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10 Eye Makeup Looks to Wear with a Mask

It looks as though face masks won’t be disappearing anytime soon thanks to Covid, which means applying lipstick falls a bit on our daily makeup list. 

When you’re wearing a mask, your eyes naturally take center stage. And since half of your face is covered, it’s important to make the most of what’s on show. Fashionable masks are great, but they don’t quite measure up to the magic of makeup. 

Whether you’re working from home, heading to the office, or taking care of those everyday tasks, you still want to look and feel your best.

What better way to reclaim your beauty ritual than to have fun with your eye makeup when wearing a mask? Forget about putting makeup on under your mask — what you need is a killer look for your eyes.

Face mask with sexy eye makeup

Here are our favorite eye makeup looks when wearing a mask.

Voluminous lashes

Take a minimalist approach to your eye makeup with voluminous lashes. Full, fluttery, and fabulous is the name of the game here. And the great news? You don’t need lash extensions or falsies to amp up the volume. 

Check out our instant volume mascara — definition and volume in just one coat! Add a few extra for even more drama, depending on the look you’re going for. 

Mask & match

There’s a fun new mask makeup look trending right now that is all about matching your makeup to your mask.

Pick a colorful, patterned mask of your choice, then experiment with creating an eye makeup look around it. For example, if you’re wearing a rainbow-colored mask, why not go for a rainbow-inspired eyeshadow theme? 

There are no rules here, apart from breaking them!

A neutral smokey eye

Close up of a confident pretty young woman with neutral brown smoky eyes

An all-out smokey eye might be a little too much for a daytime look.

The next best thing?

A neutral smokey eye!

Use a natural eyeshadow 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone that has a bit of a shimmer to it. Apply the eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten your eyes and contrast with your mask. This should work with most masks as they tend to be muted in color. 

Finish your look with some mascara for extra pop, and you’re good to go. 


Rose gold eyeliner

Who says shimmer and sparkle are just for celebrations? 

Rose gold eyeliner is so on-trend right now and will add a dash of glamour and glitter to any look.

There are plenty of options to choose from right now. Apply it as liberally as you like, and add some flicks to the outer edges of your eye for extra pizzazz.

This mask makeup look is definitely one of our favorites!

A pop of pastel

Pastel colored makeup and brushes

If you’re a fan of playing with color and looking for something to brighten up your face, try a wash of color on your lids.

All colors work with this look, but pastels are oh-so-pretty — especially during spring/summer. 

Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, and allow your eyes to steal the show. If you’re not sure what color to go for, blue is a safe bet for all skin tones. 

Use one solid color, a shimmery shadow, or add some depth at the crease line with a darker shade. 

Cat eye

When you’re wearing a mask, people’s eyes will be drawn to the center of your face. A sassy cat eye is the perfect detail to draw that attention outward and create a sexy, striking look.

Have fun with your cat eye and experiment with colors and patterns. Keep it as subtle or dramatic as you like. 

Periwinkle flicks

Without a doubt, eye makeup when wearing a mask is a must to prevent your face from totally disappearing!

But if you’re not used to braving bold eye makeup looks, a dash of colored eyeliner is a great way to ease yourself in. Don’t worry, lipstick will be back in play soon enough! But until then, why not experiment with color around your eyes?

Match your eyeliner to your mask, or clash on purpose. This mask makeup look is guaranteed to play up your eyes in a big way. 

Instagram photo from @Mexicanbutjapanese

Metallic magic

If you want to take the rose gold eyeliner look to the next level, how about an all-out metallic eye?

This makeup look is super feminine, sexy, and flattering. It’ll give your eyes that extra boost and help them pop against your mask while highlighting their natural, gorgeous shape. 

Just sweep it lightly across your upper lids. Add some classic French mascara for volume, and voila! 

Winged eyeliner

Sometimes all you need is your favorite eyeliner to create a killer eye makeup statement.

The winged eyeliner look is classic and flirty. It will flatter the natural shape of your eyes without any need for eyeshadow. 

Magic, right?

You’ll be ready to leave the house in five minutes! Perfect for those days when you’re short on time, or you snooze your alarm.

If you have a shaky hand, try using a template or using a dot-to-dot method to keep your eyeliner symmetrical.    

