Wearing a face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 has become a part of everyday life. However, for those who love to wear makeup on a daily basis, this has created a few issues as the heat and friction of the mask can cause products like foundation to smudge or rub off altogether. So, to keep your make up looking as slick as the moment you applied it, here is our guide one some of the best long-lasting foundations around and tips on how to keep your makeup looking fresh.
Step 1: Prep Your Base
Once you’ve applied your skincare, a primer is essential to ensure your foundation stays put. Primers like Rimmel Lasting Matte Primer work to reduce sweat and shine, so any makeup you apply on top is less likely to slip off.
Step 2: Use a Long-Lasting Foundation
If you’re wearing a mask for several hours a day, then your foundation needs to work a little harder to stay smudge-proof. Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Hour Full Coverage Foundation is pigment-rich, with a lightweight texture and a matte finish. Trust us, this will be a worthy opponent to match your face mask!
Another hero is Max Factor’s Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, which contains a built-in primer and concealer for extra coverage and hold.
While Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation is oil-free and dries to a semi-matte finish that’s less likely to rub off. (It comes with a doe-foot applicator, making it convenient for touch-ups on the go.)
Step 3: Lock it in with Setting Spray or Powder
The same way you would use a top coat over your nail colour, a setting spray can provide that extra layer of insurance to avoid your foundation slipping and sliding off. Once you’re happy with your base makeup, a few spritzes of NYX Professional Makeup Matte Setting Spray are all you need to make it last all day. A dusting of translucent powder can work in the same way; Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder includes anti-bacterial witch hazel to combat breakouts (so it can help prevent ‘maskne’ at the same time!).
Step 4: Make Your Eyes the Main Event
If you’re normally fond of a bold lip, you might want to switch to focusing on your eyes if you’ve got a mask on. And few things create a statement eye look like a sweep of liquid eyeliner! Rimmel Wonder’Ink Liquid Eyeliner has a convenient felt tip applicator, to create a clean cat’s eye flick. And as your brows will also be on display, ensure they are neatly groomed – this is easily achieved with a slick of brow mascara, such as MUA Brow Define Eyebrow Tint.
(NB. If your skin tends to be on the oily side, prep the eyelid with a dab of primer such as Revlon Colorstay Eye Shadow Primer.)