Wearing a face mask is going to be a part of our reality for…well, who knows how long, but they’re definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. (And if for some reason you’re still not following the guidance of the CDC, doctors, and scientists to wear a mask, now would be a very good time to start.)
You can now find really chic and adorable masks in a variety of styles online and, with them, tips to make them easier and more comfortable to wear. Yes, the internet is sometimes still a good and useful place!
One common issue many find with wearing a mask for any length of time is the irritation caused by the straps hooked behind your ears. Turns out, you probably have the solution to this problem somewhere in your bathroom: a couple of barrettes. The hack first bubbled up online earlier this spring thanks to Instagram user hairstylist @omgartistry—but now that we’re in the heat of summer, it’s even more relevant.
“Mask Hack. Ears hurt? Grab a clip to hold back mask. And not to mention it looks so cute,” she wrote in the caption, alongside a mini tutorial. The process is fairly simple: You pull the elastic of your mask strap back away from your ears and secure with any sort of clip or barrette of your choosing.
Genius. Why didn’t we think of that sooner?
Check out some cute masks and clips you can use with this clever face mask hack.
Maskslab Linen Face Mask
LittleBoatsDesigns Floral Face Mask
Reusable Tie-Dye Fabric Face Mask
Assorted 5-Pack Adult Face Masks
Everlane The 100% Human Tie-Dye Face Masks (5-Pack)
Medipop 5-Pack Disposable Face Covering
Kitsch 2-Pack Rhinestone Snap Clips
Up In The Clouds Clips
$16.00, Free People
Originally Appeared on Glamour