Let me preface this by saying we are living in weird, effed up times with much more pressing issues than what I will ever write about. This is vapid and superficial, and honestly vapid and superficial is about all I’m qualified to cover. I know what is going on in the world around me. It’s scary and ugly and heartbreaking and beautiful and confusing. Ok now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about makeup.
Makeup and masks do not go together like peanut butter and jelly, they go together like lamb and tuna fish (Big Daddy joke, nailed it). If you ever hugged someone and left a Shroud of Turin-esque impression on that poor sap’s shoulder you know exactly what I’m talking about. One the one hand your face is full of makeup, and you’ve got basically a washcloth strapped to your face to wipe about 70% of your makeup off, on the other if you forgo makeup completely people mistake you for a sea witch, what’s a gal to do?
Well, I’m here to tell you you CAN have it all! You can wear makeup and not lose most of it to your mask! This is what our foremothers fought for! So lets get to it, here are my mask makeup product picks (say that three times fast).
Ok before we get to the nitty gritty (PS none of your makeup should feel nitty gritty) you need a mask. You know I love my Marie Galvin mask and headband sets, my Patch NYC print masks, and my Mike Denison Golden Girls inspired masks. Don’t be a selfish donkey, wear a mask. OK, moving on.
The eyes are the windows to the soul and it’s all we can we when you’ve got a mask on, so slap some mascara on them peepers. We’re wearing masks in the summer so we’re sweating, and if you’re anything like me you’ve had zero control over your emotions since the Ides of March, so waterproof mascara it is. My pick is Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara. You’ve probably seen their ads on social media, it’s the mascara in the teal tube that makes the model’s lashes quadruple in length. It doesn’t do THAT, but it does lengthen and it’s a tubing mascara so it’s not going to run down your face and into your mask.
Today is your lucky day because I’m not going to give you just one lipstick pick, I’m giving you two (I didn’t say it was your luckiest day). First the more affordable, and honestly the better option, Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Color. You simply can’t beat it, over thirty shades from natural to navy, they do not budge, and at full price they clock in around $10, but they are often (including right now) on sale at Ulta. I also love Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick every bit as much, but it doesn’t have nearly as many shades and is about twice the price. Because they can be a little drying I put some lip balm on about twenty minutes before I apply my lipstick, and wipe away any access at application time. When it comes to both these lip colors they go on liquid and YOU MUST LET THEM DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR MASK ON. If you put your mask on while your lips are still wet you’re going to have smeared joker smile when you take your mask off. In the interest of full disclosure, when you do want to take the lip color off you’re in for some work. I have lip color specific makeup wipes, Vaseline, lip balm, and micellar water at the ready.
Call me Tim Duncan because I’m giving you another double (he holds the record for most double doubles in NBA history). You may have gotten by without setting spray before, but in a Covid society it’s a must have. First up I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. This bad boy has thousands of positives reviews and is holy grail product for many. Like the old informercial used to say, set it and forget it…but with makeup, not a rotisserie chicken. A more affordable option is NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, also has thousands of positive reviews, and a woman in a Facebook beauty group I’m in swears by it because once she fell down a hill and cut herself up and broke a rib but her makeup did not so much as smudge, and that’s the kind of protection we could all use.
That’s all I’ve got! I’m sure there are a million more tips, tricks, and products out there, but these are my picks and I like them just fine. Also this post is not sponsored in any way shape or form by any of the products or retailers mentioned because I am a woman of integrity and would not recommend something unless I use and love it…but if you want to pay me to promote something I can be bought off real cheap. Stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask!