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Makeup and Masks: Part 1

In thinking of how I could be of service to others during the time of Covid-19, it occurred to me that I might be able to offer some tips for when you have to wear a mask at work. If you are a teacher like myself, or in healthcare, retail, etc., you are probably expected to wear a cloth or paper mask for a large portion of your workday. You are also required to wear these masks when shopping and going about your daily errands. Is it ideal? No. But these measures protect us and those around us, so let’s make the best of the situation, shall we?

For Part 1 of this “series,” I’m going to start with the obvious area of focus when you have a mask on: your eyes. I am of the firm belief that if you are covering the rest of your face, you can do whatever you want with your shadows and liners. Now is definitely the time to play with color, texture and shape. After all, we don’t have to worry about coordinating our eye makeup with anything else if nothing else is showing!

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Play With Color

A surefire way to draw attention to your most important (and only visible…) features is to apply a wash of color. For a quick but impactful look, try the Kosas 10 Second Liquid Eyeshadow. My favorite unique shades are Waterfall and 333. For soft, blendable colors you may want to turn to Aether Beauty. Their Amethyst Palette is a great choice if you feel comfortable with shades of purple. I talk about another Aether palette in this post. If you like a more pigmented eyeshadow, Viseart is your brand. Warm tone lovers will gravitate toward their Warm Edit. Feeling bold? Go multichrome. Natasha Denona recently debuted the Chromium Multichrome Liquid Eyeshadow.

Play With Texture

Shimmer and glitter are no longer just for special occasions. There are so many options for bringing a little sparkle into your daily look. For an all over ethereal glimmer, I can’t recommend Roen Beauty highly enough. They have both Cool and Warm options. Or, try 11:11 for a little bit of both! If you really want to show off with a larger glitter, Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights are the way to go. I recommend dabbing a little on to the lid and then patting around with your finger.

Play With Shape and Definition

Don’t forget to frame your peepers with a quality mascara. My recent favorites are Ilia’s Limitless Lash Mascara and Roen’s Cake Mascara. Both of these options offer fluffy, defined lashes and a “clean” formula.

Finally, you may want to add a little drama to your liner game. Achieve a classic wing using the Ilia Clean Line Liquid Liner. Not a fan of liquid liner? My favorite trick is to apply a fine tipped liner pencil, like the Marc Jacobs Fineliner Ultra-skinny Gel Eye Crayon, and pull out a small wing using an angled brush!

Remember, there is no wrong way to do your makeup. You don’t even have to wear makeup. But if putting on some fun eye shadow or liner makes you feel happier while wearing a mask, I say do it! Wishing you good health!

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