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Seven tips on how to wear your makeup and keep it mask-proof…
Whilst there is no arguing that face masks are key in helping to slow down the spread of you-know-what, there is a lot to be said about the impact they have on our makeup. Foundation melting over our PPE, smeared lipstick, messy contour? No thank you!
To help you navigate this strange new world of mask makeup below are tips, application hacks, and product recommendations on how to wear your makeup with a mask.
As with any successful makeup look, it all starts with your skincare, and it is even more important when you are trying to avoid maskne. Avoid adding any extra oils to your skin if you are prone to makeup slipping or a shiny T-zone throughout the day. For example, swap out your rich oil-based moisturizer and opt for a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer contains exclusive moisturizing ingredients to help capture and maintain water on the skin’s surface, without the added oil.
Shop → Kate Somerville Oil-free Moisturizer • $65
Eye makeup before base products
To keep your base makeup looking flawless. Apply your eye makeup first – this will ensure you don’t disturb your face makeup when applying your eye look. Shadow fallout won’t be an issue and essentially you are giving your base makeup the freshest finish and optimal longevity when having to wear a mask.
Since a bold lip will get lost under your face covering, experiment with eye makeup to draw attention to the area that is most visible. Now is a great time to dial-up your eye look! I love the Huda Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette; you can swipe them quickly and build them to your desired level of sparkle. If you are in a rush, use them on their own or as a base for any of our palettes.
Shop → Huda Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette • $27
Primer is a must for locking down your makeup and giving your look maximum longevity. After moisturizing, add a pea size amount of primer to your T-zone and blend outwards in circular motions. This will ensure most of the primer is targeted on the T-zone where we tend to have open pores and secrete excess oil. BenefitThe POREfessional Face Primer is the perfect option to quickly banish the look of pores and fine lines for smoother than smooth skin.
Shop → Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer • $13-54
Forget dewy bases
Although lightweight, radiant foundations may be in season when it comes to glowy summer skin, they tend to slip and slide underneath a face mask. Use, instead, a long-wearing, mattifying formula to give your makeup a fighting chance. The Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a stay-all-day, weightless, full coverage formula with a natural matte finish. Sweat-proof, humidity-proof, waterproof and transfer resistant – it is the secret to a poreless-looking complexion that lasts. Take extra time when applying your base, give yourself a minute or two extra to really buff the products into the skin for a flawless-looking complexion. Brushes are so important too for creating a seamless finish on the skin.
Shop → Airbrush Flawless Foundation • $44
Lock it in with setting powder
This step will fix your liquid or cream-based products in place. Set and bake your final finished look with a translucent powder. This will lock in any excess moisture/oil that attempts to leave your skin throughout the day. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Translucent Pressed Powder is a translucent powder instantly minimizes shine, sets makeup, and controls excess surface oil for 12 hours. The silky, loose setting powder feels weightless and has an invisible finish, leaving nothing behind but natural-looking matte skin.
Shop → By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Translucent Pressed Powder • $42
Use setting spray for real staying power
To keep your makeup looking ‘just applied’ fresh all day long, setting spray is a must. As face masks become part of our every day, it is so important to lock in your look with a light-as-air setting spray that will enhance the look and lasting power of your makeup. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray boosts makeup longevity by an impressive 16 hours. It is hydrating yet fixing yet lightweight, to keep your makeup in place and leave your skin feeling silky-soft to the touch.
If you want to give your base makeup next-level staying power, spray your makeup sponge with the setting mist and use it to blend and set your foundation at the same time.
Shop → Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray • $20-35
Yes, you can still wear lipstick
Wearing a mask is essential for travel and in some public spaces. But if you are heading to the pub or out to dinner with friends, you can still wear a pretty wash of color on your lips without it smearing all over the place. This is where lip liner comes in. Using a lip liner will maximize staying power. The Yves Saint Laurent Dessin des Levres Lip Liner Pencil is great to boost your favorite lipstick’s longevity. Also opt for matte lipstick textures, they tend to last longer. The Yves Saint Laurent – Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick feels velvety and is long lasting. I apply it in light layers using a small brush to maximize application under a mask.
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