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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Easy Mascara Hacks

Presenting… a video by the M Crowd — the wildly talented group of makeup influencers who create exclusive content just for Makeup.com. Here, Heidi shares mascara hacks for the best lashes of your life.

Mascara is truly the workhorse of any makeup bag — it’s the one thing you can always rely on, and finding the perfect formula is similar to stumbling across a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or catching a train moments before the doors close. But even the best mascara can be better — or hacked so you get the biggest bang for your buck. Check out the 14 hacks ahead, designed to help your lashes reach their fullest potential.

Hack 1: Bring it Back to Life

Mascara typically has a shelf life of two to three months once opened, but there are those times when you need it to stretch just a little bit longer. Contact solution works in a pinch, breaking up a gunky formula and thinning it out so it will last you a little bit longer. For best results, add a few drops at a time to achieve your preferred consistency.

Hack 2: Fake it Til You Make it

Use a fine tipped liquid liner to draw dashes on dots on your lash line. This will create the appearance of thicker lashes without the help of falsies or fiber mascara.

Hack 3: Turn Up the Heat!

Heat up your lash curler using a blow dryer before curling your lashes. This will give your lashes a better curl and help you achieve maximum volume. When doing this, be sure to check the temperature of the lash curler before using it on your face.

Hack 4: Curl, Baby, Curl

Rather than clamping your lash curler a few times and applying mascara, try this three-step method instead. Start with your lash curler at a 30 degree angle and clamp at the roots for 15 seconds. Repeat this at the middle of your lashes and finally at the end. Do this once or twice until you achieve your desired look.

Hack 5: Prime Your Lashes!

Lash primer is an essential step to getting the longest, fullest lashes possible. Not only will it help your lashes hold their curl, your mascara will apply a lot smoother and last a little longer.

Try: L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara

Hack 6: Ignore the Pricetag!

Rule number one of mascara: you can’t judge a mascara by its price tag. Some of the best mascara formulas can be found at your local drugstore, including the cult fave L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara — a formula that is constantly compared to higher end mascara and comes out on top.

Hack 7: Stop Pumping That Wand

It can be tempting to vigorously pump your mascara wand into its tube — let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of it. This actually shortens the lifespan of your mascara by forcing air into the tube and drying it out.

Hack 8: Wipe it Off

Removing the excess product is the best thing you can do for your lashes. This simple step reduces clumping and helps to distribute products evenly on your lashes.

Hack 9: Layering is Key

Start by applying very thin layers of mascara and focus mostly on the ends. Continue to build layers until you achieve desired thickness and length.

Hack 10:

Use your blowdryer on the cold setting and gently dry your lashes in between coats to speed up drying time.

Hack 11: Wiggle!

When applying thin coats of mascara, wiggle your mascara brush as you apply for maximum volume.

Hack 12: Waterproof It

For your bottom lashes, use waterproof mascara with a very thin wand, and apply vertically.

Try:L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara

 Hack 13: Clean it Up

Use a clean spoolie to brush through your lashes once everything is dry. This will eliminate clumps and ensure your lashes are separated.

Hack 14: Q-Tips Fix Everything

Dip your Q-Tip in makeup remover to remove any excess product from your eyelid or underneath your eye. Bonus points if you use a pointed Q-Tip to really get precise.

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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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How to Use Highlighter Spray for a Lit-From-Within Glow

At this point, all beauty junkies worth their weight in mascara know their way around highlighter and can differentiate between a powder formula that packs a punch and a cream formula that adds just a little something. Every once in a while, however, a new product enters the category that causes even the most devoted and experienced to pause and investigate. Cue highlighter sprays, a new take on the (now) classic beauty product. It offers shimmer rather than glitter, and differs from pigment-infused sprays meant to be spritzed all over. Spray highlighters are meant to be applied to a concentrated area, which can be difficult to achieve at first spritz. That’s why we tapped celebrity makeup artist and brand founder Patrick Ta to share his best tips and tricks for mastering the look.

