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If you are still wearing makeup while in quarantine like me, you’ve definitely had this experience before: You apply your makeup, put your face mask on, and by the time you get to your destination, everything under your mask has smeared across your face mask. By now, you (hopefully) know how to clean your face masks at home. But even still, who wants their makeup shifting around and transferring, especially when you’ve put in the work to look fabulous?
Contrary to popular belief, the solution is more complex than just applying less makeup or a primer. But there’s hope. Read on to find out what you can do.
Opt for an oil-free primer
According to MAC’s global senior artist Dominic Skinner, makeup transfer on face masks is caused by a combination of oil within your makeup and the humidity caused under the mask, he explained to Cosmopolitan UK. While he recommended the MAC Prep & Prime Natural Radiance Primer, any primer that is oil-free will work to grab hold of the oil within your foundation, making for a less greasy slide of product.
Some of my favorite primers include:
- Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer, $14
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, $7.69
- Dermablend Poresaver Matte Primer, $33
- Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer, $15
- MAC Pre & Prime Natural Radiance Primer, $42
- E.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Putty Primer, $8
Go for a long-wearing or sweat-proof foundation
“A waterproof formula dries and locks onto your skin without drying your skin out, and can last up to 24 hours,” Dom explained to Cosmo UK.
From personal experience, the material of the face mask can also irritate and dry out your skin, and your skincare routine really should incorporate more nourishing ingredients to aid in skin irritation.
I always recommend a foundation that offers hydration and long-wearability to decrease the chance of transfer. I mean, y’all already know the foundation I’ve been turning to for its wearability, but seriously, get with the program!
Some of my favorite foundations:
- Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation, $38
- Too Faced Born This Way Matte Foundation, $40
- FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $35
- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, $49
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, $35
- Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation SPF 20, $40
Yes, still set your face (and your mask) with a setting products!
This tip is really what saves my skin in the end. A HuffPost beauty writer even tested out the method and found that it was the most effective to makeup transfer resistance.
Personally, I use a light setting powder on places that may get oily, like around my mouth, my nose and chin. With a beauty blender or blender tool (like these that I got on Amazon for a fraction of the cost!), I gently pat the product into my skin.
For my mask, I use a sealant spray to gently spray the inside of my mask and let it air dry. I like to think of it as my way of staying set while out and about. I love the cult-favorite Ben Nye Final Seal Spray. Even though it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth it.
If you want to also spray your face, that works, too! You’ll see the level of transfer significantly reduce, thanks to this tip.
Some products I recommend for this:
- BEAKEY 5 Pcs Makeup Sponge Set, $8.99
- Ben Nye Final Seal Spray, $29.99
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $39
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, $32
- bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, $25
- Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder, $34
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