Here we are now six months into the new reality of quarantine, social distancing, and the never-ending fight with maskne (if you know, you know but I promise it gets better). I keep catching myself smiling at passer bys in the grocery store, then remembering that they can’t actually see me smiling at them. Mask mandates across the US have us all looking for new ways to spread kindness and joy. Although we still have to wear masks in public there are a few ways that we can express ourselves while remaining conscious of others. If I’ve learned anything from my years spent watching Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model, one thing I know for sure is that the right smize goes a long way! It’s all about the eyes.
Artistic expression through the use of makeup, specifically eye makeup, is all the feels right now! Since we can’t use our facial expressions to show how we feel, playing up the eyes is the perfect way to give off your mood while sparking joy in yourself and others. Picking out a few really cool masks is the first step to finding inspo for your looks. Go as bold or as simple as you’d like. The possibilities are endless.
So, what have I been up to during quarantine? I’ve found myself playing more with color, experimenting with different graphic liner shapes, finding any excuse to give high gloss realness, and occasionally using jewels/rhinestones on the eye. Basically, in the midst of a pandemic, I’ve learned to let go of my inhibitions about what makeup should be and just create what I feel. Stepping out of the box has been a blast. Whether I’m creating fun makeup looks for “The Gram” or throwing on a splash of color to run out to the grocery store, creating these looks has been a bit of art therapy for me.
According to Elizabeth Scott of Very Well Mind, art therapy is a great form of self-care. It can be used to help cope with a number of psychological distresses including anxiety, sever stress, and depression. Having a little fun with your eye makeup is a great way to release some creative energy while possibly inspiring others in your community to do the same. I can think of a number of times where the eye makeup I chose to wear has sparked a lovely conversation with someone in my community both IRL and online.
If you’re now wondering where to begin, here are a few of my favorite looks. Some from friends that I’ve found IRL and online, some I’ve created myself.
One of my favorite trends has always been the monochromatic eye! Check out this Monochromatic lavender look by London based Makeup Artist Sonja Wriedt @sillifortwo. It perfectly matches her lavender facemask. Sonja and I recently met online via Instagram when she recreated one of my makeup looks. From there we’ve shared thoughts on color combinations and fun ways to play with different textures in direct messages. Her use of color is so refreshing.
Another simple but fun way to coordinate your eye makeup with your facemask is to opt for a traditional wing in a pop of color verses black. I absolutely love this bright red wing by my friend, New York based Makeup Artist Crisdanil @crissystyle. Cris is one of my favorite people. We met online years ago when she reached out to me expressing interest in assisting me on set. Not only is she an amazing makeup artist, Cris is also one of the kindest persons I know. I’m happy to have her as a friend.
If you’re a minimalist but love a bit of drama every now and then, try adding rhinestones or gems to a clean or glossy lid with a few layers of mascara. Here I’ve added rhinestones in two varying sizes and colors just at the lash line with a coat of Evio Beauty’s mascara. It’s fun but still fresh and clean.
Of course, if you follow me on Instagram you already know that my love for graphic liner is real. Here’s a quick video of me creating a super easy to learn graphic shape using all clean beauty.
Products used: Evelyn Iona Gel Liner in black; Evio Beauty Cream Concealer in C4; and Evio Beauty Mascara in black. Music by @rain910
When wearing makeup with a face mask you’ll want to be mindful of how products will transfer onto the mask. I’d suggest using minimal products along the cheek area and only wearing balm on the lips. If you must wear foundation, choose one that is transfer resistant. Set everything in place using both translucent powder and setting spray. Remember there are no rules when it comes to makeup, just tips and tricks. Makeup should be fun, and it should most definitely make you feel beautiful!