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Fashion Brands Making Cloth Masks You Can Buy Now



This spring, international design houses incited headlines for flipping their ateliers into manufacturing hubs for medical masks and gowns. From Ralph Lauren to Louis Vuitton, these efforts inspired additional corporations to follow suit and combat the burden that COVID-19 inflicts worldwide. While members of the fashion industry have made significant contributions to relief efforts, this area of commerce has faced a sharp decrease in consumer spending, placing strain on those working in production, retail, and beyond. Yet, in spite of current strains on these businesses, emerging brands are pooling their resources to support at-risk populations in whatever ways they can. La Ligne, for example, will be providing 15 percent of its sales to ROAR NY, along with a mask with each purchase.

In a time when the principle of community bears crucial to protecting those who need it most, we highlight some of the fashion brands volunteering their teams to provide relief to vulnerable populations and medical responders. Purchasing from these names we have grown to love will not only finance the production of critical supplies, but also supports the longevity of their businesses through this uncertain time.


Gingham Mask

Silvia Tcherassi


Concurrent with a wave of designers who have chosen to repurpose their archival fabrics for new creations, Silvia Tcherassi’s team brings back a familiar gingham print that criss-crossed her spring/summer ‘20 collection. 100 percent of proceeds will go to Every Mother Counts. The charity, founded by Christy Turlington, advocates for safe, dependable maternity care for expectant mothers in underserved populations around the world. 

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Stenciled Mask

Busy Bees


The children’s clothing dream for tasteful staples, fit for balmy summers in Martha’s Vineyard, produced a line of garden printed masks. The stenciled pastel face coverings come in a range of sizes, tailored to both adults and children.

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Blue Floral Mask

Keen to Be Seen


With her newly launched brand, Keen to Be Seen, designer and stylist Ellyn Steiner Greenspan has curated a thoughtful collection of homemade masks in soft fabrics, ranging in prairie floral prints to eyelet embroidery. The handmade pieces are available to purchase on the brand’s Instagram account, via DM @keen_tobeseen. 


Polka Dot Mask

Araks’ 100-percent cotton masks feature adjustable ties, in a range of timeless prints and hues, as shown with this unassuming polka dot option. The loungewear and negligee go-to will donate 20 percent of proceeds to GetUsPPE, a grassroots initiative working to expedite the production and distribution of medical-grade equipment for health workers. 

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Wisteria Face Mask

The Vampire’s Wife


Loomed in 100-percent silk fabric and trimmed with ruffles, the Vampire’s Wife applies the fun in dressing up to protective facewear. In an absence of formal occasions to attend, the frilly design may bring a temporary salve to those reminiscing on the novelty in getting ready for a night out. 


Pink Tie Dye Mask

Cotton Citizen


As temps heat up, a bright pink tie dye fabric can bring a welcome burst of color to your mask rotation. 

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Watercolor Mask



Airbrushed in cold pastels, this jersey mask by LA denim label GRLFRND arrives just in time to coincide with lighthearted prints and colorways that flourish throughout the summer season. 


Graphic Mask

LACMA x Open Editions


Open Editions, an incubator for everyday objects and devices produced in collaboration with contemporary artists, has partnered with the largest museum in the western United States, LACMA, to produce a line of personal protective equipment, stenciled with designs handpicked from its vast roster of in-house talents. The institute’s Costume and Textiles department zeroed in on six designs from textile designer Elza Sunderland’s kitschy portfolio of California-inspired motifs that altered convention as they spilled into sectors of interior design and fashion, from the late 1930s through ‘50s.

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Solid Mask



Guess has created a line of cotton jersey masks in both adult and children’s sizes, in subdued colorways that can be thrown on effortlessly with simple ensembles before walking out the door. For every mask sold, Guess will donate $4 to Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that seeks to dispel gang activity, rehabilitate gang members and help them re-enter society on a new trajectory for a healthy future.    


