Masks are an inescapable part of the Hong Kong wardrobe these days. These tips should help make it a little bit more manageable.

The devastating Coronavirus has Hong Kong on lockdown, with many people working from home to stay safe. However, being cooped up inside isn’t an option all the time. When you do need to step out, whether it’s to go on a hike or just grab some groceries, make sure you’re protecting yourself with a surgical mask.

They may not be the chicest accessory in Hong Kong, but they’re the most important right now. We don’t mean to trivialise the importance of wearing a mask, or the severity of the virus. We just want to help Hong Kongers make the most of the situation with these five tips.

Focus on Your Skin

Though most of your face is covered under the mask, it’s still important to take care of your skin. Masks can trap moisture, which may lead to breakouts – which is never a good look, with or without a mask. The best way is simple: stick to your normal routine! As a minimum, dermatologists recommend a gentle cleanser, regular exfoliation and a good moisturiser. For extra glow, add a vitamin c or retinoid treatment. Consider investing in a moisturising facial spray to keep your delicate skin feeling fresh, especially as the weather gets warmer.

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Keep it Subtle

Since you’re wearing a mask, you can skip the full face of makeup (one of the few benefits, in our opinion!). There’s no use in wearing heavy foundation or contouring, because it will all be hidden anyway. But it’s a good idea to throw on a subtle tone-corrector, like a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Though neither are heavy, they’re both powerhouses for simple, low-key beauty regimes.

Accentuate Your Eyes

Just because you’re keeping safe, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute too. One of the few features of your face a mask doesn’t cover is your eyes, so make the most of it. Experiment with bold styles that are normally out of your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised by how wearable they can be without a full face of makeup. Start with a smoky eye or a dramatic winged liner, this tutorial is a great place to start. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can play around with other shades.

Keep the Brows on Point

Eyebrows frame the face and highlight the eyes, so they’re always worthy of accentuating. That goes double for days when you’re stuck wearing a surgical mask that covers 80 per cent of your face. Whether you’re using an eyebrow pencil or an angled brush and powder, there are a few steps to keep in mind to get your best brows yet. Use short, hair-like strokes to create a natural look and subtly enhance your existing eyebrow shape. Voila! Perfect brows. If you need a bit more help, check out Roxette Arisa’s guide to the perfect brow.

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Find a Go-To Hairstyle

Nothing says “I rolled out of bed late” like a messy bun and a face mask. Show the world that your mask is just another accessory by pairing it with a great hairstyle. Some people like to straighten their hair, others like to curl it or style an updo. Or you keep it simple and enhance their natural textures and patterns. Whichever way you decide to wear your hair, think of it like your crown and make sure it makes you feel like the best version of you. If you’re not sure what works for you, try a bouncy, subtle curl like this one by Negin Mirsalehi.  

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