Living through the pandemic has forced many of us to work from home and be on camera 24/7. Staring at a screen can get tiring, but don’t worry – we’ve gathered some of our best beauty tips for how to look good on your daily Zoom calls.
1) Face A Light Source
The key to looking good on camera is good lighting. If you don’t have a window you can sit in front, use a lamp. If you are facing a window, don’t forget to put on sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
2) Elevate Your Laptop
If you don’t have a desk at home, place your laptop on something that will help showcase your best angles. You don’t want to be looking downward – keep things at eye level.
Setting your laptop on a chair and adjusting the height is a quick fix, as well as stacking pillows to steady your computer on top of.
3) Colour Correct And Brighten Dark Areas
After you do your skincare routine, go ahead and even out your skin tone. Using a combination of concealers is the best way to achieve this.
First, use a concealer with a pink undertone to brighten any dark areas. Then, use a concealer that is the same shade as your skin to cover any blemishes. After that, go in with a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to highlight the areas of your face that reflect light.
Our go-to? L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer – an affordable, lightweight formula provides amazing coverage.
4) Go For Healthy, Radiant Skin
You don’t want to look shiny on camera. If you prefer more skin coverage, go for a lightweight foundation that has a natural finish. If you have oily skin, use a mattifying product with a luminous primer underneath.
Our go-to? It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare. Afterward, apply powder where you need it. You can’t go wrong with Laura Mercier’s classic Translucent Powder.
5) Get Ready In Front Of The Lighting And Camera You Will Be Using
Depending on how good your lighting and your camera quality are, you might look a little washed out in front of your computer. By doing your makeup on camera, you’ll know how much more bronzer and blush you will need to apply in order for it to show up on-screen.
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer goes on like a dream and warms up the skin beautifully. If you like something with a little bit of a sheen, then try Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Bronzers – they produce a sunkissed like no other.
For blush, try MAC’s Glow Play Blushes – they have a creamy texture but a powdery finish and buildable pigment that can be layered on to your liking.
6) Use Press-On Nails
If you’re used to getting yours done at the salon, press-ons are bound to be your new best friends. Simply glue them on the night before a meeting for a more polished look. Kiss ImPRESS Manicure Sets come in a variety of styles and are available at your local drugstore.
7) Take Care Of Your Skin
Although the majority of spas are closed or open with major restrictions, you can still pamper your skin. Masks are great because they allow you to multi-task, so keep a couple of different kinds on hand to tackle different skin concerns.
The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Masque helps de-clog pores and reduce blackheads. For a radiance boost, use Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask or Tatcha’s Violet-C Radiance Vitamin C Face Mask.
To top things off, apply eye patches while you mask to de-puff and reduce dark circles. DetoxifEYE Hydrogel Under-Eye-Patches from Pixi beauty get the job done.