Rainbow Tie Dye Mask



An innovator in the circular economy, Re/Done has taken its green ingenuity to the realm of personal protective equipment. Constructed in the recycled cotton material used for the brand’s upcycled T-shirts, employees hand dyed each mask from home, yielding truly unique results. For every mask bought, five will be donated to front line workers. 

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Garden Mask

Lafayette 148


Lafayette 148 has assembled masks using elevated fabrics, like silk linen, in signature prints. The label will donate $10 of each mask sale to City Harvest, which has been supplying food to both medical workers and families struggling to cover food costs, in New York. 


Brocade Mask

Sustainable womenswear brand VPL cut masks from vintage Japanese obi belts, traditionally worn over kimonos. Masks wielded from the Maru obi sashes feature especially intricate brocade illustrations, as the style is reserved for formal occasions, such as weddings, over a bridal kimono. In addition to the fine detailing and craftsmanship exhibited on each one-of-a-kind mask, the face covering features a built in slot for removable filters. Proceeds from VPL’s mask sales will fund the Fashion Girls For Humanity initiative. For every four masks purchased, one isolation medical gown will be donated to a healthcare professional in need. 

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Daisy Mask

Tabacaru Swim


Recognizable for its figure-contouring 1960s silhouettes, Tabacaru Swim brought a print inspired by the decade to its new line of PPE. Fashioned from an Andy Warhol inspired daisy print that decorated high-waist bikini sets and low-back one pieces, the art deco, water-resistant masks arrive just in time for summer. Twenty percent of proceeds from each purchase will fund the Los Angeles Food Bank. 


Regency Stripes

Morgan Lane


The silk-pajama haven has imbued its latest collection of masks with buttery luxury, comparable to that of its coveted sleepwear sets. The pink-and-white regency striped material is lined with cotton and features a malleable metal bridge for a more stable fit.  Sales will benefit Project Hope, a global initiative set forth to instill communities around the world with strengthened healthcare systems and educate medical personnel on safer, stronger methods of care, so that they may more effectively serve their patients. In the midst of the pandemic, the nonprofit is sending critical equipment to hospitals in need. 

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Modern Bohemian



Known for wispy cotton frocks bestrewn with bold motifs, the resort wear hub has spun a fresh collection of masks using textiles from its archive. Assembled in Los Angeles by the brand’s in-house patternmaker, each 100-percent cotton face mask acts as a lightweight safeguard during the summer months.


Apex for Youth Masks

3.1 Phillip Lim


Phillip Lim and his team have galvanized their efforts to support Apex for Youth, an organization that offers mentorship and resources to underserved, low-income Asian and immigrant youth in NYC. Sold in bundles of five or 10, with children and adult sizing options, the masks are equipped with antibacterial Fuze Pathogen Control technology. While not to be used as substitute for medical approved masks, the bacteria-fighting properties strengthen with washing, as dirt particles are removed. The NYC fashion house donated the first 1,000 masks directly to the nonprofit, and 100 percent of all proceeds from purchases will go to the organization. 

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Quilted Mask

Michel Men


Whitney Michel’s NYC based menswear line fosters an array of sumptuous accessories, from neckwear to bandanas. In light of the unwavering demand for face masks, the designer has bred refined styles, handmade in cotton and silk. Purchasable in single orders or in sets of  three or four, 10 percent of proceeds from each mask sale will go to The Dream Defenders.


Coral Face Mask

The womenswear label has has repurposed past-season Swiss cotton voile for masks that will support the Children’s Defense Fund. Akris will donate 50 percent of mask sales to the philanthropic organization, which seeks to provide children with financial stability and educational, health and safety resources, amid the health crisis. The facial coverings come in two styles, one that offers broad coverage with adjustable fabric and another in a compact cut that fits more firmly to the face.

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The Artisanal Face Mask

Collina Strada


Model Sasha Melnychuk engineered a special-edition mask featuring bows and pocket filters, on behalf of the New York label. Each mask sold will subsidize five more that will be donated to people in need.  The protective accessory echos the brand’s quirky sense of flair, adding an extra hint of joy amid the dire state of current events. Sales from Strada’s collection pieces will go toward the donation of one mask per order.


