With lockdown 2.0 here to stay for four weeks and an increase in cases of COVID-19, wearing a face mask when you’re out for essential shops has never been more important. Wearing a mask doesn’t mean that you have to forfeit your favourite show stopping looks, so here are our top tips on how to keep your make-up flawless and long-lasting when wearing a mask.
Lock In Your Moisturiser
As strange as this sounds, applying a light layer of translucent powder over the top of your super-hydrating moisturiser is going to stop your make-up from becoming cracked and dry throughout the day. By applying this layer, you’re creating a barrier to really lock in the moisturiser and stop it from mixing with your primer and foundation. A great product for this is the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, an ultra-fine, talc-free loose powder which contains soft-focus, light-reflecting particles and diamond powder to instantly blur fine lines, large pores and imperfections, creating a super-smooth surface.
Choose a Hydrating Primer
If you’re wearing a mask for long periods of time, your skin can become irritated and dry so apply a primer that’s going to keep your complexion balanced and comfortable underneath your other beauty products. The MAKETHEMAKE Niacinamide Soft-Focus Primer is the perfect product for this as it contains Niacinamide which cares for the skin and corrects uneven tone with every application, alongside smoothing Silica and glow-boosting light pink pearl pigments. Its creamy texture effortlessly glides over the skin to leave it feeling smooth and hydrated for long periods, plus it increases the wear time of any foundation applied over it.
Where Possible, Skip the Full Coverage
We love full coverage foundation as much as the next person, but when it comes to face mask glam, it’s best to opt for a tinted moisturiser or light coverage base as these are less likely to clog the pores under your mask and cause unwanted ‘maskne’. If you feel more comfortable when wearing foundation, then choose a lightweight formula like Filorga’s Flash-Nude Fluid, which is a breathable product that’s formulated with skin-fusion micro-pigments which guarantee a smooth, radiant and non-cakey finish. During wear, it releases multi-correction properties to camouflage the appearance of redness, blemishes and imperfections, plus added Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and softens to leave the skin looking naturally flawless and perfected every time.
Get Expressive With Your Eyes
With all focus on the upper half of your face, now is the perfect time to pay special attention to the eye area with amped up lashes, fluffy brows and bold shadows, so use this opportunity to work on your creative expression and have fun! For those catwalk-inspired, full and fabulous brows, we love Hourglass’s Arch Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel which is infused with microfibers to add volume and definition to thin brows while adding soft, flexible hold to keep the hairs in place all day.
For show-stopping lashes, try SENSAI’s Lash Volumiser 38°C, a firm, thickening formula that elevates and plumps the appearance of each lash, thanks to a carefully-designed triple spiral brush which is capable of coating the eyelashes from root to tip.
And don’t be afraid to show your true colours through statement eyeshadow looks with the By Terry V.I.P Expert Palette which enables the creation of effortless, natural looks thanks to a combination of decadent nudes and flirty pinks along with rich browns and smoky greys to add high-impact intensity that will last all day.
End The Day With a Double Cleanse
Achieving an effective, deep cleanse after a long day of mask-wearing is super important as this will remove the sweat, debris and make-up that has been trapped underneath it. Start with an oil based product that will melt away all traces of make-up like the Skincity Essentials Pre-Cleansing Oil Stick, which melts into a luxurious oil when massaged into the skin. Once the oil-based product has melted everything away, apply a foam or gel cleanser such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser which will take care of any dirt or excess oil left within the pores.