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Look fresh with a face mask and face shield

By Hannah Mallorca Published Oct 06, 2020 1:41 am Updated Oct 15, 2020 1:59 am

The need to wear a face mask and face shield every time you go out has no doubt affected the way we put on makeup. Admittedly, I had to change many of my beauty products with ones that are smudge-free under my protective gear and the country's hot weather.

It was a matter of trial-and-error and a test to my bank account. Luckily, I’ve found products that make me look fresh even when I’m wearing my face mask and face shield. Here are some of my recommendations: 

Face Republic Super Sunscreen Gel

Face Republic Super Sunscreen Gel

Before putting on your makeup, it’s a must to wear sunscreen to protect your face from harsh UV rays. Sunscreen slows down the skin's aging, keeping your face away from wrinkles longer.

You may be wearing a face mask and face shield, but it doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun. Protect your face with this lightweight sunscreen from Face Republic. It comes in a gel-like formula that gives a dewy finish without the heavy feeling on the skin. 

Ellana Flower Power Setting Spray

Ellana Flower Power Setting Spray

One of the everyday products that I have to set aside, for now, is my primer. Because it is cream-based, it is also not mask-and-shield-friendly.

Luckily, I discovered that you can swap your everyday primer with this Flower Power setting spray from Ellana. It refreshes and preps your skin before makeup and perfect for people with dry or combination skin type.

A small tip: make sure to pat your skin dry with a cotton pad or tissue paper before applying your base.

L'Oréal Xpert 2-in-1 Eyebrow Pencil

Loreal Xpert 2-in-1 Eyebrow Pencil

Yes, your eyebrows can make a statement even if you’re wearing protective gear.

L'Oréal's long-wearing eyebrow pencil makes you look put together even if you’re only wearing powder or lip balm underneath. It’s pigmented, so you can make hairlike strokes for a more natural look.

Even before the pandemic, this eyebrow pencil was my “best friend” every time I have a busy schedule. It stays on even after a long day of work and commutes. 

L'Oréal Infallible Full-wear Concealer

Loréal Infallible Full Wear Concealer

Now’s the right time to try spot-treating your imperfections with the L'Oréal Infallible Full-wear Concealer. It is light on the skin, making you look more au natural.

It covers your dark circles, pimple marks, and red spots. Plus, it lasts for throughout the day under your face mask and face shield.

Ellana Lip and Cheek Tint in Amethyst

Ellana Lip and Cheek Tint in Amethyst

A lip and cheek tint is a must-have if you want a sun-kissed look. One of my favorites is from Ellana. It makes me look put together during video meetings and cute enough for virtual dates.

Remember to apply only the right amount on your face though. Just a few dots and spread it out quickly.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder

Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder


Yes, you can still wear a powder even if you have a face mask on. One of my holy grails is the Invisible Silk Loose Powder from Shiseido.

It enhances my natural skin texture while making me look fresh even after a stressful day. It’s one of the best finely-milled powders I’ve ever tried.

L'Oréal Infallible 16HR Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick

Loréal Infallible 16HR Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick

Rejoice, liquid lipstick lovers! Now’s the right time to use this type of product. The kiss-proof, smudge-proof liquid lipstick from L’Oreal perfectly matches your new-normal wear.

It comes in eight shades that will suit your everyday vibe and last thhroughout the day.

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