Sunset shadow

There’s another popular eye makeup mask trend all over social media right now known as “sunset” shadow. This is all you need to jazz up a plain old mask and bring some color and adventure into your life!

Pick a handful of different sunset colors, like oranges, pinks, purples, blues, yellows, golds, etc.

Start with one color as a base on the lids, then layer on top to create that stunning sunset vibe. 

Play around with different colors and arrangements. This look will be slightly different every time, and that’s the beauty of it. 

Instagram photo from @beautyrevolver

And that’s how to wear makeup with a face mask! Just because you have to wear a mask, it doesn’t mean your makeup game has to take a hit. 


Give these eye makeup looks a try and watch as they transform your face.

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Beautiful Eye Makeup Looks for Valentine’s Day
February 01, 2021
Beautiful Eye Makeup Looks for Valentine’s Day

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But seeing as it's the big V-Day, instead of heading straight for your usual gray or black eyeshadow, why not mix things up? You could try a bold red eyeshadow over your lids or even go for a sweeter, pink smokey eye. There are no rules for what color you have to use — choose whichever shade you want! Fuchsia, burgundy, cherry, or bubblegum.  Gently blend the darker shade out from your inner lids to create the perfect smokey look. Then use a lighter, shimmery shade for the inner corners to make your eyes pop even more. Voluminous lashes Amping up your lashes is one of the simplest ways to add glamour to your Valentine's day makeup look. If you're looking for instant volume, look no further than our Provocation mascara. This little tube of magic promises defined and voluminous lashes with just one coat. Pair your lush lashes with a striking red matte lipstick for a classically beautiful look. Remember to use a lip scrub and lip liner before applying your lipstick for a picture-perfect finish that lasts all night long. Berry tones As it's still the middle of winter, richer hues are a perfect color choice to suit the colder, darker climate. There's no better time to rock a warm berry shade before Spring comes knocking! Go all out with this look by using berry shades on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a wonderful option if you want a more sophisticated Valentine's look, but you still want a nod to Cupid.  Metallic magic We couldn't create a Valentine's Day eye makeup post without mentioning metallics. If you want to go for a more glamorous and attention-grabbing look, this one might be for you. We're talking shimmery eyeshadows, glittery eyeliners, and sparkle infused bronzers. Pick one of these for a subtle shimmer, or go all out and rock an all-over metallic look. Top tip: ditch the plain eyeshadow and swap it for a metallic one to create your sexy smokey eye makeup.  Everything is peachy If you can't quite wait for Summer to roll around, you can definitely get away with a pretty, peachy look on V-Day. Make this look on-trend by matching the shade of your eye shadow, lipstick, and blush. This will create a soft, monochrome look that is delightfully delicate yet modern. Heart eyes Okay, so we know that hearts are a little over-done on Valentine's Day, but when else do you have the perfect excuse to rock some heart eye makeup?  Grab a mix of eyeliners in shades of pink, purple and red — whatever colors you like. Use these to carefully draw scattered heart shapes around the outer corners of your eyes so that it looks like they're flowing out of them.  If you don't have a steady hand, you can always use some heart-shaped diamantes, sequins, or face stickers instead! Pro tip: Make sure your makeup is complete before you layer your heart eye makeup on top.    Rose gold liner Is there anything more romantic and magical than an eyeliner in rose gold?  Rose gold makeup is trending right now, which makes this the perfect look to try this holiday.  Rose gold eyeliner is sexy but subtle, super easy to apply, and will suit all eye colors and skin tones.  Pop of purple Purple often gets sidelined on Valentine's day in favor of vibrant reds and pretty pinks. But purple can create a beautiful and more original makeup look.  Keep it soft and mellow with a pastel lavender eyeshadow, or go bolder with a vibrant violet eyeliner or a purple-plum glossy lip.  Pretty in pink What would Valentine's Day makeup be without the color pink?  Is it new? No. Can it still be sweet and sexy? Hell yes! Pink eyeshadow probably isn't something you wear every day, but it can create a look that is equal parts playful and sophisticated! There's guaranteed to be a shade of pink out there for you – whether it's a candy-floss pastel, a nude-pink, or a bold and bright fuchsia.  If you want to take your glam game to the next level, go for a pink glitter eyeshadow. For extra pretty points, add a pink blush and lipstick or gloss to complete your look.  Cat-eye If colors aren't your thing, and you want to keep your Valentine's Day eye makeup simple yet striking, look no further than the cat-eye. This will enhance the natural shape of your gorgeous eyes, creating a fierce and feminine look.  Keep your liquid liner wings as tame or as daring as you like. If you're a newbie, you can use a stencil, some tape, or the dotted line method to help keep your lines symmetrical on both eyes.  When you're done, give your lashes some love with a coat of classic French mascara, and give yourself a round of applause. Cat eyes can be challenging — especially if you've already cracked open a bottle of rosé. And voila — you are officially Valentine's Day ready! Why not start early and try a few of these looks out before the 14th? Choose your favorite, and recreate it on the day. Pair it with an outfit that makes you feel sexy inside and out, and you're ready to welcome Cupid.   We’re wishing all you beautiful ladies a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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A French Christmas
December 24, 2020
A French Christmas

