How to Apply Makeup in the Correct Order (Because There Is a Right Way!)

Is there a right order to apply your makeup? This may be one of the oldest questions in the beauty book. The topic is much debated, even among professional makeup artists. And while there’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to your beauty routine — different things work for different people — there are some general guidelines. So, to help you with the sequence of events, we’ve come up with an easy-to-follow checklist for how to apply makeup correctly.

PREP

Primer

First things first. Before anything else, start with primer. This includes primer for your eyes and lips. This step is key because it creates a clean, smooth working space for the rest of your makeup and will help product stay put longer. We recommend Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer for all of your base needs, a lightweight formula that gives skin a soft-focus effect.

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EYES
Brows
After primer, you want to focus on your eye area. Shape and fill in your eyebrows first — it will help serve as a guide when you’re applying eye shadow. If you’re an absolute beginner, try an easy-to-use pencil like NYX Micro Brow Pencil and create hair-like strokes in the sparse areas of your brows.

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Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow should be done before the rest of your face in case any spills occur and you need to do a little clean up. The last thing you want to do is mess up your perfectly contoured face, right? The eyeshadow breakdown goes like this: lid shade first, followed by crease color, then swipe a little highlighter along your brow bone. For a palette that’ll meet your eyeshadow needs, try a versatile option like Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette, which offers reds, blues and every color in between.
Eyeliner
Eyeliner is much easier to apply when your lashes are bare, so do your liner after your shadow but before mascara. If you want to go for a full, bold wing, try an easy-to-use eyeliner like IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner which offers full control and a bold, matte finish.

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Mascara
The last step in doing your eyes is mascara. After you apply, wait a few moments until you move on to the rest of your routine so the mascara can dry completely. While the mascara you choose largely depends on the desired final look, a classic option like L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara will never let you down.

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FACE
Foundation
Foundation should always come first because it literally creates a foundation on which the rest of your makeup will live. If full-on foundation is a bit heavy for your day-to-day routine, opt for a BB or CC cream. We love the cult-favorite IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, which offers coverage and a host of skin benefits, too (hello vitamins and antioxidants!).

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Concealer
Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. Foundation does a good job of covering up, but concealer will get in there and make the any stubborn imperfections non-existent. For a full-coverage option try Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, a buildable formula that comes in 14 versatile shades.

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Contour/Bronzing Powder
Whether you’re doing a full-on contour or just warming up the skin, it’s important to create that definition. To do this, contour the areas of your face where you want to create shadows. Common areas include the cheeks and jaw, the nose and the forehead, but don’t feel pressured to do them all. We recommend a versatile palette like Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette for contouring/bronzing — a dual-sided product that offers both cream and powder products.

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Blush
Your blush should sit atop your bronzer. Otherwise, you risk getting a muddy, splotchy look as opposed to a natural flush. There are lots of ways to apply blush but one thing is key — blending is your best friend, and you need to use the right blush. Once you’ve gotten that down you can move on to choosing a shade. If you can’t make up your mind, try a product with lots of shade options like Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Palette, a blush palette you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

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Highlighter
Highlighter is the final step to your face makeup. Apply it to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose — and anywhere else natural light would touch and reflect. The kind of highlighters you reach for is really up to you. Try a colorless, wet-looking option for a dewy, natural finish (we love NYX Professional Makeup Dose of Dew), or something with lots of glow for a bold finish.

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LIPS

Lipstick
Lipstick or gloss should be one of the very last steps, as you don’t want it to smudge while trying to do the rest of your makeup. To make sure it locks in place all day, try a matching lip liner or picking a formula with all-day staying power (cue: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink).

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Setting Spray
Finally, the last step! Spritz on a setting spray like Urban Decay Setting Spray all over your face to help your makeup last all day.
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CAN YOU SET MAKEUP WITH SUNSCREEN? A MAKEUP ARTIST WEIGHS IN

Setting your makeup with SPF is probably one of our favorite summertime beauty hacks. Not only are you locking in the full-fledged beat you worked so hard to complete, you’re also protecting your skin against the sun’s UV rays throughout the day. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Mary Irwin to find out exactly when and how to use sunscreen as your setting tool.

