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Experts Tell You How to Make Your Makeup Routine Mask-Friendly

PSA: Please wear your masks, y'all

As face masks become a part of our daily lives for a foreseeable future, many of us struggle with this new normal.  

While you may have picked out the one that suits your needs, you can ease into making masks a daily part of your routine by including it into your beauty routine. Sure, statement eyes might be the new cool but don't write off your lipsticks yet! We spoke to celebrity makeup artists to know their suggestions glam up your face masks:

Kapil Chauhan, makeup expert at Makeup Reaction

"I advise everyone to stay safe and step out wearing masks. That does not mean that you compromise on your beauty look...here are my tips:

1 - Let your eyes do the talking 
"When your half face is going to be covered with mask try to keep eyes bold and make a statement with your eyes. Do bold liners,  colour pencils and if you wear spectacles play with liner and opt for bold brows to slay your day."

2- Use a sponge or beauty blender!   
"When you apply your foundation with a makeup sponge it ensures that your base is locked and evenly blended. This is a must to ensure that the makeup does not budge under your mask."

3- Get full coverage with a lightweight foundation 
"While wearing a mask, try to go with a lightweight foundation so that it doesn’t transfer to the mask and you avoid those pesky stains!" 

4- NO gloss or satin lipstick 
"Try to keep your lips natural and light because if you use gloss it might end up sticking to your mask. Your best bet is to use matte lipstick or lip pencils over any lipstick."

5- Fix your makeup 
"Make sure to fix your makeup with makeup fixer so that it does not transfer and is long-lasting even while wearing the mask." 

Recreate this look: 

iamkhatu

Image: Instagram/Khatu Wong

"Let’s keep the eyes bold for this masked look because that’s what is going to stand out on your face. 

Eyes: use a soft champagne pink eyeshadow such as MAC Expensive Pink (also my favourite!) or a pink nude palette from Maybelline or just apply a pink blush on your eyes. Now, smudge little darker shade on the lower lid to get the perfect eyes. Use a matte black liquid liner because they last longer and are more pigmented such as Inglot Liquid Eyeliner, 25. Finish the look with mascara from LOreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.

expensive pink

Rs 1,500, Nykaa.com

Brows: I would recommend my favourite Precisely, My Brow Pencil by Benefit Cosmetics which is perfect for Indian skin tone.

precisely my brow

Rs 2,390, Nykaa.com

Face: Start with super hydrating moisturiser because we don’t want our base to crack and to get a more radiant finish. Use a primer to make your makeup long-lasting and smoother, you can use the Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer which is perfect for all skin types. Opt for a lightweight foundation with good coverage and staying power such as the Maybelline New York Super Stay Foundation or Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation.
Choose a concealer with high coverage for those stubborn dark circles like Shape Tape Concealer or Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer. Set your foundation and concealer with a  loose powder so that it doesn’t transfer anywhere with that mask on your face. I love using Laura Mercier Translucent Powder because it sets your makeup like magic!

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

Rs 4.025, Nykaa.com

Shape Tape Concealer

Rs 930, Flipkart.com

To shape that beautifully flawless face, use a great bronzer such as Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics to get that face perfectly contoured. Add a light-ish, nude-ish blush like MAC Pinch Me for a naturally rosey glow.

Lips: You can opt for a light and natural look for your lips because they are going to stay under that mask or just keep it simple with a nice lip balm for a hydrating, moisturising boost. Now, your full face is ready to take on the world. But, not before you set everything with a makeup fixer. My favourite is Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray."

 Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Rs 5,465, Lacarenes.com

Agrika Kalra, celebrity makeup artist 

"Due to the current situation in the world we would have to wear a mask for a long period if we step out of our houses after the lockdown so, I would suggest a few tips to wear makeup along with a face mask: 

1. Always use matte products and make sure to set the base properly so that it doesn't pass on to the face mask.
2. If you want to wear a lipstick opt for matte ones with a moisturising effect.
3. While doing your makeup opt for statement eyes and strong eyebrows. 
4. Try including good quality lashes in your regime for a maximum effect in minimum time! 
e) Feeling experimental? Try wearing lenses to let the eyes do the talking."

Recreate this look: 

Gucci mask

Image: Pinterest

"To recreate this look, set your base using matte primer and blend concealer only on your blemishes or dark circles. Prep your eyes with nudes or skin tone eyeshadows and then, add heavy lashes to let the eyes catch all the focus. You can also opt for lenses for an added effect and make sure to powder and set your makeup well so that it doesn't pass on to the face mask," she says.