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    29 Beauty Products That’ll Convince You To Keep Your Camera On During Zoom Calls

    As far as your coworkers are concerned — you woke up like this.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An extreme lash mascara to make you look super attentive (and glamorous) during those back-to-back virtual meetings — even if you're actually bored out of your mind.

    buzzfeed writer's face with one set of eyelashes with no product on and the other wearing the mascara looking longer and darker
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I don't think I ever knew the true meaning of wide awake eyes until I armed myself with this mascara from Stila. Let's just start with the look and feel of it: it comes in a weighty gold tube — so you already know you're about to experience something special — and the applicator is curved in the center with just the right amount of product on it. Clearly from my experience, you can tell the obvious difference between the with and without — and, tbh, the 'without' has been my general M.O. during these recent times. But that has all changed thanks to this lash extension in a tube! Not only do my eyelashes appear thicker, but the length is just truly phenomenal. I feel like a brand-new, less-tired looking woman any time I apply a lick of this!

    The product doesn't clump my lashes together, either, and there's no flaky leftovers come the end of the day. Just a really great formula that coats each lash. So if you're anything like me and want to do the complete bare minimum with makeup, you're going to want to have this in your beauty arsenal. It is the true definition of low effort, high *high* impact." —Jasmin Sandal

    Get it from Amazon for $18.40.

    2. A L'Oreal *eight-second* lamellar water rinse-out treatment that'll give your hair out-of-this-world shine and softness, and starts working after just one use. Reviewers say it's become a staple in their routines.,

    And it's silicone-free!

    Promising review: "I don’t usually do reviews on products, but for this one I absolutely have to. I have 3c type hair and struggle with a lot a breakage, unmanageability, and moisture. When my mom mentioned this product to me I didn’t take her seriously because of the simple fact that we have two completely different hair textures. I never would of thought this brand would work on my hair. I have always used ethnic hair products and stayed away from brands such as this one because of the alcohol consumption. I have never in my 22 years felt my hair like this. I feel like I have a completely different head of hair. This product is so amazing and I will FOREVER be using this product in my hair regimen. Thank you so much!! ♥️" —Theressa Hailey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    3. A quick-drying top coat to cause you to talk with your hands so much your coworkers will think you moonlight as an air traffic controller. This stuff is so great it's convinced some reviewers to never step foot in a nail shop again. It'll have your polish fully set within minutes, and it'll last a good while no matter how rough you are with your hands.


    Promising review: "NEVER GETTING MY NAILS PROFESSIONALLY DONE AGAIN. I love having long nails. I do not like spending fifty bucks just to get them painted. I tried the gel polish, with gel top coat; I tried the gel system with the lamps; I tried every polish out there. My hands get washed hundreds of times daily. This stuff is unbelievable. It really works the way they say it does. I applied it about one to two minutes after finishing a second coat of color and within minutes it had bonded and set and my nails stay shiny and polished for over a week. That is not the full two weeks claimed, but I am unusually hard on my nails so over a week is AWESOME. I immediately ordered several more." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.96.

    4. A natural dry shampoo powder if you don't have time for a full wash but would like to LOOK like you had time for a full wash. Think of it as a small bottle of innocent deception.

    A reviewer's bangs looking oily at first but then fluffy and oil-free after using the dry shampoo

    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. And a pack of highly rated facial cleaning wipes if you sometimes roll out of bed and hop on your first call without having time to actually wash your face (no judgment).


    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes so I could quicken refresh my skin at work from wearing a face mask all day. My skin has been breaking out all along my cheeks and I know it’s due to having to wear the mask. These smell lovely, fresh and clean without being overpowering. The wipes are a good size and they don’t leave behind any sticky or oily residue like some makeup wipes. I bought these specifically because it said ‘cleansing cloth’ as opposed to ‘makeup remover’ and I enjoy them immensely. My husband even enjoys these!" —KTorrente

    Get three packs of 30 from Amazon for $14.02.

