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How to look presentable on a Zoom call with minimal effort

Working from home has changed our routines, our mindset, the way we dress and our approach to beauty Monday to Friday. Slippers and loungewear are the new uniform, applying a face mask while you enjoy your morning coffee and check your inbox is now acceptable, and our homes have been transformed into offices complete with things that help us stay focused and productive.

But what about our beauty routines? We might not be wearing as much makeup as usual, but we might still be connecting with your colleagues so a video chat-ready look is still in order. Check out this this edit of quick-to-apply—and Zoom-approved—beauty; we think these will come in handy.

Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum


Now, this isn’t exactly a product that you’d apply prior to a video call, however, all this social distancing is providing you all the time in the world to really go ham on your current skincare routine. You can experiment, treat, introduce new ingredients and indulge in self-care until your heart’s content. Then, when we all come out the other side of this, you’ll emerge with 10/10 skin. Our favourite ingredient to try right now? Vitamin C. This serum from Tatcha is packed with vitamin C and botanicals like fruit AHAs and Japanese angelica root to soften, smooth and brighten skin while working hard to reduce the look of dark spots, discolouration and any acne-induced scarring. A few drops of this each morning while you’re in iso will lead to radiant skin when this is all over.

Go-To Zincredible SPF 15 Tinted

Yes, you do still need to apply some form of SPF when you’re working from home, especially if your home office is situated near a window. Go-To’s SPF 15 Zincredible (this is the tinted version) is a daily moisturiser with physical SPF that provides a hint of sheer coverage and a generous serve of hydration. It’s a great option not only for its SPF, but the glowy sheen it imparts on the skin once applied ensures you immediately look rested and ready to take on your WFH responsibilities.

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer

Fact: a little concealer applied on the inner corner of the eye can help you look more awake. The beauty of Too Faced’s Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer is that it provides a lot of coverage, so a little goes a long way. The oil-free and photo-friendly (read: Zoom-friendly) formula will add coverage, cover redness and conceal dark circles with a crease-free, undetectable finish. So, if you’re opting for minimal base products and not reaching for your foundation, this concealer will still do an excellent job of giving you the coverage you need.

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm

The beauty of NARS’ Afterglow Lip Balm is that it hydrates while providing just the right amount of subtle colour on the lips. A quick swipe of this prior to your meeting is by far the quickest way to look put together (and not like you just rolled out of bed). Plus, the chic packaging will upgrade your #homeoffice set up.

Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo

Flushed cheeks in under 10 seconds? We guarantee it with this duo from Mecca Cosmetica. Its formula is finger friendly and richly pigmented which means you’ll achieve colour payoff with only a small dab of product on each cheek. The highlighter in this duo is the Illuminating Balm you know and love—and when it’s applied to high points of your face it’ll have your work colleagues asking what magical product you’re wearing to look so luminous on a 9am call.

Chantecaille Waterproof Brow Definer

A quick brush up and some colour through your brows can make all the difference. If you’re someone that likes to get out for a run or an at-home workout on your lunch break, then opt for a waterproof formula like this one. Your brows will stay put from your virtual morning coffee date to your after-work Houseparty date.

Slip Large Silk Scrunchies

Not washing your hair as often? You’re not alone. The upside is you’re probably inadvertently training your hair to produce less oil over time. The downside? You’re looking a bit dishevelled when the video call invite lands in your calendar. Pop one of these silk scrunchies around your wrist and pull that greasy hair that hasn’t been washed in a week into a sleek low bun. Très chic. And no one will know your dirty little (hair) secret.

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