On the heels of clown contouring, and with masking hotter than ever, #multimasking is a perfect storm of the two. As the name suggests, it's essentially using different types of masks that are tailored to different parts of your face. The viral kicker? You do so all at once, and the results look like a cross between classic contouring and tribal war paint.
But as ridiculous as it may look, it's a trend that's practical and yields major complexion benefits when done right. In fact, the patch-work approach is so intuitive we can't believe we weren't using this technique from the get-go. After all, puffy eyes and an oily T-Zone call for completely different active ingredients—it really begs the question of whether or not one mask can really do it all.
For those intrigued, rest assured that it's a dermatologist-approved approach, but with one simple precaution. "My only concern is that the moreproducts you place on your face, the higher the chance of having an allergic reaction," says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., at Schweiger Dermatology Group. "The best way to start this trend is to try each mask individually for a week, before you add another type. This helps tease out which mask, if any, doesn't agree with your skin."
It may not be as quick as a sheet mask, and a roster of masks carries more of a financial burden (mad money, y'all), but for beauty devotees willing to shell out *and* carve out a little extra time in their regimen, we say go for it. And to ensure you've got the right active ingredients in your repertoire, we've created a graphic that breaks it down based on Dr. Nazarian's key ingredients and where to apply them.
T-Zone: "A charcoal mask or mask with salicylic acid (a beta hydroxyl acid) for places where blackheads and whiteheads tend to populate. These ingredients help to dissolve the pore-clogging substances and clear breakouts."
Eyes: "Retinol helps diminish fine wrinkles and helps to thicken the delicate skin around the eyes. Masks specifically indicated for this area are better tolerated than using masks made for thicker-skinned areas."
Cheeks and Lateral Planes: "Masks with Vitamin C, peptides, and anti-aging properties are best for area that show most sun damage. These ingredients help remove sun spots, and fight the early signs of sun-damage: loss of elasticity in the skin, and fine line formation."