It’s All About Focus

The key to getting a lit-from-within glow is concentrating the highlighter on specific parts of the face. Ta’s Major Glow Highlighting Mist works well for this thanks to its super-fine mist, which offers sheen rather than sparkle. When applying, “make sure you target certain areas of the face,” says Ta, whose go-to spots are the tops of the cheekbone and “C” around the temple.

Distance Is Key

To ensure you don’t look like you dipped your cheek in glitter, it’s important to get the distance right. Ta recommends six inches from the face, which will ensure you’re getting the benefit of the product without overdoing it. If you do go a little overboard, however, just use a clean beauty sponge to dab away excess product.

Use Your Resources

If you need help targeting specific areas, use a sheet of paper to block off the area you want to highlight — similarly to creating a wing using a business card. This will help to keep the highlighter in one place and concentrated in the areas you want to glow. If you want to be a little fancy (and have some extra coin to spend), pick up the Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Setting Fan, which can be used to help place the highlighter and set the mist.

It’s Not Just For the Face

According to Ta, the best way to finish off any look is to bring the highlighter down to your neck and décollatege, which helps everything to look cohesive and blended. You can spray the highlighter directly for an extra pop of glow, or buff it in using a brush for a diffused, sunkissed look.

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https://www.makeup.com/how-to-use-spray-highlighter

 

 

8 Stunning Makeup Tutorials That Have Taught Us the Most

We’re always giddy when we learn about new things in the realm of beauty: an amazing (and strange) Korean powder hack for perfectly set foundation; how applying glitter polish with a sponge yields much better results; and how applying only a dab of bronzer underneath your lower lip creates the illusion of a fuller pout. While we’ve gleaned these tips from makeup artists, friends, and the dark corners of the internet, there’s one steady stream of beauty we can always count on as a source: YouTube makeup tutorials.

The numbers don’t lie: millions of women and men, including us here at Byrdie HQ, flock to the site to learn how to create stunning new looks. There’s something oddly satisfying about watching someone go through an entire makeup routine from start to finish and seeing the transformation unfold, so to give you all a bit of eye candy, we rounded up our favorite tutorials (with a few of our own makeup hack videos thrown in for good measure). Watch the best makeup tutorials below!

Gilded Fall Makeup

Sona Gasparian has a smart tip for applying dark lipstick: When working on the upper lip, tilt your head down so you can catch any areas you may have missed, and vice-versa for the bottom lip (tilt your head up). When completed, Sona’s created a stunning cold-weather beauty look, complete with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22) in Goldrush in her tear ducts for a gilded accent.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Everyday Look

When a makeup artist posts a video of them doing a celebrity’s glam session, we feel like we’ve been let in on a big secret (even if millions of other people have access to the video, too). As such, we pause, rewind, take notes, and test the looks out ourselves with a hope and prayer that it’ll turn out at least half as good.

Take, for example, this perfect everyday tutorial created by the fabulous Lisa Eldridge on supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Bronzed eyes? Check. Subtle highlight? Check. Stunning finished product? Double-check. Rosie even lets us in on a beauty secret of her own: She usually only lines her upper lip before applying lip balm to “cheat the edges slightly.” (Though it’s safe to say the pillowy-lipped model doesn’t need any cheating whatsoever.)

Elevated Drugstore Eyeshadow

You can make any drugstore eye shadow perform like a prestige shadow by placing a white pencil on your lids first. This way, the pigment has something to grip onto (think of it like paint primer).

30-Second Full Brows Tutorial

Do your arches ever look, well, too over-arched? Brush your brow hairs down instead of up before filling them in with pencil so that you’re following closely along the top of your brow instead of extending past its natural pattern. Then, brush them back into place and apply a bit of concealer to any patches that still need filling. Finally, use brow powder on top of the concealer (doing this allows the powder to have better grip), et voilà! Full, thick, and natural-looking brows that aren’t overdrawn.