Could it get any more swoon-worthy than celebrating Christmas in France? Is there anyone who knows how to do Christmas quite as spectacularly as the French do? The food is heavenly, the lights twinkle like stardust, while the traditions make the holiday season feel extra special. Their festive season stretches out for weeks rather than a couple of days.  What’s not to love about that?   Although celebrating Christmas in France may not be an option this year, you can bring France right to you! From cooking a French-themed Christmas dinner and decorating your home to some gorgeous French gift ideas, there are so many fun activities to enjoy this season. Here’s how to do the perfect French Christmas and have a très chic Joyeux Noël (FYI: that’s French for Merry Christmas)! Go to town on the Crèche Nativity scenes are known as the “crèche” in France and are super popular across the country.  But you won’t just find the usual suspects like baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph popping up.  Oh no. France likes to get the whole community involved in the celebrations, and rightly so! You’ll see a butcher, a baker, and a policeman on display too. And traditionally, these are all made of clay.    In the month of December, certain towns like Marseilles have delightful Christmas markets (more on this to come) where you can purchase authentic, local versions of these nativity figures. One of the unusual facts about Christmas in France is that, unlike the rest of the world, the crèche remains on display in homes until February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas.  French markets  Christmas markets (marchés de Noel) are a big part of France’s Christmas tradition. The first one can be traced back to 1570, which was Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmarik.  Many of them start in the last weekend of December, running through into the New Year. And each one is slightly different from the next. At these staple French markets, you can buy beautiful decorations, yummy festive treats, and high-quality artisan products from local producers. Each Christmas market is slightly different from the next, with its own unique charm. At every market, you’ll find beautiful decorations, yummy festive treats, and high-quality artisan products from local producers.  The array of delicious food is perhaps the highlight and a brilliant way to bring France to you this year. If you’re looking to bring that beautiful Christmas aroma into your home, start by roasting some chestnuts. This is one of the most popular snacks at French markets as you stroll around the different stalls.  Delicacies like pâté, foie gras, cheese, and charcuterie are all French favorites, and each region boasts its own specialties.  One dish that can’t be missed when visiting a French Christmas market is a cheesy tartiflette, which originates from Savoie. It’s a mix of real comforting ingredients: potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons, onions, and herbs.    Those with a sweet tooth can whip up a batch of homemade waffles smothered in melted chocolate, just like you’ll find at the Arras Christmas market. Other family favorites include beignets (a mini doughnut), macarons d’Amiens (an almond and honey cake), and gâteau battu (a brioche-like cake shaped like a chef’s hat). Don’t forget to share a toast with a glass of gently spiced mulled wine, or vin chaud as it’s known in France.  Some of the standout French Christmas markets to head to are: Colmar Strasbourg Amiens Reims Metz Montbeliard Lille Avignon Check them out, and make a note of the ones you want to head to next winter! Le Sapin De Noël In France, a Christmas tree is called “un sapin de noël” or “un arbre de noël.”  Strasbourg is said to be the birthplace of the festive tree. A fir tree is chosen because it doesn’t shed its leaves, a symbol of hope and eternal life. This tree was originally covered in red apples and lights and stood in front of Churches as a symbol of Christ.  Many homes quickly adopted this tradition and would decorate their trees with apples and biscuits. However, one year there was a shortage of apples. To avert the crisis, glass-blowers created decorative versions of them, and that is how the Christmas bauble was invented!   To create the perfect French-themed tree, decorate using ribbons, candles, and baubles, and place a star at the very top.  If you want to go one step further, you can place your shoes under the tree (or by the fireplace) on Christmas eve instead of hanging stockings. It’s tradition for French children to do this in the hopes that Père Noël (Santa) will fill them with gifts.  