At first, we had good intentions. Some top lash mascara to feel fresh on a Monday, under-eye concealer to hide the Wine Wednesdays. Maybe even a red lip for the Friday Zoom meeting because, standards.
Now, as we prepare for the shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen in December, it’s time for a little refresher in how to put a face on because we’re just not used to wearing makeup regularly, anymore.
“We might be meeting up online or in smaller groups, but we all still want to look and feel good again,” says professional make-up artist Ashley Carpenter, from Butterfly Hair & Make-up.
“This time around, health will be number one on everyone’s lists, so when we do go out we’ll still be wearing our face masks and we won’t be looking for a second mask from our make-up.
“Instead, many of us will be embracing the improvements we’ve seen in our skin from wearing less make-up and we’ll be using products to accentuate our best bits, rather than cover up the things we want to hide.”
Start off slowly
By now, a make-up free face is more familiar than a full out-out look. But going back to our beauty bags doesn’t have to mean a full face every day again – especially if natural days have done wonders for your skin and confidence.
Find your sweet spot somewhere in the middle, even it’s just a make-up base to begin with to even out the complexion. By Christmastime, you might be ready for eye make-up again but if not, no-one’s making you wear make-up, after all.
Get your foundation colour-matched again
Since we’ve spent so much time indoors in 2020 – and a winter sun getaway just wasn’t an option – it’s likely that the foundation shade you used before lockdown won’t quite match up anymore.
“With the changing of the seasons, your skin tone changes, so you have to look again at your foundation tones,” explains Ashley. “Obviously it’s been a little trickier to try on make-up on lately, but beauty halls should be back open again soon.”
When the shops reopen, it will be worth popping to the beauty counter to make sure you’re wearing the right shade for your post-lockdown complexion because those harsh make-up lines around the chin are not a look.
Smudge-proof lipsticks are the only way
It might be time to leave the house again, but we still won’t be going anywhere without a face covering. So, if you’re going to opt for bright lips, glosses or stains, there are tricks we should keep up our sleeves for making sure our lip products don’t smudge.
MUA Ashley suggests lightly exfoliating the lips with a sugar scrub beforehand and dusting on a little loose powder after application, for longevity.
…And all-over foundation is so 2019
With facemasks dictating our everyday beauty choices, wearing foundation all over the face might be a thing of the past.
Sometimes concealer works well on the lower chin, where we need a little more longevity these days.
Make a fresh start
If you haven’t even thought about make-up application in weeks, the chances are your unloved make-up brushes are in need of a good clean.
Make sure your full set gets a deep professional-style clean before they go anywhere near your product, let alone your face. Your skin will thank you for it.
Step up your cleansing regime
When it’s been some time since you last wore eye make-up, it’s easy to forget how much cleansing goes into getting it off at night.
Make sure you’re using an effective eye make-up remover that doesn’t require a lot of rubbing and scrubbing at the sensitive skin beneath the eyes.
Don’t neglect the SPF!
Foundations that contain SPF should be top of our list, especially after spending so much of our time out of the sunlight.
Ashley says: “Sunscreen is so important, even in winter. Now that we’re expecting more outdoor meet-ups, products that contain SPF should be our best friends.
“Also, if we’re sitting under outdoor heaters and we’re used to being indoors with the central heating on, a lot of moisture is being pulled out of the air. Make sure the products you’re picking are deeply hydrating for your skin.”