Photography: Emma Palmer
‘Phone, purse, keys and mask’ is the new mantra before we leave the house these days. A face mask has become the essential accessory if you’re venturing out in public. For anyone wearing one daily or for a long periods of time there is one notable skin challenge though, maskne.
Face mask induced breakouts have become a talking point of late with people complaining of bumps and blemishes clustering around their cheeks and jawlines. While makeup has the potential to acerbate the problem (especially in this heat), few of us want to exit the front door without it.
Fortunately, there are a few feather light formulas that help smooth out your skin without causing maskne…
If You Have Dry Or Mature Skin…
This tinted moisturiser has received a lot of praise this summer for its natural looking, glow-getting finish. It’s perfect for underneath your face mask as the lightweight texture doesn’t feel heavy or cloying. “Always apply starting at the centre of your face and blend out using a flat foundation brush,” advises makeup artist Zoe Taylor. This helps you achieve a smooth, natural finish that looks like great skin rather than great makeup.
If You Want Buildable Coverage…
A summer makeup classic, Laura Mercier’s iconic tinted moisturiser is perfect for anyone who wants a versatile formula that can be layered up in areas that need more coverage. The addition of tamarind seed extract is also helpful for preventing moisture loss as face masks can result in patches of dryness where it touches your skin.
If You Want To Control Shine…
Some of us prefer using powder rather than liquids and creams. This dreamy micro-fine powder not only keeps shine at bay, but refines pores to prevent a cakey finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid, it also helps cushion where your face mask meets your skin.
If You Want To Forgo Foundation Entirely…
For some of us even the lightest slick of tinted moisturiser can feel too much in the heat. This is where Hourglass’ long-lasting, high coverage concealer comes in particularly handy. Whether you want to disguise dark under eye circles or camouflage a breakout, a dot of this vegan concealer is all you need. Plus, it non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
If You Want To Ensure Long-Lasting Hold…
You might have noticed that some of your makeup ends up rubbing off onto your mask. Charlotte Tilbury’s latest product prevents your foundation from transferring and promises an impressive 16 hour hold. You can also use it as a cooling primer. It’s no wonder our makeup buyer loves this setting spray.
Zoe has one top tip: “Make sure the light mist has completely dried before putting any face covering over to maximise the results.”