The Fastest Makeup Tips for Looking Fabulous on Video Calls

If you’re currently working from home, chances are high that you haven’t worn real pants in a while. To which we say, cheers! No one sees you from the waist up anyway, so enjoy the extra stretch of those leggings. And if you want to look a little less like a walking tornado before your all-team Zoom, we’ve got a few quick tricks courtesy of some top makeup artists.

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“A small trick that will help you look pulled together in seconds before those video calls is to apply a red lipstick. The trick is to go for a more coral-toned red, which will brighten up your teeth, make your skin glow and fill out your features without having to put on a full face of makeup.”—Millie Morales, celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist

“If you only have time for one thing—especially for my busy moms out there—my recommendation before jumping on a video call is to quickly cover any dark circles or redness with concealer for a natural-looking but more even complexion. Two go-tos? Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and YSL Touche Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen. Also, lighting is key. I often sit in front of a window at home for calls because natural light is so flattering and brightens up your features. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your home, daylight light bulbs offer the same effect. Anything but fluorescent lighting! It creates such harsh shadows on the skin.”—Christen Dominique, makeup artist, founder and creative director of Dominique Cosmetics

Nour Agha, a national makeup artist for YSL Beauty, seconds Dominique on the Touche Eclat pen: “It’s infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, and it’s the perfect product to instantly brighten up your face. Apply it under your eyes and along the highest points of your face (like the tops of your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose), let it dry down for a few seconds andthen blend it out with your fingertips to create a quick conference call–ready glow.”

“The easiest way to look like you spent time doing your makeup for a Zoom call (even if you didn’t) is by putting on a bright and cheerful lipstick like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in “Red for Me” or “Fuchsia for Me.” Both shades look flattering on every skin tone, I swear. Once you’ve applied your lip color, quickly swipe on a few coats of mascara and you’re good to go.”—Jenna Kristina, celebrity makeup artist

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Jenny Jin

Beauty Director

Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...
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