Getting ready for your next Zoom meeting, or preparing for a social get-together online with friends? Many of our professional and social activities have moved to the Internet, so it is still important to look your best. Fret not: read on our simple Zoom-ready makeup tips to prepare for your next online meeting!
Take good care of your skin
Taking care of your skin is the most important thing! Invest in a great exfoliating scrub, a refreshing toner and a lightweight moisturiser. This will also prepare the skin for makeup use, giving you that bouncy, healthy glow on and off cam!
You don’t need a heavy foundation if you have good skin with no pimples or major imperfections. Look for a good BB cream and set it with a lightweight or loose powder to remove unnecessary shine. This makes you look natural and comfortable in front of the camera, without the heavy makeup look. Mattifying helps to avoid looking glassy or shiny, especially when using a direct ring light or other bright lights.
Brush your eyebrows, following its natural shape. If they are too light, use a natural grey-brown shade to enhance them. Make sure to remove any harsh lines. Fill in your eyebrows with eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow, making sure not to put too much product. Use an eyebrow spoolie to even out the colour and spread the product.
Eyes are the mirror of the soul. It is important to make them pop a bit. To keep the whole makeup journey short and easy, take one eyeshadow with a pearly shine and smudge it all over the eyelid, but not higher than your crease line. A champagne colour eyeshadow suits mostly everyone. You can take an eye pencil or liner to add a bit of a drama to your eyes. Put a thin eyeliner in the top lash line and apply mascara.
Look for a light-coloured blush for your cheeks. Make sure not to put too much blush as camera filters or the background lighting can make it more noticeable. Peach and rose-toned blushes look great on almost all skin types.
Feel free to wear your favourite nude lipstick in a Zoom call! A nude, tinted lip gloss will do the trick if you want a little bit of shine without the dramatic emphasis.
Best Lighting for Zoom Meetings
During the daytime, natural light captures natural-looking and crisp images. Find the best spot in your house with adequate sunlight exposure and set up your device near, but not directly in the light. Spaces near windows, open-air areas, and translucent glass awnings are ideal spots to get indirect sunlight exposure ideal for video capture. At nighttime, artificial lights that look effortlessly natural are the perfect choice for background lighting.
Keep in mind that facial features are more prominent in front of the camera. Keep it simple: never forget that less is always more.
- Face scrub - The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator
- Toner - Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener Toner
- Moisturising cream - Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
- Foundation - Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Foundation
- BB cream - Clinique ID
- Loose powder - Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
- Eyebrows - Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Premade
- Eyeshadow palette - Tom Ford Eye Quad
- Eye pencil - MAC Eye Pencil in Brown
- Mascara - Diorshow
- Blush - Kevyn Aucoin Neo blush
- Lip Gloss - Fenty Beauty Glossbomb Universal lip Luminiser
- Lipstick - Dolce Gabbana lipstick
About the Author
Liv Rideg is an award-winning professional makeup artist and hairstylist with 21 years of experience in the beauty industry. She is currently based in Europe but has worked across the globe, including a spell in Dubai. Liv specialises in bridal, beauty, glamour, creative and fantasy makeup. She has also been teaching makeup techniques and different styles since 2010.
ALSO READ: How to Get Thicker and Fuller Brows