How to do your makeup for video calls, according to a professional makeup artist

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We all look blurry in different ways when using a webcam, with all these Zoom meetings, professional makeup artist, Steve Kassajikian, provides simple tips to help you prepare for your on-screen meeting. The first one being lighting – Steve recommends facing your window, to achieve natural lighting before applying your makeup.

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The first step in applying makeup is to use a primer, a pea-size amount, following a primer is a concealer. Concealer gives you coverage without looking heavy, unlike foundation. Using a beauty blending sponge, sprit a bit of setting spray before blending the concealer, ensuring you are not only laying your makeup smoothly but so it lasts longer.

The following step is to apply powder over the concealer to focus on the centre of your face. To bring definition to the skin, your next step is to contour, apply from your ear to the half-way of your eyes. Steve suggests using warmer colours to contour as it will give you much depth as compared to light tones which will make you hollow out.

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Then take a bronzer to apply around your cheekbones and your forehead. To define and shape your eyes, you need to focus on your brows by first brushing them up then add the brow pencil from the outer area and then inwards to create a natural brow.

While still on the eyes, use a bronzer to carve out your eyes on the top eyelid, going back and forth in circular motion, using the same method and product do the same for under the eye. The last part of defining your eyes is using a mascara and apply it on both the bottom lashes and lower lashes. On to blush, apply it on the same area as the contour softly keeping the appearance light.

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Highlighter is vital to focus on the areas that will enhance your features when on camera. Use a setting spray to sprit twice on your face and apply the highlighter to the dampened skin to absorb it.

To finish off the look, focus on the area that will be moving the most during these video calls which is your mouth. To achieve a great lip-look, use a lip pencil with a colour that is deeper than your natural lip-colour and then apply a neutral tint lipgloss. Last touch apply setting spray!

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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