Yesterday, The Duchess of Cambridge joined William to chat to children of key workers, and congratulate teachers, from their home via video link. Looking radiant and happy, Kate was doing what so many of us are right now - carrying out her meetings virtually.
Wearing a cheery ochre coloured jumper with her usually salon-coiffed hair tied back into a relaxed half-ponytail, Kate delivered the perfect balance of polished and approachable for her video meeting.
Currently holed up in the couple's Norfolk estate with plenty of access to fresh, country air, her complexion appeared warmer than usual. While it's likely that Kate has been taking advantage of the recent sunshine and topping up her vitamin D levels by taking in a few rays, her healthy glow is mostly down to her natural-looking make-up.
Assuming that the Duchess is following social distancing rules and doesn't have access to a make-up artist, her DIY make-up skills are a gleaming example of what (and how much) to wear when you're taking meetings from home.
Make-up artist, Mary Greenwell, who has worked with everyone from Princess Diana to actress, Cate Blanchett, says the key to doing your make-up for video conferencing is to stay within your comfort zone.
She says, 'You want to look polished, but not like you've tried too hard (you're supposed to be at home working after all).' 'Your make-up should be light and fresh, with some definition around eyes and lips, which is where the focus goes when you're talking.'
Here's her easy at-home make-up routine for video conferencing, inspired by The Duchess of Cambridge.
- Skin should glow: Even though you are working from home, you should aim to maintain a certain standard of professionalism. A light foundation or tinted moisturiser will give skin a polished look without covering up your natural glow. Try Sisley Phyto-Hydra Teint Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, Armaniprima Glow-on Moisturrising Cream or Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF 45. 'Even if you stop there and added a slick of lipstick, it would be enough - if your skin looks good, you feel good,' says Mary. If you like more coverage, use your concealer directly after foundation.
- Bronzer & Blusher gives the look of health: 'It's not about hard contouring, the goal is to look healthy,' says Mary. 'Apply your bronzer softly, high up on your cheeks, on the temples, your chin, and a little on your forehead, sweeping the brush into your hair line - it's a lovely way to give your face a lift, especially if you have a high forehead,' advises Mary. For Kate's rosy flush, apply a pink or apricot blusher on the apples of your cheeks. NARS Motu Tane Face Palette includes a bronzer, blush and highlighter in one.
- Brown eyeshadow is most youthful: Use a soft brown or taupe eyeshadow in cream or powder to softly define eyes. Surratt Lid Lacquer is a one step cream shadow you can apply with your finger. Or invest in a brown eyeshadow palette such as Charlotte Tilbury's new Luxury Palette in Copper Charge to create multiple looks. 'Boots No.7 do a great one for £10,' suggests Mary. Try Boots No.7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Palette in Warm nude or Rose Gold.
- Emphasise lashes to look less tired: Mascara is the best tool you can use when video conferencing as it frames and opens up the eyes. We recommend Delilah Intense Day to Night Buildable Volumising Mascara.
- 'Lightly' define eyebrows to lift the face: Filling in the tops of eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil or tinted brow mascara, like The Duchess of Cambridge, will give your face some authority and lift and frame your features. 'Don't over do it, dark heavy brows can pull your face down and make you look tired, so use light and gentle strokes when drawing in,' suggests Mary. Benefit Ultra-fine Eye Defining Pencil is a double-ended tool with a brush to groom and a pencil to define, allowing for subtle application.
- Lipstick projects confidence: When you're talking on video conference, everyone is focusing on your mouth, so ensure lips are primed for action by wearing a nourishing lipstick in a flattering shade. 'Unless people are used to seeing you in red lipstick, for instance, stick with a classic nude - polished lips project confidence and give off a sense of control.' For a sunny neutral, like Kate is wearing, try Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose.