Mask Proof Your Makeup!

Now that some restrictions have been lifted and we are slowly getting back to little bits of normality, one of the required measures to ensure continued safety and to keep the situation stable is to wear a mask when in any retail outlet as well as keep your 2-meter distance.
Luckily, there are many establishments selling disposable and reusable masks (some lovely ones out there from Charles and Ron and Bortex are doing packs of washable ones). When we have the masks on we are creating a sweaty build-up of our own breath (sounds sexy) on our faces… my glasses even steam up! To keep your makeup nice and fresh and also transfer-resistant, I have put together my best tips.
I’m used to working with brides in the sweltering August heat with no complaints so we ain’t going to let a mask ruin our look!

All about the base!

Your skin prep will always reflect the overall result and finish of your makeup, no matter what type of skin you have, so it’s important to use the right products.
For longevity, my no.1 tip is to go for an oil Free and gel-based moisturizer. Gel-based products can feel slightly tacky but are quickly absorbing, this helps your foundation stick and set and won’t break up the product. It also feels so fresh this time of year. Win-win.


Again, unless you are super dry, try to stick to oil-free and serum-free formulas and leave the glow for your cheekbones. I am all for a dewy look but if you’re going to have fabric rubbing against your face, this is the best option. An oil-free tinted moisturizer would also be great because you are keeping it light and heavy products will not be your friend. I am waiting to try a product that I’m really excited to review (if it lives up to the cult hype) and will definitely keep you all updated as it will hopefully be perfect for summer and mask-wearing!


Powder is your best friend here
This is basically what it was invented for, to keep us shine-free and help touch up.
Personally, I can’t recommend the Laura Mercier translucent powder enough. I like this because it’s loose, very buildable and it’s undetectable on the skin, having an almost veil-like effect and is transfer resistant

If you like a compact, MAC blot powder or studio fix powder (used sparingly) are my other two tried and tested favorites.
To really seal your foundation, the old school way of pressing the product in with a powder puff is best and I’m normally a fan of using a brush but for the purpose of wearing a mask, the puff will be more effective.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, from the Flawless Face Collection
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, from the Flawless Face Collection

From €40

Set it!

If there was any excuse to get yourself another setting spray, this is it!
Try Urban Decay All nighter or MAC Fix Plus Matte to secure your base and double up as a refresher throughout the day. Don’t spray too close as it will have the opposite effect.


Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (30ml)

From €20

Lip products

A lip stain will be the best and most flattering product for the lips, under a mask. Liquid lipsticks will hold well but may crack. I always recommend, but tinted lip balms really are great and even when the moisture wears, you’re left with a beautiful stain of color. Colour in your lip liner underneath for extra staying power.


That’s my tips in terms of application and below are some more fantastic products that withstand warm, stuffy, and humid conditions

Mac Pro long wear Range (bulletproof)
MAC Pro Long Wear

From €20
Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer

Laura Mercier SPF 20 Lightweight Flawless Coverage Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer, Sand 50 ml

From €35

Estée Lauder Double Wear
Estee Lauder Double Wear Fluid Make-Up

From €30

Bioderma Sébium Matte
Bioderma sebium pore refiner 30ml

From €16

IT Cosmetics CC cream, oil-free (AMAZING)
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 40+

From €42

Vaseline Rosy Lips
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips Petroleum Jelly, 20 g (Pack of 6)

From €7



The key phrases to look for on products are: “transfer-proof” “transfer-resistant” “long-wearing” “oil-free”.

With my above tips, you should find that your makeup will have minimum transfer xx

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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