Most of us are getting used to Zoom meetings, Facetime calls, Skype calls, Houseparty and other forms of video chat for our daily social interactions. It only goes to follow that you want to look your best for Zoom meetings even if we are sheltering in place or stuck at home.
While we are fans of getting a little ridiculous on video chat – now is definitely the time to bust out a tiara or feather boa on Zoom with friends and family – looking professional and fabulous but also being comfortable on Zoom or any other form of video chat is another story.
So how do you look quarantine chic on Zoom, Skype and Facetime? We’ve got you covered….
How To Look Your Best For Zoom Meetings
While we love all things black, gray, and otherwise neutral, brighter colors tend to look better on video and can help perk things up when you’ve been stuck inside for a while and are in desperate need of vitamin D. This great basic v-neck sweater from Nordstrom comes in a flattering royal blue, coral, and lemon yellow, and we’re also fans of Uniqlo supima cotton tees in their warm reds and mustard yellows.
That said, really any rich color tends to play well on video, so choose your favorites. And if you’re undecided, look at what news anchors are wearing. They are experts at what works on camera. Jewel tones, saturated pastels, and structured shapes almost always work. You can then lift your laptop or monitor with risers (or just a stack of books) to ensure that you’re only being seen from the shoulders up.
Try A New Print
While florals for spring are always groundbreaking, animal prints can be fun when you want to channel your inner Tiger Queen. This balloon sleeve top from Amazon comes in a lot of fun prints and colors, but we like the leopard print and yellow snakeskin the most. Although the green leaf print is fun and tropical and would look great on video as well.
Statement necklaces and earrings might be experiencing a comeback right now because they are the most visible when we’re all becoming talking heads on Zoom, Skype, and Facetime. For example, this AllSaints necklaces that’s literally dripping with rhinestones is super fun and would look great over a basic black, white or gray tee, and so would these beaded hexagon hoop earrings from Nordstrom.
Not into major bling? This turquoise Kenda Scott pendant will look awesome on video and the bold blue will liven up your face, or go geometric with this affordable rose gold necklace from Charming Charlie that comes with matching earrings.
Cover The Roots
We know you haven’t been to the salon in a while, so a scarf might be the best choice. Madewell has some great options including these classic bandanas, but you might already have a scarf in your closet that will work. Need some ideas for how to tie a head scarf or hair scarf? YouTube is here for you – these ideas for bandana hairstyles work for both short and long hair, but there are hundreds of tutorials and now is the time to experiment and see what works best for your tresses.
Baseball caps are also an option, especially if your calls are most casual (but what calls aren’t nowadays?) and they hide a multitude of hair sins, including grown out roots, frizz that’s calling for a keratin treatment or blowout, or literally anything else. We love the classic Puma baseball caps – especially this vibrant turquoise color – but any other type of cap works. Added bonus? The brim will mostly conceal brows that need some attention too.
Add More Blush And Lipstick
The rules for Zoom, Facetime, Skype, or other video meetings are similar to when you’re getting your picture taken – you want makeup that adds some oomph. Accordingly, you should choose lipstick and blush or bronzer that are just a touch darker than you’d select for a normal day.
We’re fans of Nars lipsticks in general but Schiap is a bold pink that makes everything a bit better, and it is easy to sheer it out with some lip balm or wear it unadulterated for a major statement look. Impulse is a good option if you like berry or wine shades, or Falbala is a more neutral shimmery rose.
For blush or bronzer, we’re fans of MAC’s Glow Play, especially the Grand (petal pink) shade.
What are you wearing for Zoom meetings, Skype and Facetime calls, and other work from home activities? Have you become an expert at tying hair scarves or do you have the most fantastic Zoom background set-up ever? We want to know!
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You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s Shelter In Place posts like How To Optimize Working From Home Right Now and The Best At-Home Beauty Advice For Sheltering In Place.
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