Life under the surgical mask and social distancing can get depressing.

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 the beauty must-haves to help you beat mask-induced beauty woes.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

1
Tata Harper Purifying Gel Cleanser

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.

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2
MTM 3D CollaMoist Lip Treatment

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.

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3
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment

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.

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4
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

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.

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5
Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette

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.

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6
Surratt Auto-Graphique Liner

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.

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