The Perennial Mask

Erdem has repurposed dreamy textiles from his Pre-Fall 2020 collection into masks, enhanced with built-in pockets and removable filters. The British fashion house will donate 100 percent of net profits from this item to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. 

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The Cloud Mask



James Flemons has helmed a line of graphic masks featuring grommet details, which match the out-of-the box patterns threaded throughout his unisex line. The brand will donate to Masks for the People, with every order.


Wrap it Up



The brand that offers sustainable alternatives to gift wrap, helmed by Art Partner’s managing director Amber Testino, has galvanized volunteers within creative fields to bring personal protective equipment to those in need. Proceeds will fund the production of additional face masks for those in at-risk communities. 

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The Army-Green Mask

Romeo Hunte


The NYC designer has engineered a durable line of paneled masks, in wearable neutral tones, denim hues and more, featuring streamlined piping details. 


For Handcrafted Prints

Revive your mask collection with Ulla Johnson’s intricate prints sourced from her Spring/Summer 2020 line. One-hundred percent of proceeds from each mask will go to City Harvest and The Bowery Mission.  

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For a Snug Fit

Ranging in scattered florals to patchwork accents, Margaretta Hershey’s poppy hued pieces for Kirna Zabete feature a wire sewn within, for a customizable fit that contours to the bridge of the nose.


The Striped Face Mask

Nili Lotan


The failsafe destination for pristine basics, suiting, and elevated loungewear recently released a collection of tie-fastening masks. Easily adjustable to fit diverse face shapes, the cotton barriers come in understated striped patterns, in cranberry, navy, and black. One hundred percent of revenues from these shielding accessories will go to NYU Langone Medical Center. 

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The Embellished Masks

Lele Sadoughi


For all those craving more appliqués and embellishments in their lives, Lele Sadoughi has fashioned a line of masks featuring gold hearts and stars, pearl beading, and floral embroidery. Available for pre-order in both children’s and adult sizes, the designer also unveiled scrunchies to match the cotton coverings. 


The Liberty Print Mask



Batsheva Hay has created a demure line of cotton masks in an assortment of Victorian floral prints. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from each mask sold will support NY Food Bank. 

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The Pima Mask



A go-to for pillow-soft, eco-conscious T-shirts sourced from Peru, Goldie has assembled a double-layered mask in its signature pima cotton. Available in single orders for $15 or packs of four for $50, the flexible coverings come in an assortment of colorways, from floral stencils to animal prints. 


Bright Stripes Ahead



A summery destination for raffia sandals and sculptural jewelry, Giovanna has engineered a collection of masks featuring wrap-around straps, in an array of patterns. Proceeds from each purchase will contribute to the cost of one N-95 mask through RETI’s Rapid Resilience program. 

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The Six-Pack



An ideal option for families during the social distancing era, the retailer has released 100-percent cotton masks in packs of six.  For every batch sold, Nordstrom will donate one mask to a family in need.  


The Logo Mask



A sleek streetwear rendition of personal protective equipment

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The Blank Canvas Face Mask

Jonathan Simkhai


Adjusting his supply chain infrastructure to help meet the surmounting demands of cotton masks in the LA area, Jonathan Simkhai is paying it forward. The crisp cloth shields, available online, come in beige, olive, nude, brown, and in a multicolor set of four. For each unit bought, the studio will donate one mask to an essential worker. 


The Floral Face Mask



The matriarch behind the floral wonderland of ruffled frocks and knits set up shop in Palm Beach to stitch together botanical face coverings to donate to first responders. A crew of local seamstresses pieced them together using leftover fabrics from the production of the brand’s romantic dresses, blouses and skirts. The initial batch of masks constructed were shipped to hospital workers in New York and New Jersey, and an additional releases of the posy-dusted are available to shop now. For every mask bought, one will be donated.

