While we still spend most of our days indoors, virtual meetings continue rolling in full swing. Wondering how to master the Zoom face? Trust our Beauty & Health Editor, Samreen Samad’s say who aced her virtual look with the help of four products.
Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum
Glossy, glass, glazed are a few common Instagram terms to describe dewy and glowing skin. I am a huge fan of this trend (like any other millennial) but I have to exercise caution before picking products that promise dazzling sheen, thanks to my overactive sebaceous glands. The Glowy Makeup Serum has been my go-to for days when my skin is looking dehydrated and dull. It instantly adds a healthy glow without making it oily. It’s supposed to work as a primer under make-up, but can be worn on bare skin as well. The texture is lightweight and contains tiny shimmer mineral powder which gives skin an iridescent glow.
Verdict: It gives the skin a nice radiance and is great for days when you don’t want coverage, but a healthy and smooth face. It’s ideal for oily skin and will keep the make-up intact. Use it under your foundation or by itself.
Daughter Earth Nude Lip & Cheek Tint
Daughter Earth has combined the two pandemic trends—nude finishes and multitasking products—and launched four new shades of Nude Lip & Cheek Tints. The shades are a mix of coral, mauve, pink and brown. They are enriched with vitamin E, shea butter and almond oil, which ensure your cheeks and lips don’t dry out. These cute little pots offer a cream-matte finish and are quite pigmented.
Verdict: The formula spreads on the skin like butter—there’s no dragging, and no uneven patches. While the product on the cheek is long-lasting and saturated, you may need frequent touch-ups for the lips. But they will definitely last you through a couple of video calls.
Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser
If you’re rolling out of bed mere minutes before your video call, here’s how you can get away with only a few dabs of concealer. The formula offers full coverage and the texture seamlessly blends into the skin. Its sleek doe-foot wand offers an effortless application and the attached sponge makes blending easy.
Verdict: This is a must-have for days you have only a few minutes to spare to look presentable for a call. The formula blends easily, doesn’t settle in the creases and does a good job of covering imperfections. Brownie points for including vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in the composition.
Benefit They’re Real! Magnet Mascara
It’s an open secret—when in doubt, apply a few coats of mascara to go from drab to diva in a jiffy. For products for your brow and mascaras, Benefit products reign supreme. The new mascara from their They’re Real! range is a winner for instantly breathing life into limp lashes. The formula instantly lengthens the hair and the black iron oxide ensures jet black lashes, which are noticeably visible in a selfie and Zoom calls.
Verdict: This is hands down one of the best mascaras I’ve used. The wand attaches itself to the lashes like a magnet, making it simple to use. While it’s no replacement for your falsies, the lashes look defined and the curl holds all day.
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