The right order of applying makeup can be a bit confusing. Hence, here is an article to clear out every doubt regarding which product should be applied first and so on. In this post, I will be mentioning all the steps starting from prepping your skin to finishing your makeup. So, let’s get into the details.
Step 1: Cleanser
A clean canvas is necessary if you want your makeup to look flawless. Thus, with a cleanser based on your skin type, cleanse your skin properly. It will effectively remove oil, dirt and impurities, making skin fresh. Moreover, a cleansed skin leads to better absorption of skin care products.
We Recommend: Kama Soap Free Cleanser
Step 2: Toner
A toner will help in absorbing excess oil and refining the pores. If you have oily skin, then surely tone your skin; otherwise just swipe the toner over your T-zone only.
We Recommend: Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner
Step 3: Spot Treatment and Serum
If you use any spot treatment for acne or blemishes, then apply them after toning your skin. Your skin will effectively absorb these products at this point, providing maximum benefits. Further, if you use a serum, then apply it on the skin after using the spot treatment. Give these products a few minutes to get absorbed.
We Recommend: L’Oreal Youth Code Youth Booster Serum
Step 4: Eye Cream
If you use an eye cream before makeup then it must be applied before the moisturizer or face oils for maximum benefits. Gently pat some eye cream around the eye area and you are sorted.
We Recommend: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream
Step 5: Moisturizer/Face Oil
Moisturization is the key to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. Choose a moisturizer based on your skin type to keep the skin’s moisture level balanced. If you have flaky or patchy skin, then spot treat those patches with the help of a facial oil to prevent them from reappearing after foundation application.
We Recommend: Farsali 24K Rose Gold Elixir
Step 6: Sun Protection
The next step is to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Apply a sun protection before applying the primer. You should give some time to sunscreen to get absorbed into the skin for maximum benefits. In addition to providing sun protection, a good sunscreen keeps skin care products locked in.
We Recommend: Lotus Herbals UV Screen Matte Gel SPF 50
Step 7: Primer
So, here comes the actual prepping of the skin before applying the foundation. A primer must be applied before the foundation to keep the makeup base intact for a long time. A makeup primer makes the skin smooth, fills up the pores and refines the texture so that your foundation can glide on easily. Choose a mattifying primer for oily skin and a hydrating one for dry skin.
We Recommend: Lotus Makeup Ecostay Insta-Smooth Perfecting Primer
Step 8: Foundation
In the fight between whether to apply foundation or concealer first, foundation wins. When you use a foundation, most of the skin imperfections get concealed. Apply the foundation in a right way to achieve a smooth and flawless makeup base to work with.
We Recommend: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour
Step 9: Concealer
Now comes the concealing part. Most of the imperfections get concealed with the foundation itself. After applying foundation, you just have to conceal a little bit. Always use a concealer after a foundation to minimize the work effort and the quantity of the concealer to be used. If you are going to use a concealer before your foundation, then you will need more product and time comparing to the post-foundation application.
We Recommend: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Step 10: Powder
Now, use a lightweight translucent powder to set everything. It will absorb oil and keep the skin mattified. It will also make it easier to remove the fallout after doing eye makeup. To apply the face powder, use a powder brush and gently brush over forehead, cheeks, and nose and chin area.
We Recommend: Natio Natural Loose Powder
Step 11: Bronzer and Blusher
Apply bronzer after foundation. Since the bronzer helps in contouring and sculpting the face it must be applied before blush. After, applying bronzer, go for the desired blush. Following the mentioned order will provide you with a natural-looking skin; otherwise, the bronzer will sit on the top of your blush making it look odd.
We Recommend: NYX Baked Blush + Illuminator + Bronzer in Foreplay
Step 12: Eye Makeup
For eye makeup, start with eyeshadow and move to the liner and then mascara. First, you have to paint your eyelids neatly. Then follow up by applying the liner over the neatly painted eyelids. And then apply mascara without any fuss.
Step 13: Lips
You can swap the eyes and lips step. It totally depends on you. However, for lips, apply a lip balm first to moisturize and hydrate them. Move further to the liner and then lipstick. Applying in the mentioned way will provide you with neat and long-lasting results.
We Recommend: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
Step 14: Brow Time
Defining the brows after doing makeup can be advantageous. You can keep the intensity of your eyebrows according to the eye makeup. It will help you decide whether to go for natural-looking brows or dramatic-brows.
We Recommend: Sugar Arch Arrival Brow Definer 01 Jerry Brown, Taupe Tom 02
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