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With masks now compulsory in plenty of places, we’re all going to have to get used to them. 

But many people will be picking up their face covering with a sinking feeling, envisaging hours of discomfort ahead of them — not to mention a serious fashion conundrum. 

Luckily, SARAH RAINEY has all you need to know about how to mask up comfortably, stylishly and cleverly, and how to help your little ones get the hang of them, too…  

With masks now compulsory in plenty of places, we're all going to have to get used to them, writes Sarah Rainey. Pictured: Reece Witherspoon

With masks now compulsory in plenty of places, we're all going to have to get used to them, writes Sarah Rainey. Pictured: Reece Witherspoon

With masks now compulsory in plenty of places, we’re all going to have to get used to them, writes Sarah Rainey. Pictured: Reece Witherspoon

TURN YOUR SHIELD INTO A SPA DAY AND WAVE GOODBYE TO CHAFING

Wearing a covering all day can take its toll on the face, neck and ears, but there are several ways to ensure maximum comfort.

‘Ear savers’ — elastic bands which attach to your mask straps and go around the back of your head — can take the pressure off your ears. You can make your own from a piece of elastic and two buttons, or buy one cheaply online. You can also link the straps together around the back of your head with a paperclip (use several if you need to expand the length). Hooking the straps around your ponytail works, too.

CELEBRITY CRUSADERS 

Pictured: Friends stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

Pictured: Friends stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

Pictured: Friends stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

The #wearADamnMask campaign, started by designer Tory Burch, has gone viral in Hollywood, with celebrity campaigners taking to social media to urge their millions of followers to cover up in public.

Leading the charge are Friends stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, who shared a moving photograph of a friend struck down by coronavirus hooked up to breathing apparatus in hospital, alongside a picture of themselves in matching tie-dye masks.

‘If we want to end this, and we do — right? — the one step we can take is please #WearADamnMask,’ Jennifer begged her 35 million Instagram followers.

Other A-list devotees include Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Ben Affleck.  

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To stop the fabric chafing your nose, try attaching a flexible ‘nose wire’ — you can make one from a pipe cleaner — to the inner top half of the mask so it fits more snugly.

Some wearers also put a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or peppermint, inside the mask, creating a spa-like experience. Lavender oil has been shown to reduce signs of stress and anxiety.

Others suggest spritzing laundry spray on it for a fresh aroma.

Skincare experts recommend removing your mask every two hours and applying moisturiser or water spray to the lower half of your face to keep it hydrated.

When it comes to hair, the ‘corona pony’ is en vogue, with wearers slicking their hair into high ponytails and tight plaits to keep it away from their faces.

HOW TO STORE IT TO STAY PROTECTED

When you’re not wearing your mask, keep it in a clean paper bag or sandwich bag, preferably with a ziplock seal. Never put it loose in your pocket or handbag.

Experts say you should label one side of the bag ‘inside’ and the other ‘outside’, and always put your mask in the right way up, to avoid contamination. Replace the bag every day you use your mask.

Some face coverings come with cotton drawstring bags, but, like reusable masks, they must be washed at 60c to kill off bacteria.

THAT’S FASHION, DARLING!

Coordination is key, even when it comes to face coverings, and fashionistas don’t leave the house these days without matching their mask with their outfit. There are plenty of stylish options around, with designers including Mulberry and Julien Macdonald creating a range of £15 masks, stocked by Boots and John Lewis.

Rock singer Nick Cave’s wife Susie also sells luxury silk masks with matching cases for £35 through her cult label The Vampire’s Wife, a favourite with the young royals.

Glam-seekers can invest in a £400 ruby Swarovski crystal-encrusted mask created by Jennifer Lopez’s costume designer Michael Ngo, while Berlin-based fashion designer Friederike Jorzig sells a romantic white lace number for brides.

Researchers at Imperial College London are working on the so-called Mensura Mask, a bespoke, 3D-printed face shield made to fit the contours of your face.

Soon you’ll even be able to wear a mask with a picture of your own face on it — the Maskalike is set to launch next month.

However, other fashionable masks are less functional, such as the fishnet version from Pretty Little Thing, which was ridiculed for its impracticality.

Pictured: Natalie Portman wears a mask in an Instagram post amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Pictured: Natalie Portman wears a mask in an Instagram post amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Pictured: Natalie Portman wears a mask in an Instagram post amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Masks get futuristic 

Forget plain old cotton. OmniProtect sells masks made from a fabric which can destroy 99.9 per cent of the coronavirus (£29.99). 

