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Will mask mandates be the end of lipstick?

Fashion blogger and mask designer Jaye Gipson, 51, author of the blog Curvatude.com, near her Washington Park home. File photo. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

“Lipstick is the best cosmetic there is,” Joan Collins once observed, shrewdly. Alas, not so much anymore — not now, when face masks are covering the lower half of our faces.

It could mean the end of lipstick as we know it. And what would we do without it?

For millennia, lip cosmetics have been one of the ways for women and men to express themselves, to lift their spirits, to make their face stand out in the crowd.

Will pandemic face masks wipe away the simple joys of lipstick?

Perish the thought, say lipstick lovers and cosmetic makers, nervously eyeing sales figures expected to fall this year, maybe as much as 11% according to one market prediction.

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Since the pandemic (and mask-wearing) started, there’s been a dramatic drop in use of lipstick, according to multiple surveys by Poshly, a marketing research firm that works with cosmetic companies, says CEO Doreen Bloch.

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8:08 a.m. Pritzker warns public, pols on COVID-19 precautions: ‘If things don’t change, a reversal is where we’re headed’

A month after Illinois entered its latest phase of reopening, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday warned that another round of closures could be on tap if residents don’t take health precautions more seriously to stem the state’s steady rise in coronavirus cases.

“We are far, far from out of the woods,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during a Loop news conference.

“We’ve made progress in Illinois, but we’ve also seen that it can be fleeting. And right now, things are not heading in the right direction. I want to remind everyone that it doesn’t take long at all for a trajectory of success to turn into rising hospitalizations and deaths.

“And if things don’t change, a reversal is where we’re headed,” Pritzker said.

The Democratic governor offered his grim prognosis as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the latest 1,393 cases of COVID-19 confirmed among 38,187 tests. That kept the state’s testing positivity rate over the last week at 3.8%, but raised July’s daily average to more than 1,100 new cases reported per day, compared to 764 per day last month.

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8:33 a.m. Fallout from Trump canceling Jacksonville convention events: GOP mega-donor perks vanish

Before the COVID-19 surge in Florida forced President Donald Trump to scratch his in-person presidential convention in Jacksonville, the top perk package for high-end Republican donors — who would stay at swank resorts and get VIP access to Trump cabinet members — was priced at $1,161,200 per couple.

The Democrats, taking the pandemic threat more seriously earlier, told people not to come to Milwaukee at the end of June. The Democratic perk package consists of all-virtual events and tops out with donors asked to give $250,000 or to raise at least $500,000.

The Chicago Sun-Times obtained the perk packages for the GOP and Democratic conventions, August events vastly retooled because of the pandemic.

Pre-COVID-19, both parties used conventions to lure or reward mega-donors, who would have concierge fundraisers assigned to them to make sure they would have access to the best hotels, parties, briefings and floor credentials.

Read the full column from Lynn Sweet here.

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