A Guide to Multi-Masking: What You Need to Know about the New Viral Trend


Multi-masking, more commonly known as #multimasking, is the latest viral beauty trend. Just search the #multimasking hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or any other social media and you’ll see hundreds of posts on the topic. Seems like there’s a new one every few weeks – hello, strobing! Multi-masking is an internet sensation we can definitely get behind, unlike some of the other ‘trends’ (cough, Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge, cough). Multi-masking is all about using a bunch of different masks, rather than one, to target different skin concerns at once. Why would you use a blackhead remover on an area with zero blackheads? It makes no sense. Plus, it’s a perfect way to use up all of those foil sample packets you get from department stores and Sephora. I feel like I have over a hundred in my vanity, bathroom and scattered around my room, and now they’ll finally get put to use. To get more details on this new trend, keep reading!

Overwhelmed by the thought of figuring out which mask goes where? It’s not too tricky actually. First things first, do you have combination skin? Most people will say yes – your T-zone tends to get oilier than other areas. Multi-masking makes the most sense for those with combo skin, since you have different issues depending on the area of your face. Here’s the #multimasking breakdown for people with combo skin. (Obviously multi-masking is a personal thing, everyone’s skin reacts differently and there’s no perfect solution. Use this as a guide, then customize it to what works best for you!)


The T-zone tends to be where your face gets oiliest (I feel like my chin area is an endless well of oil!). To combat the oil, you should use something with salicylic acid to really get in there and cleanse & mattify your skin. If you have deep blackheads, look for something that specifically targets that – think clay masks.

ahava mask

Ahava’s Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask uses mud from the Dead Sea to rid your skin of excess oils and clogged pores. The intense mineral mask feels like a heavy-duty, luxurious spa treatment and leaves your face with the deepest clean. I’ve had a bottle of this for years and a little goes a very long way – it hasn’t run out yet. ($10 for 0.9 oz)

clean and clear blackhead eraser

Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleansing Mask is, in my humble opinion, the best drugstore mask ever. This stuff really works. It pulls out even the deepest pores after just five minutes. Once you apply the light blue formula, you’re going to feel this cool, tingly sensation that is basically a signal that the magic is happening. It has salicylic acid, so it’s controlling acne and preventing breakouts, while pulling out dirt, oil and blackheads. ($5 for 4 oz)


Cheeks tend to get a little dry and may have some dark spots – look for a mask with energizing, hydrating, plumping properties to perk it up. The goal is to get that coveted ‘I Woke Up Like This’ glow. Look for a product that has hyaluronic acid – it’s insanely hydrating and moisturizing, ideal for this target area.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask’s name speaks for itself. This intensely hydrating mask revitalizes dry skin for a more youthful appearance. Packed with avocado and apricot kernel oil, this keeps skin moisturized for days and prevents future dehydration. ($25 for 3.4 oz)

Bliss’ Multi-Face-Ted All-in-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask

Bliss’ Multi-Face-Ted All-in-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask is on the pricey side, but it’s worth the splurge. This multi-tasking treatment targets six common concerns – dark spots, dryness, dullness, deep pores, rough texture and fine lines & wrinkles. Using this solely on your cheeks will ensure it lasts you a lifetime. ($50 for 2.3 oz)


The skin under your eyes is the most delicate on your face, and must be treated as such. Most masks will be far too harsh for this fragile area, so look for products that are made especially for the under-eye. These products should combat signs of fatigue, aka dark circles and puffiness, and add a boost of hydration. Also, retinol is a great ingredient to look for in eye masks – it can fight signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

sephora green tea eye mask

Sephora has a collection of eight different eye masks, from rose to pomegranate to honey, that each target a different need. I personally like Green Tea which gives off a cooling sensation, smoothes out lines and makes you look well-rested. ($5 for one pair)

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

Retinol is a miracle ingredient that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try Shiseido’s Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, which can brighten and rejuvenate the under-eye area in just fifteen minutes. These sheets dramatically reduce puffiness, dark circles and signs of fatigue. You’ll be astounded by the difference one use can make. ($17.50 for 3 pairs)

Do you like the idea of multi-masking? If you try it out, let us know in the comments and make sure to share photos of your #multimasking adventures on PAMPADOUR!

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  • Natalie Carmili-Mazloumi

    I thought this title was about Multi-Tasking! Didnt know about Multi-Masking!

    • Jennifer Hakimian

      This is amazing! Love it! I need muti tasking and mutimasking in my life