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How to wear makeup with a face mask

Posted: 5 August 2020 12:46 pm

Woman wearing face mask with head in hands

We spoke to Sephora ANZ's national artistry lead, Alphie Sadsad, to find out how to rock a great makeup look while wearing a mask.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 face masks are officially here to stay, which means that it's time to rethink our beauty routine. While some are opting to ditch makeup entirely for the time being, the process of applying makeup gives many others some semblance of normality in an otherwise unprecedented time.

From skincare concerns to nailing smudge-proof makeup under your mask though, navigating a new beauty norm comes with plenty of questions attached. With this in mind, we turned to national artistry lead for Sephora ANZ, Alphie Sadsad, to get the lowdown on mask-friendly makeup.

First of all, what should people be aware of when wearing makeup under their mask?

"Wearing makeup under your mask can cause problems that range from acne from trapped moisture and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness.

However, if you do wish to apply foundation, apply a thin layer, patting with a Beauty Blender sponge to help it sink in and set. I would also suggest skipping layers of foundation and contour, as it will be covered by your mask, and focus attention straight to your eyes".

What are some tricks to help makeup last under a face mask?

"Using smudge proof and waterproof makeup is the key trick to help with making your makeup last under your mask.

For smudge-resistant makeup, use a Beauty Blender sponge to press powder into the skin. You can also use a gripping primer like KVD Vegan Beauty Lock-It Hydrating Primer underneath to give it a strong base.

As for lips, use transfer-proof options like a liquid lipstick – my favourite is the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain. Apply some liquid lipstick and smudge it on the entire lip before it sets. This will look natural and ensure it lasts all day under mask.

If you're wearing foundation, use a waterproof option or seal it with a strong hold spray like HUDA Resting Boss Face Waterproof Setting Spray".

Is now a good time to experiment with bold eye makeup and, if so, what are some of your favourite looks at the moment?

"What I'm loving right now is the statement eye and this is the perfect time to experiment and perfect your application. My favourite looks on rotation below":

1. Watercolour pastel eye

"Watercolour eyeshadow application is the perfect way to add colour and pop. Using Fenty Snap Shadow Eyeshadow palette in Pastel Frost and Sephora Collection Tinted & Cooling Eye Primer, apply all over starting from the lash line and blending up to the brow.

Apply a translucent powder all over and pat your desired pastel colour, then blend the colour along the crease and wrap the colour under the eye to create a halo of colour".

Woman wearing yellow eyeshadow

2. The Structured Fluffy Brow

"Create this look by brushing your brows up and set by using Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hr Brow Setter".

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3. Coloured Wing Liner

"Coloured eyeliner is a quick and easy way to add a subtle touch of colour to your eyes without going overboard. This will also elongate and create that cat eye!"

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4. Smokey Brick Red Eye

"Using Sephora Collection Colourful Special Effect Liquid Eyeshadow 03 Brick Red as close as possible to the lash line, achieve a smokey look with a softer effect by blending the edges using a brush or your finger. Remember to blend the texture before it's completely dry".

Woman wearing red eyeshadow

Want more help with masks? Check out our overview of face masks, how to choose the best one, what doctors recommend when using them, the rules that apply in Australia and our regularly-updated guide on where to buy masks.

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