We trust Hongkongers already have their hygiene practices down pat in order to fight CoViD-19 as a collective. But while life under the mask and social distancing continue, staying beautiful — when we do venture outdoors — can get tricky. Amid complaints of blemishes and breakouts when skin is concealed by surgical masks all day, completing a makeup look can be frustrating when half of it will quickly rub off on the mask itself. Fret not: here are 9 beauty must-haves to help you beat mask-induced beauty woes.
Strip down daily aggressors with this detox regime designed to fight the visible ageing effects of free radicals. The gel-to-oil formula contains 27 high-performance botanical sources — 13 to detox, eight to dissolve build-up and six to refine pores. Apply directly to dry skin and massage until the gel transforms into an oil before rinsing with cold water.
HK$610 from Sephora
The major trade-off of a high quality filtration mask is dryness, and your lips will likely rebel with cracks and chapped skin. Prep and nourish them with MTM’s signature lip treatment, infused with Vitamin E and antioxidants that inhibit the formation of pigmentation, stimulate the growth of fibroblast and promote collagen synthesis. Its long-lasting effect means you can keep the mask on for as long as you need and still emerge with luscious-looking lips as soon as it comes off.
HK$280 from MTM, Shop B101, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2972 2338
Evacuate toxins with Cha Ling’s B-DT complex — extracted from puerh tea — to drive away dullness, wrinkles and fine lines while restoring firmness and elasticity. Two hyaluronic acids of high and low molecular weights are applied to boost collagen production and to leave a silky film on the skin to further block pollutants while you go about your day.
HK$1,250 from Cha Ling, Shop 3323B, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3101 0708
After a thorough detox, nourish your skin with a high-potency oil enhanced with nine antioxidant ingredients and nourishing fatty acids to fortify, revive and deeply hydrate so you can take on another day in the rat race with grace. It’s designed to be great for normal, combination and dry skin alike, with parsley seed, blackcurrant seed and blue chamomile to take care of all the major concerns for each of those skin types. Pair it with the matching cream for a double whammy effect.
HK$405 from Aesop
Protect the windows to your souls with this rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around your peepers.
HK$500 from Sephora
Frame your face, make your eyes pop, or just look outright awake with new formulas and shades from Benefit’s Brow Zings Pro Palette. The portable palette includes four brow powders to shape and two high-pigment waxes plus a clear wax to sculpt and define brows. First, apply the wax with the dual-ended, hard-angled brush, followed by the powdered pigment with the flat, tapered brush. The light-to-medium and medium-to-dark packs promise 12 hours of longwear.
HK$350 from Benefit
Before 2020, buzzwords like ‘weight-loss’ and ‘detox’ had products flying off shelves; this year, it’s got to be ‘anti-bacterial’ and ‘virus-blocking,’ and it applies to our makeup routine as well. A Beauty Blender but in non-toxic, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic medical-grade silicone, the Makeup Drop beauty applicator can be wiped clean without any product waste thanks to its non-porous design. Apply, blend, and contour your face with your favourite makeup and simply wash the applicator with warm water and let dry overnight.
HK$175 from Joyce Beauty
Looking for a socially conscious way to make your eyes pop? The gluten-free, cruelty-free eye makeup brand Surratt makes a series of mascaras, a smoky-eye wand as well as eyeshadows ranging from sheer to glossy to shimmery finishes. Particularly noteworthy from their collection is the long-wearing and refillable eyeliner topped with a brush inspired by Japanese calligraphy brushes, which are ideal for super-precise, long-lasting cat eyes and other fiddly graphic eyeliner designs. The smooth, opaque formula is buildable and is available in brown and black.
HK$370 from Joyce Beauty
Wearing a thick foundation under a mask is probably not the greatest idea. So instead, opt for D&G’s formula with Mediterranean Glow Complex and Urbanethic, a cotton extract renowned for its anti-pollution effects. This SPF 30-fitted primer goes on the face with a soft and satisfying glide that also mattifies, ensuring you stay oil-free for the rest of the day.
HK$480 from Dolce & Gabbana, Shop 1056-1057, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2789 3330