Nowadays webcams are our main form of communication – FaceTime, Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Portal, etc. Whether it be a family FaceTime session, work Zoom meeting, or even a virtual job interview, makeup doesn’t have to become a lost art form when it comes to virtual communication. So exactly how can we let our makeup shine beyond the pixels? Here are some important pointers when it comes to applying your makeup for your next webcam chat.
How a Webcam Creates our Virtual Appearance
The photos below highlight the difference a webcam makes on appearance. Both pictures are taken in the same lighting, the same location, and just a few minutes apart – the one on the left was taken by my iPhone 11 Pro; the photo on the right was taken by the webcam on my MacBook Pro. By nature, a webcam makes for a more pixelated appearance and tends to wash the person behind the screen out. That is why I recommend these simple webcam makeup tips.
Here are My Simple Webcam Makeup Tips:
- Define. Since your webcam audience will mainly be viewing your face as opposed to your entire body, use your makeup to define your facial features. Define your eyebrows with an eyebrow dimension powder (my fave is on sale for only $8!). Make sure to apply blush or bronzer on your cheekbones, plenty of mascara to your lashes, and a warm lip color to make your lips pop. My favorite of course is LipSense because you don’t have to worry about it smudging. Don’t forget to line your eyes with a black eye liner to give your eyes added dimension and contract to whiten your scleras.
- Go Bold. Since the webcam camera tends to wash its subject out, go bold in your makeup and fashion picks. Notice how my makeup and romper is much more vibrant in person. I purposely wore bright colors knowing that they would fade on camera. So knowingly pick vibrant makeup and fashion colors with the intention that they will be washed out to the color that you are trying to achieve.
- Powder. Make sure to apply an ample amount of powder on top of your foundation to avoid shine from the reflection of your device’s screen. You may want to apply more powder than you usually do to counteract shine in your t-zone.
- Lighting. In order for your makeup to really shine, you need to make sure you have a good light source facing you. The best light source is natural sunlight from a window – sitting with your laptop in front of a window works really well. They also sell ring lights that work on laptops and phones to shine some extra light on you.
- Mirrored. Just a reminder that most webcams mirror the subject matter. Keep that in mind when parting your hair, etc.
Don’t be afraid to get dolled up to be behind the webcam camera; after the pixels take over, your natural beauty will be accentuated without overdoing it!