Now that we’re all adapting to slipping on a face mask every time we’re headed out, our beauty routine might need a little adjusting too. Besides having to deal with the dreaded mask-ne, another irking problem is makeup that just won’t seem to stay. If that sounds like something you’re dealing with, we hope the following tips help you to make your makeup last under a mask!
1. Dust Translucent Loose Powder Over Your Moisturizer
This makeup hack has been all the rage on TikTok lately, but the technique has actually been around for quite some time. The key is to really use the tiniest bit of powder to prevent caking, and avoid using it under the eyes. What it does is seal in the moisturizer and create a smooth, almost matte base for your primer and foundation to adhere to. Those with oilier skin will also find this trick particularly helpful as it nixes shine and controls oil production throughout the day.
2. Prime, Prime, Prime
A reliable primer creates a pore-blurring effect and evens out skin texture, which creates a smooth canvas for makeup to glide over so it doesn’t settle into the tiny creases on your face. These days, many skincare products, such as sunscreens and moisturizers, also double up as primers so there are many great options to choose from!
A unique, souffle-textured formula that blurs away any imperfections, giving the skin a soft-focus finish and silky-smooth feel. It’s also boosted by ingredients such as Squalene, Jojoba Seed Oil and Artichoke Leaf Extract to moisturise the skin and tighten pores. Follow up with foundation for a filter-like complexion!
A cut above regular face powder. This loose rice powder is supercharged with rose, lavender and squalene for a smooth, hydrated, soft-matte finish. Weightless and non-comedogenic with pH-balancing properties, this finely-milled darling is just right for dull, dehydrated-oily skin types.
New to Gucci Beauty’s expanded complexion collection, use this smoothing pressed powder for a flawless matte finish. Micro reflecting lamellar powders and soft focus pigments make for velvety smooth, seamless application and luminous wear. We love how the nifty (and did we mention very pretty) click compact is superb for on-the-go touch ups. And if anything, this charming compact does make an impeccable addition to any handbag!
3. Skip Foundation If You Can
My preference is to ditch foundation completely and pick up a tinted sunscreen or CC cream as I find them a lot more breathable. That said, if foundation is a must for you, choose a longwear, high-coverage foundation and apply it only on the areas that need it. And If you’ve tried our first tip, you’ll probably notice that your foundation seems to have more coverage than usual too! Remember to lock everything in with another round of setting powder or spray to minimise any transfer onto your mask.
Sweat-proof, water-proof and transfer-proof -- just what we need for mask makeup. The liquid formula is lightweight but offers great coverage and has really great staying power so it won’t budge under your mask.
Highly raved about and rightly so, this CC Cream is extremely high-coverage and acts as a foundation, concealer, anti-ageing serum, moisturiser and sunscreen all in one. It colour corrects any redness, hides blemishes and evens out the skin tone leaving a naturally radiant finish (aka, your skin but better).
Now this is another one that had us head-over-heels at first sight. We can’t think of a better time than now to employ a setting spray and this superfine wonder is loaded with skincare goodness to set and protect your skin. Formulated with light-enhancing pigments, hyaluronic acid and water proof properties, this setting mist will revive, hydrate and lock everything in place. If you like your makeup dewy but durable, wishlist this!
Arguably the OG cult favourite for industrial-strength makeup, we had to include this classic. Urban Decay’s iconic All Nighter Setting Spray grips your look for a remarkable 16 hours, touch-up free. Featuring the brand’s patented Temperature Control Technology, the featherlight mist will lower the temperature of your makeup (sounds quite perfect for masking up) for smooth, comfortable and enhanced wear.
4. Opt For Waterproof Eye Makeup
Wearing a mask tends to make the eye area more “humid” (fogged up glasses, anyone?) which can cause eye makeup to smudge so you’ll want to use smudge-proof formulas such as liquid or gel liners and waterproof mascara.
This waterproof, budge-proof gel liner is your best friend for long-lasting, extremely pigmented lines. The ultra creamy formula glides on the lids effortlessly and once it sets, it stays in place throughout the day. Our shade pick is Bitter Caramel, a bronzy shade that adds a pop of colour to the eyes.
From the hallmark of long wearing eyeliner formulas! The gold edition of Marc Jacobs’ iconic Highliner features the same enduring waterproof wear, silky glide and intense payoff in 5 shimmering shades. An easy way to dial up the summer on your eye looks, catch the sunlight with these glittering and gleaming pigments.
Meet the latest Heroine Make invention: a mascara with a sleek, slim wand that grips the shortest of lashes and evenly coats them with an ultra-pigmented, waterproof formula. It’s specially formulated with Power Curl Setting Polymer which keeps your lashes curled all day, through the humidity. More to love: it’s infused with Camellia Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Argan Oil and Wild Rose Oil to condition and strengthen your lashes.
For extra insurance on your lashes, pop on a mascara base coat like this one from Heroine Make. Formulated with 4 types of fibers for an instant volume and length boost, the Curl Keep Mascara Base will hold your primped lashes in place,= while preening them with its added eyelash essence!
5. Switch To Mattes Or Tints
While shiny, glossy lipsticks might have to take a backseat for now, you can still get away with liquid mattes or lip tints that offer a pretty wash of colour on your lips and actually stay put.
With a stunning array of bold shades to choose from, YSL's new liquid matte lip stain formula is highly pigmented and ultra-matte, sitting light-as-a-feather on your lips. The tattoo-like formula is quick-drying and leaves a stain on your lips that doesn’t budge for up to eight hours so it’ll look as good as when you first swiped it on.
For infallibly intense lips that last, this ultra longwear liquid lipstick delivers high-impact, highly-saturated matte lips for up to 16 hours. Transfer-free. The slim, ergonomically-designed arrow applicator also allows for precise, fuss-free application. Our favourite part? The extensive and brilliant shade range means you’ll probably find your go-to shade in the mix.