No matter where we’re going lately, slipping on a mask or protective face covering has become part of the routine. With half of our faces covered while out and about — a measure recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus — the way we do our makeup is changing alongside everything else. Lipstick and highlighter are now relegated to at-home use. Foundation isn’t the best idea anymore, either. (It can make surgical and N95 masks ineffective.) Our eyes are still wide-open canvases, though, so why not get creative?
New York City-based makeup artist Cyndle K recommends considering your mask as an extension of these looks rather than a hindrance or a competitor — a mindset that balances out the practicality of face coverings with some playfulness and personality. To show how you can switch up your makeup routines to better suit the new layer on everyone’s faces, she created five stunning looks perfect for wearing with a mask, including glitzy graphic liner, playful neon blush, and rainbow smoky eyes.
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Before You Begin, Prep Your Base
For the base of all the looks, Cyndle K applied a lightweight moisturizer, like the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Balance, followed by sunscreen. Her favorite SPF at the moment is the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, a transparent formula that doesn’t change the color of base makeup.
Next, Cyndle K skipped foundation all over in favor of spot-concealing. She only dabbed the Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid where she felt was necessary — from the bridge of her nose up. (We love the Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer, too, for its broader shade range and lightweight, satin finish.)
Concealing her undereyes came with a caveat, though. Cyndle K preferred to do so after perfecting her eye makeup to avoid muddying the concealer with pigment fallout. Then, she focused on brightening the area as much as she could because masks can cast a shadow there.
Cyndle K first tapped on the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, which has a color-correcting yellow tint. “It almost acts as a little bit of a highlight,” she explains. Then, the Hourglass concealer was layered on top.