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In today’s workplaces, web conference calls are commonplace. Whether this is a daily or quarterly event in your office, you know the pain of seeing your face on screen and thinking “Is that how I look today??”

First of all, video – particularly webcam video – distorts your features slightly, depending on the angle, quality of the camera, and lighting in the room. So, don’t worry. That’s not really how you look today.

Of course, you still want to look nice for the others in the online conference. Especially when you’re trying to make a good impression at work, appearances are important.

Luckily, there are three simple tricks to help you improve your web conference look – without piling on tons of clown makeup.

Lighting

Poor lighting can do things on camera that it doesn’t do to your face in real life. If you can select your space, take your laptop somewhere that’s bright. Natural light on a sunny day is always a winner. This will reduce the amount of dreary shadows that creep under your eyes and mouth.

If you’re stuck in a dim and crowded conference room, try to sit closer to the camera so your face picks up the light of the monitor.

Eyes and Lips

The shadows and other minor distortions of webcam calls darken your eyes and mouth, so that’s where you need to focus your makeup attention. There’s no need to overdo it; a little goes a long way.

The goal is to brighten your eyes and make them “pop” as much as possible. Eye liner and mascara are essential.

Concealer is great for quick fixes under the eyes or covering pimples and wrinkles around the mouth, but remember that opposite colors on the color wheel actually cancel each other out. If you have redness or dark circles, check with your beauty specialist for the perfect correction color.

Contrast

Overall, aim for color contrasts. There’s no need to go overboard. Focus on adding warm color to your cheeks to send a message that you’re happy and pleasant to work with. Choose a lipstick color that contrasts with your hair and skin. This will help your lips stand out, and it will bring attention to you when it’s your turn to talk.

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Whether you’re jetting off to the seaside in the south of France or heading to the beach in Southampton, you need to take along some beauty products to look fabulous. Some places may not have the products you’re looking for and with a full day of adventure planned, there’s really no time to visit local beauty stores. Here are some ideas on the best travel-ready beauty products that you can easily toss into your carry-on, no matter the destination. Fix your look anytime with ease.

Tweezers

When it comes to eyebrows, there’s always a stray hair or two popping up. Certainly, you want to look well-groomed when you’re on vacation. Take along a pair of tweezers like the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer. It makes hotel-room grooming a piece of cake. If you’re beaching it in the UK, have all your hairs in place with a good tweeze.

Nails

Use a cuticle cream to keep your cuticles soft and nails looking neat. Try Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to get the job done. If you’re heading out to a high-end restaurant in the Hamptons, use some cuticle cream for a finished look.

Concealer

The Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer is compact and easy to stash in your carry-on. There’s no need to pack a brush. Easily swipe this creamy concealer on right out of the tube and smooth it on with your finger. Heading out for a night on the town but tired from a day of sightseeing? Cover up that tired look with some concealer.

Facial Mask

Keep your complexion looking fresh with the Karuna Hydrating Face Mask. It’s an ultra-moisturizing sheet mask that will soothe and revive dull skin. It comes in a small, compact packet that’s easy to take along. If you’re out of town for a wedding, having handy facial masks done the night before gives you the best face for the wedding the next day.

Perfume

Of course, you’ll want to smell good while traveling. With the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Solid Perfume Compact, you won’t have to worry about liquid contents spilling all over the contents of your suitcase. It houses a mirror and a solid vanilla-violet-and sandalwood that is totally drip-proof. Smell delicious while you’re touring Australia.

If you’re traveling in Australia, Canada, UK or the US, visit a local Vagaro beauty or fitness professional to get your perfect look. Just visit www.vagaro.com.

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Putting together a summertime makeup strategy can be tough. Get the perfect look with these lip color and eye shadow combinations and use them for the weekend and work week.

Burgundy Eye Shadow and Rosy Brown Gloss

Work a burgundy eye shadow like Elizabeth Olsen and apply a smoky haze look around the eyes. Team it up with a coat of rosy brown lip color. You can get the look with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre New Moon and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Synopsis.

Pearl Pink Eye Shadow and Glossy Pink Lips

A juicy pink gloss with a girly shade of pink from Lily Collins is nothing less than all girl. Apply a pearl pink eye shadow with a lighter shade on the eyes. Get the look with Flower Color Play Crème Eyeshadow in Wild Geranium and Revlon Color Burst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious.

Bronze Eye Shadow and Classic Red Lipstick

You can never go wrong with classic red lipstick. And with a bronze shade of eye shadow at the corner of the eyes and over the lids, you’ve got the perfect match. Use Tom Ford Eye shadow Quad in Cognac, MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry and MAC Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

Smoky Brown Eye Shadow and Peach Lip Pencil

Highlight tanned skin with Shay Mitchell. Blend shimmer shadow shades of purples, cocoas, pinks and blues.  Finish it off with a deep peachy pout. Get the look with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection Shadows and Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella.

