The theme among my clients lately has been “which product do I put on first? Last? What about primer?” and I thought it might be nice to share a few general steps with my online ladies. There really isn’t a wrong or a right answer to this, so I provided you with the basics. Feel free to switch it up however you please, I just find that the products work best for me and my clients in this order:
Whether you’re slapping on a lightweight moisturizer or a sunscreen with a high SPF, skincare should go on bare skin. This way, the product absorbs quickly and directly where it needs to go, which is in the skin’s first layer, the epidermis.
Primers should go on before foundation, and after moisturizer. The primer will create a smooth canvas for makeup to lay on and is made to lengthen the wear of your foundation. Many foundation formulas now come with primers already built in, but if they don’t, this is where you would apply your primer. A small amount should be massaged into the skin with your fingers. If you put on too much, the silicone that most primers are made with will bulk up, causing your makeup to feel “slippery.”
Step three is typically your foundation. Liquid or cream products always go on before powder products. Buff in your favorite foundation or BB cream on with a dense fluffy brush for an airbrushed finish.
Following the “creams and liquids before powders” rule, concealer should be applied here. Some people do concealer first then foundation, I prefer to do foundation first because it will smudge the concealer that you just carefully buffed in. Concealer tends to have heavier coverage, and with foundation already on, you will use less of your concealer product to cover.
Powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, should be used with a big, fluffy brush to lightly set all of your cream/liquid face products. I love using loose powder at home for an even coat, and like to carry a pressed powder in my purse for touch-ups. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use a sponge or puff to set your foundation because it will smudge all your makeup you just slaved over! Only use those sponges/puffs for LIGHT touch-ups throughout the day!
6) BLUSH, HIGHLIGHT, CONTOUR
Now, for the cherries on top. Apply your blush and contour color is whichever order you like. Since many highlight colors have a shimmer or frosty finish, I suggest putting this on after blush and contour so you don’t smudge the shine. If your highlight is indeed sparkly, please balance this out with only MATTE blush and contour colors.
7) EYES, LASHES AND LIPS
Everything else can go here: eyeshadow, liner, brows, and lips. Fake eyelashes should be applied after all eye makeup is done, including mascara.
I want to hear from you…what order do you like to apply your makeup in? Do you think you’ll give my suggestions a try? Let me know either way! xoxo