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You’ll also probably be familiar with that WTF feeling as you look at yourself on the screen, confused at the fact that the way you looked in the bathroom mirror this morning is most definitely not what you look like to your coworkers right now.
It’s a mix of lighting and the fact that everyone looks different through a camera, but you don’t need to resign yourself to feeling like a potato and spending your meetings distracted by your three apparent new chins.
To avoid looking ‘pale and washed out to viewers’ as well as ‘fine lines, wrinkles, and open pores’ looking extra visible on camera, she recommends a five-step plan.
Not only will it help your skin look better, but it can also help with the damaging effects of blue light from your devices. SJ recommends Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect, saying that the ‘Theobroma Cocoa Seed Extract in Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect specifically provides protection against blue light.’
‘I would recommend Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Makeup SPF45 by Estee Lauder. This foundation covers imperfections and evens out your skin tone whilst giving your skin an instant radiant glow so you won’t look flat on camera (and its 12-hour wear means you will still look great for online meetings in the afternoon without having to top up)’
The next step is to add colour, specifically focusing on the lips and cheeks.
‘I love Bobbi Brown Multi-Tasking Pot Rouge for Cheeks and Lips,’ says SJ.
‘Plus, you can top this up before each call if you feel you need a little more.’
Next is all about definition, with mascara being the key here. SJ says Benefit Roller Lash is her hero product for a product that lengthens and never clumps.
‘This will be much more flattering on your features. If you want to go all out invest in a NEEWER ring light. You can even attach your phone to it if you are doing calls from your mobile. It sits in the ring light itself so you are hands-free and looking your best!’
Pablo Rodriguez, Director of Artistry at Illamasqua.
Illamasqua is a brand that began for performers, and has now extended to help us normies make ourselves look just as good.
Pablo Rodriguez, the company’s Director of Artistry, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I would recommend applying your make-up using as much daylight as possible, set up your make-up products and mirror facing a window to ensure the natural light illuminates your face.
His top tip if you don’t have a ring light is to ‘use a white towel when applying makeup, place it on either your table or floor, as the light will bounce from the towel onto your face to enhance and lift your features.’
Pablo’s desert island products (or desert bedroom makeup bag) include Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer for a healthy-looking, balanced finish, Illamasqua Skin Base Concealer, which he says is ‘perfect to cover up any dark circles or blemishes, without putting on a full face of foundation’, and Illamasqua Colour Veil Blusher to add a pop of brightness to your cheeks.
Finish off with a slick of clear gloss.
‘By applying heavier makeup and more layers, It helps the face look less “flat” and enhances someone’s features. Also, with on-screen, camera lighting really does help. It can really showcase the makeup.’
She says, though, ‘to give a little glow and make your skin look more vibrant for video calls I would recommend using a highlighter on the nose, cheekbones and cupids bow. I particularly like the highlighting palette from BPerfect as it has a range of different shades suitable for all skin tones.’
Her top picks product wise are By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer or Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence as a primer. Foundation-wise, she hat-tips Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and The Ordinary Serum Foundation
Jeniffer advises using a ‘lightweight, matte foundation such as Clinique Stay Matte’ and says that ‘a translucent face powder is a must as it reduces oiliness and shine.’ Her top pick is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
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It could be many more weeks of being indoors and having meetings via these methods, so we might as well feel our best while we do it.
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