It’s hot outside. Summer means a natural look and lighter makeup, but wearing a face mask adds another challenge, making it easier to sweat off all your hard work.
THE EYES ARE WHERE IT’S AT
With your lips and cheeks hidden, the focus is all on the eyes this season. But even if half of your face is covered, there’s still lots to work with. Lashes and eyelids can handle bright, fun colors that match your skin and can even go with the color of your mask.
Two Chicago makeup artists, Angela Goss of Angela Makeup Chicago and Jill Glaser, owner of the Makeup First School, offer a few product recommendations and general advice for people to try new looks, express themselves and still stay safe.
It’s the perfect time to discover your summer colors and be bold. Glaser suggests trying bright colors and having fun. She’s seen yellows and greens trending this summer. “Play up the eyes and the eyebrows. Now’s the time to play with color,” Glaser said. She recommends the Viseart palettes for a vibrant summer look.
Glaser says products like Inglot Cosmetic’s Duraline help turn powder primers liquid so they stay on longer. It can also brighten the pigment.
WEAR TINTED MOISTURIZER, NOT A FOUNDATION
Instead of a heavy foundation, Glaser and Gloss both recommend wearing a tinted moisturizer with SPF. The combination of wearing a mask and the hot summer weather will make people sweat, so the lighter the makeup, the better.
Glaser and Goss say to apply a tinted moisturizer all over your face. “I would still do the whole face because sometimes you do take the mask off,” said Goss. She says any waterproof product will do. “It’s enough to even out their skin tone, but not too heavy.”
FINISH WITH A SETTING SPRAY AND A CLEAN MASK
Goss says to be prepared for some residue on your mask. “Obviously, some of it’s going to come off, especially when it’s hot out,” said Gloss. One way to mitigate that is setting powder or spray. Goss recommends the Mac Prep + Prime Fix+. Translucent powders also work well for people who sweat a lot. Glaser also recommends applying it throughout the day. Sprays and powders can wear off, so reapply about every four hours.
Using a lightweight cotton mask can also help. Remember to wash your cloth mask daily or regularly switch it out for a new one. Not only to help keep you safe, but to remove any makeup residue for the next time you wear it.
SANITATION IS KEY
Glaser also reminds makeup users to keep their supplies clean. If possible, use washable sponges instead of brushes and use cotton swabs or other disposable applicants to avoid spreading germs. Also, wipe down the bags or containers you keep your makeup and applicators in.
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