With two weeks into the circuit-breaker, video calls have been one of the main modes of communication, so having your face camera-ready is essential. And while working from home has been good news for our skin because of less frequent use of makeup these days, going barefaced might not necessarily be a good thing for jumping onto video calls – especially when lighting is not in our favour.
Tom Ford knows exactly the power of good lighting and highlights judging from the products in his Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate collection. “In order to highlight your individual beauty, the architecture of your face should be emphasised,” he said. “We all instinctively respond to light and symmetry – these can be used to enhance your natural features and bring out your unique beauty.”
So what is in the brand’s arsenal for a strong game face? For starters, there is the Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation SPF 50/PA+++ (you still need sun protection even if you’re indoors). It contains a blend of advanced elastomers and light-diffusing powders to give a medium to full coverage to cover up blemishes without feeling cakey. The foundation is also infused with hyaluronic acid, Noni fruit extract, and a trio of natural oils to create a dewy skin look. In short, you can skip the need for face filters. Other products in the series include the four Face & Eye palettes to help sculpt and define your face further.
But if that is still not enough, the inimitable Mr. Ford has got the art to show off your best angles down to the way you set up your laptop camera in a four-step method below:
Step 1: Put your laptop up on a stack of books so the camera is slightly higher than your head, say, about the top of your head. Point it down into your eyes.
Step 2: Take a tall lamp and set it next to the computer on your best side. The lamp should be in line with, and slightly behind, the computer so that the light falls nicely on your face.
Step 3: Put a piece of white paper or a white tablecloth on the table you are sitting at but make sure it can’t be seen in the frame. This will act as a reflector to brighten up your face.
Step 4: Apply lots of powder.