THE BEST Masks

HelloMask Transparent Mask

HelloMask Transparent Mask

Beyond the comfort issues, one of the reasons people don’t like wearing masks is that it covers their face. Engineers from EPFL’s EssentialTech Center and Empa have developed a mask that both acts as a filter and is transparent. The trick is the weave, made from incredibly thin nanofibers, woven together using electrospinning.

Face Masks from EDC Makers

Face Masks from EDC Makers

Until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s critical that we wear our masks when we’re around other people. Everyday Carry rounded up a dozen fabric masks created by gear makers, each representing a substantial upgrade over those paper surgical masks, and many contributing to relief efforts as part of your purchase.

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Mask of the Zodiac

Mask of the Zodiac

There’s a legend that says China’s Jade Emperor asked the animals of the zodiac to race across the country to decide their order. Filmmaker Law Chen created a bold, modern interpretation of this story in a Chinese New Year campaign for ICBC, but subsequently released it as a reminder to wear masks to protect our safety.

The Secret History of Masks

The Secret History of Masks

(PG-13: Language) While they’re not the most fashionable things, face masks are a must in public places these days. Ordinary Things dives into the origins of face coverings, from the earliest ceremonial masks, to costumes, to their use as protective gear. Can you imagine walking around in those plague doctor masks?

Oura Airmask

Oura Airmask

Oura’s premium face mask is designed to offer a higher level of protection than cheap ones. It’s made with self-sterilizing antimicrobial fabric, and has been lab tested to provide surgical mask level filtration. It also has a small pouch where an N95 filter can be placed for added protection. Also available in kid’s sizes.

Rare Bird Anti-Pollution Masks

Rare Bird Anti-Pollution Masks

Rare Bird makes stylish anti-pollution masks for motorcyclists and bicyclists. The masks are made from a variety of fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool and tweed. They extend down to the neck to provide warmth. Their filter is replaceable.

Sound Reactive LED Masks

Sound Reactive LED Masks

Outline Montreal’s foam masks have LEDs and a small controller that makes the lights automatically pulse in time with nearby sound. These new designs feature an improved controller that reacts better to sound that’s loud or from a nearby source.

Beetlejuice Halloween Masks

Beetlejuice Halloween Masks

Celebrate Halloween this year dressed as Adam and Barbara Maitland from Tim Burton’s classic Beetlejuice. The duo of hilariously creepy masks is based on the scene where they’re practicing how to scare the Deetz’s out of their house. Finish the look with a pair of eyeball gloves.

Skeleton of Color

Skeleton of Color

Great Big Story introduces us to Butch Locsin, an LA artist who creates wonderful Day of the Dead-inspired skull masks and combines them with colorful smoke grenades to bring them to life. His Instagram feed is packed with wild photos of his work and collaborations.

NECA Casey Jones Replica Mask

NECA Casey Jones Replica Mask

“The class is Pain 101. Your instructor is Casey Jones.” NECA is releasing a life-size replica of the mask used by actor Elias Koteas when he played Casey Jones in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It’s made of ABS plastic and has adjustable straps.

The Man Behind the Mask

The Man Behind the Mask

For those of us who ever wanted to have a new face (Arya Stark, we know you’re just asking for a friend), we just found out you can and not for cheap either, thanks to the folks at GBS. Meet self-described “weird mad scientist” Landon Meier and his disturbingly realistic masks.

Jaws Bruce the Shark Mask

Jaws Bruce the Shark Mask

Start Halloween early with the first officially licensed Jaws mask featuring the movie’s antagonist. Made by Trick or Treat Studios and sculptor Mikey Rotella, it has Quint’s hand and the diving tank that did it in in it’s mouth.

Paper Dragon Mask

Paper Dragon Mask

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear this awesome papercraft dragon mask by RPS Creations. After printing out the template, you have about 8 hours of meticulous cutting and taping, but the end result is worth the effort. (Thanks Matthew!)

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Doge Mask

Doge Mask

Yes, the doge meme is pretty long in the tooth, but we still dig these hilarious doge masks as a cheap and easy way to costume this Halloween. Simply put one on, and slap on some sticky notes with phrases like “wow” and “so scare,” and you’re all set.

Wintercroft Masks

Wintercroft Masks

Need a quick and easy costume for Halloween? Steve Wintercroft makes polygonal mask templates that fit on A4 paper or card stock. The designs are blank, so feel free to spice them up with colored paper or doodles.

Crocheted Bane Mask

Crocheted Bane Mask

Maybe it would have been easier to understand Bane if he wore Etsy seller Rose Pope’s crocheted wool mask instead. Note: don’t click on the “Add to Cart” button to order; contact Rose first.

TDKR Bane 3/4 Mask

TDKR Bane 3/4 Mask

Be the reckoning of your next costume party with this rubber replica of the mask that Bane wears in The Dark Knight Rises. Available in kid and adult sizes. Start practicing your Bane impression.

DC Court of Owls Mask

DC Court of Owls Mask

At the San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics gave away real life versions of the masks worn by the Court of Owls, a group of villains from the Batman comics. You can find the masks for sale on eBay.

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head

Special makeup effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick made prosthetic models of the legendary Beavis and Butt-Head to show what they’d look like in real life; we wouldn’t want to meet them in a dark alley.

The Moving Rorschach Mask

The Moving Rorschach Mask

While we don’t know if you’ll ever approach the creepiness of Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen, you can try your best with these masks which actually change patterns from the heat of your breath.

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Pixelhead Mask

Pixelhead Mask

Martin Backes’ Pixelhead mask is a humorous attempt to take back anonymity in our increasingly invasive world. They’re more like improved burglar masks to us. Contact Martin if you want to buy one.

Grandpa Hits Venice Beach

Grandpa Hits Venice Beach

Rusty Slusser, who makes those unbelievably realistic face masks takes to Venice Beach to see if he can fool the unsuspecting public into thinking he’s a fleet-footed, skateboarding grand-dad.

Apple Photo Booth Mask

Apple Photo Booth Mask

Earlier this year, Mark Pernice took a distorted self-portrait from Apple Photo Booth and worked with a sculptor to turn it into a real mask. Now you can help him raise funds to make a whole series.

Halloween Ski Masks

Halloween Ski Masks

If you don’t know what costume you’ll wear or you’re too lazy to come up with one for Halloween, Urban Outfitters has got your back. Just get any of these acrylic ski masks and you’re good to go.

ColdAvenger

ColdAvenger

Beyond making you look like a badass, the ColdAvenger also protects your lungs by warming and humidifying the air; inside mask temps are 40ºF-60ºF degree higher than outside.

Modern Warfare Balaclavas

Modern Warfare Balaclavas

Completely unofficial but totally sweet, these Modern Warfare-inspired half-skull balaclavas allow you parade around like Ghost; coming soon: The Joker and MK’s Scorpion.

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