Makeup helps us create the beautiful look we like. A good makeup routine can help women feel more confident and face the world — no matter what the day brings
When it comes to makeup, practiced makeup can make all the difference. There is a general order when it comes to dressing like a professional. Using your favorite products correctly can help you get the look you desire and help you get the most out of your makeup.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you should use concealer before or after foundation. Not sure how to do your makeup in the right order? Read on to learn the best order to apply face, eye, and lip colors, the best amount and length of mascara, and more.
These tips and tricks will help you create a flawless look that you can be proud of.
HOW TO PREP YOUR FACE FOR MAKEUP
Before we get into the best makeup sequence, it’s important to follow your skin care routine. There are steps you need to take to make sure your skin is ready for makeup. Here are three steps to take before applying makeup.
STEP 1: FACIAL CLEANSER
The first step of skin care should be to wash your face. Remove impurities from the skin surface. Squeeze a small amount of cleanser on your hands, add water to change it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your skin, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
STEP 2: FACE SCRUB
Exfoliating with a face scrub is a great way to prep your skin for makeup. Smooth a small amount of face scrub onto clean, dry skin, then massage over your face with wet fingers and rinse off thoroughly. You can use our face scrubs three times a week
STEP 3: MOISTURIZER
Once you’re done washing your face and exfoliating, move onto moisturizer to create a smooth base for makeup application. Each of these moisturizers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water for long-lasting hydration.
THE BEST ORDER TO APPLY FACE MAKEUP
STEP 1: PRIMER
Using a primer is one of the best things you can do when it comes to applying makeup. Now that your skin is well moisturized, prep your face with primer. Primer can also help your makeup wear more evenly throughout the day.
Think of primer as a base for your foundation or face makeup that will help it go on smoother and last longer. Primers are silky smooth gels and creams that fill in the lines and pores on your face, smoothing out uneven textures and creating the ideal canvas for your makeup.
Start with a dime-sized amount of primer in the center of your face, and slowly work it out towards your cheeks, forehead, and chin.Our eyelids can collect grease throughout the day, causing a “creased” look in eyeshadow. If your eyelids are oily and you apply eyeshadow or eyeliner without primer, application may prove to be patchy and uneven.
STEP 2: LIQUID FOUNDATION
When it comes to foundation, finding the perfect shade for your skin is priority number one. The right shade of foundation can make all the difference. After applying, if the foundation disappears without any sort of blending, you’ve found your true match. This may take a bit of trial and error, but taking the time to pick the right shade is crucial.
Some women prefer to use their fingers, while others opt for beauty tools like brushes and sponges. If you’re looking for a light coverage look, your fingers may prove to be the right applicator; For a more full-coverage look, opt for an applicator brush or beauty blender.
Start from the center of your face and blend the liquid foundation outwards. As you sweep your foundation across the skin, be sure to buff it in. Some women like to stipple a damp sponge over their foundation to help ensure it gets into those lines and creases, which can create a smoother, more even texture.
STEP 3: CONCEALER
Liquid concealer is best for the times you want light coverage over a large area of your face. Liquid concealer also works well for those looking to create a light finish, especially in areas of wrinkles, like around the eyes and mouth.
Picking the Color of Your Concealer
Have dark circles under eyes or redness you want to hide? Now’s the time to use a color correcting concealer, Color Correcting Crayons, to cover these up. Peach, bisque, or orange can disguise dark circles, green can neutralize the look of redness, purple can hide discoloration, and yellow can mask discoloration. Simply blend a small amount of color-correcting concealer onto targeted areas using your finger.
Where to Apply Concealer
To reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles and create a glowing, bright look, apply light concealer beneath the eyes with a damp sponge or makeup brush.
If you’re using a concealer to minimize the appearance of blemishes, apply directly to problem areas.
STEP 4: FOUNDATION POWDER
Your face wouldn’t be complete without a little foundation! There are so many different kinds of foundation out there, so choose one that suits your needs. For example, if you have oily skin, you may want to consider using a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish foundation,On the other hand, if you have dry skin, a radiant finish foundation, might be a better option for you.
In your quest for a flawless complexion, you’ve likely heard plenty of tricks of the trade regarding powder foundation. Keep these tips in mind to get that perfect complexion.
Using a large, fluffy powder brush, begin by dusting a light coat of powder all over your face. Press the bristles into the powder, then sweep across the skin in long, arching strokes.
If there are certain areas of your skin that need more coverage (the red and oily parts of your face are generally found in the center), you may want to apply a bit more powder. For this step, place your brush into the powder then firmly press it into the skin; this step helps the powder make its way into pores and lines for a smoother texture.
STEP 5: BRONZER
Bronzer can give your skin that sun-kissed glow all year long.
Get your glow on or fake a rosy tone by applying a little bronzer, blush, and/or highlighter. As far as bronzer and highlighter go, put them on areas where the sun would naturally hit your face (your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin). When it comes to blush, apply some to the apples of your cheeks—and remember to smile while doing so!
Use a dedicated bronzer brush to sweep a golden tan across your face; bronzer brushes are crafted with more bristles, and placed much more tightly together, ensuring you get the most out of your colorful bronzer with each and every swipe.
STEP 6: BLUSH
Where to Apply Blush
Pink blush,：apply it to the apples of your cheeks. To find the apples of your cheeks, put on your best smile.
Plum blush: Those with medium to dark skin tones can use plum blushes in the same way those with fair complexions use light pink blushes.
Peach blush: Instead of using pink blush on just the apples of the cheeks, utilize these shades to help sculpt your face and add just a tiny hint of color.
