A lot has changed since the unforgettable 2020. The way we live, and also the way we work. From boardrooms to bedrooms, from cubicles to couches, even workspaces have changed. Suits and skirts have been replaced by hoodies and sweatpants. Thanks to social distancing, our lives have become hostage to a stream of video calls. While many of us are comfortable flaunting our natural, sans-makeup look, there are those for whom makeup is a must. But then again, the rigmarole of waking up every morning and scrambling to look your best, minutes before the video call, can be exhausting. That’s why we’ve rounded up some handy makeup tips, so you’re always well-prepped for your next virtual meeting.
Let’s get started with the makeup tips
Sculpt your brows
Neatly sculpted brows can make all the difference. In fact, your brow game can change the game. Grooming them can give a polished, professional look to your ensemble, given that eyebrows frame the face. Undone brows can drag down your entire face, especially on camera.
How to: Brush up your arches with a spoolie or eyebrow brush to give them a definition and then lightly fill in the sparse areas with a brow pencil.
Swipe on mascara
Brighten up your eyes with a generous swipe of mascara. This will accentuate the perimeter of your eye making it look larger and more awake. Use a double coat of mascara to give your lashes the much-desired volume. And of course, don’t forget to curl your lashes before applying the mascara.
How to: Wiggle the wand at your roots and pull it straight through your lashes. This will help separate your lashes and give them an illusion of fullness.
Blush it up
Webcams can make you look washed out, hence it is essential to make your face pop. Adding a dab of blush to your face will do the trick and liven up your face and help combat camera-induced sallowness. Opt for bright, warm shades with yellow and golden undertones – like coral or peach. Cool tones tend to look darker on camera.
How to: Swipe your blush brush in an oval motion across your cheeks and back towards the outside of your face. Remember to tap off excess before application.
Use a highlighter
Another trick to instantly brighten your skin is to use a highlighter. Subtle strokes along the brow bones and cheekbones reflect natural light and add a gorgeous glow to your skin. Remember to keep away from the center of the face to avoid extra shine. Opt for powder highlighters to keep the unwanted shine off your T-Zone.
How to: It’s best to use a powder highlighter to give your cheekbones a healthy glow and keep the shine off your T-Zone.
Dab a concealer
Long hours, sleepless nights, and with stress levels at an all-time peak, your skin is bound to rebel with nasty breakouts, acne, pimples, and dark circles. Enter, concealer, your staple beauty arsenal. Dab lightly on the problem areas and pick a shade that closely resembles your skin tone. Too light or too dark will make you appear ghostly and ghastly, so choose well.
How to: Apply several dots under the eyes, and on uneven spots on the face. Tap and blend well, and never rub. Remember, a concealer with peach tones helps hide bruises, green covers redness or blemishes, and yellow-toned helps in correcting an uneven skin tone.
Liven your lips
If you want an illusion of full makeup, bold lips are the way to go. More often than not, it commands attention and looks classy. A satin or gloss finish will shine through and make your lips appear bigger and fuller. To get your perfect shade, try this trick. If the veins on your wrists are blue, then opt for cool undertones, and if they are green, then stick with warm lipstick tones.
How to: Start at the center of your lip and move outwards. Use a lip-liner on your cupid’s bow for more definition.
Be it manic Monday or fun Friday, we’ve got you covered. You may be lounging in your PJs, but with these easy tips, we promise, you can ace anything that comes your way, the most grueling meeting, to the toughest of clients. Face the world with confidence, because girl, you’re going places!
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