    6. A teeth-whitening pen to give you a super bright "I'm so happy to virtually work here!" smile. It's easier to use than whitening strips, and far cheaper than a trip to the dentist (although you should definitely go if it's been a while).

    reviewer's before pic with yellow teeth and then after pic with much whiter teeth

    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... and this stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Lil Mama Mindy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A pack of oil absorbing sheets that'll quickly de-shine your forehead and return your skin back to matte (without ruining your makeup) before your last meeting of the day.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven't gotten around to writing a review until now. I've tried other blotting sheets and they've either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER oily skin (and cystic acne which I have the scars to show for) and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne." —Noopur D.

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95 (available in two formulas and various pack sizes).

    8. A pack of big claw clips, which is basically the equivalent of having extra pairs of big ol' hands to keep your hair up so you can show off those gorgeous cheekbones.,,

    Promising review: "I have medium length, THICK hair and these hold my hair with zero problem. I love the smooth, matte finish on them too! I suffer from headaches and migraines and these don’t cause any issues. They’re a tight grip without feeling that way. No tugging or pulling." —Taylor Bybee

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    9. Or this chic Machete claw clip if you'd like to support a woman-owned small business.


    Promising review: "The best clip ever. It’s gorgeous, strong and holds up my very thick hair. I’d rather wear a clip than a have my hair in a rubber band so this is almost always in my hair! So glad I found this brand!" —Sara M.

    Get it from Machete for $42.

    10. A stick of Fenty Stunna Lip Paint to give you that vibrant, powerful, boss b**** look you need to take on the day. Even if...ya're not the boss. The best part about this12-hour liquid lipstick is it's specifically designed to look good on literally everyone — because aren't we all bosses at heart? ❤️


    Promising review: "Wow. My new favorite lip color!! I ate three meals today and it stayed completely on all day. It truly is a great color for all skin tones. It's so lightweight when you wear it and also very matte. Would highly recommend!" —Crystal Cas

    Get it from Sephora for $25 (also available in nine shades).

    11. A tub of rejuvenating eye cream to firm up those bags under your eyes that you got from reading BuzzFeed shopping posts all night when you should have been getting your beauty sleep. That wasn't a wise choice, but who are we to judge?,

    Promising review: "Exactly as advertised. Great price, super creamy, and moisturizing. Will definitely purchase again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. Or a pack of cooling, hydrating eye gels with hyaluronic acid and collagen for those days you wake up and get straight to work. All you need is a solid15 minutes to wear and remove these patches before your morning meeting, and you'll instantly bring those tired eyes back to life (although some reviewers wear them for 30 minutes).,

    Promising review: "First of all, amazing deal for the price! Secondly, they work amazingly!! I have issues with tired eyes and I used the patches for about 30 minutes after I washed my face, while I was in the shower, then took them off when I did my makeup and my under-eye was so moisturized and rejuvenated!" —Tiara Baker

    Get a pack of 20 pairs from Amazon for $14.87.

    13. A tube of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Protein treatment for folks with hair that's become damaged due to excessive straightening and dyeing.

    BuzzFeed editor Bek showing that the product took her hair from dry flyaways to soft, smooth strands
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good, I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel-dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    14. A box of fine line-reducing face masks that'll tighten your pores and lift your skin. Be prepared to be a little freaked out at first when you see yourself in the mirror and realize you look like an extra from The Walking Dead with this mask on. But it'll all be worth it once everyone at work notices how great your skin looks.,

    Promising review: "Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticeable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn't be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level" —Samantha

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $30.98.

    15. Or this brightening face mask made with 100% pure, edible, vitamin C-packed fruits like lucuma, papaya, and sea buckthorn perry. It's basically an exfoliating fruit platter stuffed into a tiny little jar — "serving face" just took on a whole new meaning (you can use that joke during your next meeting, free of charge).


    Promising review: "You get so much product with only a few drops of powder and water. I really need to get a mask brush! Love this!!!" —Taylor L.

    Get it from Golde for $34.

    16. A cruelty-free vitamin C serum that'll brighten and soften your skin while drastically reducing hyperpigmentation. The 44,000+ people who gave this serum a 5-star review love it so much there should be a fan club for it.,

    Promising review: "I never thought that I would find a serum that didn't just irritate my skin. I've spent WAY more money on fancy serums just to have them purge my skin and leave me red and angry-skinned. This stuff is amazing. It isn't sticky or heavy. I used it every day, and it's still lasting me forever. I'm in love. I'd give it 10 stars if I could." —Makayla Fryman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    17. An eyeliner stamp that'll help you create that matching wings look so many people struggle to capture. Your coworkers will demand you give an impromptu beauty tutorial.


