How to stop makeup from getting on your N95 mask

The current requirement to wear a face mask in public can mean one of two things for a person who wears makeup: don't wear makeup at all, or be prepared for makeup to shift away from your face and onto your mask. But are those the only choices really?

However, transfer-proofing methods have been in the arsenal of experienced makeup artists, and they have only become stronger with the introduction of highly efficient sealants and fixing sprays, as well as advanced long-wearing foundation formulations.

But you're in luck if you already have a base that you like and are not inclined to buy a professional-grade repairing spray. A selection of helpful approaches that use items that you probably already have at home will help maintain. Normal makeup is different than make-up to wear an n95 mask.

I noticed this approach kept my makeup looking fine, for more than five hours of wearing a mask on. I assume, however, that the outcome has much to do with the amount of product you need to add to the skin: a lot of it will wear off during the day, but there is enough left behind that what you see in the mirror is still pretty healthy. But this approach was frustrating when it came to making transfer-proof (or even transfer-resistant) cosmetics.

There are different techniques of doing makeup to keep your makeup away from n95 masks;

Application of minimal foundation and powder with a paper towel

As a makeup artist, a general piece of advice I've heard is that less product, strategically applied, not only produces a better result but a longer-wearing one. This is particularly true when there is tension between the skin and another surface, a condition that is very familiar to Sarah Cimino, a theatrical makeup artist.

She designed the makeup for the Seven Sins of the Burlesque Company XIV, in which hundreds of performers wear masks and face ornaments of all kinds through the original show.

Those who do not really wear a lot of makeup, and, Cimino said, “that's for a few different reasons. I agree that wearing a mask every day, in particular, would present our makeup but also our skin with a lot of challenges.” Cimino encouraged a minimum amount of product set with a translucent powder to mitigate that effect.

On day 2 of my experiment, following Cimino's advice, I decided to use only concealer, rather than makeup, because I needed a little more coverage.

It wouldn't have made sense to use a damp beauty blender for this unique recipe, a water-resistant one. I followed the advice of Jackie Aina (repeated in many of her YouTube videos) to let the concealer sit for about 3 minutes in order to stop pulling the product with my fingers. I blended it out with a smooth, synthetic brush at that point.

I used an old lipstick trick from Cimino as an extra layer of defense, with a unique modification.


By mentioning this method, the expert doesn’t want to traumatize someone with memories of their childhood dance recitals but look: old tricks still work, kind of.

There is nothing to do differently from what you usually do with this procedure, except to take a can of your favorite hairspray, close your eyes, and blast a few pumps from around the length of an arm on your forehead.

This approach was marginally less successful than the technique of the previous day, and for some reason, this was without being outside that day. It is worth pointing out that at the end of the day, my skin was still the most painful. Given the discomfort and the relatively unremarkable payoff, I rate this technique lower than the others without even subjecting it to the humidity and heat that day.

Quick Bake

In the past few years, "Baking" has taken on an outsize role in the amateur beauty world, and it's not without reason. The technique involves rubbing over strategic areas of the face a heavy amount of loose powder, letting it settle ('bake') for a period of time (from a few seconds to several minutes), and then dusting it off.

The effect is usually a much brighter, cleaner, longer-lasting product application. It turns out that the resistance to transfer is also very effective.

Why Doctors Aren't Wearing Makeup with N95s

It's necessary to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of droplets during the COVID-19 pandemic if you're wearing a cloth face covering. For instance, make sure that both your nose and mouth are covered by your mask, that you wash your hands after taking it off, and that you take care (or reuse) of it.

Numerous health care staff follow another principle in medical environments, where the risk of spreading disease is typically greater, to ensure that their masks are an adequate barrier to droplets that might spread harmful pathogens: wiping off their makeup before wearing a mask or entirely skipping makeup.

Another of the reasons why medical manufacturers take this extra measure is to hold masks that are already in great demand. Anne Liu, a Stanford Health Care infectious disease physician, says it's considered tainted if makeup gets on masks, which creates a challenge because many health care facilities find ways to disinfect masks for reuse.

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