Is She Wearing Sweatpants?
On Video Chat, All You Need Is a Fresh
Face (and a Little Lipstick)
Confronted with our own understandably worried faces and unbrushed hair on the little feedback boxes during FaceTime check-ins with mom, meetings on Zoom and Slack with coworkers, and the odd virtual cocktail party on Google Hangouts, we’ve found ourselves scrambling to pull our at-home-but-on-screen selves together. Along with a cute top or at least a presentable collar, a little lip color goes an incredibly long way toward brightening up skin, says Gucci Westman, makeup artist and founder of Westman Atelier, who created the look above. “It works no matter what,” she adds. Westman walks us through how to get it—even when we’re in sweatpants.
Glowy, even skin starts with a little spot-checking on areas that need coverage, Westman says: “I start by smoothing on some concealer or foundation (my stick can be both) with a brush to blur imperfections. Dab on an extra layer depending on how much coverage you want.”
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Add a bit of
Next, Westman taps highlighter at the tops of the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, and the Cupid’s bow—all the places that naturally catch light.
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Warm up the skin
Moving in a horizontal motion, Westman sweeps bronzer along the cheeks, eyelids, temples, and forehead to warm up the skin tone. “Working the shade all over instead of just onto the cheeks creates a more believable looking glow,” she says.
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Subtly define facial structure
“Sweep the highlighter up the cheekbones and along the eyelids, using a brush,” she says. This extra touch of warmth and definition is almost imperceptible, but it really helps brighten the face.
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Wake up your eyes
With skin now looking even and glowy, Westman swipes on a few coats of mascara. “The idea is inky black and wide-awake, so people really see your eyes,” she says.
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Finish with a lip (Westman loves red)
“A red lip is a classic look, yet it always comes off looking super modern and fresh,” says Westman. “For the final pop, I use the fuchsia or tomato shade in Lip Suede on the lips. You’ll get a precise, defined shape if you use a lip brush, but if you want something softer, just use your fingers.”
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