Conference Call Makeup: Here’s What’s Quick & Easy


Laura, a reader, was asking about easy 5-minute makeup for online teaching. She said, “I don’t wear much makeup but I’d like to not look like a zombie every day and scare my already scared students.”

Laura, I feel you.

I’ve never had more “downtime” and I’ve never looked more tired. This pandemic is taking an emotional toll on all of us, and the effects can be seen on some of our faces…so here’s a quick routine that’ll make you’ll feel a million times better–or at least look it.

Look Fresh: Easy Makeup Tips & Tricks For Video Calls

This quick makeup routine applies to any type of video interaction you might be having in the upcoming days, weeks and months — virtual meetings, video calls, Zoom happy hours, FaceTime with loved ones. With a few easy tips we can brighten the face, open up the eyes, look less tired, and achieve refreshed, natural color.

Our how-to video features an easy makeup routine for virtual meetings, video calls, Zoom happy hours, FaceTime....Quick tips to brighten the face & look less tired.

Products Featured

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Brush

Face: It Cosmetics CC Cream or Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer (better for dryer skin)

Undereye Concealer: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer & Concealer Brush (I like to blend it with a dome-shaped brush: this brush has both in one)

Lashes: Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara

Eyes: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow (I used copper & rosegold in the video)

For an Allover Glow: Becca Sunlit Bronzer in (Bronzed Bondi) & Bronzer Brush

Cheeks: Benetint cheek & lip stain (ok, so apparently lolli tint is no longer being made, but posie tint–bright pink–and cha cha tint–bright coral–are both still available)

Lips: Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper

Easy Makeup Routine Go-To Products For Video Calls



PS – If there’s a video you want to see, let me know! I’m always looking for suggestions, especially now with all this home time!


  1. How do you get the NARS concealer to stay in place without powder? Tell me your secrets! Mine cracks under my eyes within an hour if I don’t put on powder, but maybe I’m doing it wrong?

    • Try using a little less and see if that helps – and I always layer it on over under eye cream, so maybe that makes a difference. But if you aren’t afraid of a bit thicker concealer, their Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a full-coverage concealer that doesn’t need to be set with any powder and is a matte, rather than radiant finish. It stays put . . . I used the radiant concealer in this video because I had a lot of questions about minimal makeup, but the matte concealer is one of my favorites when I want more coverage. I hope this helps and don’t hesitate if you have any more questions! (Here’s a link:

  2. Hi Scotti, can you please provide some tips for hair coloring during quarantine? I have naturally brown hair which I get highlighted every 8 weeks. What can I use to at least mask my dark grow out? Thank you!

    • Ugh . . . I’m with you. My daughter told me my hair was “black” the other day so I totally get the regrowth. I reached out to my sister-in-law who owns her own salon in NC to see if she had any tips for us. She said some powdery dry shampoo might help to diffuse the line a bit and your best bet is to try to style it differently (change your part, braid it, use a headband/scarf) to try to mask the line for now. I asked her about using a color-depositing shampoo or conditioner if you wanted to try to darken the length of your hair for now but she said to be careful of those because they can make the ends look greenish or too warm. But the good news is that we’re all there with you (is that good news, really) and we’ll all have that crazy quarantine hair for now. I would just say DO NOT try to lighten it at home. Been there, done that, and ruined my hair for months. Hang in there!!

  3. I want to buy all of the things…but I struggle with getting the correct colors for concealer, eyebrows etc. Especially right now when I can’t go into a store and get help selecting. Any tips, tricks, or which colors you pick so I can compare and contrast my own skin/eyebrow color?

    Thank you!!!

    • I understand! Living in Marquette, I buy online ALL the time because there’s not a lot of stores to go into to actually look at the colors (no Sephora). So I would say to peruse the comments, especially on sephora, where a lot of the questions on colors can be answered. My biggest tip on finding the right color is to search swatches online . . . you can find any product in any color by searching for swatches. There are even entire sites devoted to this (like and It really helps to see the product on skin (even if it’s not your skin tone) because pictures of the products can only do so much. Finally, for brows: you are most likely lighter than you think you are. Going lighter for brows is always better than going too dark . . . and ultimately, Sephora and Nordstrom both accept returns for cosmetics that didn’t work out so if you find you HATE something you bought, you can always return as a last resort. Hope that helps!

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