Consider the clothing that you already have in your wardrobe and decide whether you want your face masks to match. For example, if your style is minimal and monochrome, a simple black face covering may slot in with your wardrobe well. On the other hand, if you are a fan of bright colours, you may opt for a more lively shade like red or blue. As your mask covers up the majority of your face, you may as well use it express yourself and your style! Also, if you have a special occasion coming up, you could even purchase a coloured face mask to complement your outfit.

It is also important to consider when you will be wearing your mask the most. For example, if your job requires you to wear a face mask, you may want to choose a colour that is professional or fits in with your uniform to create a more cohesive look.

What else should you look at?

If you’re not sure which shades will suit you best, refer to the rule of skin undertones. Look at the veins on your inner arm. If they appear to be blue, you have a cool undertone and will therefore suit cooler colours such as pastels and more muted tones. Alternatively, if the veins on your arm appear to be green, you have a warm undertone and will suit warm colours which tend to be brighter and more vibrant.

Which material works for you?

Colour aside, remember to check what material your face mask is made from before you purchase it. Try to avoid fabrics that may irritate the skin by creating friction or excessive sweat as this could lead to blemishes or redness. It is best to choose a mask that is made mostly from cotton as this is a material that is breathable and lightweight while still providing adequate protection for yourself and others.

Masks with two layers of fabric are thought to be much more effective against the spread of Coronavirus than masks with just one layer, as they stop a larger amount of potentially harmful droplets passing through. While finding an attractive mask that you enjoy wearing is important, safety is a bigger priority so ensure that the masks you purchase have a double layer of fabric.

Have you considered personalising your mask?

If you want to go one step further with choosing a stylish coloured face mask, you could opt for a personalised mask by way of a slogan, logo or even your name or initials. You could also choose multiple colour combinations to depict something like a flag (for example, green, white and red for Italy) or simply chose your favourite shades.

If your face mask looks beautiful, you are much more likely to think of it as the finishing touch to your ensemble rather than an annoyance you have to put up with. Not only will this stop you forgetting to grab your mask before you head out of the door, but it may spark a little joy in these uncertain and unsettling times.