PSA: Here’s How To Mask-Proof Your Makeup

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Wearing a face mask is essential right now, both for our own health and others, but little did we realise the problems they’d bring when it comes to our beauty routines. We chatted about how to avoid ‘maskne’ (that’s mask acne, in case you didn’t know) and now it’s time to address that issue of keeping your makeup in place underneath your mask.

It might not be at the very top of your priority list, but let’s face it, it’s something that we’re gonna have to know, if you want to continue wearing makeup in this ‘new normal’.

Keeping your makeup lookin’ well under your face mask is all about the staying power, and the, em, anti-smudge power. And that, my friend, is all in the prep and base. First up, you need to perfect your skincare routine. We’ve heard it a million times, but it’s still as important as ever. For that, you need to know what your skin needs, and not opt for too many products in your morning routine.


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YouTuber Manny MUA also recommends going in with a light dusting of translucent powder after you apply your moisturiser/SPF. Basically, he states that this will help lock your moisturiser in, and stop it mixing with your primer and foundation. “It’s going to be a nice, helpful barrier to keep our makeup on,” Manny adds.

When it comes to a primer, the stickier the better. You’ll want a primer that really grips the foundation, so it’s not slipping about. Think Benefit POREfessional, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, or The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer.

The next step may not be the news you wanted if you’re a fan of a sheer makeup look. But keeping your makeup in place is all about setting your look with powder. If you have the time, you could even go as far as ‘baking’ your powder (remember that phase?). Basically, you want to pack the powder on, then after about five minutes, simply brush off the excess. You don’t want to go overboard with your makeup, as the more you put on, the more will come off. But pay close attention to your primer and powder, and you’ll be sorted.


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After you pop on your usual bronzer, blush, highlight trio, it’s time to go to town on the setting spray. If you don’t have a go-to when it comes to setting spray, check out our all-time faves right here.

Other than what’s going on under your mask, pay particular focus to your eyes and your brows, and less attention on what lip you’re gonna go for (but don’t forget your lip balm). So lash on that mascara, fluff up those brows, pop on your mask and be on your way.

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