How to do your makeup when wearing a face covering

With face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport, in the UK, from tomorrow, 15th June the way you apply your makeup may need to change. As your eyes are now going to be your main feature, now may be a good time to concentrate on your eye makeup. Of course, when you aren’t on public transport the rest of your face will still be on show too.

Personally, I don’t wear a lot of makeup and very rarely wear foundation so I don’t need to worry about that rubbing off on to my face covering or mask. However, I do wear lip stick or lip gloss so if I am going to be travelling on public transport I may decide to not put my lip stick on until after my bus ride. I must remember to put one in my bag!

As my eyes will be on show, I really want to make them pop. So, I have been experimenting with different face coverings and trying out my eye makeup with them. I also wear glasses to I need a face covering which will fit snugly enough not to steam them up!

Which products should I use?


Accentuate your eyes with eyeliner. Avon’s Glimmerstick Eyeliner glides on smoothly and as sweatproof and waterproof. It also doesn’t need sharpening. With 6 different shades to choose from you can go for an intense colour like Intense Plum or Emerald or stay safe with Carbon Black or Intense Brown.

Eye Shadow

Keep your eye shadow natural-looking by using a Perfect Wear Eyeshadow Quad which are highly pigmented for a full colour in just one sweep. The buildable, crease-proof formula wears comfortably all day and blends easily. I love the Mocha Latte and Barely Blush palettes.


Use a lash-enhancing mascara to finish your look.Find one which works for you. Do you want more volume or length or both? I nearly always use a mascara which comes in a shade of brown as I find black to be too harsh for my colouring. I love the Avon True 5 in One Lash Genius which provides volume, length and definition. In the pictures, I am wearing Eurphoric mascara.

I am unable to put any links to products in this post as the Avon UK site is currently down however, if you are interested in looking at any of the products, you can find them in the digital brochure.

Are You Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes?

Do you clean your make up brushes?  I have to be honest and say that until about 6 months ago I didn’t clean mine as often as I should have.  Considering how much bacteria and other germs could have been growing on them and then being transferred to my skin and my makeup products, this was not a good thing.  Anyway, I am now cleaning my brushes every week.  I decided that a Sunday morning is a good time for me and now it is a habit.

How should you clean your brushes?

There is a lot of information out there and I have tried to stick to gathering information from sources which, I hope, have at least some credability like Good Housekeeping, Superdrug, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.

Some sources say that you should use a specific make up brush cleaner whilst others say that a mild soap or shampoo, like baby shampoo, is fine. Personally, at the moment I am using an Avon kids shampoo. If it is mild enough for children’s hair then it is mild enough for my makeup brushes. For brushes which are used for liquid or cream makeup, like foundation or concealer, you could consider using a dish washing soap.

Clean your brushes in 5 easy steps

  1. Wet the brush
  2. Put a small amount of soap in your hand and clean the brush against your palm
  3. Rinse the brush under a running tap until the water runs clear
  4. Squeeze the water out gently
  5. Lie flat for drying, then store upright in a cup or jar

As an alternative, you can put the shampoo/soap in a cup/bowl of water as shown in this video from the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleaning your brushes is so simple and shouldn’t take a lot of time once you establish a routine

So, what are you waiting for? Make a date to clean your makeup brushes regularly and they should last you for years. Of course, if they start shedding then you will need to replace them.

Further Reading

A short article written by a makeup artist/tutor for the Guardian confirming that once a week is fine for cleaning brushes with either shampoo or a good quality dish soap.

In addition to cleaning your brushes, they need to be stored correctly too. This article from Bustle shares some information about brush storage as well as when you should, maybe, replace your brushes.

This article from CNN is a recent one, it has been written and published since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown started. It is very heavy on the “sales” and I’m not sure you really need specialist products to clean your brushes and makeup but there are some good tips too.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

It doesn’t feel like it in the UK at the moment but, apparently, Spring is here.  I often think Spring is a better time to take stock and re-set.  The cold, dark days of January and February are gone and, as the days get lighter and longer, it feels easier to stick to working towards any goals I may set.  It’s also a time of Spring Cleaning so I’m going to work through the house, one room at a time, and sort through all of our stuff to see what we need, what we love, what we can donate for someone else to need/love it and what really needs to be thrown away.

One area which I am fairly good at anyway, having got into a routine of going through it on a regular basis and not buying more than I really need is my makeup and skincare products.  However, if you aren’t in the habit of clearing out your makeup bag and have products in there that you can’t remember when you bought them maybe it’s time to spring clean the makeup bag or box or cabinet or wherever you keep it.

So, how long should you keep your makeup and skincare products for anyway?  Well, as with food, each product has a different use by date.  For skincare products, you may be able to find out how long you can use a product for after opening by looking on the packaging to see if there is a little jar symbol like the ones I found on a couple of my makeup products:


Even if you do find the jar symbol it is worth thinking about whether or not you would be better off discarding some products within the 24 months as shown on these products due to the risk of bacteria build-up.  If you don’t have a symbol to show you how long you should keep a product for then how do you know?  Well, I have done a little bit of research and found the following.  It is worth noting, however, that there is a lot of conflicting information out there so I have stuck to website which I think should be more accurate and trustworthy such as WebMD, Elle, Good Housekeeping and NBC News.

Let’s get that makeup bag sorted!

When to throw it out:

  • 3 months
    • Mascara
    • Liquid eye liner
  • 6 months
    • Cream eye shadow
    • Liquid foundation and concealer (if it has a pump dispenser it can last up to 12 months)
    • Skincare products with anti-aging properties, eg moisturiser, after opening
  • 12 months
    • Liquid foundation with a pump dispenser
    • Sunscreen
    • Haircare products – shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair brushes
  • 24 months
    • Powder eye shadow
    • Eye pencils
    • Powder foundation
    • Lipstick and lip gloss
    • Lip pencils
    • Nail polish
  • Fragrance – Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette can last over 2 years but you may want to check to see if it still smells the same as it once did if you don’t use it very often
  • Makeup brushes – check to make sure they aren’t losing bristles or getting discoloured.  If they are then they need changing.  Different sources say that makeup brushes need changing anywhere from 3 months to 5 years.

Looking at this list, I think I need to look at my hair brushes!  I can’t remember the last time I bought a new one.  Now, which page of this month’s brochure are hair brushes on?

Good Housekeeping – Have your beauty products gone bad?
NBC News – How often you should replace everything in your bathroom
Radiance by WebMD – How long should you  keep makeup?
Elle Australia – This is how often you should be replacing your beauty products