Or try the long-lasting zinc-coated SonoMask for £55, offering 99 per cent protection.

For anyone fed up with straps, there’s the self-adhesive VX mask for £1.50. Or if you hate hiding your mouth, try the £38 transparent Leaf mask.

Tech addicts will love the £32 C-Mask (right) by Japanese firm Donut Robotics, which uses Bluetooth to transcribe what you say into text on your phone — and can even translate it into eight languages.

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SPEAK CLEARLY AND REMEMBER TO SMIZE

All that material can get in the way of communication, so speak loudly, slowly and clearly — and be prepared to repeat yourself.

‘Smizing’, or smiling with your eyes (a skill honed by supermodels), is a face-mask must. Relax your mouth, think of someone you love and imagine staring into their eyes, softening your gaze if it feels too intense. You’ll still need to smile with your mouth a little to get the desired twinkly-eyed effect, but go for a small, closed-lip smile rather than a big toothy grin.

Experts suggest testing out expressions in a mirror using your eyes and eyebrows. Practise gestures, head tilts and body language — from raising your arms to the classic thumbs up — to get your point across, too.

TIPS FOR MINI MASK-WEARERS

While the new rules don’t apply to under-11s, and health experts don’t recommend that under-twos wear face coverings at all (as it may restrict their breathing and encourage them to touch their faces), some parents will want their children to wear masks. But it can be hard keeping little faces covered up.

Anthony Ioannou, from educational facility Abacus Ark, recommends a combination of ‘role modelling, consistency and making it interesting to them’. Try putting a face covering on their favourite toy, play games with them while wearing yours, and encourage them to choose and decorate their own.

MIND YOUR MASK MANNERS: DOS AND DON’TS

Everyone is comfortable with different levels of risk, so use your common sense in areas where masks aren’t compulsory.

If you see someone breaking the rules in places where you are expected to wear one, let the authorities sort it out.

Etiquette expert Debora Robertson compares not wearing a mask to littering, ‘an outward sign that you expect others to be the grown-ups’. In other words, it’s rude, but not a reason to start a confrontation. 

If you meet someone who is wearing a face covering and you’re not, or vice versa, be respectful, give each other a wide berth and don’t remove yours simply to be polite. And don’t forget your furry friends. 

The Dogs’ Trust suggests introducing pets to their owners wearing face masks gradually, so as not to scare them. 

GIVE THOSE EYES A MAGIC MAKEOVER 

With only one feature on display when you’re wearing a mask, the eyes have it. So you need to make sure they look good. 

Make-up artists recommend the ‘peek-a-boo’ eye: curled eyelashes, plenty of exaggerated eyeliner and dramatic mascara or eyeshadow in a bright colour. 

CLAIRE COLEMAN tries out some looks…  

CLASSIC SMOKY EYE

With only one feature on display when you're wearing a mask, the eyes have it. So you need to make sure they look good

With only one feature on display when you're wearing a mask, the eyes have it. So you need to make sure they look good

With only one feature on display when you’re wearing a mask, the eyes have it. So you need to make sure they look good

If you’re a total novice, an eye shadow duo, or quad, is an easy option. I went for Charlotte Tilbury’s Green Lights palette, designed to make hazel eyes pop (£40, charlottetilbury.com). 

For an easy smoky eye, make-up artist Virna Midgley suggests using the lightest colour all over your lid, and then create a C-shaped section of colour along the outer half of the upper lash line and into the crease with one of the darker shades. 

Use that same dark shade to draw a line along both lash lines, smudging to create a smoky look. 

LASHINGS OF LASHES

False lashes are part of many people¿s everyday look, the more outrageous the better, writes Claire Coleman

False lashes are part of many people¿s everyday look, the more outrageous the better, writes Claire Coleman

False lashes are part of many people’s everyday look, the more outrageous the better, writes Claire Coleman

False lashes are part of many people’s everyday look, the more outrageous the better.

I picked a pair of Fever Eyelashes with Teal Feather Plumes (£3.99, redcarpetfx.com). Virna recommends swapping its white glue for Duo Striplash Eyelash Glue (£5.79, superdrug.com) in black which won’t show when it dries. 

