How to style your hair and make-up for coming out of lockdown

How to style your hair and make-up for coming out of lockdown: Experts tell FEMAIL how to perfect spring hair and beauty trends for outdoor socialising and going back to the office

  • EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford told FEMAIL how to style hair for coming out of lockdown while make-up artist Edy London shared the best looks
  • Lee recommends styles for nights out, date night and going back to the office 
  • Edy explained that dewy skin and natural eye make-up will be big trends this spring and summer 

Lockdown restrictions have eased this week, meaning people can meet outside in groups of six and no longer have to stay at home.

But with months being stuck inside in casual clothes and hair shoved up in a messy bun, many will be raring to glam up to head out for a picnic or for a spot of outdoor socialising.  

With months of glamming up ahead, and restrictions set to be completely lifted in June, FEMAIL spoke to two experts about the best way to style hair and make-up, with a facemask as people head back to the office, and get ready for outdoor dining and drinking.

Speaking to FEMAIL, celebrity hair dresser Lee Stafford said: ‘Wearing a mask is essential for protecting yourself and others from Covid-19 on a daily basis, however it can become challenging when it comes to styling your hair.  

‘Styling without flattening their blow-dry with straps, breaking fine hairs around the hairline or causing irritation behind the ear from where the straps tend to rub are just a few of the potential challenge women face’.


With months of glamming up ahead, and restrictions set to be completely lifted in June, FEMAIL spoke to two experts about the best way to style hair and make-up, with a facemask as people head back to the office, and get ready for outdoor dining and drinking. Pictured: Two looks for summer

Speaking to FEMAIL, c elebrity hair dresser Lee Stafford said: ‘Wearing a mask is essential for protecting yourself and others from Covid-19 on a daily basis, however it can become challenging when it comes to styling your hair.

‘Wearing a face covering can also make some people feel hotter than usual (which can also be worse for peri/menopausal women) or a little claustrophobic, so choosing styles that can keep hair away from the face and off the neck will be more comfortable whilst still looking put together’.

Meanwhile, celebrity make-up artist Edy London explained to FEMAIL that bold lashes and lips are set to be the big trends for spring and summer, as people go all out after months of minimal make-up, complementing bold features with dewy skin. 

‘Seeing how much  our skin has improved – we will think twice now about what we put on our face. 

‘Spring Summer 2021 will be all about healthy looking skin, natural eye make up and finally celebrating our most sexy face feature – lips that have been hidden behind those (categorically unsexy) masks’.  

Here, they tell FEMAIL the best looks for date night,  going back to the office, a glam night out and for a casual day time look.

For date night: Smooth and glossy hair with natural eyelash extensions

As restrictions are eased, many couples will be reunited, with couples meeting in parks while by 12th April people will be able to sit outside in restaurants.

But what’s the best way to glam up after months of sitting inside make-up free in pyjamas?

Lee explained to FEMAIL that hair should be a mix of ‘smooth and glossy’ while  your make-up should be dewy, with bold lashes as the eyes will be the main focus of a face-masked up face, according to Edy. 


Lee explained to FEMAIL that hair should be a mix of ‘smooth and glossy’ such as on the model, pictured

He told FEMAIL: ‘Date night looks should be the perfect balance of undone mixed with the right amount of polish. Smooth glossy waves are always a great go-to option for this look. 

‘Get creative by choosing sparkling accessories and clips to stack and layer, attach them where you find it can rub as this keeps loops from the mask from irritating skin and keep the pressure away from behind the ears. 

‘By using grips you can even apply them to the loose ends of the masks that are tied behind the head, which stops hair being flattened at the crown. 

‘Simply tuck the ends under the clips and tie underneath at the nape of the neck, wearing your hair over the ends to disguise them.

How to create the date night wave look 

Step 1. Prep hair by lightly spritzing a mist all over,  Lee recommends his own Lee  Stafford Heat Protection Shine Mist all over. This is vital as every person should protect their hair before using heat styling tools.

Step 2. To create soft loose waves, use your straightening iron on individual sections of hair, wrap around the iron and pull down to the ends. Repeat all over in sections throughout the hair.

Step 3. For soft waves, comb through the hair using a curl comb, such as Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Comb out the Curl Comb, and then slick back one side of the hair behind the ear. 

Add your face mask and clip your hair into the mask using an accessory. 

This takes the pressure away from the backs of the ears and prevents rubbing. 

Spritz some hairspray over the hair to set in place.


Pictured: Lee prepping a date night hair look as restrictions begin to ease

 

Perfect with a light-curl hair, Edy recommended going with bold, natural looking,  eyelash extensions, set to be a top trend for spring.   

‘These will always be within the top three most sought after salon treatments, especially now that for the next few months we will sadly still only be able to see our eyes,’ she says. 

‘Lash extensions have been a must-have for those in the know for over a decade now; they save oodles of time in the morning and mean you start every day with a bright-eyed wonder (that’s you) staring back at you in the mirror. 

Perfect with a light-curl hair, Edy recommended going with bold eyelash extensions, set to be a top trend for spring. Arabella Chi is pictured with Edy London extensions and Dewy make-up 

‘All you need is a little bit of base on your skin and a lippie and you are ready to go,’ Edy, who works with A-list celebrities including Ellie Goulding and Mel B added. 

‘As long as you work with a great technician, lashes can be as natural or dramatic as you like, and can completely improve/enhance the appearance of your eye shape. 

‘For example, for hooded eyes extensions can be a more effective option than blepharoplasty surgery to make them look younger, more open and fresher.   

FOR GOING BACK TO THE OFFICE AND A DAYTIME LOOK: TIED BACK WITH DEWY SKIN AND A WARM TONED EYE

From this week, thousands of people across the UK will head back to the office after months of working from home.  

Lee explained to FEMAIL that a chic top knot is the way forward for those heading into communal work areas – as well as those who are wearing masks for extending periods.

‘With some us heading back to the office in smaller groups, the need for social distance and mask wearing is incredibly important,’ Lee said.


From this week, thousands of people across the UK will head back to the office after months of working from home. Lee explained to FEMAIL that a chic top knot is the way forward for those heading into communal work areas – as well as those who are wearing masks for extending periods.

How to create the back to work high knot 

Step 1.   Start by spraying the whole hair with a salt spray, Lee recommends Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray and blast dry using a hairdryer. This technique adds texture to any type of hair.

Step 2. Section hair into a deep side parting at the forehead. 

Gather your hair into a ponytail at the crown and tie with a snagfree hairband, if you have a fringe or a short parting section, make sure to leave that out. 

Start to twist your ponytail so it naturally starts to twist up, allowing you to place it around the base of the ponytail in a bun shape. 

Then secure the twisted bun in to place with Kirby grips. 

As you push the grips into place, push them down then up, this helps to snag some of the hairs from beneath the pony, helping it to lock the bun into place.

Step 3.  Using accessories or grips, attach them to the mask straps and secure to the hair behind the ear on one side, then do the same on the other side. 

This will keep the mask in place whilst taking away pressure from straps at the back of ears making it more comfortable to wear throughout the day. Set the style in place with hairspray. 

 

‘This looks so well for anyone who needs to wear a facemask for a prolonged period of time. 

‘Team a chic top knot with softer sections around the face with accessories to create detail whilst holding back the straps of your facemask, to avoid pressure and rubbing on the backs of the ears making it more comfortable throughout the day. 

‘Creating a little more volume at the root helps to counteract hair looking flattened by straps whilst softening the look of the straps around the face’ he added.

Meanwhile, for another relaxed daytime look, Lee recommends the classic half-up half-down look.  


Meanwhile, for another relaxed daytime look, Lee recommends the classic half-up half-down look.

How to get a glam daytime hair look 

Step 1.  Spray dry shampoo all over hair for added texture and grip, Lee recommends his own Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo with Agave Texturising Dry Shampoo 

Step 2. Section off hair at the tip of the ears and gather the top section using your hands, to create a half ponytail. Secure this with a hair tie.

Step 3. You are going to use a bandana to take the mask strap tension away form the back of your ears by placing the bandana behind your neck, then loop the ends through the face mask straps. Tie in a knot at the top of your head for a cute relaxed daytime look – simply pull the mask over your face or lower underneath your chin when not required. 

Pictured: Lee creating a half-up, half-down glamorous daytime look to go with a face mask

 

‘A low-key undone look, the combination of loose waves with a half up knot for a pared back day look works perfectly with a bandana detail. The key to this look is keeping it simple and not too done. 

‘Keep the waves deconstructed then when applying the bandana this will keep the style looking effortless. 

‘This look works really well with the bandana to keep those straps away from the back of your ears, by simply looping the bandana ends through the face mask straps and tying at the crown, this relieves pressure from behind the ears and stops any rubbing of the delicate skin there. It also protects the fine hair at the hairline from getting snagged and breaking.

While Lee recommends tying hair up to go back to the office, Edy advises going for a a dewy skin look for everyday make-up, for a glowy, healthy looking face.

Set to be continue as a huge trend this year, Edy who sells her own ‘dewy skin make-up brush set’ for £29.99 – says the look is easily achievable.

How to achieve the dewy skin trend for spring 

Edy told FEMAIL: ‘Before you start any make up application, make sure you exfoliate carefully.

‘For the dewy look I recommend Pure Active Peel by skincare brand 001 London. 

‘Before applying any makeup cleanse your skin with Vitamin C Cleanser or use Vitamin C serum – I recommend Vitamin C serum by Amica. Then, cleanse and tone – then double check your skin is perfectly hydrated. 

Pictured is a model with a dewy skin look after having her make-up done

‘If you have very dry skin, you may consider using Glow Drops. Using a Buffing Brush, apply your chosen base. We recommend BFF by Trinny London or Synchro Skin Glow by Shiseido for that instant glow. 

‘Both give you a very subtle coverage and even out your skin tone. 

‘To finish off this look , use an angled brush, such as Edy London #1,  to apply cream bronzer rather than powder texture (Jenster by Trinny London is my go-to bronzer) – your skin will appear radiant and healthy. 


Set to be continue as a huge trend this year, Edy who sells her own ‘dewy skin make-up brush set’ for £29.99 – says the look is easily achievable (left). Right: Edy’s smokey eye make-up brush set

‘Using big brush – such as Edy London number 08 , will add the luster with a subtle highlighter that will catch the eye. 

‘Apply some highlighter on a cheekbone, browbone and down the bridge of the nose, you can add some to the cupid’s bow.

‘Un-puffy, bright eyes are the key to achieving that healthy looking skin. 

‘You may want to use a concealer brush with your favourite light texture concealer to finish off that look.

‘Add a dab of cream blush colour on apple of your cheek; if you don’t have a creamy texture blush and you are a lipstick kind of girl, you can mix your lipstick with the tiniest bit of foundation and add on a touch on a cheek for the same creamy effect.  

Make up artist Edy London is pictured holding her brushes. She told FEMAIL dewy skin, natural eyelash extensions and bold lips are set to be trends for the summer

Edy also revealed that a warm-toned eye look would be the ‘perfect post  lockdown look. 

‘Very natural and subtle, gives us time to get use to wearing make up again rather than jumping from nothing into full on Cleopatra eye. 

‘Easy to do at home for a subtle glam look. Edy London Eye Contouring Set 502 has all of the brushes that you need to achieve this look’.

She recommends applying a cream texture eye shadow base of your preferred brand in a caffe latte colour and blend into the lid, with her favourite Wisdom by Trinny London or 649 Nude Dress Palette by Dior. 

Next, she says it’s best to apply slightly darker shade eye shadow on the deep crease, and along the top lash time using a blending brush such a her own brush 17. 

‘Use blender brush, such as my  number 20 again to smooth it all and get rid of any obvious lines. 

‘Using the same darker shade use smudging brush number 24  and expand and blend the darker shadow onto the lower lash line.’

FOR A GLAM EVENING LOOK: LOOSE TIED UP HAIR AND A BOLD LIP

Within weeks, pub gardens will be open and people will be able to stay out sipping in the sun, while by June night clubs and restaurants will be gone.

To keep it simple and glam, Lee recommends a few straps of hair over the face for a gentle framing.   

‘A simple and glam look, the focus here is to keep fine face framing tendrils of hair over the straps to disguise them and soften the look of the mask. 

For a glam evening look, Lee recommends a using face framing tendrils of hair over the straps of face masks

How to achieve a glam evening look  

Step 1. Generously spritz hair with heat protection, then use your curling wand to create loose waves. 

With each individual section make sure to wrap the hair around the wand and pull down to the ends. To create a face frame, take the front pieces of your hair and remember to curl away from the face. 

For looser waves, simply pull the section down so it is taut when cooling to relax the curl.

Step 2 . To create an all-over effortless texture, start by back combing the hair with my Hair Up Styling Brush focusing especially on the roots. Lift up the sections from the crown and gently tease by back brushing the hair away from you and towards the root of the section. 

Pair with the Lee Stafford Effortless Texture Spray or an alternative for soft definition and uplift in the roots with texture all over the hair.

Step 3. Gather hair at the nape of the neck and secure in a ponytail. Apply your face mask whilst leaving out the front tendrils of hair. This really helps to face frame the face and hide the face mask straps. 

Tighten the pony by splitting it in half and pulling outwards, this also creates lift and volume at the crown. 

For extra detail take a small section of the ponytail and wrap it around the base where the hairband sits. Secure with small kirby grips to disguise the band.

 

‘Often masks can make us feel hot or slightly claustrophobic so keeping the main section of the hair back in a low ponytail away from the face can help to alleviate this. 

‘Extra volume at the root helps to detract from where masks can flatten the hair creating a pinned down uneven look.

Meanwhile, Edy says that bold lips are going to be the glow-to glam look of later spring and summer.    

‘After a year of minimal make up, and hiding our most beautiful face features behind mask – we will be showing off our lips in all their kissable glory; as already seen on a Hermes and Saint Laurent catwalks it’s all about the lips in S/S 2021,’ she explained.

‘Bold colours such as Girl About Town by MAC or 91 Rouge Souverain by Yves Saint Laurent should be always be applied with a good make up brush to avoid smudging. I recommend Edy London brush number 28,’ she added. 

‘Red and Fuchsia will be seen more than even on the hopefully busy again streets of all our major cities – the statement lip is back!

‘If you have to wear a mask occasionally during the day to get to places in taxis etc, consider a matte finish lipstick which tends to stay in one place. If you don’t have a matte finish lipstick, use a tissue to blot off any excess product.

‘Before applying lipstick, moisturise your lips with a lip balm. 

‘If you can stretch your post-lockdown budget a bit further, you might want to consider Lush Lip Mask by Mimi Luzon. This deeply nourishing lip mask promises to heal and rejuvenate dry, chapped lips,’ she added. 

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