A Beginner’s Guide to Multimasking

Six treatments that will win you over to the newest skincare trend

If you’ve never heard of “Multimasking,” allow me to do the honors.

Take a scroll through your Instagram account and you’ll probably see a few women mugging it up while wearing colored face masks. At the time of writing this piece, I clocked 1,070 Instagram posts that fell under the #multimasking umbrella.

Yes, the newest trend is to use multiple facial masks simultaneously to combat different skin concerns at one time. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of another hyped, viral trend, let me make the case for multimasking. Sometimes more is more. Very few people have a consistent skin type, and because of the overload of products we wear (serums, moisturizers, sunscreens, foundations, powders, and so on) a mix-and-match masking regimen can target all of your skin woes at once.

The combination options are endless, but here are six mask combinations that stood out—and are prettier than the green mudpacks of yesteryear. And yes, these color-coded alternatives are way more fun when used in sync. We’ve selected six incredible masks that’ll help you stir up some at-home facial magic.

RedFig & Yarrow Clay Mask

Oily skin will love this powdered treatment made with Fuller’s Earth and Moroccan clays. It’s an exceptionally de-congesting, sweet-smelling blend. Ideal for black and white heads, razor bumps and even in-grown hairs, you can mix it with honey, aloe, or even tea in equal parts to create a spreadable blend. I found it to be the best when mixed with apple cider vinegar, which yielded such great tightening action, it’s a perfect antidote to overworked skin.

PinkTammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque

Magically smooth and plush to the touch, this decadent treatment is for when you need intense cleansing and added moisture. It’s scented strongly with Jasmine and uses Baobab oil to help rid your skin of spots of dehydration. If you travel a lot, this is your mask. It’s pricey, but a thin layer does the trick. Is this the answer to the beauty sleep myth? I’d like to think so.

GreenDr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask

If you’re looking for a green-juice detox for the face, this is it. Made from Kamut Grass, alfalfa, ginger, algae and red seaweed, the supercharged herbal mask also comes in powder form. The formula is 100% non-toxic and is truly aromatherapeutic. It’s for post-peel recovery and microdermabrasion relief, so it’s an indispensable addition to your bathroom sink if you frequently visit the dermatologist. It’ll blend smoothly with water, but mixing it with goat milk yogurt will lead to even softer skin.

BlueBliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask

If you’re lazy girl and will likely skip the exfoliation step of your DIY spa, this mask will do it for you. The 10% glycolic acid will help lighten sun damage while the kaolin helps unclog pores. I swear my skin was two shades brighter after my first use. I love that it doesn’t dry (and therefore doesn’t crack), but instead stays supple and soft.

BlackBoscia Luminizing Black Mask

Ok, this black mask does feel thick and glue-like. But, the mask dries to its rubbery finish, it’ll peel off like plastic wrapping. It’s weird but fun and uses Calcium Montmorillonite Clay to magnetically draw out oil, dirt, and makeup from the skin. The witch hazel might be a bit drying for sensitive skin types, so be sure to apply a good moisturizer after the fact.

WhiteCharlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

This one is a staple for red carpet prep. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo used it on Taylor Schilling right before her Emmys photo call. Made from Spanish Clay, the texture is silky smooth and creamy and it smells like sweet Frangipani. It’ll crust up as it dries, but never feels uncomfortable, and it’ll wash off easily after ten minutes. I didn’t feel an immediate need to moisturize, so normal-to-dry skins will fare well.