Squeeze a little onto your hand and drag the back side of the lash through it, then wait — you want it to be tacky but not too wet. 

Use tweezers to place the lashes in position, then press them down with your fingernail. 

TRY NEON BRIGHTS

As identified by Vogue, electric shades reminiscent of the Nineties rave scene are the season¿s hottest look

As identified by Vogue, electric shades reminiscent of the Nineties rave scene are the season¿s hottest look

As identified by Vogue, electric shades reminiscent of the Nineties rave scene are the season’s hottest look

As identified by Vogue, electric shades reminiscent of the Nineties rave scene are the season’s hottest look.

Some of the easiest to use are the Barry M Hi Vis Neon Eyeliners (£3.99) and the Hi Vis Neon Pigment Body Paint (£4.99, barrym.com) which I used to create my neon look here. 

Simply dab a wet brush on the dry paints and apply to the eyelid, and then use a combination of eyeliners on the waterline and just below the lash line.

PS. CHANGE YOUR EYE COLOUR ALTOGETHER!

For a real change, and one that will really make you stand out from the masked crowd, try a whole new eye colour

For a real change, and one that will really make you stand out from the masked crowd, try a whole new eye colour

For a real change, and one that will really make you stand out from the masked crowd, try a whole new eye colour

For a real change, and one that will really make you stand out from the masked crowd, try a whole new eye colour. 

As a brown-eyed girl, I try the piercing blue Pixie lenses from Crazy FX (£25, contact-lenses.co.uk). They’re easy enough to put in and take out, but they do take a while to settle on the eye.

However, the result is certainly eye-popping. Dotty mask (four for £10, popsyclothing.co.uk).

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Police close Swansea wedding party in Swansea as guests ignore coronavirus rules to swamp venue

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Police shut down a wedding reception after dozens of well wishers crammed into a Swansea restaurant.

The local authority has told the bar to close after a large number of people attended the celebration. 

Pictures from the night appear to show people not social distancing and crammed into Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen, Mumbles Road, last Thursday.

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Guests appeared to ignore social distancing at the wedding party

Officers were called to the scene and they forced everyone who was there to mark the joyous event to leave.

Swansea Council has now issued an immediate closure notice to the owners for failing to protect customers, according to Wales Online.

The venue now has a fortnight to put new measures in place including controlled use of toilets and two-metre social distancing.

A spokesperson for Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen told The Sun staff had become ‘overwhelmed’ by the situation. 

Staff at the restaurant say they only took a booking for 25 people for the wedding reception.

Staff at the restaurant claim that they were overrun at the event

Staff at the restaurant claim that they were overrun at the event

They claim to be unaware of bookings taken in other parts of the restaurant for the same party. 

They told The Sun: ‘We only had six members of staff on for the night, as things started to get slightly out of hand the staff got overwhelmed.

‘At this point the owner had been called who was on his way to ask everyone to leave.

‘Before the owner could arrive though the police had attended the scene.

‘We would like to thank all the police that attended that night and the council officers who came to the premises the next day.

‘We would also like to take this chance to apologise for what took place in our restaurant as it wasn’t our intention at all.

‘We will be putting in much more strict coronavirus prevention measures in place in the future.’

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: ‘South Wales Police responded to a report of a gathering at the Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen at approximately 7.10pm on Thursday.

‘Upon arrival officers found large number of people in attendance at a private function.

‘The function was shut down and all attendees ordered to leave.

‘Further enforcement action by South Wales Police and Swansea Council is currently being considered.’

Organisers of a wedding in Telford, Shropshire, have been fined £10,000 for breaching covid-19 rules.

Reports from West Mercia Police say that 120 people were celebrating at a party which they shut down at 5pm on Friday.

While Greater Manchester Police shut down a wedding with 70 guests on Friday night and they also handed out a £10,000 fie to the organisers.

Guests initially argued with the police over leaving the reception in Longsight, Manchester.

The Swansea wedding comes just days before Wales introduces new strict lock-down measures.

These will come into force from 6pm on Sunday in Cardiff and the county of Swansea.

While the town of Llanelli will face new restrictions from 6pm on Saturday.

Under the new rules people will only be able to meet people they do not live with outdoors for the time being.

They will not be able to leave the area without a reasonable excuse. Swansea recorded 28 new cases of coronavirus on Friday.

