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Once And For All, This Is The Correct Order To Apply Your Makeup--And Why

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June 25, 2015

Routines define us: from when we wake up in the morning and make our beds to how we get to work and prepare meals, there is a step-by-step process to just about everything we do. Why shouldn’t the same apply to makeup?

As fun as the idea sounds, your face isn’t meant to act as a Jackson Pollock canvas for your makeup. Your beauty routine should always be just that–a routine. Why? Because it can be the difference of having #flawless makeup all day or watching your face cake up and crack before lunch time. And just because it’s a step-by-step doesn’t mean your makeup routine has to be boring–it’s really just to ensure that everything you put on your face can work to its optimal potential.

Now that you get why a routine is so important, here’s the order you should apply your products to your face in the morning for a flawless application every time!

1. SPF. Make sure you’re getting your dose of sunscreen–whether it be from your moisturizer, your primer or an actual sunscreen.

2. Primer or Moisturizer. Use one, not both. The two don’t always go hand-in-hand and will counteract the function of the other.

3. Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream. Once your skin is adequately hydrated, this will create the flawless canvas for the rest of your face.

4. Concealer. If you’re used to putting on concealer before foundation, you’re actually defeating the purpose. Once you have foundation on your face, it’s easier to see which spots need more coverage and which are hidden under your initial layer. The foundation does most of the job for you, so use concealer as sparingly as possible.

5. Powder. Dust a sheer coat of your favorite transluscent powder after concealer and foundation to ensure a shine-free, long-lasting finish.

6. Eyeshadow Primer. It helps keep your shadow and liner in place for the rest of the day (or night).

7. Eyeshadow. Layering is important here. I like to start off with the lightest color on my inner corner and work my way toward the darkest color in the crease.

8. Eyeliner/Mascara. This is meant to be a final step in your eye look, which brings it all together.

9. Brows. While choosing to do your brows after the rest of your eye makeup is more of a personal choice than a set rule, it makes sense: if you define your arch first, it can look way too dramatic for an otherwise bare face. Finish the rest of your eye look before figuring out how much drama you need.

10. Balm. A must to prevent chapped, weary-looking lips.

11. Lipstick/Gloss. If you plan on using both, add your color with the lipstick first, then place the gloss over it.

12. Blush. It ties your whole look together! Between your already done eyes and lips, you can get a sense for how bright you can make your blush without going overboard.

Looking for more tips? Check out the best beauty stores ever (that aren’t Sephora) and how to fake a full night’s rest with makeup.

 

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