Covid-19 is the harsh reality that has gripped all of our lives and in return has changed the entire concept of hair and beauty. From transparent masks to the faux face printed ones, we have all seen a huge surge in this quirky yet “necessary” product of our lives. We have been forced to innovate, adapt and ace a few new tricks for makeup with mask from the beginning of this deadly pandemic. Problems like the foundation fading, lipsticks transferring and patchy blush streaks have increased rapidly. The surgical masks are double up for extra protection while it cause an acute problem of acne and breakouts.
From opting for techniques like a waterproof base, sweatproof foundation, matte long-lasting lipsticks to looking for properties of hydration and nourishment. The entire concept of makeup has changed and how! Since masks are already a basic necessity in our lives in these testing times, we hereby list down some quick, new hacks which will come in handy the next time you try to slip on a covid-19 mask-proof makeup look.
One of the most important aspects of long-lasting makeup under the mask is to ace that base. Always opt for a full coverage, silicon-based foundation to minimize as much soaking of the product by the mask. This will lead to better coverage even if the mask starts absorbing some of the makeup. Make sure to lock in the base with loose/translucent powder to prevent any streaks, patches, and blotches.
Take a pea-sized amount on a foundation brush and apply it in strobing motions. After the foundation is applied smoothly, blend it further with a damp beauty blender to give it an airbrushed finish. A pro-tip for the beginners in makeup – if you ever run out of loose/translucent powder, opt for some baby powder. The finish, stay, and longevity are almost identical to a translucent powder.
The only visible facial feature after wearing the mask is your eyes. Take advantage of the situation and accentuate them to the fullest. To start off, moisturize and prep your eyelids for concealer application. After lightly blending in the product, apply a loose coat of powder to set it in. Draw little short strokes over the eyelid with pencil kohl. These need not be perfect as the next step is to blend them evenly with your fingers. Choose a powder eyeshadow of the same shade and blend it over with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. This additional step will make sure that the product stays in place all day long and doesn’t budge. Add kohl or eyeliner of your choice and finish it off with your favorite coat of mascara. Don’t forget to blend the eyeshadow on the lower lash-line as well. If opting for wing eyeliner, make sure to apply kohl and tight line the upper eyelid as well.
One of the major problems that we all face with makeup application under the mask is with our lipsticks. The staining of products with lipsticks getting messy is not an uncommon phenomenon anymore. However, there are some simple hacks, tips, and tricks to eliminate this not-so-flattering smudge effect. Dabbing a baby/translucent powder over cream lipstick will work for quick fixes. Consider switching to a long-lasting matte finish formulation if the powder irritates, cracks or dries out your lips. These will stick and not budge for hours even when you are on an eating and drinking spree. For a more enhanced look, try outlining your lips with a matte lip liner/pencil.
Setting spray is your “Holy Grail” product when it comes to makeup application under the mask. This little bottle of a miracle will make sure that your makeup stays in place for the whole day, without any budges, patches or stains. From matte, illuminating, and glowing to tinted, sparkly, and lightweight a little spritz of this product on your entire face can be the ultimate way to save your makeup. This product may be little overwhelmed for beginners. You can blend it with beauty sponge for glass finish.
In times of crisis, when you can’t think of ways to save your melting makeup, a simple blotting tissue will act as your ultimate savior. Take your mask off and dab over the oily areas lightly with a tissue to absorb the excess grease. You can also fold the tissue in half and hold it over with your fingers lightly, in order to make the makeup stay in place. This simple yet effective hack is light on your pockets and can be done whenever you are in a rush or in an emergency.
In conclusion, makeup is extremely diverse and can be done in a number of ways to suit your budget, preferences, and skin type. In order to make it long-lasting under the covid-19 mask, these quick, simple, and effective tips are bound to help you in making them sweat and budge-proof.
Go get your “makeup with the mask on fleek” ladies!