Yes, You Can Actually Set Makeup With Sunscreen

Although not the equivalent of a setting spray or powder, you can in fact set your makeup with sunscreen. “You can use a powder sunscreen almost as a finishing powder,” says Irwin, “and I prefer this, because for SPF in a liquid form to be most effective, you have to really work it into the skin.” This means that sunscreen in powder form is most likely your safest bet for completing your summer beat without ruining it.

Reapplication Is Key

As far as what kinds of powders to reach for, try something like the IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Skin But Better Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+ or the Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45. “It’s a great way to seal everything in color wise and also give yourself sun protection,” says Irwin. It’s important to note that you don’t want to necessarily apply your SPF powder directly over your foundation “Instead, use it over your finished, powdered makeup as a final step,” she notes.

Remember, SPF Over Makeup Isn’t Everything

When it comes to sun protection, it’s important to remember that SPF doesn’t add up — “while it can be layered in different forms, it’s only as effective as the highest amount of SPF,” says Irwin. Another note to keep in mind is that because SPF powders often contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, they’re likely to cause flashback in photographs. Bottom line: Setting with SPF is a must in any summer makeup routine, but it’s important to remember to use liquid sunscreen underneath your makeup and all over your skin daily, too.

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https://www.makeup.com/how-to-set-makeup-with-sunscreen

 

THE COMPLEMENTARY COLORED EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL YOU HAVE TO TRY ASAP

Colored eye makeup is all the rage lately, thanks to countless Instagram inspiration shots and tutorials. Whether it be same lid and lash color, graphic eyeliner or even a watercolor eye, the prism trend is literally exploding everywhere. We decided to take another crack at it, this time using complementary shades. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen for her take on the complementary, opposite color look. Get inspired and see how to get the job done yourself.

 

Choose Your Opposite Colors

The key to nailing down the complementary colored eye look is all about choosing colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel. “I would pick two bright colors that each have their own pop or put a neutral with a bright color,” says Kohlhagen. Here, we used a combination of a pink eyeshadow and the L’Oréal Pro Last Liner in Cobalt Blue, which has a cool electric finish to offset the warmer tones in the shadow. “You want to look for two shades that will make the other stand out,” she adds.

Apply and Set!

According to Kohlhagen, application from here on out is easy: Simply apply your lid color and line your upper lash line with your alternatively colorful liner. “The trickiest part actually comes next,” she says. “After using your gel pencil to do the lining, use a powder to set it.” Here, she set the cobalt blue liner with a similarly electric shade, the NYX Professional Makeup Primal Color in Hot Blue. After that, feel free to apply a matching blue mascara (the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in I’m The Trouble will do the trick) and finish with a setting spray to prevent creasing.

And there you have it — another colored eye look to add to your makeup arsenal.

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https://www.makeup.com/complementary-colored-eye-makeup-tutorial

THE EASIEST NATURAL MAKEUP TUTORIAL EVER!

Achieving the ever-elusive natural makeup look (also known as the no makeup-makeup look) is all about finding the balance between glowing I-woke-up-like-this skin and a perfectly bushy brow. Contrary to its name, the no-makeup makeup look actually requires a decent number of steps, but the results are definitely worth it.

Get the look ahead, ahead.

STEP 1: Prep

Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup. Making sure your skin is hydrated and plump before makeup application is key to making your makeup look like real, natural skin.

STEP 2: Base

Apply a light to medium coverage foundation or BB cream like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, stippling it on with a blending sponge or flat brush. If you do use a brush and want a seamlessly blended finish, go over your face with a damp beauty sponge to ensure there are no streaks or lines. Next, pat concealer under eyes (we recommend Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer). Choose a color one to two shades lighter than your foundation to brighten up the under eye area and cover up any discoloration and dark circles. For a more luminous look, apply concealer to your forehead, the bridge of your nose and chin — then blend.

STEP 3: Cheeks

Sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks to give your face a nice flush. For a natural finish, you’ll want the blush to look soft and diffused, so we recommend an easy-to-blend formula like the Shu Uemura Fresh Cushion Blush. Warm up your skin tone with a bronzer of your choice (we like Urban Decay Naked Flushed). Apply this under your cheekbones and along your temples and jawline.