All around, it’s not hard to get the perfect summertime makeup look as long as you do it right.

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It can be tough to part with a favorite and sometimes hard to find, but cosmetics have expiration dates for a good reason. When you keep makeup for too long, it could stop performing the way you expect it to, and it  increases that chances of harmful bacteria.

Makeup Loses Effectiveness Over Time

Mascara dries up, foundation separates, and lipstick becomes grainy over time. When you use these cosmetics past their natural life span, they might not perform like you expect. Once the expiration dates pass, performance declines and you just won’t get the look you want.

Bacteria Buildup Could Damage your Skin

If lack of performance doesn’t convince you to stop using expired cosmetics, perhaps harmful bacteria will. One explanation for this phenomenon is reuse. Every time you dip a wand into your mascara tube, you’re introducing bacteria from your skin to the product. Whenever you use expired cosmetics, you are reintroducing new and old bacteria to your skin and eyes. This could result in irritation, inflammation and redness. For eyes, you could even risk conjunctivitis or other serious infections.

Active Ingredients Break Down

From anti-aging ingredients to sunscreen, beneficial compounds will break down over time. Products containing skin friendly acids for anti-aging will lose their effectiveness in a few months after opening, while those promising a sunscreen lose their potency in under a year. You could be risking a nasty sunburn if you depend on an expired product to protect you.

Adhere to dates on the ends of tubes and bottoms of bottles, and throw away opened mascara and related eye products 3 months after opening. Liquids like foundations can be kept for 6 months after opening and powdered products like eye shadow and blush can be kept for up to 18 months before throwing away. If you notice a change in composition in any product, it is time to throw it away.

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Almost every celebrity has their own unique look from Rihanna to Kylie Jenner that’s too irresistible to try for ourselves! Sometimes their styles even become the season’s hottest trend. Lady Gaga showed up at Coachella 2017 donning small holographic stars and bronze glitter that’s taking summer by storm. With a steady hand or the right makeup artist, these looks are easily achievable.

1. The Celebrity Bold Lip

The bold lip is a popular look to wear for a nights out on the town. Whether it’s a non-conventional or stereotypical color, this look is making a statement on red carpets everywhere. Tinashe has been sporting this look.

2. Shimmery Eyes

Return of the Studio 54 disco eye, our favorite comeback of 2017 is the shimmery eye. Celebrities like Tori Kelly can be caught with this chic look. If you’re heading to a summer wedding, have your makeup artist apply every shade of heaven.

3. No-Makeup

You’ll see Alicia Keys working her no-makeup look. It’s truly a refreshing look perfect for every occasion– work or play! The key to the no-makeup look is to have glowing skin. Ask your skincare provider on best methods to keeping your skin clear and bright.

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For summer, beauty is au-naturel. This season’s beauty looks are barely there and sultry. Partly because of the laid-back beach culture associated with this season, but also due to the heat. Because of the change in weather, this requires an update on the beauty products you’re using. Make these swaps to feel effortlessly gorgeous for the best time of year.

Trade Foundation for BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer

If you’re outside regularly, thick, full-coverage, foundations feel cake-y in the hot and muggy summer months. Plus, facial pores open up in response to the heat, so using heavy products or layering can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Instead opt for a lighter coverage BB cream or tinted moisturizer. NYC celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Gomez, prefers beauty balms because they offer a variety of benefits in one product, such as sun protection, anti-aging, priming, and light-to-medium coverage. BB crams also have a priming function that helps it last longer than a tinted moisturizer.

Ditch the Dark Lipstick

Many are excited to finally break out the brighter, quirkier shades for summer. Makeup artist, Tom Pecheux, suggests going for fun colors like reds and plums that look great on every skin color as opposed to risky oranges and pinks. His secret for making your lipstick last longer is by applying lip balm the night before. In the morning, apply a bright matte color that looks great against the backdrop of dewy summer skin.

Goodbye, Powder Blush

Powder works wonders in winter, but this type of product barely sits still in the summer. Go for blush creams that absorb into the skin for a soft, dewy look. A great choice that serves double-duty as a blush and lip stain is the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks.

Opt for a Lighter Moisturizer

Thick moisturizes are needed to fully retain the skin’s moisture against dry winter winds. In summer, however, heavy moisturizers don’t absorb fast enough so they can cause you to sweat off your other products later.  Go for an oil-free choice with SPF so that it protects your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays, but absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy.

Change Your Cleanser

Since skin is exposed to different elements throughout the year, your cleansing routine should change with the seasons, too. Nix creamy facial cleansers in favor of foaming washes. Due to the foaming action, these washes offer effective cleansing to remove impurities such as dirt, oil, sweat, and sunscreen products. However, foams have a lighter, gentler touch, so they are great for daily use.

Just a few easy swaps and your makeup bag is now ready for bonfires and beach-lounging. For more help transitioning your look from winter to summer, find an experienced stylist here.