Councillor David Hopkins, cabinet member for delivery and operations and deputy leader of Swansea council, said: ‘We told businesses that we would take firm action if they failed to comply with Welsh Government rules.’

While revelers around the county enjoyed a last night on the town before the Government’s curfew bit.

Drinkers in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester enjoyed a last pint before the curef imposed by the government bit.

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Sole survivor who JUMPED from crashing Ukrainian plane says it was like being ‘in a video game’

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A Ukrainian air force cadet today told how he was the miracle lone survivor in a plane crash in which 26 died when he felt he was ‘in a computer game’.

Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi stayed alive despite a fireball explosion when an Antonov An-26 military aircraft with a ‘faulty engine’ came down one mile short of its airfield.

New footage has emerged showing the moment the military craft slammed to earth and exploded into flames.

After the crash Zolochevskyi looked round to see his friend covered in flames and tried to put out the inferno.

Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi (pictured) is the lone survivor of the crash after an Antonov An-26 military aircraft with a 'faulty engine' came down one mile short of its airfield

Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi (pictured) is the lone survivor of the crash after an Antonov An-26 military aircraft with a ‘faulty engine’ came down one mile short of its airfield

Fellow cadet Nikolai Mikitchenko (pictured) died earlier today as he became the 25th victim of the air crash

Fellow cadet Nikolai Mikitchenko (pictured) died earlier today as he became the 25th victim of the air crash

Head of Kharkiv administration Oleksiy Kucher, who spoke to the cadet in hospital, said: ‘He said it was like a computer game, that when he got to his feet, he saw his friend burning.

‘And he was actually helping to put out the flames on this guy who was also brought into hospital.’

The cadet he tried to save – named Nikolai Mikitchenko died today, the 25th victim of the air crash.

Kucher said the miracle survivor – in his early 20s – ‘doesn’t remember everything, he lost consciousness at some point.

‘After he regained cam round…he began to put out the flames on his colleague.

‘He survived while being inside the plane. But physically he is in a satisfactory state.’

His mother Irina Zolochevskaya told how she feared he had died.

She said: ‘He is alive. He jumped [out of the plane], he managed to survive…

‘When I heard about the catastrophe, and read it was training flights for cadets, I didn’t know what to do.I was afraid that my son was gone too.’

Military doctor Eduard Khorshun said: ‘His condition is medium grave. There is no threat to life, his condition is stable.’

One of two military cadets who survived the tragic plane crash near Kharkiv in the Ukraine yesterday after they jumped out of the plummeting aircraft has died

One of two military cadets who survived the tragic plane crash near Kharkiv in the Ukraine yesterday after they jumped out of the plummeting aircraft has died

At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured on Friday when a Ukranian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country

At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured on Friday when a Ukranian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky (pictured), who arrived at the crash site, declared September 26 a national day of mourning for the victims of the crash

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky (pictured), who arrived at the crash site, declared September 26 a national day of mourning for the victims of the crash

Crash site: The remains of the Ukrainian military aircraft which crashed on Friday killing most of the passengers on board, some of which were cadets

Crash site: The remains of the Ukrainian military aircraft which crashed on Friday killing most of the passengers on board, some of which were cadets

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who arrived at the crash site, declared September 26 a national day of mourning for the victims of the crash.    

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed and burst into flames in the town of Chuhuiv in Ukraine

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: ‘Twenty-two people died, the search for two other people is continuing’.

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed and burst into flames in the town of Chuhuiv in Ukraine

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed and burst into flames in the town of Chuhuiv in Ukraine

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: 'Twenty-two people died, the search for two other people is continuing'

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said: ‘Twenty-two people died, the search for two other people is continuing’

Wreckage of an AN-26 military plane seen after it crashed in the town of Chuguyiv after it crashed and burst into flames on Friday night

Wreckage of an AN-26 military plane seen after it crashed in the town of Chuguyiv after it crashed and burst into flames on Friday night

The transport plane was carrying a total of 28 passengers when it crashed, including 21 military students and seven crew, he said.

‘It’s a shock,’ he added. ‘At the moment it’s impossible to establish the cause’ of the crash.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday.

‘We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy,’ he wrote on Facebook.

