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Is Your Makeup Mask-Resistant? Here’s What You Need to Know


So you grab your mask, pocket some hand sanitizer and head out the door to run a few errands. But sooner or later, you realize that the full face of makeup you put on has migrated onto your mask and has mixed with beads of sweat. Sounds familiar, right?

Unfortunately, face masks aren’t always the best match for makeup. But instead of abandoning all hope on your favorite confidence-building looks, we have another solution for you. As complexion experts, we know how important it is to focus on keeping your skin happy with clean formulas that work for your lifestyle. When it comes to makeup that stays on your skin and off your masks, it’s all about prepping your skin, switching to transfer-resistant long-lasting makeup, and locking it in to last for hours. We consulted our Global Makeup Artist Carly Giglio for some quick tips to help you. Next time you’re heading out, this info will have you, and your skin, covered.

How to Prep Skin for Lasting Makeup

Any and every makeup look really starts with the skin. If your skin isn’t properly prepped and moisturized, your makeup is less likely to apply smoothly and stay put. You can take things a step further by making sure your skin barrier is strong. Our SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Collection strengthens skin to better resist daily damage.

After you’ve finished applying your skincare routine, but before you apply foundation, you’ll want to use a face primer. The primer creates a smooth canvas for makeup to stick to while adding an additional layer of hydration. Our mineral foundation primers are created especially to pair with our mineral foundations. PRIME TIME Original Foundation Primer extends foundation wear and reduces the appearance of fine lines, excess oil and enlarged pores, featuring antioxidants and plant extracts. If your skin tends to get oily with a mask on, you can try COMBO CONTROL Milky Face Primer. The mattifying formula absorbs excess oil and helps control shine while maintaining skin’s moisture balance.

The Best Transfer-Resistant Makeup for Face Masks

To avoid skin-colored lines imprinting on the back of your mask, look for transfer-proof or transfer-resistant formulas. Our BAREPRO Collection is up to the test. Each product has good-for-skin ingredients that help makeup last hours, and when applied properly, they can withstand everyday mask wear.

Start with our transfer-resistant foundation, BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, which lasts for 24 hours. You’re probably not going to wear it that long, but isn’t it nice knowing you could? The long-lasting matte formula still feels lightweight and breathable, and it provides skin-improving benefits even after you take it off. The reason it’s a great pair for your mask? It’s transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant and non-comedogenic — meaning it won’t clog your pores or cause maskne.

To apply BAREPRO Liquid Foundation, pair with our Luxe Performance Brush.

  1. Pump the foundation onto the back of your hand (1-2 pumps, depending on the coverage level you like).
  2. Pick up the foundation with your brush.
  3. Starting in the center of your face and working outward, blend onto skin using downward strokes.
  4. Blend well into your jawline and hairline.

Of course, maskne happens, for all sorts of reasons. If you’re having that issue, you don’t want a mask to rub off your concealer, naturally. That’s where BAREPRO 16-Hour Complete Coverage Concealer comes in. It’s our longwearing formula that’s — you guessed it — transfer-resistant, making it the ideal choice these days. Carly suggests, “If you are covering a blemish with BAREPRO Concealer, take The Blender Brush and press a small amount of MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder over the concealer to help keep the product in place under a mask.”

For a finishing touch to your look, switch out your dewy lip gloss formulas that need frequent reapplication for a long-lasting lipstick. Our BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick wears for up to 8 hours, and it’s waterproof, smudge-proof, budge-proof, transfer-proof and fade-resistant. So, yes, you can wear your mask to dinner and have your fun, bold lip color when you get there, too.

Set and Lock Makeup in Place

While transfer-resistant makeup is key, Carly can’t help mentioning finishing powder when talking about how to make your makeup stay on all day. “MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder is perfect to help keep makeup in place and absorb the excess oils, which will contribute to it transferring onto masks,” she shares.

Here’s how to apply your finishing powder like a pro.

  1. Pour a small amount of finishing powder into the cap
  2. Use the Supreme Finisher Brush to swirl and pick up the minerals from the lid
  3. Sweep it across T-zone, cheeks or all over your face.

The best part about our mineral-based formula is that you can use it for more than just setting foundation. “You can press a bit of it with a flat brush (like the Max Coverage Concealer Brush) on top of lipstick for added staying power.” Because the formula is translucent, it won’t change the color of your lipstick.

For an instant glow and to set makeup further, you can also use a makeup setting spray, like our DEW MIST Setting Spray. Just remember to allow the spray to dry completely before you put your mask on.