    One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though — not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." —Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    18. Or a pack of pastel eyeliners you can use to create a subtle, seasonal look that'll match just about any spring or summer outfit.

    ColourPop, Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I've been using ColourPop's creme gel eyeliners a ton lately and I love them! They're my go-to for when I want to wear a bit of makeup, but not do too much either. I love putting on some tinted moisturizer, lip balm, mascara, and a fun color eyeliner to match my outfit. I've gotten compliments on my makeup multiple times while wearing these eyeliners — and little did those people know it was one of my quickest, easiest makeup routines yet! In the above photo, I'm wearing the 'extra frosting' yellow liner, but I've also tried and loved almost every color. Be careful not to twist them up too high, because I have broken then tip on a couple, but other than that, they apply super easily and pigmented." —Kayla Boyd

    Get it from ColourPop for $27.

    19. A variety pack of 40 acne patches made with tea tree and calendula oil that'll basically redefine the way you think of "beauty sleep." Place this on before bed to draw all that pus and oil out of your pimples, and inflammation will go down by morning., Amazon

    Promising review: "The amount of gunk this took out of my pores AFTER washing and exfoliating my face is literally crazy! I have very oily skin and acne (cystic and 'normal' acne). Also works great on popped pimples. Sucks all the crap out!"—Amanda

    Get the round ones from Amazon for $7.79 or the large patches for $8.50.

    20. A bottle of sulfate-free Biotin shampoo infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils to help treat hair loss. This is a potential option for folks whose hair is thinning a bit sooner than expected, or people simply looking to go a few extra rounds with Father Time.

    A reviewer photo showing hair that's regrown after looking very thin

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After using the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on) and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    21. A Lip Bar Skin Serum Foundation, which is infused with ultra hydrating hyaluronic acid to make skin appear smoother and more even with every application. It's basically like a genie in a bottle, if all genies were sentient skincare products from heaven.

    Lip Bar

    Lip Bar is a Black-owned, woman-owned business and all of its products are vegan and cruelty free (no unnecessary chemicals!!).

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! It is the PERFECT shade without me having to test it. This is literally a dream to be able to have a messy-free and effortless foundation. I used to buy two foundations, mix them just to get a subpar shade PLUS they were made of glass and would crack in my makeup bag (ughh). Such a mess. And this foundation has Irish sea moss, a win win win!" —Saniyyah B.

    Get it from Lip Bar for $28 (available in 26 shades).

    22. A blackhead remover vacuum to suck blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup right off your face. Aggressive problems need aggressive solutions, and this thing fits the bill while also being significantly less painful than blackhead-removing strips. It comes with four different attachments as well as five suction levels, so there's a suitable setting for everyone.,

    Promising review: "If I could give it six stars I would. I was actually expecting to be a little disappointed because it was pretty cheap and I’ve yet to find one that works. But this one is absolutely perfect! I’d buy it over and over! Highly highly recommended!" —Deanna Brannon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.59 (available in seven colors).

    23. Glossier's Skin Tint, which is a foundation that has a formula so light and breathable it'll feel like you're hardly wearing anything at all. This is great for people who are looking to cover up a little redness without completely caking their face in product.

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I tried the Glossier Skin Tint in shade G6. My skin is combination, veering on oily, and I was pleasantly surprised by this! It feels extremely lightweight on my skin to the point where it feels like I'm even wearing anything, so I think it's a perfect go-to for work and everyday makeup. Also, I love that I can just pat it on with my hands and be done in two minutes. It melts so easily into the skin! No tools needed. I'm on board, guys. And with my combo-oily skin, I've embraced the dewy look instead of fighting against it, and I love that with this, my face doesn't look matte or dry: it looks dewy and bright, and I look more awake." —Nusrat Sultana

    Get it from Glossier for $26 (available in 12 shades).

