Facing Up To Face Masks

I don’t think anyone enjoys wearing a face mask but we have to accept them as our new normal, and regardless of the style and colour that you choose, first and foremost, we must remember that they exist to keep us safe. That said, I have been asked for advice on many different aspects of wearing masks, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts with you.

What style should I wear?

If you follow my facebook page, you will  have seen this post already. Your style personality dictates the choices that you make and how you adapt clothing to suit your own tastes. It goes without saying that when choosing a mask, your style personality will come into play.

Creative – Homemade or from alternative retailers such as Etsy
Dramatic – Bold or textured fabric that makes a statement
Romantic – Feminine and pretty pattern or plain and sparkly
Classic – May have several masks to co-ordinate with different outfits
Natural – Easy care fabric so it doesn’t require washing or, most likely, disposable
City Chic – Plain and understated in a neutral colour

Can you spot own style personality? This is an important area of understanding and embracing your own image, and it is something that we cover in depth during all of my sessions with clients, but particularly during Style Consultations

What colour should I wear?

If you’ve had a colour analysis, just choose one of your favourite colours from your palette. If you’ve got dark circles under your eyes though, steer clear of very dark colours (especially black) as these tend to accentuate them.  Here are some guidelines that will help you choose a flattering colour:

Lights – Keep it light and delicate, try mint or pastel pink
Deeps – Balance your look with stronger shades, try teal or pine
Warms – Look for colours with warmth, coral and moss are perfect on you
Cools – Choose cool shades to balance such as cornflower and hot pink
Clears – Complement your striking eyes with vibrant scarlet or emerald green
Softs – Opt for muted shades such as light periwinkle or jade

Wearing the right colours on your face and body can make you look healthy, vibrant and younger. It can also have a psychological effect on how others perceive you. If you would like to find out more about your most flattering shades of colour and how to wear them, get in touch.

How do I stop my glasses misting up?

Specs and masks are not a match made in heaven are they? But there are a few tips that we can give you, to help with the fogging of your spectacles and sunglasses.

  • Wear your glasses over the mask rather than underneath. It won’t stop the fogging entirely but it will help.
  • Place a tissue on the inside of the mask to absorb excess moisture. This will also help to minimise make-up transfer!
  • Wash your glasses in soap and water (baby shampoo is ideal). Wipe lightly or allow to air dry. The soap leaves a film that prevents glasses from fogging over.
  • Try to achieve a tighter seal at the bridge of the nose. If you can, twist the ear loop so that you create an X shape and the top of the tie becomes the bottom and vice versa. Fastening the mask lower down the face, achieves a better seal.
  • Buy a mask with a wired nose ridge such as the one featured above from Etsy.

How should I apply my make-up?

This is the time to focus on your eyes, because, let’s face it, that’s all people are  going to see when you’re wearing a mask. Accentuate them with your most flattering eye shadow colours and a complementary eye pencil and wear mascara. Even if you don’t normally bother, it’s also worth taking the time to curl your lashes to give a more-wide-eyed look. Also, make sure you define your eyebrows. Colour Me Beautiful’s blond eye pencil is brilliant and is one of my hero products because it blends in beautifully with all but the darkest brows (tip: never use a pencil that is darker than your natural brow colour as it will always look unnatural.)

If you’re not planning to take off your mask, there’s not much point in wearing any other make-up but if you will be removing it at various times and want to wear some, keep it fairly minimal to reduce the amount transferred to your mask. If wearing lipstick, use a lip pencil first to line and fill in the lips, apply a cream/matt lipstick (glossy ones can get particularly messy!) and then blot thoroughly. A light mist of setting spray such as Urban Decay All Nighter  all over your face should also help  keep your make-up on your face and off your mask!