Wearing face masks anytime we go out is our new normal. And with the World Health Organization’s prediction that the Coronavirus will fizzle out in two years time, we should expect to wear masks a little bit longer. For someone who wears makeup almost daily, you must be dealing with lots of transfer onto your mask, not to mention the breakouts around the lower half of your face. I’ve been there and trust you me, I completely understand the dilemma probably going through your mind. To wear or not to wear makeup under your mask?
Not to worry, these aren’t your only options. Truth is, makeup techniques have actually gotten better and a few tricks here and there will have your makeup lasting all day under your mask with zero to little transfer. Here are a few of the tips you can incorporate into your makeup routine to ensure minimal transfer under your mask.
Technique 1: Create an oil- and sweat-absorbing base
To create an oil-absorbing base, all you need to do is dust a translucent powder all over the face a few minutes after moisturizing your skin for makeup. Make sure to apply the powder when the moisturizer has settled into the skin and completely dried. After the powder, apply a setting spray, allow it to dry then apply a primer. Follow with your regular foundation, concealer, powder and setting spray again.
Using this technique, you’re assured of zero to minimal makeup transfer under your mask because you will reduce sweating and oil production from the skin on your face.
Technique 2: Setting spray into foundation
We all know the power that setting spray has in creating longer-lasting makeup with minimal transfer. So with this technique, after moisturizing and priming your face, spread some foundation onto your foundation brush then spray your setting spray onto the fibres of your brush. Apply the product onto your face and work it in quickly because the setting spray will cause the product to dry much faster than usual.
I don’t recommend using a beauty sponge for this technique because it will absorb the setting spray. Once your foundation is applied, follow with your setting powder and setting spray.
Technique 3: Minimal foundation, powder applied through a paper towel
A general piece of advice I’ve heard many makeup artists say that less makeup product makes for not only a better result but a longer-wearing one. This is especially true when there will be friction between the skin and another surface which is a face mask in this situation.
Instead of loading up your brush or sponge with lots of foundation, this technique requires you to use less foundation then blend it out all over your face. Let it sit for about 3 minutes then over a paper towel, press translucent powder using a clean sponge.
Technique 4: Bake
This technique has been around for quite some time even before face masks were introduced. Baking ensures that your makeup stays on for long and with minimal transfer and in the case where you have to wear a mask all day, this technique becomes all more important.
This technique involves applying a hefty amount of loose powder over strategic areas of the face, letting it sit (“bake”) for a period of time (anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes) and then dusting it off. The result is usually a much brighter, smoother, longer-wearing application of product.