Masks perfectly encapsulate everything about Purim: a random series of events that mask God’s Divine Hand. To wear a mask is to hide one’s true self.
But imagine a mask that not only conceals one’s true self, but also perfects the skin.
After all, Purim can be an exhausting endeavor, filled with screaming, face-plant tantruming kids on constant sugar highs from mishloach manot candy, and running around town to deliver said mishloach manot while dealing with the inevitable traffic jams caused by drunk teens dancing in the middle of the street. And after guzzling down a couple of bottles of booze and gorging on sour sticks and Hershey’s kisses (why should kids have all the sugar fun?), your skin will have a temper tantrum of its own: it will be dry, dull and overall, not very pleasant to deal with.
So why not stave off the inevitable and kill two birds with one stone by wearing the ultimate beauty innovation of the 21st century: sheet masks. Specifically, the kind of sheet masks that not only moisturize and soften your skin with a fabric that’s drenched in magic liquid, but are printed to resemble nearly every character or animal or any other object that can be turned into a costume on the planet.
Besides, it’s the perfect costume makeup hack: While costume makeup can be heavy, and takes a lot of time to apply, a sheet masks take all of 5 seconds to apply (3, if you’re truly skilled in the art of sheet masking).
A bit of warning, however: not all of these are entirely appealing (some are downright grotesque). Buy and apply at your own risk!
1) The “I’m Trying To Be A Childhood Character, But Ended Up Scaring The Children” Winnie the Pooh mask
Winnie the Pooh gets the horror movie treatment with a face mask whose packaging looks innocent enough. But the results are almost too grotesque for Purim (not that it should stop anyone).
2) The “This I Worse Than The Emoji Movie” emoji mask
It can be argued that the awfulness that is the Emoji Movie could help dissuade the masses from using emojis. But, to be honest, these masks do that job 1000% better.
3) The “Creepy Kitty And Other Stories” cat mask
This cat sheet mask is kinda-sorta cute in real life. And it’s a soothing mask, taming stressed skin. Bonus: the mask reacts to heat, so the longer you wear it, the more the orange spots fade.
4) The “Almost Pretty Enough For The Woman Who Is Too Cool For a Costume” masquerade ball mask
Moisturize parched, alcohol-induced dehydrated skin with a masquerade mask that’s not entirely repulsive.
5) The “Semi-Sophisticated, But Mostly Hilarious Harlequin” diamond patterned mask
Finish off your clown costume with a pretty diamond patterned mask infused with deep-sea extract to moisturize off those dry patches and induce gawking at your synagogue’s Megillah reading.
6) The “Party Trick Mask That Scare Off Pedestrians Better Than A Grogger” bubbling mask
Entertain your friends as they watch you — dressed as a magician — turn your dull skin into a bubbling hazard zone that miraculously sloughs off that stubborn dead skin.
7) The “Actually Fantastic Batgirl Eye Accessory” cat’s eye hydrogel mask
Make fine lines and wrinkles disappear while embodying perhaps the greatest superhero of all time (mostly due to ease of creating costume) — batgirl.
This story "Purim Costumes With 7 Beautifying Sheet Masks" was written by Michelle Honig.