Make a great impression with these camera-ready beauty tips.
Most of the millennial and Gen Z crowd is pretty used to virtual dating. After all, they grew up in the era of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and all the dating apps that let you post your best photos and swipe right in a second. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, online dating has been taken to a whole new level. With people unable to leave their homes, it’s becoming more and more common to hold a FaceTime first date and bond over a screen.
The good news? You can apply your favorite lipstick and not have to worry about it smudging when he goes in for a goodnight kiss. The bad news? Your makeup may not show up as well on camera. But there are a few tricks you can use to make a great first impression over Facetime, possibly meeting your future husband or wife over video chat as you impress them with your beautiful brows and casual attire.
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- Go a bit bolder
Many like to take it easy on first date makeup, choosing nude eyeshadows and lighter blush for the “no makeup” makeup look. A look that many dudes still don’t understand… but we won’t go there. But you may want to consider stepping it up with bolder, brighter colors for your FaceTime first date, as pastels may not show up on camera or make you appear washed out. You don’t need to use every color of the rainbow on your lids, but a sparkly blue shadow or darker smokey eye will look way less over-the-top on camera than it does in real life… and looks great with a bold lip color and a swipe of blush on the cheeks.
Mira discussion of the Superstay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup by Maybelline
- Take it easy on the highlighter
Matte is where it’s at. Mira loves highlighter as much as the next beauty enthusiast, but too many sparkles on your face can make you look incredibly weird on camera. Think Robert Pattinson in Twilight. You may end up with a glare, or a face that looks greasy or oily. Use a powder like the Superstay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup by Maybelline for a silky, smooth complexion that makes you camera-ready (seriously, A-list actors use this stuff) and covers any imperfections to have you looking effortlessly luminous.
Mira review of Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques
- Don’t forget your neck
Unlike a pre-coronavirus first date, you aren’t in a dimly lit restaurant where they won’t be able to see the details of your face. You’re a talking head on Facetime, and it’s going to be super obvious if you forget to blend into your neck, near your hairline or around your ears. Yikes. Since the color difference will certainly show up on camera, grab your favorite beauty blender and take the time to blend your foundation into your neck and the hard-to-reach spots.
If there was ever a time to go all out with your brows, it’s now. Any makeup junkie knows that brows are one of the most important features on your face that can make or break your makeup look. That means you should take extra time to pull out the gel, pencil, spoolie brush and give yourself the arches of your dreams. Sure, you may freeze on Facetime for a second or two while making a funny face… but at least your brows will look bomb.
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- Don’t be afraid to wear sweatpants
The ultimate Facetime first-date hack? Give yourself the most impeccable beat face ever, but don’t feel the need to change out of your nighttime sweatpants. Comfort is key while you’re staying home and practicing social-distancing, and there’s really no reason to be literally “all dressed up with nowhere to go.” Your date can’t see the sweatpants, because their eyes are entirely on you and your flawless makeup.