Face masks or cloth coverings designed to protect us and others from the coronavirus pandemic have become a way of life during these uncertain times. For those of you who enjoy wearing makeup on a daily basis, you’ve had to become clever with beauty tricks of the trade to avoid issues like acne, an oily complexion, fading makeup and perhaps, one of the biggest problems, smudged lipstick.
Professional makeup artists agree that it’s fine to keep up your full makeup routine and still wear your COVID-19 mask. Some women are only playing up their eyes with cosmetics and leaving the rest of their face bare, but you can do a full glamour face all the way down to your lips. Here are some expert suggestions:
Lipstick Sealer To The Rescue
There is a reason why lipstick sealer was invented, and yes, it works effectively. This is the best way to attain smudge-proof lips when you remove your face mask.
Lipcote is one of the finest brands out there and practically a cult favorite made in the U.K. The lip sealer has been around for quite some time (70 years now) and is formulated with all-natural ingredients.
Famous and non-famous lips love wearing Lipcote, and it’s easy to see why. The sealer serum comes in a tiny bottle with a soft, tiny brush. Simply apply your lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue, and brush Lipcote’s magical transparent sealer on top.
After that, your gorgeous, colorful pucker will last for hours. Lipcote is also transfer-resistant and water-resistant.
You can purchase Lipcote lipstick sealer here in the U.S. at a number of online beauty stores, usually for less than $10.
A Lip Stain That Won’t Budge
Another way to get amazing mileage out of your lipstick is to apply a lip stain, which is guaranteed to go the distance and stay put and fresh. There are so many wonderful lip stain formulas out on the market, that one of them is bound to work under your face mask.
What you want to look for is a lip stain that leaves behind a powerful punch of pigment. Some women complain about lip stains being very drying and uncomfortable to wear, but today’s formulas offer more than just the long-lasting color.
For example, NARS boasts a gorgeous lip stain product in Powermatte Lip Pigment. It’s not cheap at $26 a tube, but if you’re looking for incredible smudge-proof results under your face mask, then try this one.
It’s made as a full coverage liquified pigment, and a one-swipe-application does the trick. Its fluid pigment complex provides lightweight, flexible color that moves with your lips and feels soft and comfy.
Best of all, NARS’s lip stain comes in 17 stunning shades from nude to pink to red to berry and looks lovely on all skin tones.
Working The Cream Concealer Trick
Beauty magazine Allure offers advice on achieiving the perfect pout with long-lasting lip color and smudge-free maintenance. The cosmetics gurus recommend this one:
Instead of lip liner, take cream concealer and trace around the outside of your lips with a lip liner brush. Try and create the line as close to your lips as possible. The concealer will act as a protective wall against your lipstick and prevent it from smudging across your face. Blot and go!
It isn’t easy keeping up your regular beauty game and having everything look fresh for hours, especially when you’re wearing a face mask from time to time. Try one of our three tricks above, and keep smiling!
“This too shall pass.”