Face mask make-up guide: What you need for long wearing coverage

Ellie Fry
·3-min read
Since 15 June, face coverings have been mandatory in England when on public transport, travelling in an Uber or visiting a hospital: The Independent/iStock
Since 15 June, face coverings have been mandatory in England when on public transport, travelling in an Uber or visiting a hospital: The Independent/iStock

Aside from wearing make-up for the odd Zoom date or socially distanced drink in the park, many of us have stripped back our beauty routines during lockdown, as painting our faces to sit at our laptops screens has seemed rather futile.

But lockdown easing has meant a reunion with our make-up bags. It also means getting used to wearing a face mask, as they are now mandatory in shopping centres, banks, shops, travel hubs and post offices.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing on 31 July. From 8 August, face masks will become compulsory in more indoor settings where you're likely to come into contact with people you don't normally meet, including cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

People who don't will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

Since 15 June, anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England has also had to wear a face covering. People who don't can be refused on transport and fined £100. Those under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems are exempt, as well as anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads. Face coverings are also compulsory in Ubers.

Scotland also made face masks mandatory to wear in shops from 10 July, except for people with certain medical conditions and children under five. Since 22 June people in the country had to wear face coverings on all public transport too, including the Glasgow Subway, Edinburgh trams and taxis, with the same exemptions.

To lock all of your efforts in place and to keep your make-up looking just as good as it did when you first applied it, a setting spray is a must. This will also work to melt away any excess powder, blending your products together for a seamless finish. Acting as the final barrier to any disruption, a setting spray will help your make-up to stay put under a face covering.

This setting spray uses temperature control technology to keep sweat at bay (Urban Decay)
This setting spray uses temperature control technology to keep sweat at bay (Urban Decay)

When it comes to heavy duty protection, we return to Urban Decay's "all nighter" line, as its staying power properties are unmatched. The ultra matte version of its classic setting spray (£20.50, Selfridges) absorbs unwanted oil while keeping your make-up perfected throughout the day. It also uses a temperature control technology which helps wick away sweat, a real culprit when it comes to the breakdown of make-up. This will come in especially handy when our make-up is heating up under a face covering.

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