Makeup artist shares tip to stop your lipstick from smudging under a face mask

Now that coronavirus restrictions are easing and we’re allowed to socialise, we’re able to get our glad rags on.

For some, that may mean applying a sultry smokey eye, and for others, a bright bold lipstick.

However, safety measures are still in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus, which means it is still compulsory to wear our masks.

Whilst you’re able to go mask-free when sitting at the table, you must still wear them when you go inside to use the bathroom or to walk around the venue.

But wearing a mask shouldn’t deter you from liberally applying your favourite lipstick.

So, we spoke to Saffron Hughes, makeup artist at FalseEyelashes.co.uk, to find out how we can stop that lippy from budging.

After applying your lipstick, Saffron says you should slowly buff your lips with your finger, as she says: “This will create a thinner layer of lipstick which will keep any excess formula rubbing off onto your mask.”

Then, lightly move your finger in a circular motion straight after application and wait five minutes before dusting on powder to set the colour in place.

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“Ensure to do this gently as you don’t wait to eradicate all the colour,” she warned, adding, “just enough so the right amount of product is absorbed into the lips and excess has been removed.”

Another option is to wear your lipstick as a stain, which is an efficient way to sustain colour with no residue.

To do so, first, apply a light layer of lip balm, then with your finger, pat a highly pigmented lipstick colour from the centre of your lips outwards to distribute.

“Lip balms blend the colour into your lips easily without any tacky residue sticking to your mask,” the MUA explained.

Saffron added: “Avoid the corners as this is more likely to create a smudge, finish with a blot by pressing your lips carefully together.

“A lip stain is a great way to apply a light wash of colour if you’re not in the mood for ultra-matte.”