Getting out of lockdown is the light at the end of the tunnel for many of us! However, you might be surprised to find that your pre-pandemic makeup doesn’t seem to suit you quite right, or you might not be sure how to still wear makeup and a mask at the same time. Not to worry - we’ve got the best post-lockdown makeup tips to keep you looking polished, even if you still feel a little bit like a diamond in the rough.
Here’s how to look fabulous, fresh out of lockdown!
1) Get Your Foundation Shade Rematched
There’s no doubt that many of us have spent much more time inside than we would have preferred this year. There’s one side effect that has on our skin - a lot of us are probably much paler than we’d normally be, even considering the fact that we’re only just coming into spring!
This is because we’ve reduced a lot of our incidental sun exposure - even with wearing sunscreen daily, it’s impossible to block out 100% of the sun’s rays and avoid the effect of the sun on our skin completely in our day to day life.
It’s this day to day exposure that can sometimes add a little colour to your skin. Since we’ve all been stuck out home, our incidental exposure has gone done by a lot for skin that might look a little paler than we’re used to!
If you’ve noticed that post-lockdown your foundation seems way too dark and perhaps even a little orange, this is why. For flawless makeup looks post-lockdown, see if you can get your foundation shade rematched or if you already know your shade has changed, pick up a foundation that’s closer to your skin tone!
Chanel Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15
Enjoy weightless, even coverage with this foundation from Chanel.
2) Don’t Be Afraid of Bold Eyeliner
Out of lockdown doesn’t always mean mask-free - and that’s when you need to play up the features that you can still see, even when wearing a mask: your eyes. Drawing attention to your eyes and lashes is easy with a bold and graphic eyeliner look
And the best part? In lockdown, you’ve got what feels like all the time in the world to perfect a sharp cat-eye look or subtle smokey eye so that you’ve finally got it down pat when it’s time to venture out into the world again Plus, it’s always good to practice a new skill when you’re stuck at home - and that includes makeup!
Inika Certified Organic Liquid Eyeliner
Create a sharp eyeliner look with this organic liquid eyeliner from Inika.
3) Keep Skin Light and Fresh
Did you know that a combination of wearing a mask and heavy layers of makeup is a surefire recipe for maskne - as in, breakouts caused by wearing masks for long periods of time? Less is more when it comes to post-lockdown makeup - a tinted moisturiser or lightweight foundation will go a long way to providing just the right amount of coverage without feeling like a second mask over your skin.
Or, another option is just to use concealer where you need it - you’d be surprised at how much of a difference this can make while leaving your skin feeling flawless, perfected, and natural.
La Mer's Miracle Broth infuses this concealer for lightweight coverage and skincare benefits.
4) Avoid Lipgloss
The only thing more annoying than foundation smeared on the inside of a mask has to be lipstick or lipgloss! Plus, things might get unintentionally a little bit Joker-esque and smudgy - not the look that we’re going for when we finally take off our masks!
When it comes to wearing any lip makeup under your mask, you’ve got two options - keeping it simple with lip balm or locking your makeup look in with a smudge-proof, long-wearing matte liquid lipstick.
A long-wearing lipstick requires a little bit of prep but will last through anything - and that includes wearing a mask.
Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain
Rock a bold, red lipstick all day long with this lip stain from Dior.
Now that you know our top lockdown makeup tips, we hope you’ll keep your beauty affairs in order and stay fabulous during and after lockdown!
The first step to flawless makeup starts with the perfect skincare routine for your skin - if you need some help getting that sorted out, try our skin analysis.