STEP 7: HIGHLIGHTER
Whether you’re opting for a more natural look or want something bold and beautiful, highlighter can complement your makeup application.
Where to Apply Highlighter
Down the bridge of your nose
Across the tops of your cheekbones
In the inner corners of your eyelids
On your brow bone
The indent above your upper lip
The center of your forehead
The center of your chin
Once you’re happy with your liquid highlighter application, blend it in using your fingertips or a sponge. To maximize the effect of your highlighting, layer in cream or powder highlighter over the areas you wish to accentuate.
STEP 8: EYESHADOW
Nowadays, it’s all about eyebrows—and the bigger, the better. Not only will this look gorgeous, but it can act as a guide when it comes time to apply your eye shadow.
Eyeshadow can add interest to your makeup look, whether you opt for neutral shades or go bold with colorful hues. Whichever look you use, grab two complementary eyeshadows: one lighter shade, and one darker shade.
Dip your eyeshadow brush into the light shade, then tap the brush to get rid of any excess product. Apply the lighter shadow across the entire lid, starting at the lash line and ending just above the crease of your eyelid.
Now dip your brush into the darker color, tapping off the excess once again. Apply the color at the outer corner of your eye, just above your lash line. Sweep the darker color across your eyelid crease, just under the brow bone. Stop application around the center of your eyelid, as you don’t want to darken the inner corners. Take a clean shadow brush and blend the two shades together. If you’d like a more intense look, reapply the darker shadow once more.
STEP 9: EYELINER
Liquid eyeliner: If you’re looking for precision, liquid eyeliner is your new best friend. You can find liquid liner in bottle form, which is applied with a fine dipping brush. You can also find liquid liner in a marker-type pen.
How to apply: With liquid eyeliner, start thin at the inner corner of your eye, then make the application thicker towards the outer corner. You can start lining at the middle of your eye, or in the inner corner, and keep the liner tip or brush as close to the lash line as possible. Use small strokes of your liner to create small dashes along the lash line, then connect them to fill in the gaps. If your hand slips, don’t worry! Apply a bit of eye makeup remover to a Q-tip and clean up the area.
Gel eyeliner: This type of eyeliner typically comes in a small pot, with a thin brush for application. Gel eyeliner is fantastic for creating a cat-eye look.
How to apply: Dip a flat, angular brush into the gel eyeliner pot. Swirl the brush to ensure both sides have product on them, and start application in the middle of the lash line, working outwards. Then, draw a line from the inner corner of your eye towards the middle, connecting the two lines.
Pencil eyeliner: This is typically the best eyeliner option for beginners. A sharp pencil eyeliner is easy to use on your waterline, and is great for creating a smoky eye.
How to apply: Sharpen your liner pencil each time you use it. After pulling your eyelid taut, draw small light dots starting at the outer corner of your upper eyelid. Work your way into the inner corner of your eye to create a thin dotted line, as close to the lash line as possible. Connect the dots with your pencil or use a small shadow brush to blend them in.
STEP 10: MASCARA
The final step in your eye makeup application routine? That should be mascara!
You can find mascara in a variety of colors, but black and brown tend to be the most popular. Start by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler.
How to curl your eyelashes:
Place the curler at the base of your upper lashes, being careful not to grab any of the sensitive skin around your eyelid
Slowly close the curler
Hold it in place for a few seconds
After your eyelashes are curled, grab your tube of mascara. Gently swirl the wand around to ensure all the bristles are coated in mascara.
Wriggle the mascara brush lightly across the roots of your lashes. This will create more volume, which you can then pull through to the ends of your lashes. If your lashes clump together, grab a clean wand and brush through them. Apply a second coat for more volume.
STEP 11: LIP LINER
Prep your lips. If your lips are chapped and cracked, be sure to use a gentle lip scrub to remove any dead skin. Next, use a lip conditioner or moisturizer to soften the lips further. After your lip balm has absorbed, blot any excess.
Before you apply lipstick, you should consider lining your lips—this can help prevent color from bleeding out or feathering. Choose a lip liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick and outline the natural line of your lips to help make your pout look fuller. You can also color in your lips with liner before applying the lipstick to help create a smooth base.
STEP 12: LIPSTICK
Kiss, kiss! Once you’ve prepped your lips with liner, go ahead and swipe on your lipstick shade of choice. With so many different colors and formulas available, the possibilities are basically endless! Whether you opt for something shimmery, your pout is sure to look stunning.
Begin applying your lip gloss from the center of your lips, and drag the applicator along the length of your pout. Try to avoid pulling any gloss above your natural lip line, and smack your lips together lightly to ensure your lip gloss reaches all the nooks and crannies of your lips.
STEP 13: SETTING SPRAY & SETTING POWDER
Setting spray or setting powder can be the final touch for your makeup routine. If you want makeup that stays on all day long, without greasing, creasing, or shine, it’s important to invest in a quality setting solution.
Setting sprays are designed for all skin types, and can be used to set a variety of looks, whether you’re rocking light coverage or sporting a full face of beautiful makeup. Setting spray keeps your makeup in place, helping you reduce reapplication needs and keeping your makeup looking flawless for hours at a time.
Setting spray is to your face as hairspray is to your stylish do, and it’s applied in a very similar fashion. Hold the bottle at least 8 inches from your face, then spritz lightly a few times to ensure all bits of your face are covered. If you want to ensure your makeup is covered from forehead to chin, first spritz in an X shape across your face, then follow it up by spraying a T shape.
There’s no need to rub the spray in once applied, as it will dry naturally within seconds.
Congratulations! You’ve officially finished all of the steps in your makeup routine.