The Best Wine Pairing For Your Face Mask

Illustration by: Isabella DiMarzio
Some things in this world are just made for each other. Like mac and cheese. Or Barack and Michelle. And, of course, face masks and wine. Even if you only have a drugstore jar of clay and a bottle of Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc, the combination is enough to make your Tuesday night so much more luxurious. You might be thinking, Hey, isn’t alcohol bad for your skin? Three rights make a left, but one wrong and one right just cancel each other out. Okay, yes, but we live by the motto of "everything in moderation." Maybe don't down the whole box of Franzia, then attempt a magnetic-mask number; just channel Oprah and live your best life.
Ahead, we put together a special wine-and-mask pairing menu for you to pull out on nights in. Whoever said beauty is pain clearly never tried this.
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Bordeaux
Pair a clay mask with any full-bodied, earthy wine. The richness of a bordeaux calls for some slow sipping and savoring while the mask does its work for 10 to 15 minutes.
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There’s nothing quite like putting mud on your face — no, really. The classic clay mask has a ton of pore-cleaning, skin-tightening benefits, but make sure to keep it away from your mouth region if you still want to be able to open wide for that wine gulp.

L'Oréal Pure Clay Mask, $8.98, available at Walmart.
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Portable Wine
If your peel-off mask is feeling extra-tight, it's time to bring in the boxed-wine-with-a-straw move. May we recommend a crisp pinot grigio?
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This futuristic silver mask not only keeps skin looking young, but the peel-off quality lets us feel like we're back in elementary school arts-and-crafts class.

GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment, $69, available at Sephora.
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Champagne
Pop open a bottle and pass the bubbly mask. (C'mon, you knew we had to go for the obvious with this one.) And think of the Instagram shots you'll get out of it!
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There are few skin care-related things more exciting than slapping on a carbonated mask. It’s like being in a bubblebath and giving yourself a bubble beard — except it makes you look way better when all is said and done.

E.L.F. Hydrating Bubble Mask, $14, available at E.L.F.
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Cheongju
Sheet masks are now the standard for face masks, but let’s not forget their roots in South Korea. Good when sipped both cold and room temp, Cheongju is a delicious South Korean wine made from rice. Haven't heard of it? That's the point. You may be wearing what's now become a “basic” mask, but your drink will be anything but.
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This isn't your average sheet mask, either. To open it, you fold the package in half and squeeze until you've popped the chamber that holds the hydrating essence. Massage it all around so the cotton sheet soaks it all in, then place it on your face for some deep moisture.

Belif Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask, $8, available at Sephora.
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Sherry
We know, sounds like something your grandma might drink, but if you’ve never had a glass of sweet, rich sherry as a nightcap after a long day, you’re missing out. Apply your sleeping mask, get in bed with a good book and a glass, and slip into a happy place.
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Overnight masks are the stuff of skin-care slacker dreams. Cleanse, pat on instead of your moisturizer, and hit the hay. Wake up to glowing, silky-soft skin. Doesn't get easier than that.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, $19, available at Sephora.
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Pinot Noir
It’s the catch-all wine pairing for just about any food you're eating, so it follows that its mask match would be one that works for every skin type: an exfoliating version.
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This cute little packet is packed with physical exfoliators that gently scrub off all the dead, dry gunk holding your complexion back from being its best self.

Nügg Exfoliating Face Mask, $3.29, available at Nügg.
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Riesling
Just imagine it: robe on, feet up, and a nice cold glass of light, smooth wine in hand. Only thing that could improve upon the sitch? A mask that wraps your face in moisture, obviously.
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We wouldn't lie about something so good: This moisturizing mask smells exactly like hot cocoa. And as we all know, the only pairing better than masks and wine is wine and chocolate.

Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask, $69, available at Sephora.
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