I don’t need to remind you that Covid is still very much a thing, and the Omicron variant is causing case numbers to skyrocket because it’s even more contagious than the original virus…yet here I am. Anyways, it’s still super important to continue wearing a protective face mask or face-covering in public (even indoors!) to slow the spread, as per the Centers for Disease Control’s mandate guidance. The TL;DR on that: Wearing a cloth face-covering helps limit the spread of respiratory droplets you emit into the air or onto another person or thing when you cough, sneeze, or talk. It’s not that hard, ppl!
And, yes, as per the CDC’s guidelines in these Omicron variant times, wearing a mask is still highly encouraged, even for fully-vaxxed folks. Side Note: If you’re not yet #TeamVaxxed and #TeamBoostered, consider the fact that this is about protecting others as much as it is about protecting yourself. Teamwork makes the dream work, baby! And according to the CDC, “vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.”
Luckily for those of us who still want to serve ~lewks~ during this time of uncertainty (we don’t blame you—it’s therapeutic!), fashion brands, boutiques, and basically every retailer on Etsy have plenty of cute and cheap face masks you’ll actually want to wear. Protective face covering designs have gotten so cool, in fact, that no 2022 OOTD is complete without one. Below, we’ve rounded up 45 of our favorites. (Spoiler alert: One even features “red lipstick” that won’t transfer onto your teeth…YEAH, these brands have truly thought of everything).
Oh, and before you get to shoppin’, just a few quick things: Since protection is the name of the game with these badass accessories, make sure yours’ fits snugly against your face, that it’s washed after each use (more on that here), and that you remove it without touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Last but not least, don’t forget to wash your hands once it’s off your pretty lil face! Now, without further adieu, here’s our list of the cutest face masks on the market and where to buy them online now.
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this KN95 mask
KN95 Face Mask (30-Pack)
Aesthetically, I know that KN95 masks aren’t quite on par with the rest of this list. But here’s why wearing one is so important: The edges seal tightly to the face, helping filter up to 95% of particles in the air, according to the CDC. So, like, we couldn’t not include it here.
an earth-toned mask
malmö – 30 khaki face masks
We love a minimalist moment, and this celeb-loved brand delivered with their khaki PPE. For $36, you get 30 disposable face masks and two sustainable mask holders for on-the-go storage.
these floral masks
3 Embroidered Adult Masks
Adjustable elastic loops and embedded nose wires are essential for making sure your face mask is nice n’ snug—these embroidered floral cuties have both.
an antimicrobial mask
Reusable Antimicrobial Face Mask (5 Pack)
Perfect for wearing during a workout, this mask features antimicrobial technology that prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. No smelly sweat residue here!
this eyelet one
Follet Face Mask
I mean, it even has a bow?! Truly the most dainty and delicate face mask I ever did see.
this polka dot bb
Metallic Polka Dot Face Mask
Your classic black and (off) white polka dot design…with a metallic twist!
A moisture-wicking option
TrinoXO™ Face Mask 3 Pack
Allbirds never disappoints, and these moisture-wicking, three-layer face masks made from upcycled materials are no exception.
this neutral three-pack
Cotton Face Masks w/Adjustable Ear Loops
Three breathable, reusable face masks for under $15?! Love to see it.
these preppy masks
Nordstrom Assorted 4-Pack Adult Face Masks in Blue Combo at Nordstrom
Hi, Southern Belles! This adorable 4-pack is for you.
this upcycled cutie
The Solidarity Mask
Available in a wide variety of neutral tones and prints, these face masks are upcycled from Fabletics’ leftover legging fabric.
Grey Marble Print Face Masks, Set of 2
Marble will never not be cool. It’s a neutral and a print and, for that, we love her.
this logo mask
Black Arrows Mask
Like I said, there’s a face mask to match every aesthetic—including street-style hype beasts.
these colorful neoprene ones
Unisex Adult Fashion Face Covering
Amazon describes these affordable neoprene face masks as inspired by “K-Pop style.” Okay, I’m sold!
a flower child mask
Floral Adult Face Mask
Collina Strada’s face masks are just as cool and unexpected as her ready-to-wear collections—this one is the perfect example.
a trendy chain print mask
Eros Sustainable Mask
Silk face masks are undeniably chic (plus, how cool is the silver chain print?!). This one features soft cotton jersey fabric and a waterproof filter underneath the top layer for maximum breathability and protection.
a sequin one
Disco Ball Face Mask
There’s no excuse to not be safe at an upscale event or party when this fancy sequin-embellished face mask from Katie May exist.
this starry night bb
Reusable Silk Face Mask
Ah, three of my favorite things: Comfy, cosmic, and cotton-lined.
this stretchy mask
Contour Face Mask Unisex Face Mask
Designed to feel like a second skin, this mask is so stretchy and lightweight, you’ll barely notice that it’s on your face.
