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The best smudge-proof makeup to wear under a face mask

By Hannah Herrera Greenspan, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Fashion Daily News

CHICAGO - Since we've been at home for almost six months, we're probably not wearing as much makeup as we were before, and some of us have ditched makeup all together now that half of our faces are occupied by masks.

But when you want to add a pop of color to your lips, or a simmer of your face for meeting up with friends for a socially distanced activity how can you ensure your makeup won't transfer on to your mask? We talked with veteran Chicago makeup artist Cammy Kelly, about the best transfer-proof products that will stay on your face even while wearing a mask.

Kelly said that products that sit on top of the skin, like a powder, easily rub off, so when looking for smudge-proof makeup, search for a stain or something that has a matte finish. "Stains won't come off easily because they seep into your skin," says Kelly. "Matte means there is no shimmer and don't give you moisture and moisture is what transfers."

Here are 7 smudge-proof make-up products to try:


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer $32,


Primers are designed to prep and smooth out your skin before applying makeup, but can also be used on their own to minimize your pores. Kelly likes Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer because it hydrates your skin and hides your pores while soaking up excess oil on your face.

Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid $24,

For a dewy look, Kelly recommends Glossier's Futuredew primer, which is long-lasting and will help make your skin look brighter. The non-greasy and nourishing oils will give your face a hydrated look that will last up to 12 hours. Use this product as the last step in your skincare or makeup routine before heading out the door.



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