Spread the love like Père Noël Did you know that in France, it is illegal for a letter to Santa to go ignored? That’s right. In 1962, France passed a law stating that all letters to Père Noël must be responded to with a postcard. Isn’t that beautiful? All those handwritten letters from children are saved from ending up in bins and storage boxes.  Christmas is traditionally a time of giving and receiving, so how about giving to those less fortunate than you this year?  You could volunteer to respond to children’s letters to Santa or donate food and gifts to a local shelter. Bake some French Christmas treats and give them out along with blankets and sleeping bags to homeless people in your local community. This year has been a tough one for all of us, but Christmas is all about family, love, and compassion. Let’s end the year on a high and spread the Christmas cheer. Enjoy a beautiful log fire Long ago in France, it’s said that a large log would be carried into the home on the eve of Christmas, sprinkled with red wine to make it smell nice (plenty leftover for you to enjoy), then left burning all night long.  Yule logs made of Cherry Wood are always a firm favorite across French homes.  There’s something about an open fire that feels so wintery, cozy, and festive. You might even want to make some mulled wine or hot cocoa, slip into some snuggly clothes and relax as the warmth fills your soul.  The perfect stocking stuffers Whether you’re filling shoes or stockings, it doesn’t matter! What really counts is what’s inside.  What better way to celebrate Christmas like the French than by stocking up on some French beauty products?  Our Long-Lasting Matte Lipstick Duo Pack in classic red is the perfect shade to see any woman right through the holiday season. Think Réveillon, Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve, and everything in between. And if red is too bold for you, there are plenty of tamer shades to choose from.  No French woman can do without some classic French mascara in her beauty bag. Why not pick up the legendary Cabaret Première Classic French Mascara—promising natural volume and definition in one swoosh.  How to celebrate Réveillon in style In the US, Christmas dinner on December 25th tends to be the pinnacle Christmas meal. But the French like to do things a little differently. The holiday season’s biggest meal is traditionally eaten around midnight on Christmas Eve, known as le Réveillon. Starters often include delicacies like foie gras, oysters, or escargots. The main course is usually roast goose or turkey. And the meal is completed with the bûche de Noël (Yule Log). There’s always plenty of wine on hand too. Doesn’t Christmas dinner in France sound amazing? If you’ve never done this before, why not mix things up this year and prepare a feast for Christmas Eve. It’s a perfect way to get into the French Christmas feels. Sweet treats to indulge in What I love most about the way the French do Christmas is their celebration of all things sweet. One of the most noteworthy facts about Christmas in France is their tradition (in some regions) of eating a grand total of 13 different desserts!  Yes. You read that right.  Here are a few of the standout sweet treats to try Chocolate Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) Cake A French pastry chef invented this in the late 1800s. Traditionally, it’s a Genoise sponge layered with buttercream and shaped into a log. It’s then topped with some beautiful decorations like meringue mushrooms or even a fresh cutting of holly.  Classic French Marrons Glacés (Candied Chestnuts) These are a popular holiday treat in France and will fill your home with a deliciously sweet aroma. They take a few days to prepare, but they're definitely worth it. Chocolat Chaud This is hot chocolate, but it's not just any hot chocolate. This is probably the most decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever drink! Made with melted chocolate, warm milk, topped with whipped cream, and maybe some marshmallows for extra fun—the perfect companion to an open fire.  Celebrate the Fête des Rois Fête des Rois (known as Epiphany in the US) is celebrated on January 6th. This marks the official end to Christmas in France. Baking and eating a galette des rois (king cake) is a tradition. This is a delicious flaky pastry filled with frangipane (almond cream). Hidden inside the pastry is a fève (a small baby figurine). Whoever is lucky enough to get the piece with the fève becomes the King or Queen for the day. This is such a popular tradition that most French bakeries sell the cakes with a paper crown.    And why not? We are all Queens in our own way. Let’s celebrate that more this year! And that is how to do Christmas like the French do. Enjoy weaving a bit of French wonder and magic into your holiday season.   Wishing you all a beautiful French Christmas, wherever in the world you’re celebrating this year. Joyeux Noël!