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Basic beauty products you need for your next video call

See the makeup products that we've tried and tested so that you can look presentable while working from home in under 10 minutes.

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Do you bother putting on foundation? To contour or not to contour? Is there enough time for lip liner?

If you're about to jump on a video call, there's no need to look glam and overdone. The idea is to look professional and put-together. So what exactly should you wear for your next conference call?

We've put together a list of the most basic (but essential) beauty products that you can incorporate into your WFH routine. Plus, check out our product recommendations from some of our favourite online retailers.


moisturiser

Sunscreen and/or tinted moisturiser

Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. You may be sitting at your desk all day, but if there's a window nearby or you go out for a walk during your break, chances are your face will see the sun.

There's a bunch of sunscreens on the market that deliver needed protection, while providing other benefits such as hydration, a smoothing effect or coverage. You can also opt for a tinted moisturiser, as long as it has some kind of SPF.

Where to buy:

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+
Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+

Adore Beauty

Giorgio Armani Prima CC Glow Moisturiser Cream
Giorgio Armani Prima CC Glow Moisturiser Cream

Adore Beauty

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion

Chemist Warehouse

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Sephora

Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+
Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+

Sephora


concealer

Concealer

There's no need to start drawing triangles under your eyes like your favourite beauty influencer. Simply apply a small amount of concealer to those under-eye circles and blend it out with your fingers. This can make a world of difference.

If you need something more heavy-duty, we recommend the iconic Tarte Shape Tape. The full-coverage yet hydrating concealer has a cult following - and it also carries over 15,000 5-star reviews on Tarte. Alternatively, something like Zoeva's Authentik Skin Perfector is lightweight and easy to work into the skin.

Where to buy:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer Light
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer Light

Chemist Warehouse

Nude by Nature Flawless Concealer 02 Porcelain Beige
Nude by Nature Flawless Concealer 02 Porcelain Beige

Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline Fit Me Natural Coverage Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Natural Coverage Concealer

Chemist Warehouse


blush

Blush

If you're short on time and have to choose between blush, bronzer and highlighter, we say embrace those rosy cheeks. A pop of colour can help you look more alive and ready for the camera. A cream or liquid formula is best as it can be applied with your fingers and blended out for a naturally flushed look.

Where to buy:

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Adore Beauty

Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush Nude Burn
Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush Nude Burn

Chemist Warehouse

Rimmel Jelly Blush 001 Melon Madness
Rimmel Jelly Blush 001 Melon Madness

Chemist Warehouse

Rose Gold 101 Ointment Balm + Tint for Lips and Cheeks
Rose Gold 101 Ointment Balm + Tint for Lips and Cheeks

Sephora


mascara

Mascara

A popular holy-grail beauty product among most women is the trusty mascara wand. A quick flick of mascara on the lashes can take less than 10 seconds and will most likely make the biggest difference. The best part? The cheaper mascaras from retailers like Chemist Warehouse are just as good (if not better) than those that are on the more pricey side.

Where to buy:

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Volumizing Mascara
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Volumizing Mascara

Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline Great Lash BIG Volumizing Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash BIG Volumizing Mascara

Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline Falsies Volumizing False Lash Effect Mascara
Maybelline Falsies Volumizing False Lash Effect Mascara

Chemist Warehouse


browl

Brow gel

Slapping on some brow gel is a great alternative to sitting there and filling out your brows for 10 minutes. You could even opt for a tinted gel like Benefit's popular Gimme Brow – that way you get some colour while also controlling those unruly eyebrow hairs.

Where to buy:

Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up

Adore Beauty

Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel
Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Gel Deep Brown
Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Gel Deep Brown

Chemist Warehouse


If you've got some time to kill...

lip balm

Lip balm

We don't expect those on the other end of your video call to notice your dry lips. But hydrated lips can contribute to that natural makeup look. Bonus points if it's tinted – it's like lipstick (without the effort).

Where to buy:

Carmex Lip Balm Original Squeeze Tube
Carmex Lip Balm Original Squeeze Tube

Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline Baby Lips Loves Color Lip Balm
Maybelline Baby Lips Loves Color Lip Balm

Chemist Warehouse


face mist

Face mist

Not only is a hydrating face mist a great midday pick-me-up, but it's great to apply before a video call. While it doesn't do anything magical to your skin, the burst of hydration can help make your skin look more alive and glowing.

Where to buy:

Alpha-H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist
Alpha-H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist

Adore Beauty

L'Oreal Wake Up & Glow Mist & Setting Spray
L'Oreal Wake Up & Glow Mist & Setting Spray

Chemist Warehouse

Natio Rosewater Hydration Drench Mineral Face Mist
Natio Rosewater Hydration Drench Mineral Face Mist

Chemist Warehouse

Water Drench Hyaluronic Toning Hydration Mist
Water Drench Hyaluronic Toning Hydration Mist

Sephora

Vitamin Nectar Anti-Oxidant Glow Water Skin Nutrition Face Mist
Vitamin Nectar Anti-Oxidant Glow Water Skin Nutrition Face Mist

Sephora


eye drops

Eye drops

This one may seem a little left of field, but it can actually be really helpful. This isn't something that you need to use religiously every day, but applying eye drops before your next video call can help your eyes look brighter, and in turn, make you look more awake. Nobody will ever know that you stayed up until 3 am binge-watching Netflix!

Where to buy:

Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops
Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops

Chemist Warehouse


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