Your Zoom date. It begins in exactly 10 minutes. How could you forget?
You throw on some clothes (waist up, obvs) and rake your hair back into a low bun. You've got several minutes to get your face ready. Concealer or full-coverage foundation? Highlighter or mascara? Eyeshadow -- or sans?
We've got a better, quicker solution...skincare.
You really don't need a face full of makeup for your Zoom date. You just need a few skincare products to achieve a subtle glow ahead of your juicy date.
Let us show you our super-speedy, ready-in-six beauty routine to get you glowing and even more gorgeous for that special Zoom call.
#1 Spritz on Some Mist
Rose...it's the world's most romantic flower and, in its h20 form, one of the best ways to instantly refresh your skin and give it a radiant glow.
Used as a beauty treatment since ancient times, rosewater boasts potent anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties. It's basically an all-in-one cleanser, fragrance, and moisturizer.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, rosewater will also soothe irritated, acne-prone skin.
"Rosewater helps control excess sebum production, doubling down as a clarifier to improve the appearance of pores," explains board-certified dermatologist and founder of Ava MD, Dr. Ava Shamban.
You'll find this ingredient in a range of beauty products including cleansers, face masks, and lotions. However, the most convenient form of it in this case is mist -- a product you can literally just spray on.
Using this Product
Try Truly's Volcanic Rosewater All-Over Hydrating Mist. It's formulated with a nourishing blend of rosewater, rosehip, aloe, witch hazel, and vitamin C for a dewy burst of hydration.
Simply spritz your skin as an end-of-day pick-me-up to revive your skin and senses with its soothing feel and soft floral fragrance. You'll instantly look ready and glowing for your video call. Got a few more minutes? Continue with the next two steps.
#2 Infuse Hydration (and Resurface)
To keep the glow going, smother your skin with a moisturizing, nourishing face serum formulated with active ingredients like retinol and vitamin C -- proven to boost overall dewiness. This product should already be part of your daily skincare routine, but if it isn't, apply a thin layer of serum to your skin just before your Zoom date. It's a quick DIY fix for dry, lackluster skin.
Besides hydrating the skin, you want to look out for a serum that contains AHAs like glycolic acid or lactic acid, as these slough away dead skin cells to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. In small doses, they're suitable for sensitive skin.
Using this Product
Truly's Mary Jane CBD Glow Serum is made with CBD, retinol, caffeine, and glycolic acid to wake up your skin for your upcoming virtual date. It also delivers powerful antioxidants to firm and tighten skin while replenishing essential hydration.
Apply one to two drops onto clean skin and pat into skin. In your regular routine, apply it daily, morning and night, and follow with sunscreen and moisturizer. Thanks to its brightening effects, you can also use it as an eye cream to revive tired eyes.
#3 Lock it All in
"Skin care is absolutely essential when you are starting out any look, whether you're home or not," says celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo. He recommends looking for a hydrating moisturizer that adds luminosity to your complexion. "You need to prep and prime your canvas," he insists.
Even if you're not wearing makeup for your Zoom date, we still recommend layering on a lightweight face cream to drive out dryness and seal in moisture and nutrients from the previous two products.
A great ingredient to look out for is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring humectant that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. You probably hear about it all the time on social media. Those beauty influencers are all over HA -- and so are we! Seriously, it's an elite skincare ingredient that can work wonders for your skin.
Using this Product
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts, Truly's Cream Skin Face Cream promises to moisturize, plump, and rejuvenate the skin.
Massage a small amount of the moisturizer onto clean skin. Apply as much as you need, depending on your skin type. If it's chronically dry, you're probably going to need a little extra for more intense hydration. Allow to settle and absorb before applying another products or makeup. Now you're ready for your date!
You absolutely do not need to wear makeup for your Zoom date. If you have a couple extra minutes and you want to wear makeup, make it these few products.
- Add Warmth with Blush
"Here's the thing about FaceTime and Zoom calls: Although they're HD, you can look sort of washed out," says Oquendo. "Adding warmth to your cheeks will make you look like you have more life." Couldn't agree more!
- Pat on Some Concealer
Should you have an extra 30 seconds, pat a little concealer under your eyes and on the bridge of your nose. It'll instantly wake up your skin and mask any blemishes.
- Swipe on Mascara
Add some definition to your eyes by giving your eyelashes a quick curl and swiping on a few lashings of mascara. He or she won't be able to resist!
And if you're not much of a makeup pro, try watching tutorials on how to apply makeup well -- and fast. Trust us, it'll save you a lot of unfortunate, messy situations now and for future last-minute dates.
Whether it's a first date on Zoom, second date on Facetime, or business-related Zoom meeting, it's always a good idea to spend a few minutes prepping your skin. In this post-pandemic world, we're still into socializing, dating, and doing business from a distance.
By all means, embrace the digital change! Just be sure you're taking good care of your skin while you're doing it.
What guy or gal could possibly forget the girl who glows?