How Pro Makeup Artists Make Their Eyes Pop While Wearing a Protective Face Mask

October 05, 2020
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
How Pro Makeup Artists Make Their Eyes Pop While Wearing a Protective Face Mask

When wearing a  protective face mask, there’s not much of a reason to wear a bold lip under it. That’s why it’s the perfect time to play up your eye area instead. Be it a bushy statement brow, sparkly shadow or a funky, graphic liner look you can still show off your makeup skills while staying safe. Not sure where to start? We asked 6 pro makeup artists to share their fave eye makeup looks to wear while masked. 

Lengthen Those Lashes 

“You definitely want to accentuate your eyes while wearing a mask, as this is the area people will look at while talking to you. My favorite way to accentuate the eyes is to apply liquid eyeliner and lots of mascara. To achieve this look, I use the YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking liquid eyeliner. I then prime my eyelashes with YSL Flash Lash Eyelash Primer and finish with YSL The Curler Mascara for the ultimate volume.” — Nour Agha, YSL Beauty National Makeup Artist 

person wearing winged eyeliner with a protective face mask

Go Graphic 

“My current go-to, fun way to make my eyes pop has been with graphic eyeliner. I dip my Omnia Pro Brush in BOM 475 into water and then use the Suva Beauty Hydra FX in Acid Trip to create a rainbow effect over the crease of my eye. I feather out the end and drag it out with a wing. This brush is super handy for those who might struggle with line application because the angled end makes sure that your hands don't get in the way of your eyesight.”— Dominique Lerma, Royal and Langnickel Brush Executive Artist

person wearing orange eye makeup with a protective face mask

Mask & Match

“Pick up a fun face mask for inspo and create a look around it. Here, I've created a multi-colored graphic eye to complement the colors in my tie-dye face mask from ASOS. Inspired by the mask, I knew right away that I wanted blue to be the main color with pink accents. To create the look, I used the Maybelline New York Color Strike Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow Pen in Ace and the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Utopia Palette.” — Jonet Williamson

person wearing multicolored eye makeup with a protective face mask

Give Yourself an Eye Lift

“Masks can cause our faces to look sad. To pick up the face, I like to use an eye brightening pencil under the brow bone to lift the arch and then brush brow hairs up and over. Put hairspray on a spoolie and use a gel like the Milk Kush Triple Brow Pen or Maybelline New York TattooStudio Waterproof Brow Gel.” — Ashlee Glazer

Bushy Brows

“Create a strong, fluffy brow by tinting them and brushing them upwards using a brow pomade.  Structured but fluffy brows are huge right now and add a gorgeous frame to your eyes. One of my most favorite products to keep brows perfectly groomed is Soap Brows by West Barn Co.Savannah St. Jean

person wearing eyelash extensions with a protective face mask

Have Fun With It 

“Throw out the rules! Use your fingers. Smudge your shadow on the lid or in the crease or at the lash line. If you overdo it, use a wipe to clean away the excess and shape it the way you want. I’ve been making my own colored eye gel by scraping shattered eyeshadow into clear gloss and mixing. I then apply it thinly on the lid.” AJ Crimson

person wearing a protective face mask
Photos (from top): Jonet Williamson, Nour Agha, Dominique Lerma, Jonet Williamson, Savannah St. Jean, AJ Crimson

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