Video call makeup tips to help you look your best in that professional Zoom meeting!
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Well, ladies! I think we can all agree: video meetings are here to stay!
Video conferencing is the perfect solution for pulling people together for a meeting, while allowing everyone to safely work from home or remotely. They’re also fantastic for workplaces that have multiple offices across town or around the globe. And, at a time when traveling is restricted, a video call is a safe and affordable alternative to business travel during the global pandemic.
Video Call Makeup Tips
Be it Zoom, FaceTime, BlueJeans, Skype or otherwise – all video conferencing tools work pretty much the same in how you’ll prepare. In addition to your tradition meeting prep of getting your talking points and information all ready to go, you’ll want to set yourself up in a quiet place with neutral background. You’ll also want to consider how you dress for the occasion.
Some professional video meetings are understandably more casual, particularly between team members and colleagues. Then, there are those occasions when you’ll have a pitch to share, an important report to deliver or a major project to present. For those more important meetings, you’ll want to come “dressed to impress” same as you would in person.
An interesting thing about video in general? What you see in person doesn’t necessarily translate well on camera.
And that’s where today’s discussion on video call makeup tips can come in to help you prepare. Same as with your attire, you’ll want to opt for colors that are flattering to you while also helping you seem alive on camera. There will be no washed out faces here! (And there won’t be any clown ones either.)
Tip #1: Opt for a Good, Creamy Lipstick
While lipstick is usually the last product I apply when getting ready, it’s a headliner when it comes to video makeup tips. A good, full-coverage lipstick that has some color to it without being too extreme POPS on screen in a way that’s flattering but not overwhelming.
When choosing a color, be sure to wear something in contrast of what you’re wearing. I gravitate towards middle of the road pinks quite a bit for FaceTime and Zoom calls. In the photos in this post, I’m wearing the stunning satin Hermes lipstick in the shade “Rose Mexique”. Another great recommendation? MAC’s Chatterbox.
Overall, a smooth and creamy lipstick will have the most polished appearance on camera over a matte. In addition to Hermes and MAC, I highly recommend the Dior Ultra Care Rouge lipsticks, Urban Decay’s Vice lipsticks, Pat McGrath’s lipsticks and even the Buxom Full-Force Plumping lipsticks. If you like a glossy finish, the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines have great pigmentation while being ultra lightweight.
TIP #2 NEUTRAL EYESHADOW
While it’s definitely a lot of fun to dive into an electric eyeshadow palette with stunning duochromes and metallics, a video call isn’t usually the best place that much drama.
A video meeting, however, IS the perfect time to break out your favorite everyday neutral shades! Matte nudes work beautifully all over the lid or blended out in your crease. To keep things simple, a beautiful satin bronze shadow is also universally flattering on the eyes and brings a polished look on camera that’s not distracting.
Two of my favorite neutral palettes of all time that I don’t think you could ever go wrong with are the Tarte In Bloom palette and the original Lorac Pro palette. Of course, there are many many more options out there.
TIP #3 DEFINE THE EYES WITH LINER
Considering that neutral eyeshadow is one of my video call makeup tips, it might surprise you that eyeliner becomes majorly important. But, it absolutely is! No, now is not the time to impress everyone with your ability to create the perfect cat eye. Eyeliner is, however, the #1 way to define your eyes and that is ever so important on a video call.
Your eyes are what will connect people to you over video when you don’t have the benefit of a face-to-face interaction. As such, you’ll want to define them.
- UPPER LASH LINE: Draw a smooth, narrow line as close to the lashes as possible. The goal is to add definition, not drama.
- LOWER WATER LINE: Use a black or brown gel liner to line your waterline.
Tip #4: Wear a Radiant Foundation
To avoid looking flat on camera, one of the best video call makeup tips is to reach for a foundation with a radiant finish. Please note, radiant does not mean dewy — which can give you unwanted shine on camera. Instead, a radiant foundation delivers a natural glow to your complexion that is very flattering on video.
In the above photos, I am wearing the Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Foundation. Other radiant favorites include Lancome’s Teint Idole and the NARS Radiant Longwear foundation. From the drugstore, Wet n Wild Photo Focus is your best bet. It has a nice natural finish and wears beautifully throughout the day.
TIP #5: Add Dimension with Bronzer
To add dimension to your face, a key video call makeup tip is to wear a matte bronzer! This will of course add color to your complexion to help you avoid looking washed out on camera. It also will add definition to your face same as liner does for the eyes. Bronzer will bring dimension, helping you stand out from the neutral background you’ve selected.
A bonus tip? Stop at bronzer and forego blush altogether. Or, if you are a die-hard blush fan, be sure to apply lightly.
Thank you for reading! I hope you are staying well during this challenging year.
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