    24. A Pink Moon hydrating mist so your skin is nice and dewy on those summer Fridays when you're counting down the minutes until you can shut your laptop and hit the streets looking soft and supple. Hopefully none of your coworkers have any "extra questions" or the urge to "piggyback off that last thing" during the final meeting of the day.

    the bottle of hydrating mist
    Pink Moon

    Pink Moon, an Asian Woman-owned small business, refers to this mist as "a drink of water for your skin." It works like a facial serum that'll leave your skin glowing with its cocktail of rose and bamboo waters, as well as its collagen-stimulating and antioxidant-rich gotu kola.

    Get it from Pink Moon for $58.

    25. A beard comb that doubles as a bottle opener to make sure that luxurious mane on your face is well groomed before cracking that IPA open before one of those awkward virtual happy hours — ya know, for optimal hipster coolness.

    the bottle opener beard comb
    Bespoke Post

    The best part about this is it's specifically designed to fit inside of a wallet, so you won't have to waste any extra space in your pockets.

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $16.

    26. And a Schick Silk Touch-Up Tool you can use to remove peach fuzz and shape your eyebrows. It also works to exfoliate dead skin, and people with beards can even use it to trim the hair near their edges with as much precision as possible.,

    Promising review: "These are great for trimming eyebrows or even facial hair. They are sharp but not too sharp. They work in pesky areas that are hard to reach too (think chin, lip and more). I keep one in my car too! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —baby momma knows

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    27. A super thick face cream that hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines without leaving your skin feeling greasy.

    jar of thick white face cream

    Promising review: "This is one of those pricey beauty products where you buy it hoping it'll be just OK so you can go back to using the cheap stuff, but it turns out to be even better than expected — a bittersweet success. This decadent face cream is perfect for thirsty faces. Its thick consistency melts right into the skin, leaving it feeling bouncy and fresh without zero greasiness. Think: The glowing, dewy skin of an ethereal forest sprite. It's fragrance-free (good for sensitive skin) and uses vegan squalane (good for animals) to hydrate skin and help fight skin damage and free radicals. Also present to help with hydrations? Omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols, aka the skincare dream team. If you're OK splurging, your skin will definitely thank you." —Rebecca O'Connell, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Biossance for $58.

    28. A lip scrub and balm set since the last thing you want to happen during a Zoom meeting, other than forgetting to mute your mic and having everyone hear you groan in agony, is having everyone notice your dry and cracked lips.

    the two jars of lip product
    Glory Skincare

    Glory Skincare is a WOC-owned business that sells products formulated without the "Toxic 20," aka the 20 most questionable/harmful products commonly found in skincare (think parabens, phthalates, and even formaldehyde). They source their products from women and minority owned skincare brands, including new launches from established brands and lesser-known items from smaller businesses.

    Promising review: "This is the lip mask and scrub combo I've been searching for. I used to have a great lip scrub that completely obliterated every particle of dead skin, but the brand stopped making it and I've been searching for an equally effective alternative ever since. Well, here it is! The Cocolippy scrub exfoliates like a dream and moisturizes with shea butter. It's pretty much as effective as using steel wool on your mouth, but obviously way more gentle. Then you can follow up with the Cocobliss hydrating lip balm for an extra layer of moisture packed with vitamin E and shea butter. The scrub is rough enough to really get rid of dead skin, and the balm is satisfyingly thick and buttery smooth. My lips have never been happier."—Rebecca O'Connell, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get them from Glory Skincare for $36.

    29. Silk scrunchies that are so freaking cute you'll throw out every other one that you own. A colleague of mine here at BuzzFeed has a few of these, and I would not blame her if she brought it up during every single meeting she attends.

    various silk scrunchies
    RaieAtelier / Etsy

    RaieAtelier is a BIPOC woman–owned business based in NYC.

    Promising review: "I have one in each color and when I tell you these are GORGEOUS, I mean it. They're not too tight, like a ton of other scrunchies I own, and are comfortable on my wrist. I need her to make even more colors so I can dump all my old scrunchies in the trash and replace them with these ~on trend~ alternatives." —Allison Faccenda

    Get it from RaieAtelier on Etsy for $8.50.

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