Now that we’re officially back to that WFH life, it’s safe to say that it’s only a matter of time before your Zoom invites multiply by the hour.
Zooming with colleagues, clients, or even a Tinder match can sound like an easier alternative than meeting in person, but video calls have one tiny caveat: Cameras aren’t always forgiving. Unless you have access to professional ring lights or only schedule calls during the golden hour, cameras — especially the ones on laptops — have a tendency to wash you out and make you appear twice as tired as you really are.
The amount of light in a room can also either make you look crazy shiny, or cast shadows on your face and emphasise zits you never even knew existed.
Because spending as much time prepping for a zoom call as you would going out is unnecessary, we’ve curated a list of new makeup products that will leave you looking naturally glowy and radiant, but with half the effort. You’ll fool everyone into thinking you #wokeuplikethis.
Besides, these will have plenty of mileage in your beauty regime even long after the restrictions ease. Here are the best new makeup products that will leave you looking and feeling more confident during those endless Zoom video calls.
One of the brand’s best sellers has just gotten a reformulation to make it even better than ever for all-day use at home. Made for those who want coverage without the stuffiness and stiffness from long wear, the signature cushion now incorporates Zero-City technology that feels light on the skin, even though the product sits tightly on the surface for a flawless finish. The formulation also prevents oxidation to ensure long-lasting consistency, with plenty of breathability to give skin a matte, airbrushed look all through the day.
Available at HERA ION boutique, HERA Beauty Lounge, online at Sephora.
Trust us when we say that keeping your puckers healthy and hydrated is one of the easiest way to nail a Zoom video look. Dior’s iconic Lip Glow has been known for its magical ability to bring even the driest of lips back to life, with a shine and natural colour enhancement that adapts to each person to give a healthy radiance. The new reformulation is now enriched with cherry oil to deliver hydration and glow all day, and comes in three additional shades — Cherry, Seoul Scarlet (aka Blackpink Jisoo’s red), and Universal Clear — to match any look or occasion.
Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.
Overslept for that video call? This all-in-one palette is a compilation of the brand’s best-sellers that serves looks in under five minutes. Created to produce a radiant look in no time at all, the palette sees Charlotte’s award-winning Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder for flawless looking skin, three eyeshadow colours to brighten, enhance and smoke, as well as the Filmstar bronzer and highlighter for that inimitable glow. There’s even a peachy blush for an instant pop of colour, leaving you fresh-faced and dewy for that meeting you almost missed. This limited palette comes in two variations — rose-kissed and bronzed-gold — to suit any skin tones.
Another that sets you up for success fast is Fenty Beauty’s latest undereye brightener. The lightweight concealer comes in 16 shades and is designed to hydrate, brighten, and blur the undereye, giving the impression that you had the best sleep of your life even after you pulled an all-nighter. The no-makeup makeup effect also has a sheer to buildable coverage, with a humidity- and sweat-resistant longwear formula that keeps your look intact even with the perpetual heat here.
Those who like to turn it up for the camera will appreciate Gucci Beauty’s latest addition to the burgeoning lipstick family: the Rouge De Beauté Brillant. The hybrid lipstick combines the caring properties of a balm with lipstick levels of pigmentation, delivering a high-octane dash of colour to the lips whilst drenching it with moisture from flower oils, fruit butters, and hyaluronic acid. The plumping formula sees a buildable texture and has a glossy finish that doesn’t budge as you go about your day at home.
Available at Gucci Beauty counters islandwide and Sephora.
Inspired by the weightlessness and preciousness of its famous silk scarves, the Silky Blush is an eight-shade mineral blush powder collection that’s light as air, yet nourishing to the skin with antioxidant powerhouse vitamin E. The twill weave-printed blush brushes onto the face with a sheer, watercolour-esque glow that mimics perfectly sun-kissed skin, and will have you looking like you’ve been enveloped by warm sunshine all year round.
Available at counters at Hermès’ Liat Towers, Marina Bay Sands, and Takashimaya boutiques, as well as online.