STEP 4: Eyebrows 

Spoolie your brows, and fill them in with a brow product of your choice. Powders give a diffused, natural look while pencils are more precise. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil for most brows — it makes creating hair-like strokes a breeze.

STEP 5: Eyes

Apply a warm eyeshadow shade to your crease, then swipe a neutral shade across the lower lid. Blend, blend, blend! For this step we recommend a palette with lots of matte brown shades so you can experiment with tones and colors that work for you like NYX Professional Makeup Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette — it’s perfect for beginners and a quality, affordable option. Apply a single coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes and be sure to wiggle your wand vertically to get every single lash.

STEP 6: Lips

Finish the look with a pink or nude lip gloss that compliments your skin tone. For this step, give Lancôme L’Absolu Rosy Plump a try — which enhances your lips and offers a sheer, rosy tint.

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https://www.makeup.com/step-by-step-tutorial-natural-makeup

To wear, or not wear makeup. That is the question here.

Relationships are colorful, to say the least.

They can be messy or tidy, dysfunctional or thriving, turbulent or consistent. The one relationship that should never fail, however, is the one between you and makeup. This relationship is reliable, controllable, and simple because it is based on one, straightforward formula: you + makeup + choice. Now that’s the perfect relationship.

So many struggle with whether or not they should wear makeup—that struggle being charged with what others might think, the fear of being judged, and accusations of insecurity. Well, we’re here to deconstruct the #struggle, because the truth of the matter is, the choice is yours, and yours alone.

 

Why You Shouldn't Wear Makeup

 

If you spend 20 minutes on your makeup in the morning, great. Makeup will love you for it. If you skip it entirely, totally fine, too. Makeup will not be offended. In the end, we’re pretty sure that you’ll see why whatever choice you make for yourself is the best choice of all.

 

Reasons Why We Wear Makeup

 

1. SHOW THE WORLD EVERY VERSION OF YOU!

Different days bring different energies. Monday mornings, your face may be vibing with more of a J. Lo look—highlighter and some bronzer for a summery-glow. Friday nights may have you feeling more edgy and ready to rock, à la Cara Delevingne. One of makeup’s best qualities is its ability to transform, allowing your look to reflect your mood and show the world every version of YOU.

2. FOR THE SAKE OF CREATION!

It’s easy to fall into a routine that quickly becomes stagnant, making you feel like your weekdays are on repeat. But, going into anything with a plan in place is the key to success, right? To an extent. Sometimes, you just need a little something different, or something new and experimental to get your gears going. And makeup can do that for you!

When Brows Are on Point, Life is on Point

 

3. WEARING MAKEUP IS AN ACT OF SELF-CARE.

Sitting down for 15, or even five minutes to apply makeup is a gesture of self-care, love, and personal nourishment. Sometimes, stopping to put on your makeup in the morning is the only YOU time you can get. So, taking a few moments to gloss your lips and precisely fill your brows is 100% necessary to take on the day. When your brows are on point, life is on point.

 

4. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are drawn to some facial features more than others, and when we are able to highlight those parts, we feel like we are putting our best foot face forward. Into your lashes? Coat them in color to make them pop. Love your cheekbones? Highlight themLiterally. Use makeup to show the world what YOU want it to see—as if we haven’t stressed that enough.

 

5. SOMEONE MAKEUP SHAMED YOU ABOUT WEARING MAKEUP … #RUDE.

Not wearing makeup because someone shamed you about wearing makeup is not a good reason to go au natural. With dare to bare hashtags like #NoMakeupMonday and #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup floating around, it’s hard to not feel like you’re going against a good cause. But it goes without saying that if you want it, you WEAR IT! We support you, girl.

 

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wear Makeup

 

1. YOU WEAR IT TO IMPRESS SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF.

It’s about YOU! Remember? Whether you are wearing it or not, the subject matter is between you and makeup only. This relationship is exclusive, and the opinions of third wheels are not welcome. If your friends prefer blush and your man prefers bronzer but you prefer neither, throw it in the corner (gently).

 

2. YOU AIN’T GOT TIME FOR THAT.

Prioritizing is key. If your makeup routine is getting in the way of other goals and schedules (as in, you’re late to work every morning) you may need to cut down the application time. We know, the truth can hurt.

