. In fact, many photos are unflattering at best and downright horrible at worst. Thankfully, there are some ways you can make your next shot the best yet by implementing the following tips:

Avoid Head-on Poses

It is a good idea to angle your face when snapping a photo. If you look head on into the camera, it can cause your face to look larger or wider than it actually is in reality. If you stand just the slightest bit sideways and tilt your chin, your face will appear thinner.

Pose Your Body

You might assume this tip goes without saying, but many people neglect this simple trick. When posing for a photo, you should always…well…pose. The most attractive way to pose is to position your body 45 degrees. Prop the arm that is closest to the camera on your hip (this keeps the upper arm from flattening out and looking larger than it is in reality) and place one foot in front of the other. Your front foot should be slightly pointed. Keep your weight on your back leg. If you want a visual reference to help you better understand this pose, think of all the red carpet appearances you have seen from celebrities. This is the classic “red carpet pose.”

Be Yourself

Whether you are planning on a having a professional photo session or you are posing for a photo with friends, it’s important to remember to be yourself.  When choosing your wardrobe, make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing. If you are uncomfortable, it will come across in the photo according to Commercial Portrait Photographer Scott R. Kline.

Avoid Patterns

Wearing patterned clothing is normally fine. After all, bold, colorful patterns are a great way to show your personality and have fun with your clothes. However, when it comes to a photo, you need to tone it down just a bit. Instead of patterns, keep it simple with solid colors. Solids simply photograph better than patterns.

The Eye Sees Colors Differently

It’s normal for you to see yourself one way in the mirror but look completely different in a photo according to gizmodo.com. This is due to various reasons including the fact that the camera processes your face differently. The way the flash hits your skin, the way either natural or artificial light alters your appearance and many other factors play into how you look in a photo.

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Fingernails play an important role in the overall beauty of the hand. If you want gorgeous nails, strong fingernails are vital. Therefore, if you have brittle nails, you need to strengthen them.

1. Avoid Over hydrating Your Fingernails

Dr. Samer Jaber is a dermatologist at Washington Square Dermatology. Dr. Jaber states that excessive water exposure can cause your nails to soften. It also causes their beds to expand. Then, as this excess moisture evaporates, the nail beds contract. This leaves them flimsy, increasing the likelihood that they will peel. He suggests minimizing the amount of time you spend in swimming pools and hot showers as well as wearing rubber gloves while washing dishes.

2. Remember to Keep Your Nails Trimmed

Dr. Jaber states that keeping your fingernails shorter as you work towards strengthening them reduces the likelihood of them becoming damaged. Keep in mind that the longer your nails are, the more likely they are to become damaged or break.

3. Always Wear a Base Coat

Even in the event that you do not have time for a full manicure, you should always apply a base coat to prevent your fingernails from becoming weak.

4. Consider Taking Supplements to Strengthen Brittle Fingernails

According to the study, Vitamins and minerals: their role in nail health and disease, Biotin and Silicon both help with brittle nail syndrome. You should consider taking vitamin supplements to strengthen your fingernails. Choose a multivitamin that contains Biotin, which fortifies and strengthens the nails. In addition, you may consider taking the mineral silicon.

It is important to note that you should always speak with your physician before beginning any new vitamin and/or mineral regimen.

5. Schedule Regular Manicures

Chanel celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson recommends regular manicures. She states that manicures remove the hangnails, rough edges and dry cuticles that we are inclined to pick at, and tend to catch on things.

6. Maintain Your Cuticles

Dr. Chris G. Adigun is a nail specialist at the Dermatology and Laser Center of Chapel Hill. Dr. Adigun suggests maintaining healthy cuticles. She warns that picking, trimming or manipulating your cuticle breaks down the nail’s defense: The cuticle acts as a barrier and a seal, therefore, the cuticle keeps hydration in and potential infections out. When you get your manicure, your manicurist should gently push your cuticles back.

7. Do Not Use Products Designed to Harden Fingernails

Dr. Adigun advises against using nail hardeners, although these products promise stronger nails, they may do more harm than good. Using nail hardeners frequently causes the nails to harden to the point that they crack and break easier.

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It’s easy to forget how unique we all are and as a result, we make the mistake of investing in pieces that doesn’t seem to match what you see on magazine covers. Somehow an outfit that you’ve been dying to get your hands on looks amazing on your curvy friend, but doesn’t fit right on your small frame. The solution to looking on point every single time is to dress for your body shape.

High-Waisted Bottoms for Large Hips/Buttocks 

If you have larger sized hips or buttocks, go with high-waisted clothing. Darker colors will also create a slimmer appearance. You need pants that flare at the bottom and fit well at the thigh level. Avoid tapered or straight-legged pants. Your skirts and dresses should also flare. Try to stick with soft materials as well.

Ruffles and Pleated Skirts to Accentuate Small Hips/Curves

Create some roundness and volume for your hips with fluff. Choose dresses that have tiers or ruffles. Pleated skirts are great as they add volume to the hip area. Also, opt for bohemian or long skirts, flared pants or empire dresses. Stay away from straight cut pants.

Flowing Tops for Large Abdomen

If you are a little shy about your apple-shaped or larger in your midsection, wear flowing tops that’ll drape over your belly not stick. You can also wear shape wear underneath your clothing to flatter the region. Avoid tops like crop tops or mid-drifts.

Ruffle Tops for Flat Chest

A good push-up bra is one way to create the illusion that “mountains” exist. If you want to try something else as well, wear ruffle tops which create bulk at the bust line.

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year every woman loves, time to pick out a swimsuit. Okay, we made up that part about every woman loving this act. In most cases, choosing a swimsuit is more akin to torture than a fun day out on the town. Thankfully, there are some ways to make the process easier. Read below to learn the swimsuit fashion rules you should keep in mind when you shop for a new bathing suit this year:

The Fit is Everything

A swimsuit can be absolutely beautiful on the rack. However, if it doesn’t fit you as it should, it won’t be attractive. Keep in mind, selecting a size that’s too small will only make you look overweight as it will force your skin to bunch. A swimsuit that’s too big will simply make you look frumpy. Either way, it’s not a great look. Therefore, ensure the suit fits snug but not tight for the perfect fit.

Keep It Classy

You might assume something as small as a bathing suit couldn’t possibly be modest or classy– it can. Pretty, fun patterns in rich colors show class as do full or moderate bottom coverage. over-the-top graphic designs, neon colors and overly seductive bottoms communicate a different message, so it’s best to avoid them all together. As a general rule, your bathing suit bottoms should be thicker than the straps up top.

Dress For Your Body

Some body types look better in certain bathing suit cuts, colors, and styles than they do in others. Therefore, it’s important to select your suit based on your own body shape. Embrace what you have. There is a style that will highlight what you want to show off and camouflage what you would rather hide; you just have to find it. General tips like selecting a bikini top with an underwire if your bust is small or sticking to a matte finish if you want to hide a belly showcase how you dress for your body.

Buying a new swimsuit doesn’t have to be a negative experience if you stick to the fashion rules above.