Now that we’re finally able to go out and see friends and family, some of us may not be used to the sweltering heat after months of staying indoors. We still have to wear our face masks in public, and for us makeup-wearers, this means we’re more prone to breaking out — we even asked a skincare expert for some advice on how to prevent this.
For more advice on how to ensure makeup lasts under a mask though, we’re turning to K-Beauty. With reason! The air pollution can get especially bad during the summer in Korea, which means it’s common for people who live there to be wearing face masks out. During my time there, I also noticed that many men and women still had fresh, flawless makeup, even after wearing a mask for hours. From lightweight BB cushions to lip tints, now might be the time to hop on the K-Beauty bandwagon.
1. AHC Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick ($43.65 U.P. $48.50)
2. Medicube Red Capsule Suncream (from $23.20)
3. Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick ($18.50 U.P. $25)
Protecting your skin from the sun is always important, but even more so after a period of significantly less sun exposure. After months of staying indoors, your skin may be a little more sensitive and more prone to irritation. On top of that, since your mask will be covering the bottom half of your face, there’s a chance you may develop a hilarious but awkward tan line. Combat this by applying sunscreen, even if you’re not going to apply any makeup. Remember to apply sunscreen on your chin and neck area as well!
1. Missha M B.B Boomer ($23.90)
2. Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Primer ($8.19 U.P. $10.25)
3. COSRX Sunny Snail Tone Up Cream ($26)
Prepping your skin well is one way to ensure your makeup stays put, and a good primer usually does the trick. K-beauty primers are often multi-purpose, and usually have brightening and moisturising components to provide the skin with a fresh, glowy look.
1. Laneige Layering Cushion SPF50+ ($45)
2. Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion ($27.64 U.P. $35.90)
3. Clio Kill Cover Glow Cushion SPF50+ ($24.20 U.P $29.40)
Unfortunately, wearing a mask may cause some of your makeup to transfer, especially if you’re using thicker, reusable masks. We recommend bringing a BB cushion along for light touch-ups. Depending on your preference, you can find BB cushions with various levels of coverage, but many light coverage cushions are often buildable as well. They also tend to have a more lightweight formula, so they don’t feel too heavy on the skin.
1. NAMING. Playful Creme Blush ($13.30 U.P. $19)
As it gets warmer, we tend to sweat much more, and the addition of a mask doesn’t help. If you’re worried about your face makeup melting off with the sweat, cream blush can last longer on the skin, compared to its powder variant. They’re also small and easily blendable with your fingertips, making them ideal to carry around with you in case you need a touch-up.
1. 3CE Velvet Lip Tint (from $12.50 U.P. $17.90)
2. NAMING. Blurry Fit Lip Tint ($14.70 U.P. $21)
3. Apieu Juicy Pang Lip Tint ($7.90 U.P. $14.80)
Rather than lipstick or lip gloss, lip tints are a better option to apply, especially if you’re going to be wearing a mask. You don’t have to worry about the colour transferring, and they’ll last the commute between home and your destination. Touch-ups are also convenient and quick — a few dabs and you’re ready to go, while you barely have to wait more than a couple of minutes for the product to dry.