CHICAGO — Since we’ve been at home for almost six months, we’re probably not wearing as much makeup as we were before, and some of us have ditched makeup all together now that half of our faces are occupied by masks.
But when you want to add a pop of color to your lips, or a simmer of your face for meeting up with friends for a socially distanced activity how can you ensure your makeup won’t transfer on to your mask? We talked with veteran Chicago makeup artist Cammy Kelly, about the best transfer-proof products that will stay on your face even while wearing a mask.
Kelly said that products that sit on top of the skin, like a powder, easily rub off, so when looking for smudge-proof makeup, search for a stain or something that has a matte finish. “Stains won’t come off easily because they seep into your skin,” says Kelly. “Matte means there is no shimmer and don’t give you moisture and moisture is what transfers.”
Here are 7 smudge-proof make-up products to try:
USE A PRIMER ON ITS OWN
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer $32, fentybeauty.com
Primers are designed to prep and smooth out your skin before applying makeup, but can also be used on their own to minimize your pores. Kelly likes Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer because it hydrates your skin and hides your pores while soaking up excess oil on your face.
Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid $24, glossier.com
For a dewy look, Kelly recommends Glossier’s Futuredew primer, which is long-lasting and will help make your skin look brighter. The non-greasy and nourishing oils will give your face a hydrated look that will last up to 12 hours. Use this product as the last step in your skincare or makeup routine before heading out the door.
BLUSH AND BRONZER THAT WILL LAST
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain $30, benefitcosmetics.com
A great way to add some smudge-proof color to your skin is with Benefit’s cheek and lip stain. “You can’t go wrong with this,” says Kelly, who’s favorite colors are Rose and Poppy Pink. “It looks like nail polish, you just brush a little on your cheeks and dab with your fingers. It adds just the right pop of color.”
Bare Minerals Barepro Glow Bronzer $29, nordstrom.com
This liquid bronzer provides a sheer, natural-looking color, all while lasting up to 16 hours. Apply this bronzer in little dots with your finger in a c-shape from your cheekbones to your brow. Then blend in with a brush to create a sun-kissed, no-makeup look with a pop of shimmer that’s perfect for summer.
LIPSTICK THAT WON’T LEAVE YOUR LIPS
NARS Cosmetics Powermatte Lip Pigment $26, nordstrom.com
“NARS’ Powermatte Lip Pigment dries down instantly and is totally smudge-proof,” says Kelly. Powermatte comes in 26 shades ranging from a barely-there pink (Call Me) to a deep, rich red-brown (Spin Me) but Kelly is a fan of the vivid orange-red shade Light My Fire.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick $9.49, maybelline.com
Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick will stay on your lips for up to 16 hours and you don’t have to worry about it transferring onto your mask. Reviewers say this lipstick won’t budge in the heat or while eating and is perfect for any upcoming outdoor socially distant dinner parties.
LOCK YOUR LOOK IN WITH A SETTING SPRAY
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $33, sephora.com
For some extra insurance to ensure your make-up will stay on your face and not your mask, apply this cult-favorite setting spray from Urban Decay. All Nighter will not only lock-in your look, but also reduce shine and absorb oils. “Even if your makeup says it will last — and you’re still worried that it won’t — this is a great way to make sure it will stay and hold everything together,” Kelly says.
Cammy Kelly is represented by Distinct Artists, Chicago.
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