Although vaccines have arrived and are being administered to those most in need, there is still no end in sight for the pandemic. Although necessary, the masks we have learned to include in our daily routines have brought with them new accommodations.
Face masks create a sauna effect as they sit on the face and trap air from escaping. This half-face sauna can interfere with the cleanliness of the skin through a collection of moisture that, over time, can clog pores. Beyond skin health, the battle to keep makeup from transferring onto the mask is a tricky fight to overcome.
Just as you wash your mask after use, the face also requires a deep-cleaning following a long day of collecting sweat and grime. Experts and dermatologists recommend washing your face after returning home to prevent blockage from sitting for too long. Use a cleanser to extract the day’s build-up and follow with a toner to remove any last traces of dirt to keep your skin looking and feeling alive.
Before you go out again, whether that be for a fun, socially distanced night out or for the morning grind, moisturize your skin well. Focus should be on the bottom portion of your face as that is where the mask is adorned. A commonly discussed tip to prevent too much friction on the face is a well-moisturized face. The moisturizer helps create a barrier between the mask and skin and assists with irritation around the edges and nose.
Heavy foundation can be dangerous – if you’re wearing your mask for long periods of time, anyway. After your round of heavy moisturization has been absorbed by the skin, opt for a lighter application of foundation compared to your typical use. Lighter applications combined with setting spray help maintain an even and flawless coverage. You might even want to look into some long-lasting foundations that can withstand the time spent in your mask-incubator. An alternative to foundation altogether is a simple primer. Using a primer by itself helps the skin look rejuvenated and healthy, which is more or less what foundation tries to accomplish. A non-tinted primer resolves any issues with transfer and is healthier for clog-prone skin. However, some skin types have discoloration and hyper-pigmentation. If you feel you must wear a full-coverage foundation or concealer, utilize that primer along with some setting powder for a smudge-resistant base.
For those that enjoy a bold lip as a form of expression, there is now the question of whether a lip color is even worth it. Like with foundation, transfer of color onto the mask as well as smearing of the color is common. Thankfully, there are smudge-proof lipsticks and stains available that make life a bit easier. As helpful as these options are, there is still the issue of how many people will have the opportunity to appreciate your effort.
Something that can be noticed and appreciated, however, are the eyes. The eyes/brows are now the focal point of our faces. With this new attention, the eye region has the opportunity to take on a bold look. Experiment with eyeshadow palettes, test out some new brows and let your eyelashes speak up. The majority of the face is now hidden, so what’s left exposed expresses what your mouth can no longer. If you wanted an excuse to try out some YouTube beauty guru looks, now is the time.
Ultimately, as with any and all makeup tips, free will reigns supreme. How you choose to wear your foundation and lip color and whether or not you want to make your eye region more glamorous is a personal choice that we will all respect. The pandemic affects each person differently, so there are no rules when it comes to how you present yourself during this time and what makes you comfortable. Your health – physically and mentally – are the most important aspect, so decorate your face as you please.