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.
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.
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)
Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer
Estée Lauder Double Wear
Bioderma Sébium Matte
IT Cosmetics CC cream, oil-free (AMAZING)
Vaseline Rosy Lips
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