Just a few months ago, if we were to start a conversation about Zoom, you may have been met with puzzled looks or with ‘What? As in a camera zoom?’
Now Zoom has practically become a way of life. Gone are the days of daily commutes and copious amounts of flat whites from Starbucks. Instead, we are now working from the comfort of our own homes and perhaps forgoing our usual skincare regime (tsk!) and relying on dry shampoo a little bit too much. Which once in a while may sound great right?
But Zoom isn’t just for virtual cocktails with the girls, it’s also a way to have those team briefings and catch ups with our boss. So we still have to at least look presentable.
Here is a quick and easy step-by-step beauty and makeup routine that will have you transform from looking bleary-eyed to fresh-faced for your next Zoom meeting in 10 minutes…
Natural lighting is your best friend
Pretty self-explanatory as it says it all in the title - natural lighting is key for your look. It can have your Zoom makeup looking practically Oscar ready. If possible, face a source of light. There’s also some great facial lighting equipment out there. Don’t want to splash the cash? No worries, a desk lamp will do.
Remember: Avoid having lighting shine directly on the face - otherwise you’ll get that dreaded yellow cast.
The clever people at Zoom definitely had us ladies in mind when creating this filter. If you feel you haven’t quite perfected your Zoom makeup look or perhaps you wanted an extra 10 minutes for your self-care pampering routine- then this is handy. The Zoom filter helps to smooth out the skin tone on your face and produces a more polished appearance. It’s also very easy to do.
Tip: To add the Zoom filter, just go into your settings, click ‘camera’ then select the ‘touch up my appearance’ option available.
Prep your skin
Prepping your skin for your makeup is vital. It creates a canvas, leaving you with a flawless, polished look.
Pro tip - If you have dry skin, use a hydrating primer to avoid those dreaded dry patches in your foundation/BB cream. For ladies with oily skin like me, I recommend Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£53.00 for 30ml). Ladies, please don’t let the price tag fool you- this is a worthwhile investment and a little goes a long way! And with the savings you’re making from forgoing that long commute, why not treat yourself?
This is a matter of personal choice. You may want to give your skin the extra breather given the recent lockdown. But perhaps during lockdown as well as post lockdown, you’re missing your old makeup routine. If you want something light but effective, invest in a good BB cream or tinted moisturiser. If not, even just dabbing concealer is also another great option when creating your final makeup look for Zoom. It’s also great for hiding any post-weekend dark circles. During the summer months, I normally opt for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (£31.00). This amazing primer is oil and fragrance free, has SPF 30 and boasts botanical ingredients for super hydrated skin.
Highlight, highlight, and highlight!
We’re not just talking about highlighting your amazing talent of diary management to your employer or any of your other fab skills, but also the (already) fabulous features on your face. Simply apply a dab of highlighter to your cheekbones, cupids bow and the inner corner of your eyes for an instant glow effect. It also helps capture the light you already created for yourself using the natural lighting tip mentioned above - now you’re already halfway there to perfecting that flawless Zoom makeup! My personal favourite go-to highlighter is MAC Strobe Cream (£25.00) which is lightweight, has light-reflecting particles and gives an amazing but subtle dewy glow. And what's great is it comes in a range of shades to suit all skin tones.
Fill in those brows
Eyebrows not only frame the face, but they also instantly lift your features without the need to endure any ‘cosmetic enhancing’. And it only takes minutes. Simply just brush your brows using a spoolie, then using light feather strokes, fill in your brows with your pencil. If you want to take it a step further, you can use a brow gel to set them in place. I adore Rimmel London’s Brow This Way Sculpting Kit (£3.99)- It’s easy to use and costs less than that daily sandwich and coffee you used to get from Pret a Manger.
What an eye-opener
Mascara is a great option to really open your peepers and make you look bright-eyed for that early morning Zoom meeting, especially after a hectic weekend. For an extra lift, use an eyelash curler before and after applying your mascara. My must-have is Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara. This amazing cult favourite does not only offer amazing definition and curl, but it also doesn’t break the bank- it’s only £5.99. Bargain!
Hone (or zoom) in on your lips and cheeks
Adding a pop of colour using a cream or gel-based blush can really help brighten your face and finish off any look. The same goes for a bright lipstick. Red lipstick is a great option for any makeup look- it’s versatile, bold and suits all skin tones (of course if you select the right one for your skin tone). The converted MAC Ruby Woo is what I use to create that bold red lip. It’s available from MAC Cosmetics for £17.50. There are a lot of great products out there that double up as both a lip and blush cream- saving you time and money. Multi-award winning Pot Rouge by Bobbi Brown (£22.50) glides on effortlessly, is buildable and is my makeup must-have- I simply couldn’t live without it!
About Mbwila M.
I'm a recent events management graduate with a passion for writing. My ultimate career aspiration is to become a fashion and beauty writer one day - preferably for Vogue !