 

3. YOU’RE USING IT TO BE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN WHO YOU ARE.

Knowing who you are sounds easy until you open Instagram and see that every celebrity is into a new trend you can barely pronounce. Like, what is “draping”?

FOMO is real. We get it. But, if you’re only putting lipgloss on because Kylie is doing it, then just don’t. Unless it’s Halloween, and you need to be a vampire. In that case, we recommend Urban Decay Vice Lipstick.

 

Reasons Not to Wear Makeup

 

4. YOU’RE RUNNING FROM SOMETHING.

If you wear makeup because you are running from a deeper issue, like skin blemishes or acne, then the easy way out is NOT the best way out. In life, and with cosmetics, running from the problem is not the answer. As much as we want you to feel great, applying makeup to skin that needs to receive some TLC is like slapping a bandaid on without addressing what’s underneath. If this sounds familiar, put the foundation brush down and back away from the mirror. Introduce a full skincare regimen into your daily beauty routine to give it the love it needs, then you can indulge in a little coverage plan of attack.

 

5. YOU FORGET TO TAKE IT OFF AT NIGHT!

This is just not okay on so many levels. Your skin needs to breathe. And, to be cleaned. And, your pillow cases? They enjoy going all natural. If you don’t make it home with enough energy to rid your face of the day’s makeup, then NO MAKEUP for you. It really hurts us to say that, but we have your best interest at heart. Promise!

 

Remember, it’s your life. As long as you are 100% behind the decision you make, you’ll be able to brag to people about your perfect relationship. If they tell you that such a thing doesn’t exist, send them this article (and show them your winged liner).

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https://www.makeup.com/the-truth-about-makeup

Are You Applying Makeup in the Right Order?

There is a natural order to accomplishing most anything in life: Lather, rinse, repeat. Love, marriage, baby in a carriage. High school, college, job (if you’re lucky). But some things, like putting on a fresh face of makeup, are a little more complicated.

What do you do first: Apply lipstick or focus on eyes? Where does blush come in? Can you get away with putting liner on after mascara? We talked with Cristina Bartolucci, NYX’s chief creative director and co-founder of DuWop, who gave us her formula for putting together a perfect face. Of course, not everyone will use all steps, but even if you skip the powder or cheeks, this is still a good working order to follow!

1: Primer or Moisturizer

“Choose one, not both,” Bartolucci says. “Moisturizer, no matter how light in texture, will interfere with the function of a primer.” Also, always remember to get in your sunscreen, whether SPF is built into your primer, moisturizer, or foundation.

2: Foundation

“I do not believe in doing the eyes first to avoid fallout,” Bartolucci says, noting that fallout is bound to happen when you are using eye shadow. ”When the product falls onto bare skin, the pigment can be even harder to remove. It’s better to create a canvas with the foundation and then correct any mistakes as a finishing touch.”

3: Concealer

“Here is where you look at your face with a critical eye and add concealer sparingly,” says Bartolucci. She recommends only on blemishes or dark circles. “You want to wait until after the foundation because foundation will do a lot of the job for you.”

4: Powder

“Set it all with a very light dusting of translucent powder. This will help make it easier to remove fallout from eye shadow and give the base time to settle in while you apply the rest of your makeup.”

5: Eyes or lips

“I like to mix them up,” says Bartolucci. “After the face, I usually do the eyes first, but sometimes I’ll start with the lips because it gives me time to think about what I really want to do on the eyes.”

For Eyes: shadow > liner > then mascara. This is the order Bartolucci follows for applying eye makeup. “But always go back and layer,” she suggests. “Add a little more liner at the lash line, an extra pop of shimmer shadow in the center of the lid, etc.”

For Lips: balm > liner > lipstick > then gloss. Bartolucci suggests smudging liner all over your lips and rubbing it in with fingertips before applying lipstick. And of course, use gloss only if you want!

6: Cheeks

“I do the cheeks last for two reasons. One, it ties the eyes and lips together. Two, if you’re using a powder, you can sweep it across the lids after the eye makeup is done to add an extra pop.”

Top Image Credit: Lóránd Gelner / Vetta

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https://www.beautylish.com/a/vxiir/makeup-application-tips