High-definition Zoom meetings show every sign of tiredness on your face. So when you are short on time, try this five-minute makeup strategy that will banish that washed-out, sleepyhead look and make you appear more vibrant and alive. This plan calls for a pop of color on your cheeks, defined lashes for your eyes, and a swipe of concealer as your ultimate secret weapon.
Start With Skincare
Skincare is the essential first step to any look. Prep your canvas by quickly cleansing your face, followed by a hydrating moisturizer to bring luminosity to your skin.
Try Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème Moisturizer ($89, shop here), which targets uneven texture, hydrates with powerful enzymes, and doubles as a seamless makeup primer.
Wake Up Tired Eyes
Banish red and pink tones from tired eyes with brightening eye drops like Clear Eyes Redness Relief Eye Drops ($4.24, shop here). This trick will keep eyes looking super white, refreshed, and camera-ready.
Grab a Mascara
First, curl your lashes for a wide-awake look. Next, swipe on black mascara to lend definition to your eyes so they really show up on camera. We love Glossier’s best-selling Lash Slick Mascara ($16, shop here), which gives a lash extension effect that won’t smudge or flake.
Use a Brighter Blush
To avoid looking washed out, choose a shade of blush that is a bit more colorful than you would typically wear. Adding warmth to your cheeks will lend animation to your face. Tone down the application by tapping off a bit from your pointed blush brush, then swiping your cheeks in a circular motion. Then, dab some on your lips after balm for a radiant glow on both your cheeks and mouth. Our pick? Sisley-Paris Le Phyto Blush ($80, shop here).
Finish With Concealer
Dab concealer under your eyes and on the inner corners of your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and just above your jawline for some fast definition the camera will love.
Try Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Concealer ($32, shop here) for full coverage with a natural, radiant-matte finish.
Bonus Tip: Use your phone or laptop camera at your video call station for a quick lighting check to see how you’ll look on screen. If you’ve gone overboard, blend things out with a dry makeup sponge.