With Covid still raging and lockdown orders being expanded and/or extended, the popularity of video conferencing is still soaring. Zoom (and the like) continue to be a great substitute for business conferences/meetings and maintaining personal connections. Unfortunately, Covid fatigue has us all feeling a little sluggish and unmotivated; so, we may not always be camera-ready. Sometimes we need to get Zoom ready in a hurry but don’t fret – it can be done.
When the world first changed and we started working from home, we were determined to stay in a good routine: get up at the same time as normal, take a shower, get dressed, apply makeup, and be at our home-based “workstations” by the start of our shift. We wanted to stay ready to return to work in the next month or so. But, that was almost a year ago now. At some point, the reality that this was not changing in the near future set in and our commitment to our routines waned. Don’t feel bad. It happened to the best of us.
We started sleeping in a bit, not taking a shower every morning, not doing our hair and makeup every day, and/or not getting fully dressed in our normal work attire. Why bother? What’s the point? We are not leaving the house -so, why not PJ the day away? What happens in lockdown, stays in lockdown and these tips will help keep it that way.
Getting Zoom Ready in a Hurry
1. Do some quick face-scaping.
Your face might get looked at up-close and personal on Zoom. Give your face a quick once-over and if you have any stray hairs that you’d rather keep hidden from others, then you will have to do some face-scaping. You can shave them off with the Sephora Collection Eyebrow Touch Up Razor Set and/or pluck them away with Tweezerman’s 40th Anniversary Slant Tweezer. They will get the job done in a hurry.
2. Wash your face.
You have to give your face a quick wash with your favourite cleanser to wake your face up, wash off the remnants of sleep still hanging around, and rid your face of any stray hairs you just got rid of. Your face is your canvas and you need it clean and clear to get it camera-ready. I like more natural cleansers like Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (but it’s a little costly) or Pacifica Beauty Complete Face Wash.
3. Moisturize your skin.
After it’s washed, you need to apply a light layer of moisturizer to your face and neck to perk up your skin and give it a healthy, dewy glow. I like to use Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Blur Moisturizer or (if you can afford it) Crème De La Mer. Both of these creams leave skin looking and feeling like the clock has turned back time and they are also great as a makeup base.
4. Use a good BB (blemish balm) or CC (colour corrector) cream.
These multi-tasking products do a lot with little effort. Some of them act as a moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, skin treatment, and concealer. I love Pacifica Beauty Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream and IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+. The Pacifica BB cream is lightweight and has a luminosity to it that really glows and the IT Cosmetics CC cream is great for discolouration issues.
Hints: Use concealer if you need a little extra coverage. Also, apply a little highlighter to your upper cheek bones and the tip of your nose and blend in. It has big camera impact.
5. Brush and colour your brows.
Take a minute to brush your eyebrows and fill them in with a pencil if you have any gaps to define your brows. You don’t need to spend more than 30 seconds on this. Both Maybelline’s Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil Makeup and Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz come with a brush and pencil allowing you to quickly brush each end across your brows for a more finished look.
6. A few strokes of Mascara.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time building up your mascara for a long, spider lash look. We are going for a natural, pandemic look. Everyone knows you’re at home and, if you go out, will be wearing a mask. There is no need to look like you are on your way to the red carpet. Having said that, a little mascara will open your eyes and make them pop. I love MILK MAKEUP KUSH High Volumizing Mascara because it goes on easy, has a dark pigment and the brush is perfect. If you have sensitive eyes, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara is the way to go. It goes on great and is very buildable.
7. A bold lip.
A splash of bold colour on your lips perks up your face and makes people think you went to way more trouble than you did. You can still pull off a natural look with a bold lip and it will look great on camera. Personally, I like a red lip and I have about 30 favourites. I know red is not for everyone so I’ll let you decide what bold colour suits your complexion best. If you don’t have one, get one and keep it handy. Honestly. A bold lip is a game-changer especially when you need to get a look together in a hurry but are not looking or feeling your best.
8. Get yourself a hairband.
Putting your hair up in a ponytail is an easy go-to but that doesn’t work for everyone. No matter what your hair is doing or when it was last washed, everyone can throw on a padded or embellished hairband and your hair will look good. It doesn’t matter how long or short or what style it is, a hairband will work in a pinch. You don’t have to invest much in them either. You can purchase packs of Pearl Hairbands and wear one or multiple hairbands at a time or you can get any style of padded hairbands. Whichever one you choose it is sure to lift your hair.
9. A Zoom ready top.
Keep a top ready for last-minute Zoom requests (or if you wake up late). This top should be appropriate to the season and deep colour. For example, you can keep a black turtleneck at the ready for last-minute calls. It won’t conflict with your bold lip or whatever hairband you choose and won’t clash with your background. That’s just an example, but always keep something clean and ready to go that ticks all the same boxes so you don’t waste time searching. And no – pyjama tops won’t work.
10. Get comfortable.
You must treat being on a business Zoom call the same as you would if you were in a physical meeting. Once the call starts make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair, in an area that is quiet, well-lit (preferably with a ring light), and will make a good backdrop for your call. You don’t want to be fidgeting or be distracted thinking about the room behind you. Make sure you always keep an area of your home clean and ready for the same reasons you keep a top ready. You don’t want to waste time desperately cleaning a suitable place and rushing to get situated. Make sure it has a reliable power source nearby so you can quickly connect if necessary. Oh and grab a drink – it’s important to stay hydrated.
So if you ever find yourself with 10 minutes needing to get Zoom ready in a hurry, these tips will get you there and no one will be the wiser. What tips do you have to get Zoom ready quickly? Please share your tips with us in the comments.