Hey girl hey! My blogging bestie, Jess, was telling me that she was planning on doing a makeup tutorial, but needed a little guidance. She said she actually had to Google the proper order to apply makeup, so I did some Googling myself. What I found was that Google had it totally wrong! As a professional makeup artist, I have learned so many tips and tricks on what is the most efficient way to apply makeup. This post will be the best order to apply your makeup for the absolute best results! If you want some tips and tricks on application, keep on scrollin’!
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First and foremost, this is what has worked for me and the hundreds of clients I have worked on. If something doesn’t work for you specifically, do what works for you! However, I do urge you to try some of these tips just to see if they help at all!
1. Eye shadow primer
Right after my skincare, I always apply my eye shadow primer. I will be honest, I have no secret reason as to why I do this–I just do. I like to give it a little time to set on my lids before I go onto eye shadow.
2. Face primer
Again, no reason for this. Obviously, it needs to go underneath all face products, but there’s no rhyme or reason to why I put on eye shadow primer on before face primer!
3. Concealer + powder on my lids
This is a tip that many people do not know about! I always add a bit of concealer and powder on my lids to help cancel out any redness on my lid area. It gives you a blank canvas before applying shadow to your lids. The way I explain it to clients is that you would never paint a wall before putting on a white primer and filling in any holes. This is the same concept. Your shadows will appear more true to color when you add a concealer and set it with a powder!
4. Eye shadow
This is the most mind-blowing part to many of my friends and clients alike. For years, magazines have convinced us that we need to have a base set down on our face before we go in with eye shadow. However, do you ever notice that you almost always have something to clean up with your eye shadow later on? Why would you erase all of your perfect base work? Applying eye shadow gives you the ability to clean up any fall out or mistakes from your eye shadow.
Most people would probably apply eyeliner at this point, but I always apply mascara first. I’ll get to the reason why next, but I always apply mascara right after eye shadow. It helps to define the lash line and give you an idea of what the look looks like once its paired with fuller lashes. Some looks will look better with mascara on, and some might need a little more added once you see your lashes with mascara.
Hear me out on this one, because it might be my most controversial one yet. I always apply my eyeliner after mascara. One reason I apply it after mascara is because liquid liners can sometimes make your lashes clump together. However, the biggest reason I apply it afterwards is because I use my lashes as a guide. A lot of times, its easy to over-line your eye when you can see the whole space, but with mascara on, you can see what parts of your eye is hidden by your lashes. I also feel that its easier to apply winged liner when your lashes have mascara on, as it gives you clear lines.
This would also be the time when you would do my favorite liner hack! Click here to learn about the hack and why it’s so important in your eye makeup routine!
At this point, once I’ve cleaned up my eye area, I’ll apply foundation all over, avoiding the under eye area. I typically will pay special attention to any problem areas by layering more in that specific area. For me, that is my jaw area, but you may have other areas that need a little more TLC. I have a whole guide on how to find the best foundation for you + some tips on how to apply! You can click here for the full guide!
I mentioned above that I avoid the under eye area when applying foundation, and that’s because I want to have a good canvas for my concealer. The under eye area can collect product easier than other parts of the face, so keeping product at a minimum is important! I prefer to blend concealers with a damp beauty sponge, because it soaks up any extra product and gives your under eye an airbrushed look.
9. Setting powder
At this point, you would set the concealer with a translucent powder, as well as any extra spots that you feel need set. For me, I always set my t-zone (center of my face) because I tend to get a little oily throughout the day. You may feel the need to set your whole face, and that’s totally okay!
Once my face is set, I add a little bronzer to my face to add back some warmth to the face. Bronzer has a bad connotation thanks to Jersey Shore and Snooki, but I promise…it’s not bad! When you put on foundation, it cancels out the natural shadow and light that your face has. Bronzer adds back some of that shadow and gives your skin are more dimensional, true to color look. I apply bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, my hairline, and sometimes along my jaw.
I never used to think blush was an important step until about a year ago. Sure, I put it on all of my brides, but for myself, I hated blush. However, just like I mentioned above, foundation cancels out any natural color, and blush is needed to add back that color. Typically, we have a natural blushed look on the apples of our cheeks. Applying a little bit of blush will help to give you that natural color!
I love a good glow, and applying highlighter as the last step gives you the perfect radiance to finish off your look. Highlighter is typically applied to the highest points of your face (the top of the cheekbone, bridge of your nose, and on the cupid’s bow area of your lip) and helps to add a gleam to the face. This is absolutely not required, but definitely recommended, as it makes your skin look healthier!
13. Lower lash line area
To finish off your eye look, I like to apply an eye shadow, liner, and/or mascara to my lower lash line. The reason why I save this step for close to the end, as blending concealer to the under eye area could completely cancel out anything you add to the lower lash line if done in an incorrect order. There is no wrong or right product to add here, but I suggest pairing it with your full eye look.
Brows are another thing that I’m not sure why I leave for close to last. Many artists will do brows before eyes to help shape an eye look, and I don’t necessarily disagree with doing it that way. For me, I just like to wait until my foundation is on and set before I add any product to the brows.
15. Lip product
Last but not least, I do lipstick very last. I put on lipstick last, as it is typically the first product to wipe off throughout the day. I like to pair nude lips with any look, but a general rule of thumb is to make sure either your eyes or lips pop. For example, if you’re wearing a super smokey and dark look, you won’t necessarily want to add a bright red lip. Oppositely, bright lips go so well with more simple eye looks. This isn’t an end all, be all rule–feel free to wear whatever you like–but it is a good guide for beginners.
That is the ultimate order of applying makeup! Were there any in there that surprised you, or are you pretty much following my exact routine? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!