these soft neutral face masks
Reusable Washable Face Masks
If you’re doing the most with your fit, slip on one of these nearly-nude face masks that won’t clash with it.
a size-inclusive mask
Brooklyn-based shoe retailer Atoms is one of the few brands to launch size-inclusive face masks—this quick-dry polyester blend comes in sizes XXS-L.
these cotton basics
Quality Durable Knit Face Masks
Like a super soft T-shirt for your face!
this fashion-forward pick
Moon Print Adult Face Mask
Another face mask for the fashion girlies, this one features Marine Serre’s signature crescent-moon branding.
this satin dream
Satin Face Mask
This pick has a 3D shape that provides comfort and breathability. Plus, it’s available in three other jewel-toned colorways that look expensive AF.
Yes, you absolutely need this affordable, go-with-everything denim face mask.
this aerosol and UV ray-blocking mask
Durable and breathable, this face mask is a necessity. Don’t believe me? Here’s a very compelling customer review: “If everyone were lucky enough to have these masks, everyone would actually WEAR their masks, Covid would end, and we wouldn’t have to wear masks anymore at all.”
this one perf for people who wear glasses
The Better Mask™ – Ivory White
Guys, I S-W-E-A-R by this mask whenever I’m wearing my glasses! It’s sooo freakin’ comfy and it won’t fog up your lenses while you’re wearing it. I am living proof to tell the tale.
this fun set
Cotton Face Mask 3pc Set – Blush
If leopard print is your jam, you’ll love this set that also comes with an adorable plain pink mask.
this pack perf for exercising
Women’s Activate Face Mask 2 Pack
These lightweight masks are a go-to for working out. They’re breathable as hell (shout-out to Athleta’s TurboDry fabric) and it features advanced patent-pending technology that helps block particles. But the best part is IMO is that they also have adjustable ear straps. It’s the little things, y’all!
A kissable option
Cosmo + Echo Face Mask
A Little Black Mask
Pure Silk Adult Pleated Face Covering
An LBD, but, like, for that pretty face of yours.
A pinch of paisley and a dash of flowers are the perfect recipe for one of the cutest masks you’ll ever see.
These best-selling masks
Double Strap Face Mask 3 Pack
These bbs just keep selling out—but can you blame ’em? They’re just that good. Not only are these masks moisture-wicking (meaning you can def workout in them), but they also wrap around your head, so the backs of your ears won’t get sore anymore.
this lace option
Provocateur Face Mask
A seamless option
Adult Seamless Knit Face Mask
Hiii, Skims fans. The brand just dropped seamless masks that won’t leave your skin itchy and red. If you’re lucky enough to catch them in stock, you’ll get to choose between five neutral shades.
These velvet bbs
3 Velvet Adult Masks
The velvet fabric is so luxurious, and the color story is giving SUNSET. What’s not to love?
Pleated Face Mask
Double-layered, 100% satin, and mad cute. Sold.
A Bold 3-Pack
Three Sculpted Masks
With this 3-pack, you can choose from any of their gorgeous designs.
A Silk Face Trio
Silk Face Mask
Silky masks will definitely make a cool contrast next to your leather jackets.
This Twinning Set
Tie-Dye Face Mask and Scrunchie Set
It isn’t a medical-grade mask, but this comfortable baby has a double layer of protection. The elastic ear band will also give you more flexibility all around. Oh, and it comes with a matching hair scrunchie.
A pastel set
Set of 3 Lagoon Sweetheart Face Maks
It’ll be hard to find a set of masks prettier than these three made by the same brand that creates gorge headbands and jewelry.
A subscription service
You might as well sign up for this monthly subscription service, so you can update your look every four weeks.
A classic option
You gotta have one you can wear everywhere. This one comes in a 3-pack. And the best part? All of the proceeds go directly to dance artists impacted by COVID-19.
Set of Three Face Coverings
The brand that brought you fun swimwear and PJs is now making masks. These machine-washable beauties are made from recycled materials AND cotton. The best part: They’ve got adjustable ear straps, so you’ll get a perfect fit (which, you know, is V important).
A pretty pink one
Can’t get enough of Millennial Pink? Same. This one comes with two reusable filters. Bonus: When you buy a mask, one will be donated to a medical responder.
Artist print99% Filtration Limited Edition Mask
This tie dye one is perfect for those that want something different, and the adjustable straps help keep things feeling comfortable, too. Just make sure you grab one while you still can—they’re limited edition!
A triple-layered one
Triple Layer Premium Face Mask
For those looking for something that’s breathable and still protective, this three-layer mask is THE one. The ear loops are adjustable, and it has a flexible nose clip on the inside. It’ll take seven to 10 days for this mask to ship, but it’s totally worth the wait since this brand is also matching each purchase with a donation.
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