We've all been there. Makeup applied, (relatively) confident in our appearance—when a FaceTime request comes through, shattering everything. Suddenly, we're looking at angles we didn't know existed and wondering if we should step foot in public ever again. Sound familiar?
Seriously though, unless you're a supermodel, FaceTime can feel more like looking into a fishbowl or funhouse mirror than at your real-life reflection. Blemishes appear more pronounced, features seem distorted; in other words: no fun for anyone.
But don't fret! We caught up with Maria Vargas, on-set makeup artist for E! News, who regularly preps Catt Sadler and Ali Fedotowsky for their screen time. She gave us the scoop on everything from concealer tricks to colors to avoid—so let’s just say this HD-expert knows a thing or two about looking good on camera.
Click through for your guide to achieving a flawless FaceTime face—then go chat someone you love!
Spruce Up Your Space
This one may sound simple, but Vargas says to stand in front of a cute background. It makes it more interesting, so that the sole visual focus isn’t every single aspect of your face. Got a pretty painting or tapestry? Park yourself there. The background can be a distraction from how big you think your nose appears to the opposite party.
“Choose good lighting,” says Vargas. “The brighter the better. You want to avoid dim lights that cause shadows.” In other words, you don’t want to look like you’re filming a low-budget horror movie.
Find Your Good Side
“Angle is key. We all have a best side. Choose your favorite ‘selfie’ side,” she says. Hey, it’s an excuse to practice more #selfies, right?
Define Your Lashes
“The picture is not sharp on FaceTime, so you want your lashes bold enough to show,” Vargas says. “Studio Fix Bold Lash by MAC is my go-to mascara. The brush combs and separates every single lash and gives amazing length. Your lashes will definitely look sharp in that blurry screen.”
“Apply a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks to add color and a healthy natural glow. FaceTime tends to wash you out,” Vargas says. “I love Jouer Cosmetics’ Tint in Petal. It's a soft rose pink. You can apply it with your fingertips, it's easy to blend, and it won't look too harsh on screen. It gives your skin a fresh dewy look.”
“Coral-pink lipstick looks great on everyone. My favorite is Niagara by NARS,” Vargas says. “It will give you enough pop and color and won't look over-done.” She warns against using any neon pinks and oranges: “If you want to stay more natural, simply use a sheer shine lip gloss.”
“Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer ($32) will make the toughest dark circles disappear as well as any blemishes or scars,” says Vargas. “A little goes a long way! You can apply it with your fingertips by lightly pressing it on the skin. You will look like you've had 8 hours of sleep.”