Our world has faced many changes in recent months. One change in particular is having a major impact on style and beauty – the face mask. Many women are wondering how they can look beautiful when covering half their face, and whether they should bother with makeup. Well you can, and you should. We’re here to tell you how and why, and offer some makeup and hairstyle tips to help your style shine through the mask.
When hiding behind a mask, you may be tempted to just forget about your hair and makeup. But taking the time to get fixed up really goes a long way toward lifting your mood and boosting your confidence. And while normally no makeup and a messy bun would just be considered a casual look, add a mask and you will look washed out and ill. You owe it to yourself to keep up your appearance despite current events and mask mandates.
While donning a mask, foundation may not be your best choice. It will inevitably rub off, giving you an uneven complexion and stain your mask. Instead, apply an SPF 30 moisturizer, then use concealer on any problem areas as needed, avoiding areas that the mask will be in contact with. Lipstick is another thing to ditch. No one will see it and it will just smear and create a mess. Now is the time for lip balm or clear lip gloss if your lips need a little moisture or if you just can’t tolerate a bare lip. We recommend Jane Iredale® lip conditioner and gloss for our Village Salon clients for soft, well-conditioned lips that won’t chap under your face mask.
Focus on your eyes. With the lower half of your face covered, your eyes will be the focal point of your face and the only place people will see your smile. This is where you will make your statement with your makeup. Try something new and bold that might even be a little out of your comfort zone. Without a full face of makeup, you can really play it up without looking overdone. Set the tone with a smokey eye or dramatic winged liner and jewel tone shadow for a huge wow factor.
Luscious lashes are the perfect finish to make your eyes pop. If you weren’t naturally gifted with long, full lashes, you can fake it with a lash curler and volumizing mascara. But if you’ve ever considered getting lash extensions, there has never been a better time. They will give you the long, gorgeous lashes and the definition you want without the hassle of false lashes or layers of mascara. At Village Salon, we recommend GrandLash MD® professional products like GrandDrama Intense Thickening Mascara with Castor Oil, which will give you thick, luscious lashes with just the right shimmer and shine.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows are the curtains. It’s never been more important for your brows to be well groomed. Schedule an eyebrow wax to make sure they are well shaped and then be sure to always fill them in. Use an eyebrow pencil in short, hair-like strokes or apply powder with an angle brush to give them more shape and definition. Choose a color that matches your natural brow color or one that is just one shade darker for a natural look. To make your sparce, thinning brows look amazing, we recommend GrandLash MD® GrandeBrow Brow Enhancing Serum. Infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids, it will take your sparce, thinning brows to bold and beautiful in just 8 weeks.
Now that your peepers are popping, it’s time to look at your hair. First make sure your hair is in great shape. Get a trim and color touchup if needed. You might also want to consider a color gloss to boost shine. If your mask has tie straps or over-the-head elastic straps, you will want to choose a style that doesn’t interfere with them. A strategically placed ponytail or braid can actually help keep the ties in place, but this style can tend to be a little boring. Jazz it up with a fishtail braid ponytail. Make it special with beautiful hair accessories or incorporate a string of beads or sprigs of flowers in a braid. Masks with elastic ear loops are compatible with virtually any style, whether you wear it up or down. Just remember to keep it neat and polished to avoid looking sick.
The professional stylists, colorists, and makeup artists at Village Salon & Spa would love to help design a look for you that will allow your beauty to take center stage and outshine that mask. Call us today at 302-644-4247 to schedule your appointment. You will find us in The Villages of Five Points at 17314 North Village Main Blvd., in Lewes, DE. To schedule your appointment right from your mobile device, try our free mobile app, available on iTunes or Google Play.