If you’re feeling yourself and you pick out the perfect outfit, do your hair and makeup, and then halfway out the door, you realize you’ve forgotten your mask! And when you take off the mask, you realize your efforts on picking out the perfect shade have gone to waste because your lipstick is sitting all over the inside of your facemask!
It happens to the best of us, spending all that time and effort on looking cute, and when you can finally sit down and be unmasked, you look like The Joker! I mean, that entire dilemma has left some of us ultimately defeated to the point where we’ve skipped over applying lipstick at all!
But what if I told you that you don’t have to waste your favorite color on the inside of your mask? Because you really don’t have to, you can keep your perfect lip looking fresh the entire day with these five tips!
1 A Good Foundation Is Key
Like any good old relationship, the key to an unharmed mask and flawless lipstick is a great foundation. Now I’m not talking about just the foundation you use; I mean the entire shebang from the moment you start your skincare!
To get that perfectly smooth look, start by scrubbing any dead skin off! After that, you can apply lip balm to give them moisture and lock it in. when you’re eventually ready to start your makeup application, blot off the lip balm with a tissue; if you don’t, your lipstick is going to slide off with the balm residue! When applying primer and foundation to the rest of your face, don’t forget to do the same to your lips; this is the foundation for unmovable lipstick!
2 The Right Formula Makes A Difference
When choosing a lipstick to go under a mask, the options at hand should be your liquid matte lipsticks. Now is a great time to invest in a variety of colors because who knows how long masks are going to be a part of our lives? Not me for sure!
Matte lipsticks are formulated to keep your lips moisturized and create a mattified look while keeping your lipstick in place. The takeaway, it’s not going to rub off, music to my mask-ridden ears! The downside is that you’re going to have to keep your glossy lips locked away until further notice, but it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on color!
3 Give The Good Ol’setting Powder Trick A Go!
If you’re after a color you know you don’t have in matte, there are tricks to turn any old crème lipstick into an unmovable matte in just seconds! It’s so easy; all you need is your crème color, a tissue, and your favorite setting powder!
Back when mattes were in, this makeup hack set the world ablaze! All you have to do is apply your lipstick, put a tissue over it, and brush the setting powder over the tissue. All it does is turn your crème from being transferable to immovable! So if you really don’t want to wear any of your liquid matte colors, you’re not forced to!
4 Layers, Layers, Layers
A great way to create something non-transferable from crème shades is by using thin layers. Start from your foundation by lining with a matching pencil, but because you want this color to last all day, color in your lips with the pencil! All it does is keep that color on your lips, so even if your lipstick does come off, you’re still left with pigment that doesn’t look like it’s been half applied, all because your mask touched your lips.
After lining your lips, you can either use a brush to apply thin layers of the lipstick or blot straight from the lipstick. These layers are going to be able to stay on for longer because you’ve spent time allowing each layer to dry, just as you do coats of nail polish!
5 Touch Up
This is the exact reason we never leave the house without a touchup tube in our bags! You just never know when you’re going to need to touch up your makeup; whether it’s transforming your look from day to night or refreshing your look, you can never go wrong with a backup!
Let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t help it; with all the moisture collected behind your mask, you’re going to transfer color, but If all else fails and for some reason you’ve still smudged your lipstick, then you should just touch it up. In the spaces it messed, you can cover it up with foundation or concealer. And voila, good as new!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat