The Weekend Post #19: How I Apply & Remove Face Masks

I love face masks; I use them once a week at weekends and I just adore how soft and radiant they make my skin feel and look. One thing I do not love about them though is the messiness. Whether it be a gel, cream or clay formula they tend to get everywhere – on my clothes, in my hair, all over the towel. In fact I remember back in my youth going to a school parents evening with the remnants of a green tea tree mask under my chin as I didn’t end up removing it properly. Perhaps that has scarred me, as I now make sure I get every little tiny last molecule of mask off my face before I move onto toning, but over the last few weekends I have been trying a few different methods for applying and removing masks and I think I may have found the perfect, mess-free way.

Right so here thing, we’ve all got one of those ‘paint it on’ style foundation brushes that we used to use back in the day right? Well take one of those and instead of using your fingers to apply the mask, pump a dollop onto the brush and use that to apply it instead. This way means you get so much more control over how you apply the mask, you don’t end up getting it all in your hair and if you’re using different masks for different areas of the face (if you do I’m rather impressed!) it’s so much more easier to target specific facial regions. Then for taking it off, just use a good ol’ muslin cloth. Not only are you giving yourself a little exfoliation at the same time but it gives a nice and thorough clean and you don’t end up with a hidden smear of mask left on under your chin ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just rinse mine under hand-hot water, place on my face for a few seconds to soften the mask before giving it a gentle sweep. Repeat this step until it’s all off and then give your face a bit of a splash with some cool water and you’re ready for toning.

Not the most imaginative tip out there, but it’s something I’ve been doing for the past few weeks and I’ve found it’s saved me a lot of time (and wasted product) in the face mask department. In terms of what masks I like to use, the Liz Earle Brightening Mask, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and the Invisible Pores Mask all get a thumbs up from me! Hope this bizarre little tip helps!


  • Gyudy

    Great tips! I usually do a face mask after I’ve washed my air while I let them air dry a little bit, and I find it so annoying when a tiny bit of the mask gets stuck in my freshly cleaned hair! And, yes, I use a brightening mask all over and a purifying one on my chin because it’s pretty much the only place where I get spots ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Elle h

    that is exactly how i take my facemasks off, the hot muslin seems to make it so easy x

  • Thanks for the tips, that’s such a good idea using a brush, and muslin cloths do work so well at removing all traces of product! ร‚ย 
    I love brightening masks, but if I have spots I use a John Anthony clay mask (I think it’s mens but it seems to work so well – I steal my boyfriend’s!!) and this seems to really minimise the spot for the next day!
    So funny about the school parents evening! – I used to love tea tree face masks, especially the ones that become really elasticated and you peel them off! So fun to do haha!

  • Daria Buonin

    This is such a useful post! I have had problems with face masks just like yours and it was so hard not to get it all over my hair and clothes. Brilliant tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marta

    I really like Sisley Instant Glow mask. It’s pricey but it makes your skin more moisturised and helathy-looking. Also, Chanel Purifying face mask is a good one (if you don’t mind the tight-face feeling). Have a lovely day x

  • Becky

    I do exactly the same method, have done for a while and it works a charm. Plus its quite therapeutic painting your face with the mask :-).

    Beckys Makeup

  • anothercinderella

    That’s such a brilliant idea using a brush! I was always end up with my face mask all over the bathroom so I’m definitely going to give this a try now ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Gem

    Ahhh this is such a good idea! I’m definitely going to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gem x

  • NeemsP

    Not unimaginative at all!.. always most curious about how others carry out some of the simpler parts of the beauty regime that don’t often get a mention – great to pick up the odd tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sophie Davis

    Wow never actually though of using a foundation brush!

  • Sarah S.

    Good tip! I usually use a regular washcloth to remove. But those paddle foundation brushes sit quite unused in my collection and this is a really fab way to use them (and avoid wasting a whole bunch of mask on my fingers… it seems masks always get into the crooks of my hands and don’t want to rinse off easily!)

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  • beckstar_xo

    Using the foundation brush is such a good idea, i shall be doing that tonight!

  • Chanel

    Can you do a video and a post of your favorite brushes for different uses? And also the brand. I will be starting my own make up box, and I will like to know what I should purchase! I am a ‘newbie.’

  • Faceofthunder

    Haha, I thought your foundation brush was an actual paint brush at first. I was like ‘am I gonna scroll down and see a mini paint roller’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Amazing tip though, I am part of the ‘mask-in-hair-not-so-anonymous’ group,

    Livvy ( x

  • Harriet Manson

    Great idea! Maybe my big old foundation brush can now come out of hiding! X

  • Bianka Bodonyi

    I use the Lush Mask of magnaminty, and i adore it!! It’s a bit messy as well, but i use it every sunday, right before i take a shower and wash my hair, so it does not really matter if it goes into my hair ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m really kicking myself for throwing out my old foundation brush now! It would have come in so handy! xx

  • omg….a foundation brush….you’re a genius!!! xxxxxx

  • Holly Stewart

    That’s such a good idea, especially to make use of flat foundation brushes which I’ve definitely been neglecting since discovering stippling and buffing brushes!

  • CMJ

    Ace idea! Putting on a messy mask is definitely enough to put me off completely at times.Keep up the great work lovely XX

  • Anonymous

    Oh this is a perfect idea! I cannot believe I didn’t think of this. I’m forever getting face mask product in my hair and it’s such a pain to get out. :p x

  • Prettysleepybeauty

    lol I went out last week with a bit of green face mask still under my chin and didn’t notice until quite a while later ๐Ÿ™ ร‚ย Love the brush technique! I’m totally trying this out!

  • Clay Butterfleyes

    great tip ! I actually never thought of doing this ! xx

  • Allthingskimloves

    That’s so neat, I love the idea of using the foundation brush… those things are just collecting dust at the moment so, thanks Anna!

  • meritxell ferrer trasobares

    I usually wear an ugly headband when I’m going to apply a mask, trying to keep it away from my hair but I don’t always succeed.I already use the muslin cloth to remove the mask but I’ll definitely start applying it with one of those brushes that i don’t use for makeup anymore.

  • Shelby E

    That’s a great idea! Definitely trying that next time ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • I do this as well! I think it makes masks a little more enjoyable using a brush! Not quite sure why though:)

    Great post,ร‚ย  I will have to try out these masks ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Deanna

  • Ela

    Great tip! I do tend to use an oil-absorbing clay mask on my t zone then a brightening one everywhere else, this will definitely help! x
    Ela x

  • Alice Byers

    Definitely a good tip! I hate putting a face mask on knowing half of it will be lingering in my hairline afterwards! And it will put my unused flat foundation brush to good use!!


  • Sophia Moir

    Ooh I’m defo going to try the foundation brush tip! Thanks Anna ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  • I always use a muslin cloth to remove my masks, but I’d never thought of using a foundation brush to apply them! Thanks Anna xx