You’ve been sticking to the skincare basics and keeping your lips hydrated with a tinted lip balm, while your full coverage foundation seems to be drying up in its bottle—we hear you. Is makeup going to be a priority, or even possible, when you’re wearing a mask? Will your foundation make it through a full day out or will it transfer onto your mask and leave you with a streaky mess? How important is your eye and brow makeup now that it’s in full focus? We got two Mumbai-based pro makeup artists—Daniel Bauer and Vardan Nayak—to answer every single question you could possibly have about wearing makeup under your protective mask.
1) Take the less-is-more approach
“As a makeup artist, I would recommend using fewer products since those will not only look better with a mask but also last for longer,” says Vardan Nayak. Use concealer where needed and be mindful of thick and glow-boosting foundations. “I’d highly recommend keeping your foundation to a minimum, opting for a matte finish,” says Daniel Bauer.
2) Use mineral-based makeup
Both Nayak and Bauer agree that mineral-based powder products (like foundation and blush) are a great way to go: they go on light, give you a matte finish and don’t cause any pore clogging or skin irritation.
3) Choose makeup that doesn’t require touch-ups
Your new makeup routine is essentially a pared down version of an extensive one, focusing on the basics and limited to the products that you actually need. “Ensure that any makeup look you create is comfortable and doesn’t require you to fidget around with your face mask since that can put you at risk,” says Nayak.
He suggests using a moisturiser for your skin type and sunscreen first, then dabbing and blending concealer where necessary, using minimal foundation only if you really need it and topping your skin off with a setting powder to keep it all in place. “Add a touch of blush after—you can most definitely skip the contour and possibly even highlighter,” he says.
4) Go all-in on eye makeup
Since your eyes are the focus, you can play them up or dial them down as you like. Nayak recommends paying close attention to your brows, making sure they’re well-groomed and filled-in. Bauer adds, “Makeup is as much about making you look better as it is about feeling better. We are living in extraordinary times and now is the time we need to give ourselves that little beauty boost,” While your glow-boosting face primer oil needs to go, your glitter eyeshadows can most definitely stay.
5) Try a matte lip
Now’s the time to bring out all your lip balms and transfer-proof lipsticks, both in a liquid and bullet form. Any creamy lipsticks–even creamy matte formulas—can all transfer very easily. Nayak also suggests trying lip tints or stains and simply filling in your entire lip with just a lip pencil since they tend to stay on longer.
6) Finish with a setting spray
While Nayak doesn’t usually use or recommend setting sprays, they are very important to make sure your makeup doesn’t transfer onto your mask, so he’s started to get on board with them too. When a setting spray is spritzed onto your skin, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind the polymer that is ultra long-lasting.
If you’ll want something that truly doesn’t budge, transfer or streak, dancers and those on stage use a compound called aqua seal to make all their regular makeup waterproof and sweat-proof—just mix it in with your product and apply on the skin. It sets fast, so make sure to blend quickly.