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The face mask makeup guide

The face mask makeup guide
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With lockdown easing and more opportunities to leave the house, it's time to fall in love with makeup all over again. But we now find ourselves asking, 'what is the best way to wear makeup when wearing a face covering?'. To answer this query, we've created the ultimate guide to mask-friendly makeup.

Prime to Perfection

If you plan to wear foundation under your face mask, we recommend using a primer. This will ensure a smooth finish and extend the wear of your makeup.

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer is ideal for all skin types, working to nourish and prep the skin in one simple step. Paired with a full-coverage foundation, your base will look flawless all day.

Opt for Longwear Foundation

When it comes to foundation, we advise applying a longwear foundation. Longwear foundations can last up to 24 hours and won't be disrupted once you remove your face covering. Tinted moisturisers and light foundations are more likely to transfer, and often require reapplication throughout the day.

One of the best transfer-free foundations is the YSL All Hours Foundation. The formula is full-coverage and oil-free, delivering a beautiful matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours. Apply with a beauty sponge or a foundation brush, and enjoy a smooth, even base.

Use a High-Coverage Concealer

An easy way to make your under-eye area look brighter is to use a high-coverage concealer. By using longwear products, the pigment won't transfer to your mask.

The Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit is a duo compact containing a cream concealer and a pressed powder to set it in place. This travel-sized kit is a makeup artist favourite, as the concealer offers a healthy-looking finish that won't crease or settle into fine lines.

Full Drama Mascara

As your eye makeup will be on show even when you wear a face covering, mascara is a must. By opting for a volumising mascara, this will create a flattering false-lash effect.

We love the new Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara for 'going out' makeup, as the formula is smudge-proof, sweat-proof and it lengthens your lashes by up to 40%.  Lash Freak is exclusive to LOOKFANTASTIC for a limited time, so make sure to check it out.

Lock it Down with Setting Spray

As the last step in your face mask makeup routine, always use a setting spray. This will lock your makeup in place and prevent smudges once you put the face covering on.

The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a bestseller for a reason, now available as Original, Ultra Matte, and Anti-Pollution.

Don't Forget the Face Mask

Face coverings are now compulsory in all UK shops, supermarkets and public transport, so this is an essential purchase. Reusable face masks are the most sustainable option as these can be machine-washed at a high temperature. Our top picks are the Slip Silk Reusable Face Covering and the StylPro Reusable Cotton Face Mask.

Discover our dedicated guide to Sustainable face masks and preventing 'Maskne'

*Please note that the masks do not replace the need for proper and regulated social distancing, meaning that staying the relevant distance away from people, not touching your face and regularly and thoroughly washing your hands are still extremely important. LOOKFANTASTIC make no claims about the medical benefits or properties of the masks.

Explore the full range of cosmetics at LOOKFANTASTIC, with a range of bestselling brands such as MAC, Urban Decay and YSL.

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