This Is the Correct Order to Apply Your Makeup Products

Correct Order to Apply Makeup

Makeup, whether it’s the products you use or the way you apply them, is highly personal. We’re unique and each of us enjoys a certain look or does things in a certain way. While some of us are comfortable with grocery shopping wearing neon eyeliner, some of us find highlighters to be too much. I think we can all agree that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to makeup. Well, except for the application steps. Because there is a correct order to apply makeup.

While you’re free to apply your makeup products in whatever order you feel like, following a certain sequence can actually help your makeup look much better, especially if you’re a beginner! If you’re up for it, I break down everything below. Here’s a step-by-step guide on the correct order to apply makeup products for a flawless, long-lasting finish!

The Correct Order to Apply Makeup

Step 1: Skincare

Good makeup starts with good skincare. You need to be done with your skincare to move on to makeup. Besides taking care of your skin, you’ll be helping your makeup look smoother and stay longer on the skin.

Start with clean, freshly washed skin. Apply your serums, and follow with a good moisturizer. If it’s daytime, make sure you apply your sunscreen too.

Give it a few minutes for your skincare to dry down and settle. At this stage, we’re done with skincare and now we move on to makeup application steps.

Step 2: Primer

Primer is optional. But there’s no denying that primer is incredibly helpful if you want your makeup to stay in place and last long. And there’s no way around this. Makeup primer is the first step of makeup application.

Whether it’s an illuminating primer or a smoothing primer, apply an even layer of your face primer to create a perfectly smooth canvas.

If you’re using any other primer such as an eyeshadow primer, apply it now too. This way, it has enough time to dry down as well.

Step 3: Color Corrector

Color correcting is another optional step. It isn’t very common practice, especially if it’s everyday makeup. But if you’re color correcting, do it after applying primer.

Whether you’re using a green color corrector to neutralize redness on the skin or a peach color corrector to neutralize dark circles under the eyes, this is the step to do it.

Step 4: Eyeshadow

Many of us have watched YouTubers doing their eye makeup on a full face of base makeup. And we assumed it was the correct order to apply makeup. In reality, doing eye makeup on a bare face can look weird, which is probably why people on the Internet try to avoid it.

For us people in real life, doing eye makeup before doing face makeup saves us a lot of time and a good amount of product. Here’s why.

Eyeshadow application usually causes pigment fallouts under the eyes and on the cheeks, creating a mess and requiring a do-over. So apply your eyeshadow before applying your foundation and concealer.

Step 5: Eyeliner

Eyeliner is an art most of us still haven’t mastered. I’ve been wearing makeup for decades now and I still can’t do it perfectly every single time!

When you apply eyeliner, especially winged eyeliner, you tend to erase, redo, and correct mistakes when trying to even the two. You end up wiping off quite a good amount of concealer and foundation around the eyes.

So do your eye makeup now and get it over with before moving on to base makeup. Also, it’s better to apply eyeliner after applying eyeshadow because the eyeshadow pigments can minimize the color impact of black eyeliner.

Step 6: Mascara

Since you’re up there busy with your eye makeup, you might as well apply mascara now. But know that it’s not a must. Some people leave it and apply it at the very end.

The reason why it makes sense to apply it now is because, again, mascara can cause fallouts in the form of black clumps under the eyes too. So finish your eye makeup now so that you can move on to base makeup.

Step 7: Foundation

Now that you have your eye makeup done, it’s time to move on to base makeup. Using a beauty sponge or a makeup brush, apply your foundation in an even layer, focusing on the center, the cheeks, and the lower face.

Avoid bringing your foundation too close to the under-eye area as you’ll be applying concealer and layering the two can look too heavy and even cause creasing.

On a side note, if you’re covering up acne or textured skin with a face concealer, do it before applying your foundation.

Step 8: Concealer

Apply your under-eye concealer under the eyes and blend it well around the eyes. Make sure you bring it down just a little toward the cheeks so that your foundation and concealer blend seamlessly.

If you’re using your concealer to highlight areas, such as the chin or the center of the forehead to give the appearance of wideness and openness, do it now on top of your foundation.

Step 9: Eyebrows

The reason why we don’t do eyebrow makeup while doing eye makeup is that we need to get the foundation out of the way first.

When you use a brow pencil or brow pomade and then apply a brow gel over it, it becomes difficult to apply foundation around the eyebrows and it gets flaky. That’s why eyebrow products go after applying foundation.

One thing to note here is that because your foundation can get in between eyebrows, your brow gel can pick up foundation particles. That is expected. Not pleasant but expected.

Step 10: Bronzer & Contour

After applying your foundation, wait for it to dry down, and apply your bronzer and contour. This way, you can clearly see which areas of the face need more warmth with a bronzer or which areas need contouring and definition.

And it makes sense because you even out your skin tone with your foundation. And you need to contour and bronze before bringing in vibrant colors such as blush.

Step 11: Blush

People usually apply blush during cheek makeup, after applying bronzer, and before moving onto lips. However, if you don’t know how to apply blush, leave it at the very end of this list.

Blush is a bold pink or red color. It can affect the overall makeup in a significant way, draw the attention away, or change the overall vibe.

So if you’re a makeup beginner, apply blush after applying everything so that you can see how much blush you need and hopefully avoid accidentally overdoing it.

Step 12: Highlighter

Whether it’s a cream highlighter or a powder highlighter, apply your highlighter on the high points of your cheeks after you’re done with cheek makeup.

The exact order of highlighter is not very important and you can pretty much do it whenever you like as long as it’s after base makeup.

Step 13: Lipstick

People usually decide on the color or how much color impact they need after applying their face makeup. For example, if you’ve created dramatic, smokey eye makeup, you might want to go easy with your lips.

In that case, you’ll stick with neutral or nude lip colors. That’s why it makes sense to apply lipstick, lip gloss, or lip pencil last.

Step 14: Setting Spray & Powder

As the last step, apply your setting spray to set your makeup in place. Alternatively, use your powder brush to apply your setting powder for a long-lasting, flawless makeup look.

This is the correct order to apply makeup. As you can see, makeup application doesn’t go in a straight order. You don’t start from the top and go down or vice versa. Usually, you start from a certain area such as your base, switch to eye makeup, go back to base again, and so on and so forth. But following a certain order, a logical order, helps you apply your products easily, and quickly while avoiding a mess and avoiding multiple reapplications.

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