What is the correct order to apply makeup: 11 useful steps


Should the concealer be applied before or after the foundation? And what comes first: the eyes or the preparation of the skin? Even the makeup experts may already have been in doubt about the order to use the products! To make it more clear, check out this useful step by step guide! And remember, this is just a guide, the right order is the one that is the best for you!

1- Moisturizer or primer

It is terrible to spend a long time doing your makeup and in a few hours it is already cracking, right? To prevent this from happening, the tip is to always use a moisturizer and primer before applying the makeup. So, the products will not only look more beautiful on the skin but also last a lot longer!

2- Eyeshadow

But the makeup does not always start with the skin? You may be wondering, but the reason the eyeshadow is the first step to a flawless makeup is simple: avoid smudging the skin! With the brush, put on the desired colors without fear of smudges because afterwards, you just have to clean any fall outs with a q-tip and makeup remover.

3- Eyeliner


Then it’s time for the eyeliner (if you are going to do that)! With the preferred eyeliner pen, or even with a beveled brush and gel formula, just follow the upper eyelash line and extend it in the outer corner, if you want a kitten eye.

4- Foundation

Now, it’s time for the foundation! Ideal to leave the skin even, to disguise small imperfections and to facilitate the fixation of the other cosmetics, the foundation should be very well spread throughout the face and neck. In addition to choosing the right shade for your skin, it is also important to bet on the right tools.

5- Concealer

There are those who prefer to use the concealer before the foundation to quickly correct small blemishes and dark circles. However, I like to apply it after the foundation because this way you can see the areas that really need to be hidden or illuminated without excess product. In addition, when the skin is already moisturized with the foundation formula, the concealer will not crack and is going become easier to spread.

6- Face powder


It should be applied to the oily regions of the face and also under the eyes, to prevent the concealer from cracking. But it is important to spread the product very well with the help of a fluffy brush or sponge, as excess powder can make the makeup heavy.

7- Contour and Highlight

This step is optional for many people, but I like to do them when I have time! If you like to contour and highlight with cream products, do this step after the foundation and before the powder!

To contour: with a tanning powder, draw a “3” shape on the side of the face: temple, concave of cheek and jaw. For a thinner nose, just apply a little of the product on the sides, and for a shorter forehead, it is worth to leave the part close to the hair darker.

To highlight: with a brush, apply the product – which can also be replaced by a shimmering eyeshadow in golden, white or silver – in the higher regions of the face. Tip of nose and top of cheekbones are the most common, but to give a more bulky appearance to the lips, it is worth putting a little bit also in the cupid bow.

8- Blush

The blush is essential in the makeup! The product should be applied after the compact powder, with the skin finished, to give a more healthy appearance to the face. Just choose the color best suited to your skin tone and apply with a fluffy and beveled brush on the cheekiest part of the cheeks, in a very subtle way.

9- Eyebrows

Use a cotton swab with makeup remover to wipe any traces of products that may have remained on the eyebrows. The next step is to fill the region with your product of choice. Choose the colour carefully!

10- Mascara


To finish the makeup of the eyes, you can not leave mascara behind! It opens the eyes and leaves the look with a more beautiful finish. But it is important to be careful when applying: the trick is to touch the brush at the root of the lashes and make zigzag movements to the ends, repeating the operation until reaching the desired volume. If there are any smudges, use this tip.

11- Lips


Lipliner: It is important to always apply it before the lipstick, as it can be used to draw the outline of the mouth and also all over the lips, to prolong the durability of the product.

Lipstick: It is the “icing on the cake” in makeup, and finishes the looks to perfection. Just choose your favorite color and apply directly on the lips or even with a brush!

Lip gloss: If you like, apply a thin layer over the lipstick.

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1993 by Urban Decay

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  Cherries in the Snow – Revlon


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            Yummy Mummy


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Lancome Hypnôse Doll Lashes
Photos: clinique.com/ lancome-usa.com