I remember the very first face mask I tried that changed my life.
It was backstage at a Marchesa show a few seasons ago, before too many models started arriving. I was having coffee and I didn’t realize that makeup artist extraordinaire Gucci Westman was behind me and overheard me groan about how dull my skin looked.
It was the tail end of New York Fashion Week and the lighting back-of-house was super bright with mirrors everywhere backstage. I happened to lament rather loudly to my reflection “Holy [redacted] — I look like someone slapped me with the word ‘exhausted.’”
I heard a giggle and was going to make a bee-line for the exit when Gucci and I made eye contact in the mirror. I was telling her about the toll the long hours of fashion week were taking on my skin, and after telling me to stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep she gave me an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask that she told me she was going to have all the girls use before doing makeup. I’ve been using them religiously ever since.
I’m very particular about my skin because it’s as sensitive as Donald Trump is about his small hands. I’m also the first to try something out of sheer curiosity. So when I noticed a person on my Instagram feed posting about a “zombie mask” from Hanacure ($29) that claimed to tighten, smooth, lift and improve texture tone, my interest was immediately piqued. The mask even has a huge celebrity fan in Drew Barrymore who posted her wrinkly face in it a few months ago. She swears it makes her look 10 whole years young. So, after a black hole of social media research, I found the before and after photos of people convincing enough to order the set and eagerly anticipated my shipment.
#beautyjunkieweek this is a @hanacureeffect mask @thehanacure nuts when you take it off you are 10 years younger. You paint it on with a brush. It starts to dry. It pulls. It gets so tight that it literally pulls your face. See above. But, It makes you look so fresh when you wash it off. And it’s so effective. How fun is that in a package. #notttooenvasivebeauty #kbeauty thank you @crystalmeers for the info that’s changed my life
I applied the mask first to the forehead and temples which is where I have some scarring from blemishes long gone whose memories refuse to disappear. After carefully avoiding the eye area I made my way to my cheeks and sides all the way down to my neck, and continued all around my jaws and entire face avoiding my lips.
Fifteen minutes in, the tingling is more intense but still bearable and you notice the mask tighten drastically. This is when you look in the mirror and notice you’re looking a little more like an extra on The Walking Dead.
After 20-minutes as it begins to dry more, your face is tingling and you notice it really start to tighten and darken. The tingling is at its peak. As the mask starts to dry, you see some parts with lighter applications start to sort of dry up and crackle. This is normal but a bit frightening to be honest and Hanacure recommends avoiding facial movements as much as possible.