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The Everyday Face Mask



Partnering with LA Projects, the sustainable chain restructured its facilities to spearhead the nonprofit’s objective of producing five million non-medical grade masks for the city’s most at-risk populations, from essential workers to non-medical hospital staff. In addition to this unified effort, the warehouse seeks to serve as many groups on the golden coast as possible, including homeless shelters. Customers can help galvanize the company’s mission by adding a donation bundle of five masks to their carts. In addition to these philanthropic initiatives, the label has dedicated a page on its site for corporations and individuals to use as an informational resource, covering several bases—from guides on manufacturing masks to outlining donation protocols.


The Bohemian Face Mask

Christy Dawn


The eco-conscious brand has helmed a dainty collection of masks that will be sold in clusters of five. The ethical manufacturer will match each batch sold by donating  an additional five to people in need. Fashioned from scrap materials in a variety of muted colorways, the range of cotton and linen accessories offer protective aid that is altogether environmentally friendly and versatile. 

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The Full Coverage Face Mask

Citizens of Humanity


As the coronavirus gained traction in the United States, the LA denim giant turned over its workshop to produce masks for medical professionals and children’s advocacy groups. While the seamstresses continue to expedite the production of the personal protective equipment for donation purposes, batches of the 100-percent cotton gear are now available to shop in packs of five online.


Etched Blue Face Mask

The New York-based label has adapted its environmentally sound practices to the production of masks, in response to the global crisis. The sustainable, washable pieces now come in kids’ sizes, as well, to ensure all customers are covered. For every face mask purchased, KES will donate one to a healthcare worker.

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The Denim Face Mask

Mother Denim


The go-to denim house is taking its specialty to masks. It is creating denim face masks benefitting No Kid Hungry between April 10th-30th. For every mask set sold, Mother Denim will donate $10 to the charity to help ensure children get the food they need during school closures. 


The Preppy Face Mask

Lindsey Berns
Lindsey Berns


The Chicago-based designer behind handmade quilted jackets and childrenswear has leveraged her knack for crafting delicate floral confections into mask making. Berns tailored the printed pastel protectivewear to fit both children and adults, at a price of $6 for two. Though they sold out within one hour of going live on her site, the designer recently assured followers that more of the hand crafted protective gear is in the works.

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Dusty Rose Face Mask

The zero-waste destination’s diverse community of designers have wielded their talents to create a line of 100-percent cotton masks with built-in carbon filters. From solid pigments to simple gingham prints, the collection offers something for everyone. Most importantly, 10 percent of the profits will support SF Marin Food Bank and Food Bank NYC, contributing to the nourishment of those in need, on both the East and West Coasts. 


The Minimal Face Mask



Sales of Painkllr’s double layered masks serve a dual function of bolstering the paychecks of their local garment workers as well as the operation of local businesses, namely locally owned restaurants. The portions of profits budgeted for meals from neighborhood eateries will in turn benefit medical staffers, as the dishes will be delivered to hospital personnel on the front lines. 

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The Knit Face Mask

M. Patmos
M. Patmos


The Brooklyn knitwear hub will pour a percentage of earnings garnered from the durable face covers into the Food Bank for NYC. In lieu of the spike in demand for food-related aid in the city, this fundraising effort directs urgent relief to New Yorkers in need. Face masks are available from twenty-eight dollars for one, two for $54 and four for $104 – an investment that pays forward. 


Retro Mask

Camp Collection


The outdoor brand known for ’60s inspired T-shirts, polos, and more is bringing its signature solid trim to the growing list of West Coast brands equipping their communities with safe facial protection. In addition to supporting the sewers and staff behind “The Brady Bunch” approved T-shirts, shorts and baseball caps, proceeds from each mask sale will fund a mask for an essential worker. 

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The Metallic Face Mask

The Mighty Company


The punchy outerwear label sourced zany fabrics from its 2016 archives to yield an eclectic selection of masks featuring antimicrobial lining. Every mask ordered from the LA design house finances the assembly of another mask to be donated to The Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter and service provider in downtown Los Angeles.


