6 Tips for Smudge-Free Makeup While Wearing a Face Mask

6 Tips for Smudge-Free Makeup While Wearing a Face Mask

Just because we have to wear face masks while out and about in Singapore, doesn’t mean we must sacrifice applying makeup! However, with long hours of mask-wearing comes problems such as oily skin, breakouts (the dreaded “maskne”!) and, unfortunately, non-stop makeup smudges. Check out our compilation of helpful tips to prevent your makeup from smudging and recommendations for the best products you can find online!

1. Cleanse & Moisturise Your Face

Whether you are wearing your face mask all day long or just for a few hours, it is sure to lead to a build-up of facial oil and dirt. Apart from sweat and excess sebum from Singapore’s sweltering heat, it’s possible for bacteria to accumulate under your mask as well, which is something you’d want to avoid.

Step one of your makeup routine should always be cleansing your face. We recommend the Filorga Foam Cleanser, which purifies and refreshes your skin, effectively dissolving any dirt and excess oils. Follow that up by applying a non-oily, lightweight moisturiser such as Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream to strengthen your skin barrier. Remember to avoid over-moisturising or using heavy oil-based products or facial oils, as those are prime culprits of smudgy makeup.

2. Don’t Skip Out on Sunscreen

“Half my face is covered, so I don’t need to apply sunscreen under my mask, right?”

Well, not exactly. In fact, both disposable and reusable cotton masks offer minimal protection against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. Hence, it’s still vital to protect your skin from harmful UV rays even while wearing a mask. The trick is to use sunblock with at least SPF 50+ and apply it after your moisturise but before your primer. Look out for sunscreen products that are lightweight, easily absorbable, waterproof and hydrating all in one, like the Shiseido Global Suncare The Perfect Protector SPF 50+ PA++++.

3. Apply Primer

A good primer is a must-have to prevent makeup from smudging, especially if you have naturally oily skin. It helps smoothen your skin, prepare it for makeup and enable the products to adhere better to your skin. It also ensures that your makeup will last the entire day — no transferring or smudging to be seen! Try the multi-functional Lait-Crème Concentré by Embryolisse, which can serve as a make-up primer, moisturiser and beauty mask.

4. Opt for Oil-Free, Waterproof Foundations

Say no to oily, moisturising, and dewy foundations! Your best bet will be long-wearing matte foundations which are much better suited to staying in place under your mask. Waterproofing is another important quality to consider. Sweating is pretty much guaranteed to happen if you’re outdoors in Singapore, so a foundation that can withstand sweat is much welcome. One of our favourites is the ultra-lightweight and long-lasting Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation, available in all skin tones and undertones.

5. Avoid Liquid Makeup Products

Remove your mask, and the first thing you’ll probably see is lipstick stains. Without a doubt, glossy lip products will smudge, smear, and transfer.

When it comes to deterring mask smudges, oil is the enemy — matte is your best friend! Ditch the lip gloss and sheer lipstick for lip stains, lip tints, tinted lip balms and matte lipsticks. The same goes for concealers, blushers, and bronzers, where matte and powder products should be your top choice. Try the By Terry Lip Expert Matte range for luscious smudge-proof lips, along with the MAC Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette for everlasting coverage.

6. Hold it All in Place With a Setting Powder or Spray

Last but not least, the finishing touch — a good setting powder or spray like the Translucent Loose Powder by Laura Mercier to keep it all in place. A light layer will set your makeup effortlessly and give your face a soft-focus, almost mattifying airbrush effect.

Explore Smudge-Proof Makeup Products Online at Novela

By following these easy tips, paired with the right makeup products, you’ll be enjoying smudge-free mask experiences in no time. And there’s no better place in Singapore to buy long-lasting makeup than right here at Novela! Browse our online collection and shop for makeup and beauty products for your under-mask makeup routine today.



Recommended Products:



Filorga Foam Cleanser





Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre


Shiseido Global Suncare

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