The 6 best make-up essentials for wearing face masks

How to achieve modern, mask-friendly make-up

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Even if you’re fortunate enough to be able to keep your mask-wearing to a minimum,  I hope this will prove a useful update to your make-up routine. It’s about creating subtle impact, with products that won’t transfer on to your mask. 

Two items I’ve realised are indispensable – especially now, with the eyes the new focus of the face – are some kind of brow definer (I find powders create a much softer effect than pencil, and Blink Brow Bar’s comes in a controllable applicator in three shades) and an eyelid primer. For years I did without, but not any more.

If you tend to look as though you really haven’t bothered to put on anything 30 minutes after your painstaking ‘no make-up’ application, primers are worth the extra 30 seconds. The lightest, such as Trish McEvoy’s Eye Base Essentials, mean you won’t ruin the barely there look of any shadow or cream you apply over the top, however sheer. 

Eye Shadow, £32,  Kjaer Weis 

For shadow, it’s worth exploring Kjaer Weis, at the luxury end of organic beauty. These are silky textures that come in refillable cases, in around a dozen shades, from pastel to punchy. They can be used wet or dry – the former is good for creating definition next to the upper and lower lashes, particularly if you don’t have a sufficiently steady hand or the lid-estate for full-on eyeliner.

Add a dot of highlighter (RMS Beauty’s Living Glow Face & Body Powder is a lovely iridescent pale gold) to the centre of each lid and below your brows, plus lashings of black mascara – Kjaer Weis’s scores highly for performance and ingredients, but for more drama, choose Maybelline or Pat McGrath Labs.

You’ll want a concealer; most masks are the perfect size for highlighting dark circles. I’ve been trying out The Organic Pharmacy’s, an easily blendable formula with vitamins and hyaluronic acid. It provides cover and radiance and, equally importantly, stays put. 

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Brow Powder,  £15, BBB London 

Brow Powder,  £15, BBB London 

Eye Base Essentials, £31, Trish McEvoy 

Eye Base Essentials, £31, Trish McEvoy 

Living Glow Face & Body Powder, £37, RMS Beauty 

Living Glow Face & Body Powder, £37, RMS Beauty 

Dark Star Mascara, £26, Pat McGrath Labs

Dark Star Mascara, £26, Pat McGrath Labs

Luminous Perfecting Concealer Natural, £19, The Organic Pharmacy 

Luminous Perfecting Concealer Natural, £19, The Organic Pharmacy