The Feminine Floral Face Mask

Black Iris


A go-to for feminine floral prints, Black Iris is donating floral face masks to those on the front lines including grocery store employees, delivery workers, and healthcare staff, with every mask purchased. Available individually or in a pack of three for sixty-five dollars; these face masks are all machine washable and come in an array of floral prints.  

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For Enchanting Botanicals

Undra Celeste


NYC designer Undra Celeste unveiled a mask in a dark floral print with a pearlescent sheen, lending to an elevated option poised to complement crisp ensembles. 

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Best Amazon Clothes For Women Under $50 | Fall 2020




Can you smell it? It’s piping-hot lattes and freshly baked pumpkin pie calling your name. Yes, it’s time to get excited for fall fashion! Are you ready to exude cozy vibes in an autumnal look? Luckily, Amazon is here to soothe any budget worries you might have. The online retailer offers a variety of pretty, stylish pieces at ridiculously low prices. We’re talking sweaters, boots, jackets, dresses, and every other seasonal staple on your wish list.

Ahead, we curated a shopping guide of our favorite fall essentials from Amazon for under $50. Fill your wardrobe with these affordable picks before September arrives. Now if only we could get mind powers to turn the colors of the leaves sooner.

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Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek Has Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct




Mark Kozelek, vocalist of early ’00s folk-rock outfit Sun Kil Moon, has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. In a recent exposé published by Pitchfork, three women have come forward and shared eerily similar stories of harassment and assault by Kozelek spanning from 2014 to 2017.

Sarah Catherine Golden first came forward about her experiences with Kozelek after reading the lyrics to the singer’s 2018 track “Soap For Joyful Hands,” in which he essentially describes an encounter with her in Portugal in 2017. Golden found the lyrics weren’t quite faithful to her experience with him, as it left out the part where they’d gone back to his hotel room after the show. Golden was under the impression his bandmates would join them, but they ended up alone. Kozelek removed his pants and Golden asked him to call a cab. After doing so, Kozelek grabbed her body, tried to kiss her, and forcibly moved her hand to touch him. “He totally just pulled a Louis C.K. on me,” she later recalled to a friend, referring to the comedian’s admitted pattern of harassment and assault.

Golden’s story lines up with another allegation against Kozelek by a musician who chose not to be named in the report. The musician said Kozelek had invited her and another woman back to his hotel room in 2014 where he inappropriately acted in very similar ways.

Another account of assault is by a woman who has opted to go by Andrea. In 2014, Andrea attended Hopscotch Festival Raleigh, North Carolina when she was fresh out of high school. Andrea was an aspiring film major and a fan of Kozelek’s music so when they met at the event and the singer asked for her number, Andrea was excited about the prospect of a high-profile professional connection. “She was on the verge of going to college and majoring in film and television, and he had some film background too,” Andrea’s mom told Pitchfork. “So, I think she viewed it as, this was exciting. This was somebody she admired. And she was going into this field where having contacts and those kinds of things was going to be helpful. That she could gain knowledge, things like that.”

After the festival, Kozelek invited Andrea to his hotel room. Andrea, who was just 19 at the time, obliged because she assumed it was an after-party of sorts. But upon arrival, Kozelek was alone in his room and Andrea said he “pretty much just pounced on me,” and began to rape her. “I was just really afraid to say no,” Andrea had said to a friend the next day. “He focused on my age a lot…He kept asking me to say how old i was (literally one of the worst things i’ve had to go through) and he called himself ‘daddy.’ I’m kind of afraid of him i mean we’re in the same hotel and stuff.” Andrea felt pressured into having intercourse with Kozelek several times following the first incident and while some of the encounters were consensual, she said there were other instances where “the lines [were] really blurred.”

Read Pitchfork’s full story here.

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Women are wearing less makeup in the COVID-19 era, but the makeup-free trend (likely) won’t last




CLEVELAND, Ohio — Quick – you remember you have a Zoom meeting with your colleagues in five minutes. Do you look presentable? For men, this question is pretty straightforward. A decent shirt, a quick comb through the hair. For women, it could be a little more complex.

