MASTERING MAKEUP WITH A MASK
As Meghan Trainor said, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” She had no idea that 2020 would be the year that the top half of your face really shines.
With a life-saving accessory on the bottom of your face, there’s a smaller canvas for makeup. So, make it stand out!
The eyes are the window to the soul; the eyebrows are the curtains of the face; highlighter makes your cheekbones glow for the gods. Your inner MUA still has plenty of playing room, so here’s a few tips on how to put your palettes to work without sacrificing your personal safety or skincare.
The first issue I’ve noticed while wearing masks is that makeup can rub off on the material, causing foundation and lipstick to smear. As a makeup lover who likes to feel done up everyday, this proved to be a real problem. I’ve learned some tricks that will help you keep your makeup from smearing or staining:
- Invest in a good setting spray; the right spray will ensure that your makeup doesn’t move, drip, or rub. Liberally apply the product by spraying it a few inches from your face; then, let it do its magic! I recommend Urban Decay’s All Nighter and any Morphe setting spray.
- Use medical grade masks that you can throw away after each use. They’re effective, comfortable, and harmless to get makeup on.
- Buy machine-washable masks so that you can clean off makeup residue. Old Navy is one example of a brand that has comfortable, adjustable and adorable masks with a wide variety of styles that are suitable for nearly every outfit. Since the masks are machine-washable, it’s no big deal if a little makeup ends up on them.
- Go makeup free if you want to! You were beautiful without the mask, and you still are with one. Protect everyone around you like the queen you are!
If natural and neutral looks are more your speed, then your makeup routine just got a whole lot easier! There’s a lot you can do with the top half of your face.
Instead of applying a full face of foundation, you can touch up the spots you want to cover up with some light concealer. After locking the product in place with a setting powder, you can treat your cheekbones to some blush.
While the apples of your cheeks probably won’t be visible, blending a little blush on the very top of the cheekbone toward your hairline will lift your face. Then, apply your highlighter like normal, and voila!
Now for the eyes—my personal favorite! A classic and gorgeous brown smokey eye can be intimidating, but it’s devastatingly simple if you follow the steps below. This formula can also be used as a rule of thumb for any look, so feel free to switch it up!
- Start by applying a brown shade all over the lid and smudging it right under the lower lash line. It should be two to three shades darker than your skin tone. Warm colors work best for warm-toned skin, and vise versa for cool- and neutral-toned skin.
- Next, take a shade that is even darker than the first one and blend it onto the outer corner of your eye. You can even brush a little bit into the crease to add dimension. Key word: BLEND!
- Then, add a light and bright shimmer shade to the inner corners of your eyes to make them really pop!
- Finally, follow up with some eyeliner and mascara.
If you really want your eyes to do the talking when your pearly white teeth can’t, then take this opportunity to try a few bright and eye-popping looks. Let these queens be your inspiration for that crazy night out of eating at a restaurant!
A common problem that folks with sensitive skin have come to experience is “maskne,” which refers to the breakouts that come from wearing a mask all day. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the dreaded irritation:
- Wash your cotton mask after every wear.
- Always remove your makeup before going to bed.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser every morning and night.
- Prep your face before applying makeup. A basic routine involves cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid will lock in moisture that will help you avoid the dryness that leads to irritation and acne breakouts.
- Don’t touch your mask too much. Wear it tightly enough that you don’t have to adjust it, which makes it rub against your skin even more.
- Skip as many makeup steps as you possibly can. If you know you won’t be showing your lips at all, don’t wear lipstick.
- If you have oily skin, bring blotting papers wherever you go so that you can dab off excess oil in a pinch.
- If you have dry skin, bring mini hydrating sprays or moisturizers wherever you go This way, you can replenish your skin anywhere.
- Avoid dry, chapped lips by applying a lip sleeping mask at night and regularly applying chapstick throughout the day.
- Always do your research when buying new makeup or skincare products. Learn what does and doesn’t work for you and what ingredients to avoid!
Hopefully this article will be obsolete someday soon and we’ll be able to look at each other’s whole faces again, appreciating the artistry that goes into making them up. I know we cannot wait until we are able to run simple errands without feeling anxious about endangering those around us and our loved ones. Still, don’t let this time take away your creativity, because that’s what makeup is all about at the end of the day.
You deserve to take the time for selfcare! Hang in there and stay beautiful!