Our human interactions have evolved into digital workspaces, virtual schooling and scroll-through dating; conducting business and social relationships through video has become the platform for everyday communication. To get into a productive mindset and elevate your presence for your next digital call, these six minimal-effort, high-payoff recommendations will get you ready for the small screen in less than 10 minutes.
Shield From Blue Light
If you feel like your skin is taking a toll from the time logged in front of a screen, you’re not imagining things. Research has linked blue light emitted from screens to free radical damage, the little chemical particles that wreak cosmetic havoc in the skin by binding to and weakening collagen and elastin.
A bathroom posse of soothing and shielding ingredients will help to protect your skin from the blue light pollution. Chantecaille’s Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum ($150) is the heavyweight that will boost your skin with hydration and visibly increase radiance and promote a glowing complexion.
Don’t Forget Your Eyes
We are constantly exposed to artificial light, and too much exposure, especially at night, can suppress the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles. Caddis Blue Light + Readers Glasses ($95) minimize digital eye strain (DES) with crafted lenses to filter the blue light from screens. Even better, the chic designs and color combinations are the perfect solution when you have no time for eye makeup.
Master Minimal Makeup
In the beauty department, simple is best: Hide imperfections with concealer, add dimension with bronzer, zoom in on the lashes and brows and pop color on the lips and cheeks. It’s enough to show I’m here, I’m awake, I’m ready.
Concealer: Let your skin breathe, only touching-up any gripes or under-eye circles with a formula like Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Concealer ($32), which provides smooth, skin-like coverage, mimicking its natural stretch and elasticity sans creasing.
Bronzer: It’s really easy to look washed out and tired. A quick swipe of bronzer boosts sun-kissed-levels of productivity. rms beauty Buriti Bronzer ($28) is a cream formulation for a natural lit-from-within glow. Apply sparingly on your cheekbones and dab on the eyelids for a translucent sheen.
Brows: Defined brows will always make us feel more put together. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($23) reigns supreme because of its finer point—plus it’s retractable and has a wide shade selection. Pro tip: Choose a brow color one shade lighter than your natural hair and gradually layer to darken.
Cheeks + Lips: Rely on the speed of multitasking products and a monochromatic color scheme with the ILIA Multi-Stick ($34), available in universally flattering colors that melt into the skin for easy blending.
Lashes: The dream mascara is one that is thick yet weightless, non-clumping and elongating from root to tip. With its featherweight touch and loaded bristles, NARS Climax Mascara ($24) brings the intensity.
Don’t Forget Your Outfit
We’ve all been there: 2 p.m. and still in pajamas as an unexpected Zoom call appears on the calendar for 10 minutes from now. To nail the apparel portion of work from home, find nightwear that transfers seamlessly into daytime chic. Designed with an intentional easy, relaxed fit, Lunya’s Washable Silk Double V Jumpsuit ($248) is my 24-hour outfit—and yes, it is washable! It pairs well with a sweater or blazer, and can easily get you through an entire week of appointments (so I’ve heard.)
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