Firefighters at the crash site of the Antonov An-26 plane on Friday night as they desperately tried to extinguish the flames

Firefighters at the crash site of the Antonov An-26 plane on Friday night as they desperately tried to extinguish the flames

It took firefighters about an hour to put the burning wreckage of the plane out

It took firefighters about an hour to put the burning wreckage of the plane out

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday. 'We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy,' he wrote on Facebook

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would travel to the region on Saturday. ‘We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy,’ he wrote on Facebook

The Antonov-26 transport aircraft crashed at around 8:50 pm local time (5.50GMT), two kilometres from the Chuhuiv military air base, the emergency services said

The Antonov-26 transport aircraft crashed at around 8:50 pm local time (5.50GMT), two kilometres from the Chuhuiv military air base, the emergency services said 

The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometres west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists

The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometres west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists

Pictured is a Slovak AIrforce Antonov AN-26 troop carrier aircraft (the same type which crashed last night in Ukraine)

Pictured is a Slovak AIrforce Antonov AN-26 troop carrier aircraft (the same type which crashed last night in Ukraine)

The Antonov-26 transport aircraft crashed at around 8:50 pm local time (5.50GMT), two kilometres from the Chuhuiv military air base, the emergency services said.

The plane caught fire after the crash and was extinguished after one hour.

The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometres west of the front line with the pro-Russian separatists. 

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Police officer who climbed onto tracks to kill herself ‘changed her mind’ only to be killed train

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PC Lianne Matthews, 38, (pictured) was killed by a train travelling 50mph near Caerphilly on February 3

PC Lianne Matthews, 38, (pictured) was killed by a train travelling 50mph near Caerphilly on February 3

A police officer who had been talked out of killing herself died after being hit by a train while her parents were still on the phone to her.

PC Lianne Matthews, 38, had climbed onto train tracks near Caerphilly on February 3 over fears she was about to lose her job.

The mother-of-three had been fined £1,000 and given a 20-month driving ban for drink-driving and being drunk in charge of a child.

However, after speaking with her parents on the phone, Mathews, based in Roath, Cardiff, ‘changed her mind’ and decided to return home to her children.

Still on the phone to Matthews, her parents heard the sound of an approaching train, an inquest in Newport heard. 

In a statement read to the court, sister, Heather Holsgrove said: ‘Lianne called my mother and was on loudspeaker as my mother wanted my father to hear.

‘She was crying and said ‘do you know what it feels like not wanting to be here?’.’

The hearing was told Lianne was declared dead 20 minutes after the impact and investigating officer DC Dilwyn Lewis said Lianne’s position on the track was not consistent with someone attempting suicide. 

He said: ‘If it was a deliberate act and it was intended then they would stand in front on the train facing away and the injuries would be more traumatic.

Matthews (pictured with partner Geraint Higgins) had climbed onto train tracks to kill herself over fears she was about to lose her job but after speaking with her parents on the phone she 'changed her mind'

Matthews (pictured with partner Geraint Higgins) had climbed onto train tracks to kill herself over fears she was about to lose her job but after speaking with her parents on the phone she ‘changed her mind’

‘I think Lianne at the time deliberately went onto the track but I think the contact with her mother caused her to change her mind and tried to get back up on the platform and then it was either mistiming or she was expecting the train to stop at the station.’

Andrew Lee had been driving the train and he said that he was travelling at 50mph and had been given the green light to pass through.

He said: ‘Suddenly I saw an image in front of me. I thought it was a young person with a backpack. 

‘I tried to apply the emergency brakes but couldn’t stop in time and came to a stop a few hundred metres down the track.’

Matthews had joined the police in 2006 but was facing a police misconduct hearing for ‘discreditable conduct’.

The hearing in Newport was told Lianne was declared dead 20 minutes after the impact

The hearing in Newport was told Lianne was declared dead 20 minutes after the impact

Her partner Geraint Higgins also serves as a detective in the same force. 

Higgins told the inquest that Matthews had not intended on killing herself and a mixture of alcohol and anxiety had taken her down onto the tracks.

Assistant coroner for Gwent Sarah le Fevre said that Matthews had climbed onto the tracks around 7.10pm before being hit by the train and was declared dead at 7.30pm.

At the time of her death South Wales Police said: ‘The officer’s family are currently being supported by specially-trained officers and our thoughts remain very much with them, her friends and colleagues who are grieving at this time.

‘The officer’s death is being investigated by British Transport Police.

‘She had been due to appear before a misconduct hearing in March to answer an allegation of discreditable conduct, following a conviction at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on September 9.’

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