Midsummer Mask-Making Part 6

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If you don’t have your mask for the Midsummer Masquerade by now, you’re probably panicking. But don’t worry. We have the ultimate last minute mask that is not only cheap and easy, but also extremely unique.

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You will need:

  • Tissue paper (any color)
  • Pen and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Foundation and/or lotion
  • Eye shadow/liner (optional)
  • Printed mask outline (optional)

DSCF5071 (2)First, find or design a pattern for your mask. Put the tissue paper over the pattern and trace the shape. Using make-up and/or washable markers (Sharpies can stain your face), decorate/outline your mask. Once you’re ready, cut out the mask, carefully severing the under-eye sections from the rest of the shape to apply separately.

Apply a base of liquid foundation or lotion to the areas of your face the mask will cover. Gingerly apply the top of the mask, painting over it with liquid lotion (such as body milk) until it is set comfortably against your skin. Depending on the style you wish to achieve, you may want to go ahead and add any eye make-up.

Add the under-eye portions with more lotion, being careful not to rip the tissue paper.

DSCF5073 (2)Depending on the look you’re aiming for, you can somewhat blur the edges of your mask with eye shadow or blush.

This mask is versatile, and can be any size or shape you desire. Keep in mind, though, that tissue paper can rip, so this mask will be a one-time wear. You can, of course, use your pattern to make more.

If you wear this mask to a long event, I suggest taking your lotion with you, just in case. A few dabs will easily reattach wobbling sections.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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