The COVID-19 pandemic compels employers and employees from around the globe to adjust to the new normal at work. This remote setup redefines the workplace culture and experience. Virtual interviews are on the rise, and many workers find themselves participating in virtual meetings or video conferences more often than before.
But just because you’re out of the office and attending meetings via Zoom, Skype, or Slack at the comfort of your home, that doesn’t mean you should settle for your favorite pajamas and fuzzy slippers. Since video conferencing is here to stay, you’ll want to dress professionally and always look your best while on camera.
Dressing the part is a must, especially if you want to ace that online job interview. You don’t have to “overdo” your image to make a statement. Keep it simple, elegant, and professional — and try to match your outfit with the culture of the company.
The same concept applies to virtual meetings. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a formal dress or suit and tie. Whether you’re meeting with a client, two or three colleagues, or the whole team, it pays to look presentable and professional.
Plus, studies have shown that dressing well and fixing up for work actually boosts overall confidence and productivity. Ready to take your work from home look to a whole new level? We give you some tips and tricks for easy, simple, and quick makeup looks that will set you up for success in any online interview or virtual meeting.
1. Go For Soft, Glowing Skin
Maintaining a great skincare routine is a must when you don’t want to put on a face full of makeup at home but still want to look beautiful, fresh, and confident on-screen for your virtual meetings.
Let your skin breathe and give it all the love that it deserves — from prepping it up with a thick moisturizer to applying that vitamin C serum and enjoying a facial massage.
If you’re using foundation, see to it that you find the right foundation shade that will enhance your natural features. You don’t need as much coverage when you’re on-cam, but it’s good to even out your skin tone with a tinted moisturizer or color-correcting cream.
Apply a good amount of concealer to hide imperfections, cover any dark circles, and brighten up your face. Put concealer in all the spots where you need it — under the eyes, eyelids, and inner corners, on the bridge of your nose, and around your lips.
2. Be Bold With Your Eyes
Aiming for a quick stand-out eye look? Don’t be afraid to try bright, graphic eyeshadows or light shimmery shades to create more dimension. If you’re going for a simple, natural look, make sure to fill in your brows to emphasize those beautiful eyes and define your face.
There’s no better way to open up your eyes than a generous coat of mascara and lashes that are curled to perfection. Swipe on two layers of volumizing mascara to accentuate your eyes and make them appear brighter on camera.
3. Flaunt Those Bright Lips
Nothing like a good matte lip tint to make you look and feel vibrant and confident no matter how long your Zoom office meeting may take. Complete your webcam look by putting on a bright lip that will boost your energy and make your face pop onscreen. After injecting color to your lips, make sure that you clean your lines for that crisp finish.
Here are some other things you need to consider to look professional during virtual meetings.
4. Light It Up The Right Way
Don’t make the mistake of sitting with your back to a window, as backlighting will only make you look washed out and obscure your image. If you’re setting up your work place where there’s natural light, make sure that you are facing the window.
Setting up high-powered, soft lights or desk lamps can help brighten up your face and enhance your features. Ensure the camera on your laptop or computer is at eye level to achieve a great angle.
5. Use Neutral Backgrounds
Keeping your background as simple and neutral as possible will help you make a good impression and present yourself well on video. Clear your desk and your background of anything that will distract your colleagues or clients and make you look messy and unprofessional. A gray or white wall with a few nice-looking plants, picture frames, or bookcases is ideal, but try out different simple backgrounds to find out which works for you.
Remote work, virtual meetings, and online interviews come with unique communication challenges, but these shouldn’t stop you from creating a winning digital image or brand. Use these tips and guidelines, so you’ll always shine in front of the camera.
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