Competing with major video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Google Meet has unveiled its portrait touch-up mode. This beautifying feature enhances user appearance in video calls, including improvements like skin smoothing, under-eye lightening, and eye brightening.
Google offers users a choice between two portrait modes:
- Subtle: Provides minimal cosmetic adjustments.
- Smoothing: Offers more noticeable enhancements.
The feature is turned off by default and can be activated via the settings. Google mentions in its announcement, “Whether you’ve just come back from the gym, are recovering from a cold, or are jet lagged, portrait touch-up is available to help you feel your best.”
Given the rising popularity of beauty effects in video conferencing apps, such as virtual makeup or skin blurring, it's not surprising that users have been requesting this feature. Notably, Microsoft Teams recently collaborated with Maybelline, enabling users to apply digital makeup colors. While Google Meet has introduced the touch-up mode, it has yet to roll out a virtual makeup feature.
However, there's a limitation: the portrait touch-up mode is not available for users with personal Google accounts. Access to this feature requires premium accounts, such as Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Education Plus, Google One, and Google Workspace Individual.
Currently, the feature is available only on mobile devices, but Google plans to extend it to web users by the end of 2023.