How to Keep Your Makeup from Smudging While Wearing a Mask


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Mask wearing has become the new normal in 2020, but wearing a mask and makeup at the same time isn't as easy as any of us expected!

It seems like every time I remove my mask, most of my makeup has transferred off of my face and onto the mask.

The obvious and practical thing that you can do to prevent the transfer of makeup onto your mask is not to wear any makeup whatsoever, but that's not ideal all the time. Especially for me who loves to wear makeup.

I have experimented with several makeup techniques to figure out how to keep my makeup intact while wearing a mask, and this is what I've discovered works best:

#1 Prep Your Skin

Make sure you wash your face, put on your serums, lotions, and sunscreen before applying your makeup.

Mask wearing can cause acne and breakouts so it's very important to take extra care of your skin. Also, don't forget to exfoliate at night before bed to let your skin breathe and keep the breakouts away.

#2 - Use a Primer

Primers lock in your base while helping control oil. This makes it easier for foundation to better adhere to your skin and last longer while keeping your skin smooth. I suggest wearing a primer that is sensitive to acne-prone skin like Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Hourglass Primer

#3 - Apply Translucent Setting Powder

Translucent powder is a sheer powder that is used to set your makeup in place, brighten the skin, and reduce oil and shine.

Lightly brush the powder all over your face to set your makeup, but really focus on your nose, mouth, and under your eyes (where the mask touches).  My favorite setting powder is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.


#4 - Use a Setting Spray

Setting spray is a mist that is applied to the face after your makeup is completely finished. This should be your very last step to seal your face.

Spray extra on the nose, mouth, and chin area. The mist prevents smudging and movement of your makeup while creating a protective barrier between your mask and your makeup.

A Few Extra Quick Tips

  • Try to skip sticky lip glosses, cream lipsticks, and shines. Instead use lip stains and liquid lipsticks that are made to stay on the lips and not smudge. Also, applying setting powder to your lipstick is an extra barrier to keep your lip color intact.  
  • Accentuate your eyes. I love using different eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras to make my eyes pop, especially when wearing a mask. I feel like I can still show my creativity through my eye makeup even though most of my face is covered. 
  • Wash your face as much as possible. Mask wearing and makeup wearing can increase breakouts around your mouth and chin due to the humidity of your breath. Make sure you are exfoliating regularly and using toners.

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