Bella Hadid’s Anti-Jet Lag Routine

This video of Bella Hadid walking us through her quick anti-jet lag beauty routine nabbed a spot on our list of the best makeup tutorials because it’s so delightfully simple. With only a few well-placed products, Bella’s got a fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.

Kim Kardashian West’s 10-Minute Beauty Routine

A rare, candid glimpse at Kim Kardashian West doing her own makeup imposes so many nuggets of wisdom. Tip one: She brushes on some Giorgio Armani liquid Illuminator underneath her foundation for a subtle glow. Tip two: She applies foundation all over her face, lips included (this helps prime the lips for color later on). Tip three: She bakes her concealer (a Kardashian beauty routine staple) with pink powder and sets the concealer around her mouth (to fill in lines) with yellow powder. Tip four: She dots a bit of highlighter right underneath her eyes (playing coy and not telling us what she’s using because she has some “exciting things coming out”) to illuminate her under-eyes.

Smoky Eye Look With Monika Blunder

We love that this evening look tutorial featuring two Byrdie faves, celebrity makeup artists Joey Maalouf and Monika Blunder, employs Blunder as the muse. Maalouf is a genius at manipulating the makeup to complement what Blunder deems “mature” skin and proves that a smoky eye is incredibly versatile.

French Party Makeup

Ah, French beauty. It’s so impossibly effortless, it makes us wonder if there’s a magical beautifying potion floating in the Seine that warrants femmes Françaises to skip the heavy makeup. Even in what she’s dubbed “party” makeup, vlogger Maripier Morin has created a glam look that’s still natural (not a dose of baking or strobing to be seen here). To top it all off, each product is from Revlon (read: inexpensive).

What are some of your favorite beauty tutorials? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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A SUNSET EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL THAT BRINGS THE HEAT

Very few makeup looks scream summer like a gorgeous, ombré sunset eye. The warm, vibrant makeup looks like it’s meant for the beach or a tropical vacation. But, even if you have nothing more planned for the rest of the summer than a happy hour date with your besties, this sunset eye look will bring the heat. Think it looks too complicated to pull off? Think again. Ahead, we walk you through how to recreate this sunset eye makeup look by makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen in six easy steps.

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STEP 1: Prep the Eyes With a Primer

Whenever you take the time to do an extensive eyeshadow look, you’ll want to prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. What’s the use of putting all of the time and effort into your makeup if you’re just going to let it melt off two hours after applying? Try the Lancôme Primer It Boost It Eyeshadow Primer or Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

STEP 2: Apply Your Base Color

Using the NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic Shadow Palette in Hasta La Vista, apply a coral pinkish-orange matte shade all over your eyelid as the base. Really pack on the color for a vibrant look on the outer edge of your lid — this is where you’ll want the orange hue to be really noticeable in the sunset look.

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STEP 3: Add Color to Your Crease 

Work the bright pink shade into the crease of your eye. Be sure to buff it out so the color looks diffused on the edges. To achieve the ombré color of a sunset, also apply the pink eyeshadow to inner half of your eyelid. Blend the barrier between the coral shade and the pink shade so there’s just a subtle color change.

STEP 4: Brighten the Inner Corners of Your Eyes

Moving on with the yellow-gold shade, brighten up the inner corners of your eyes. Take a small eyeshadow brush and pack on the pigment for a pop of color. Continue to blend the shade down underneath your bottom lash line, as well.

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STEP 5: Add Color Underneath Your Bottom Lash Line

Moving back to the pink and orange hues, apply a light coating of the eyeshadow colors underneath your bottom lash line. The colors should go from yellow to pink to orange — just as they do on your eyelid.

STEP 6: Mascara, Always

Finish off your sunset eye makeup look by curling your eyelashes and applying a coat of black mascara. If you’re really looking to up the drama, apply false lashes instead.

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https://www.makeup.com/sunset-eyeshadow-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

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.”

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