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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7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Your Eyes Look Smaller

There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to make a perfect Cupid’s bow, hacks to shape your eyebrows differently and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. That last makeup trick, however, is a bit harder to master than others. Maybe it’s because you go a little crazy with the eyeliner, or maybe you applied too much dark, smoldering shadow. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and how to fix them.

Eye Makeup Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you wear it. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tiny. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner. A light color opens your eyes up, making them look rounder and larger. If you do want to use black, don’t line the inner rims of your eyes. Draw a light line right above the lashes, working the product into the lash line.

Eye Makeup Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes

This almost seems impossible, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. If you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking strips can make your lids appear heavy. Every once in a while, opt for a natural, wispy set for a bright-eyed look. You can even use single eyelashes for a customized effect.

Eye Makeup Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse

Sadly, we weren’t all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. We like IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. A couple coats of this magical stuff and your eyes will instantly look more open.

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Eye Makeup Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes

You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but did you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.

Eye Makeup Mistake #5: Applying the Wrong Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape 

Landing the perfect smoky eye takes skill, practice and an endless amount of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

On that note, the way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. If it’s too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can make them look smaller, as well. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes. Get it right with this eyeliner tutorial for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #7: Not Wearing Concealer When You Have Dark Circles 

Darkness around your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: Reach for concealer. A concealer like Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and hide dark circles.

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7 LIP AND CHEEK MAKEUP STICKS YOU NEED FOR YOUR SUMMER MAKEUP ROUTINE RN

As time progresses in the makeup-verse, so do products. Innovation in makeup is certainly not a new phenomena, but new product applicators certainly are. Cue: makeup sticks. We love them because they’re incredibly versatile, easy to use and have a glorious amount of pigmentation and payoff. The latest stick we simply can’t live without? Lip and cheek makeup sticks, of course. Ahead, find seven makeup sticks we love and will certainly be throwing into our makeup bags this summer — making lippie, blush (and even eye makeup!) easy and breezy during the upcoming warmer months.

Onomie Boosting Lip & Cheek Stick

The Onomie lip + cheek sticks come in a myriad of pink, brown and nude shades, and its pigment is not the only thing we love about it. It glides on super easy and pairs nicely with just about any skin tone, allowing you to create the ultimate monochromatic lip-eye-cheek combo.

Bite Beauty Multistick

If you’re looking for an everyday multistick, Bite Beauty Biscotti is the one for you. We love this for a subtle hint of mauve on your lips and cheeks. Bulk it up for a bolder look on the lips, or keep it extremely light on the apples of your cheeks for a nice flush.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss + Blush Duo Stick

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss + Blush duo stick wouldn’t be complete without its unique duo-chromed features. Each shade contains two complementary colors that can be swirled together for extra pigment or worn individually for a light pinky, nude or deep berry glow.

Milk Lip + Cheek Stick

Consistency wise, the Milk Lip + Cheek stick is definitely a star. It’s a super buildable and flexible formula, and we love swiping the dusty rose shade in Werk on our cheeks for a boost of color. Even better, this stick also comes in a deep berry — Quickie — that’s perfect for a bolder lip that can take you into the evening hours seamlessly.

NYX Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Stick

Not only does the NYX Illuminating Stick come in a variety of nude colors that we love, it comes in a bright pink called Rose Petal Pop that we’re even more excited by. We love swiping this onto our lips for a nice pinky glow, and it even looks just as lovely blended onto the face.

Nudestix All Over Face Color Matte

If there’s absolutely anything we love Nudestix for, it’s their Nudies all Over The Face Color Mattes. With just one multistick you can create an entire makeup look with eye, cheek and lip color at the drop of one applicator. Deer Maple Eh is one of our favs in this collection — it’s the perfect boho light brown that can warm up just about any complexion.

Wander Beauty Lip & Cheek Gel

For a more out of the box lip and cheek pencil/stick, we love the Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel by Wander Beauty. These are absolutely perfect for travel, as they’re super compact and contain a ton of versatile product in one, and they even come in four nice shades that represent every corner of the pink-to red-to nude rainbow.

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https://www.makeup.com/best-lip-and-cheek-sticks

10 FOUNDATION APPLICATION RULES TO LIVE BY

We’ve managed to quickly fix botched eyeliner or even smeared lipstick, but if there’s one step in your makeup routine that you really don’t want to mess up, it’s laying down your groundwork, a.k.a., your foundation. One wrong move and you have to wipe the slate clean and start all over again. This means you might as well call in late to wherever you’re going because this could take a while. To ensure your foundation is right on point every single time, follow these ten rules of application that will make the whole process a lot smoother.

  1. Start with a smooth canvas: If your skin is flaking, peeling or oily, you can’t expect your foundation to go on smoothly. Exfoliating once or twice a week will help slough away any dry patches, dead skin cells and excess oil to ensure your foundation goes on just right.
  2. Hydrate your skin:It’s all in the skin prep. No matter your skin type, moisturizing before applying makeup is the key to an even looking application. Skip this step and your foundation could “cake up” in certain areas. For an extra dewy- and supple-looking complexion, spritz your skin with a face mist after applying your daily moisturizer.

 

  1. Wait for your moisturizer to dry: This is huge. If you apply liquid orpowder foundationbefore your moisturizer has completely absorbed, you run the risk of streaky, splotchy makeup.

 

  1. Don’t forget primer: Have you noticed how amazing your foundation looks in the morning, only to find that, hours later, it basically evaporated? That’s probably because you skipped out onprimer. If you want a flawless-looking application that can actually outlast your busy work schedule, incorporating this step into your routine is crucial.

 

  1. Find the right formula for your skin type: There’s a good reason why foundations come in liquid, gel, powder and cream form. Each one serves a different purpose. You don’t want to layer on a pressed powder if your skin is ultra dry, the same way you wouldn’t want to use a heavy cream on oily skin types. To help narrow down your search, we’ve put together the ultimate foundation guide so you can find the right formula for your skin type.

 

  1. Find the right shade for your skin tone: Next time you go foundation shopping, have your skin tone matched at the makeup counter, or try mixing shades if you fall in between.
  2. Use the right tools for application: Different foundation formulas respond better to some application techniques than others. To find the right tool, take a look at our foundation application guide.

 

  1. Apply your color corrector: If you’re trying to cover up a pimple or under-eye circles, concealer alone may not do the trick! After your foundation application — but before concealer — dab on the appropriate color corrector (we love the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Palette) to neutralize any dark spots or redness.

  1. Foundation first, then concealer: This one can be confusing, and while different techniques work better for some, your concealer is supposed to be applied after your foundation to make sure it doesn’t budge or get too blended out.
  1. Set it: Just like a primer is designed to hold onto your foundation, a setting powder seals it all in. Once you’ve applied foundation and concealer, give your face a light swipe using a translucent powder likeDermablend Setting Powder for flawless and budge-free makeup in a snap.

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https://www.makeup.com/10-rules-of-foundation-application