Are you ready for your closeup? Zoom and Hangout show the real you.

Everyone is working from home and you can now attend office meetings in your bed without your pants on. But in this new virtual world, one thing shows up in more (discouraging) detail than ever:

Your face.

I don’t know about you but I’m always startled when I hit “join” and first see myself onscreen—it’s way more revealing than a mirror. Of course, your looks don’t matter really, but it is encouraging for others to see you without your isolation hangover showing. A few quick tricks can make you look like—and feel like—the bright-eyed innovative thinker you really are.

At Got Beauty in Sugar House, we asked one of their top makeup artists, Tori Plant, to demonstrate her cosmetic tricks to create the illusion of more open and youthful-looking eyes. She successfully accomplishes both in a natural way by playing up the brows and sticking to warm and skin-toned neutrals for a contouring effect. As Tori suggests, “By applying the deepest shade to the outer corner and crease, it creates an illusion of depth that will really make those beautiful eyes of yours—pop.”

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STEP 1:  Even the tone. Apply a soft skin-toned shadow from lash line to brow bone. This will serve as a blending shadow and will even out the tone of the lid.

STEP 2: Warm it up. Apply and blend a warm brown tone to the entire lid—from lash line to crease. Use a brush to smudge the remaining product on the outer 3/4ths of the lower lash line.

STEP 3: Contour. Apply and blend your darkest brown shadow to the eyelid crease and outer corner “V” of the lid.

STEP 4: Liner and Lashes. Apply a thin layer of black or dark brown liner from the inner first lash to the outside lash. Add mascara focusing upward and for a bolder look, add on a set of false strip lashes.

Makeup Tricks That Really Open Things Up

STEP 5: Don’t forget those brows. Line the entire lower brow line, then feather upward with the brow brush for a soft lift.




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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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