We may all still be wearing pajama bottoms or athletic shorts (it’s not just me, right?), but putting our best faces forward may be something we’ve skipped in our new daily work-from-home routines. Many women (myself included) wonder, “Why wear makeup when I’m stuck at home?”

You’re certainly not alone, if you’ve felt this way. If you’ve elected to keep closer to home, or only socialize with your quarantine pod, you could be less inclined to put on a face of makeup. Plus, the heat of summer can melt away foundation under a face mask, leaving it gross, sweaty and stained.

This isn’t just my guess. The NPD Group, a U.S.-based market research firm, found in its 2020 Makeup Consumer Report that 71 percent of women who wear makeup in the U.S. say they’re wearing it less often in the COVID-19 era. Only 19 percent of women surveyed say they’re wearing more makeup now than they did last year.

The latest available sales reports from the global beauty industry, which generates about $500 billion every year, did indeed indicate a significant drop in the early part of 2020. McKinsey & Company, a U.S. management consulting firm, estimates revenue could fall about 20 to 30 percent this year, if not more.

Here’s one major reason why: “In most major beauty-industry markets, in-store shopping accounted for up to 85 percent of beauty-product purchases prior to the COVID-19 crisis,” according to an article published by McKinsey in May. Even consumers most likely to shop online (millennials and Gen Z) made 60 percent of their beauty purchases in-store.

As a woman who fits into that category, I can attest that I rarely purchase beauty products online, even though retailers like Ulta Beauty and Sephora stepped up their online shopping experiences in a major way in recent months. I simply prefer to feel, smell and compare colors, for example, when I’m spending money on new makeup. And while I genuinely appreciate the safety measures stores instituted when they re-opened, the shopping experience just isn’t the same.

But I don’t think the industry’s downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic spells “doom and gloom” for the future. Historically, during economic downturns, the beauty industry has been resilient, and there is evidence the same could be true now.

“In China, the industry’s February sales fell up to 80 percent compared with 2019,” the McKinsey article states. “In March, the year-on-year decline was 20 percent – a rapid rebound under the circumstances.”

Additionally, consumer data shows the high-end beauty industry had trended upward in growth, an average of around 6% week over week from April 5 to May 16, the NPD Group found.

It’s also important to remember that the makeup world is ever-evolving. The time it takes for a product to be conceived to when it hits the shelves has shortened, out of necessity, but it still takes months and sometimes years before makeup hits the market. It takes time to perfect a formula, shade range and marketing campaign.

The adaptations for the COVID-19 era are evident even now. Brands, and therefore online beauty “influencers,” are placing a heavier focus on eye products – eyeshadows, eye liners, mascaras – and less emphasis on lip products that you can’t see while wearing a mask. Still want something on your lips? Summer 2020 has seen an influx of tinted lip balms, moisturizing lip oils and lip stains – nothing that will leave a messy imprint on a mask.

The same goes for face products; anecdotally, I’ve noticed more attention given to lightweight foundations or tinted moisturizers, or even spot-concealing imperfections and leaving the skin bare. But to be fair, I can’t say whether that’s due to hot summer weather (no one wants their makeup to melt) or the coronavirus pandemic. But that trend could continue the longer we have to wear masks.

Teens and young adults (Gen Z, I’m looking at you) will have a say in how trends evolve. That could mean the masses will ultimately gravitate toward a low-maintenance routine. Or maybe not. It’s too soon to tell.

Yet the McKinsey research article summarizes my thoughts wonderfully: “Consumers across the globe are showing by their actions that they still find comfort in the simple pleasures of a ‘self-care Sunday’ or a swipe of lipstick before a Zoom meeting.”

Women who love makeup will continue to purchase it. When (or if) we return to an office for work, or go out for a celebratory meal, a bit of makeup still can boost confidence and make us feel more put-together. The bare-faced days are (probably) not forever.

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