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Makeup Primer, Setting Spray, & More: Do Mask Makeup Like a Pro

Make the most of mask makeup by trying fun eyeshadow looks and helping makeup last with setting spray, makeup primer, and longwear foundation.


From the looks of it, we may be wearing protective face masks for a while. That can be a challenge if you plan to wear makeup as usual, even if to instill a sense of normalcy. Enter face mask makeup, which entails shifting your usual look to accommodate the mask, bandanna, or hand-sewn cloth over your face. And even without a mask, some of these tricks, like makeup primer, longwear foundation and dramatic eyeshadow looks, can be helpful in general to create a long lasting makeup look that stand up to summer’s heat and sweat. Here, how to maximize your mask makeup.

Start with Makeup Primer

Makeup primer is always a good idea in the summer, when makeup is prone to melting — and especially so under a mask, as it can rub off. Once you complete your skincare routine, smooth La Base Pro Makeup and Face Primer over your face. It creates a smooth finish, making for a more seamless longwear foundation application, and extends the wear of your makeup. If you’re choosing to wear eye makeup, tap on Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base with your fingertips. This creamy eye primer offers a smooth, neutral-toned base for your eyeshadow (making the pigment pop) and can help eyeshadow looks last longer without creasing. It’s a must for long lasting makeup.

Choose the Right Foundation

Depending on the look you’re going for, you have two options for your foundation. You can either choose our best longwear foundation, Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, for lasting coverage, or go for a sheer, moisturizing skin tint with Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation. The differences: Teint Idole Longwear Foundation offers full coverage and is transfer resistant, so it won’t rub off as easily on your mask as other foundations might. However, if you experience irritation from your mask, you might be better off with a moisturizing formula that offers just a touch of coverage. Your best choice depends on what makes you feel more comfortable.

Try Show-Stopping Eye Makeup

As half your face may be hidden by a mask, all the focus will be on your eyes. This may be the best time to try out new eye makeup ideas, be it a cat eye makeup look or colorful eyeshadow looks. The day-to-night, highly pigmented eye colors in the Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette give you the freedom to create a range of playful eyeshadow looks. For liquid eyeliner, you can’t go wrong with the Artliner Precision Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner. The eyeliner pen is easy to wield and offers precision so you can get the perfect winged eyeliner look or definition you desire.

Set Your Makeup with Setting Spray

Once you’ve applied your longwear foundation and eye makeup, it’s time to lock it down. A good makeup setting spray can help makeup last throughout the day, no matter what it brings. Fix It Forget It Setting Spray is sweatproof and weatherproof — plus, it keeps makeup in place for up to 24 hours. With hyaluronic acid, moringa seed oil and vitamin C-rich kiwi extract, the hydrating formula also defends skin against pollution. For long lasting makeup, apply makeup setting spray once after you apply your makeup, and then spritz again for a moisture boost throughout the day.

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