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Makeup Artist Sandra Saenz on Looking Your Best From Behind a Mask

Despite appearances, it doesn't have to involve smoke and mirrors.
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Elizabeth Lavin

Makeup artist Sandra Saenz knows how to accessorize her hijab. But getting glam with a face mask poses a new challenge — and a new opportunity.

“This is the best time to moisturize and not do anything,” she says. “Let your skin breathe.” She recommends Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream ($19) or SK-II facial treatment masks ($95 for six sheets) to condition and hydrate.

But when you have to take that Zoom call or pickup your takeout at Homewood, sometimes it is nice to add a little glam.

“Understanding the power of putting on a little mascara and lipstick isn’t something many choose to think about,” Saenz says. “Sticking to pre-pandemic makeup routines can sound vain, but it can also be a way to keep a little sane during the times.”

For drama, it’s all about the eyes. To keep it simple, focus on the brows. You can fill them in with a little brow pencil or any matte (non-shimmery) eye shadow, preferably one shade lighter than your hair color. Or you can go for Saenz’s smoldering look.

“For a quick and easy smokey eye, you can try using a cream shadow and gel eyeliner, both preferably long-wear, blended together,” she says. “Start by applying the shadow all over the lid, blending over and over toward the outer corner for that sultry, smokey effect. Then apply the gel eyeliner along the bottom lid and lash lines. Gently smudge the color under your eyes with a smudge brush. Dot a light color shimmer or glitter directly above each iris for dimension and a brightening effect.”

For a softer finish, she recommends using shimmer cream shadows. For more drama, go for a darker option.

“Gluing on pearls and crystals like on HBO’s Euphoria was really trending before coronavirus,” she says. “But now the whole point should be limiting the temptation to touch your face.”