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Kelci Gaier

It seems like we've been under lockdown for a lifetime now, and I know I'm not the only one who's been taking full advantage of that comfortable work-from-home freedom! And, although living in our PJs, forgetting all about aesthetics, and ensuring the camera is always off for every video meeting has been fun, there are moments when it can backfire spectacularly.

Picture this: After months of the lazy lockdown lifestyle, you've been told you've got a crucial conference call in about 20 minutes and you'll be required to actually 'show face' for this one. You glance down in horror at the realisation that you're still in your Hello Kitty tank top and your boyfriend's tatty grey sweatpants. You're also rocking bird's nest bedhead, and your au naturel facial situation makes it seem like you've forgotten you used to slap powders and dyes on your face back in the pre-corona days; which you vaguely remember as 'your makeup'. So, in the next 15'ish' minutes, you need to jump back on that beauty bicycle and salvage a sense of presentability, professionalism, and maybe even a subtle swagger that comes from a fresh coat of warpaint. Can it be done? Of course it can! And I'm going to spill the tea on how to make it happen.

Thankfully, it doesn't actually take that much effort to put together a polished makeup look when your co-workers and clients are squinting at you through the blessing-in-disguise of low-quality webcam resolution. As long as you have a few products on hand, your bosses need never know that you're still rocking BFs scary sweats under that perfect visage. So, without further ado, here's my secret to a quick, effective makeup routine, focused on keeping it simple and cutting corners where you can.

So, that's my ±15 minute masterclass to make sure you don't look like a Zoom zombie! I share content like this, and so much more, regularly on my Instagram at @makeupby_kelci_gee, so feel free to give me a follow. Now, go out and slay! Send us your 'Business at the top, PJ's at the bottom' pics by either tagging us (#justbreathemag) or sending to hello@just-breathe.biz

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