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How to Look Bright-Eyed and Fierce for that Next Zoom Call or Date

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I think we can all agree that COVID has put a damper on our dating lives. It was hard to meet people before the pandemic hit, and now it’s even harder. Dating apps like Bumble and Hinge have been thriving because that’s the safest way to get to know other people. But, what is the best way to dominate your Zoom dates? Read on.

Clothing

First thing’s first… If you’re on a Zoom call, people will most likely be seeing you from the shoulders up, so focus on that. Stay away from patterned shirts including stripes, polka dots, etc., because that will only be a distraction on your date. Focus on solid, brighter colors to help you stand out from your background.

Makeup

Ever heard the expression, “Less is more?” Forget that for Zoom calls. It’s hard enough seeing each other through a screen, and if you want to stand out and look your best, add a little more makeup including blush and eyeliner. Not enough blush will wash you out, and not enough eyeliner will make your eyes look smaller. A bold lip color, when done right, could be the perfect pop you need. All in all, more makeup = better look for Zoom calls.

Hair

One of the most popular trends for hair on video calls is accessorizing. Adding a barrette will give more emphasis on your face, as well as bringing a pop of excitement to your look. You can also do small accent braids, headbands, bandanas, and claw clips. During your video date, you’ll want your face to be the main focal point, accentuated by your hair.

Jewelry

“Less is more” is the way to go with jewelry on Zoom calls. That includes simple earrings, a dainty necklace, a small bracelet… Just enough to add some sparkle, but simple enough where it’s not the focal point. Match up your jewelry color with your top – for example, silver jewelry with blues and gold jewelry with pinks. Cooler colors usually go with silver jewelry and warmer colors usually go with gold jewelry. Keep it simple but enough to shine.

Lighting

On video calls, lighting is everything. Without the proper lighting, your date won’t be able to see your perfectly planned out outfit + makeup + jewelry + hair combo. You can invest in a stand-up ring light like vloggers use, or buy a clip-on light that you can put around your laptop’s camera. If you’re not able to get one of those, position yourself directly in front of a light and adjust accordingly.

In the days of COVID, where meeting someone at a bar or party is nearly impossible, you can rely on the next best thing: online dating. It can be a hassle, but if you’re ready to put yourself out there, that is your best option. And now, you have practical tips to nab that first video date that will hopefully lead to many more.

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About The Author

Emmie Pombo is a latte and tattoo-loving Tennessean who specializes in mental health and beauty writing. She holds a degree in Journalism and a certification in Makeup Artistry and Airbrushing. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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