Working from home should technically give us more time in the mornings, but who else has noticed that time starting to slip? Whether it’s helping the kids, or fitting in a quick wash load before work, our prep time in the morning has certainly gone down as we’ve adjusted to a new routine.
And it’s often only when you switch on the camera for your first Zoom call of the day that you realise you’ve missed a crucial step in your make-up routine.
Therefore we’ve rounded up our top products and tips for a quick and flexible Zoom make-up routine to help you be prepared for whatever the workday throws at you.
Nothing goes as far as having well-moisturised, bright looking skin so don’t skip your post-shower moisturise!
Product highlight: Skin Defence Multi-Protection Light Essence SPF 50 PA +++ from The Body Shop
For foundation, you really need something that will last right up until your last call of the day. Better yet, make sure it includes SPF and UVA blocker to make sure that even rays through the window aren’t damaging your skin.
Product highlight: No7 Protect and Perfect All-In-One Foundation from Boots
Despite all efforts, shiny-face syndrome can always rear its head after 6 consecutive calls! Keep a powder and brush next to your computer for a quick top up between calls and keep the shine at bay. Plus, a quick dusting of bronzer swept all over the face and neck can also help warm up a pale camera tone!
Product highlight: Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer - Miami Beach from Holland & Barrett
For a 'natural soft glam' look perfect for COVID-era working, a subtle and long lasting lippy is perfect for daily calls mixed with dashing back and forth to the front door.
Product highlight: Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour (Topped with Brandy) from MAC
You might want to step it up a notch when it comes to a pitch or client meeting, or transitioning into evening social calls. Also, a bright bold lip can draw eyes to your mouth when you're speaking, which means people are more prone to listening without getting distracted.
Product highlight: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour (Pirate) from John Lewis
Finally, it's always a good idea to keep a lip balm or gloss next to your desk to keep your lips moisturised throughout the day.
Product highlight: Burt's Bees Pink Blossom Tinted Lip Balm from Holland & Barrett
In front of a camera, pale eyelashes can disappear, so having a subtle mascara to bring out your eyes can do wonders. Liquid liner is swift to apply and turns a casual day look into something a bit more glam. Remember – on camera, everything looks smaller, so go big with those wings!
Product highlight: EYEKO Lash Alert Mascara from M&S
If you’re more brows than lashes, then investing in a good brow pencil is a must if you're on video a lot all day.
Product highlight: XX Revolution FleeXX Brow Pomade from Boots
For some reason Zoom cameras seem to enhance under eye shadows, especially if the light source in your home office (or bedroom!) is directly above you. We find a little concealer goes a long way in banishing those bags!
Product highlight: Benefit Bo-oing Industrial Strength Concealer from John Lewis