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10 Mask Makeup Tips You Need to Know

May 22, 2020

If you plan on taking the latest makeup trends for a spin outdoors, you'll have to consider that you'll likely be wearing a mask over your look. This is why it should come as no surprise that mask makeup is the latest trend taking over social media. While it may not be what you planned for, it’s possible to achieve an envy-worthy face mask makeup look. That said, there are a few rules to keep in mind when it comes to wearing makeup and a mask at the same time, and we’re here to fill you in—we know this is new territory for all of us. Grab your makeup bag and read on for 10 mask makeup tips you need to know.


When wearing makeup under a mask, the number one thing you should do is invest in a reliable makeup primer. This will help increase the lifespan of your face makeup, helping it withstand the wear and tear that comes with being under a mask for a long period of time. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. No transfers or fading here!


Since your skin will be hidden under a mask for the majority of the day, look for a foundation that will show your skin some TLC while simultaneously giving you coverage. Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50, which is formulated with B3, a hydrating serum, and SPF 50 for all-day hydration and sun protection.


Another face makeup product you shouldn’t skip? Concealer! While you may not be wearing it in a traditional manner (with half of your face being covered, there’s less need for extra coverage), you can use concealer in a color that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone to draw attention to your eyes.

Apply the appropriate shade of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage in upside-down triangles under your eyes to disguise under-eye bags and ensure you have a wide-eyed, awake appearance—which is more important than ever since your eyes will be what's left on display when you have your mask on.


You may be thinking, “Why would I wear blush if it’s going to be covered?” Well, depending on your mask, you may end up having your cheeks peeking out. Not to mention, if you really want to show off your makeup look, wearing a clear mask with makeup is an option.

Even if your blush isn't visible, applying a long-wearing, non-transferable formula is a good idea if you plan to take your mask off at any point. This way, you’ll have perfectly rosy cheeks that’ll stay put! Grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks, which has a buildable formula that won’t budge.


Having the same thoughts about highlighter as you were about blush? Well, this radiant makeup product isn’t just for your cheekbones. In fact, we have a different placement recommendation when it comes to mask makeup: your eyes! Yup, applying highlighter on your inner corners and beneath the arch of your brows is the perfect way to bring extra attention to your eyes.


Like we said, your mask eye makeup is huge, so pay extra care to this tip. Wearing eyeshadow as part of your mask eye makeup look is key since it’s the first thing people will notice beyond your mask. While there’s plenty of opportunities to try new trends, we’re partial to an everyday brown smoky eye.

To get the look, use an eyeshadow palette, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme, and don't stop there. You’ll want to play up your eyes a bit more than usual, so make sure to complete your look by swiping on winged eyeliner and a volumizing mascara.


On that note, you’ll want to shape and fill your eyebrows as well. Eyebrow makeup can make all the difference in your overall look, but especially so when you’re wearing a mask. Use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Micro Ink Pen by Brow Stylist, Up to 48HR Wear to get defined, natural-looking brows in a few swift swipes.


When it comes to mask makeup, one of the last things on your mind is your lip color. That said, you may end up taking off your mask midday, so a reliable, long-lasting lipstick is always good to have. While we love glosses, matte, long-wear lipstick will be your partner in crime during this time. With a smudge-proof formula, you can wear lipstick without having to worry about it transferring or smudging onto your mask. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain.


Of course, one of the most foolproof ways to ensure your look doesn’t smudge or fade due to your face mask is to use a setting spray! Mist the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray to ensure your makeup looks fresh day and night, mask or not.


For our final mask makeup tip, let’s talk about removal. At the end of the day, it’s so important to take off your makeup! This is especially true since the skin under your mask will be in need of extra care, and neglecting to take off your makeup can result in breakouts and other unwanted skin concerns. Saturate a cotton swab with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types to gently remove makeup before bed.

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