When we mention must-have accessories, we are usually talking about hot handbags, trendy necklaces, or attention-grabbing shoes. But, not this year. This is the year of the mask. Admittedly, strapping a piece of fabric over your face may not seem very glamourous. Still, wearing a mask will be a reality for many of us over the coming months. Style rarely needs to be sacrificed for function, and wearing a mask is no exception. With a few tips and tricks, you can look chic while slowing the spread of germs.
Focus on Your Eyes
Lip looks are taking a bit of hiatus, so now is the time to amp up your eyes. With the lower half of your face covered, your peepers will be the center of attention, so make it count. Winged liners, colorful creases, intense lashes and sparkly shadows will elevate your eyes to the next level while taking the focus off of your mask. It is also a good idea to give some extra love to your brows. Stray hairs combined with a mask can add up to an undone, disheveled look. Keep brows meticulously groomed and fill in gaps for a refined look.
Keep Makeup in Place
Unfortunately, wearing a mask can wreak havoc on even perfectly-applied makeup. This can be especially upsetting if you only need to wear a mask for a short time and wish to continue your day with a full-face look without streaks, smears, or worn spots. To lock your look in place, start with a high-quality primer, and opt for a waterproof or long-wearing foundation. Once everything is applied, spritz on a setting spray. Be sure to slip powder and foundation into your bag for touch-ups along the way.
Invest in Several Masks
You’d never consider wearing the same top every day, and you probably own a massive assortment of necklaces and earrings in distinctive styles. So, why limit yourself to just one mask? Your mask is likely to be the most noticeable thing you wear, so it makes sense to invest in several options in varying styles and colors. With a few different masks at your disposal, you can feel confident that you are creating fashionable looks while using masks to enhance the overall effect.
Know Your Best Hues
Do you know which colors are the most flattering with your skin tone, hair, and eye color? With most accessories, you can often get away with an on-trend shade, even if it doesn’t suit you particularly well. With masks, which are nestled up to your face, eyes, and tresses, there is less room for error. Before stocking up on masks, consider taking on online color analysis to find your best shades. Or, peek into your closet and think about which hues let your natural beauty pop.
Embrace Pattern Mixing
Combining several patterns in a single outfit might not be for the fashionably timid. Still, there has never been a better time to learn. Mastering the art of pattern mixing lets you make the most of a small selection of masks. To start, try a classic pattern combination. Pair a polka-dotted shirt with a fun floral mask. Or, go wild with an animal print mask over a chevron top. Stripes, especially in black and navy, are the stars of pattern mixing because they act as neutrals, which makes them perfect mask candidates.
Shop Your Favorite Designers and Clothing Lines
Just a few months ago, purchasing a mask meant shopping with whoever had stock available. Now, most major designers and fashion retailers have gotten into the game. This means there are many options available, but it also means you are likely to find something that perfectly matches your personal tastes. Consider which designers or retailers populate your closet and take a look to see if they are offering masks that will complement what you are already wearing. It’s also a good idea to pick up a coordinating mask when adding a new top or dress to your wardrobe.
Get to Know a Seamstress or Tailor
Looking your best always comes down to fit. Clothing usually looks better when it makes a stop at a tailor between the store and your closet. Likewise, masks are not one-size-fits-all, despite being sold that way. To look its best, and to provide maximum protection, a mask should be custom fitted to the size and shape of your face. A skilled tailor or seamstress should be able to help alter masks or to make custom creations in your measurements and choice of fabrics.
Don’t Shy Away From Other Accessories
General wisdom usually dictates that one statement piece at a time is enough. With masks claiming the bulk of the attention, it seems natural to scale back on other accessories. This year, we are throwing that advice out the window. Right now, we all need the happiness that accessories can bring. So, don’t let wearing a mask cause you to skimp on everything else. Pile on your favorite layered necklaces, carry the most colorful bag, add an arm party of bangles and flaunt some oversized shades.
Today, the most important thing you can do to look chic is to feel confident. These tips and tricks can help you incorporate masks into your everyday style routine, without sacrificing fashion. The best way to love your look is to style your mask in the way that feels right and allows your style to shine through.
Last But Not Least!
June 22nd, The Public Image LTD Salon in Wayne, New Jersey will be opening its doors again. We have put all of the required safety protocols in place. We are all so excited to open. Contact us to schedule your appointment today. Let us brighten up your hairstyle and style it to go beautifully with all of your new masks.