What Is The Correct Order to Put On Makeup?

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Published on May 18, 2006 with 10 Comments

A lot of people have asked me what’s the correct order to put makeup on but to be honest, I do not think such a thing exists. Different people have different ways of doing things. It is true that there are certain rules you should stick to but I personally think you should just do whatever works best for you. Here is how I do my makeup everyday in 6 simple steps:

Step 1: Prep my skin
Wash my face with water –> Apply eye cream, lotion and sunscreen

Step 2: Base
Apply primer (if necessary) –> Apply concealer under eyes, around the nose or any areas that needs coverage –> Apply a thin layer of powder all over to set the makeup

Step 3: Eyes
Fill in my eyebrows –> Prep my eyelid with a primer (if necessary) –> Apply eyeshadow and blend –> Line my upper eyelid –> Curl lashes –> Apply mascara –> Comb through lashes to make sure there are no clumps –> Curl lashes again

Step 4: Cheeks
Apply blush onto my apples/cheekbones –> Highlight the bridge of my nose

Step 5: Lips
Apply lip balm –> Apply lipstick/lip gloss

Step 6: Check everything
Look into the mirror under natural sunlight to make sure everything is well-blended –> Spray my face with a finishing spray or water

NOTE: If you are doing dark eye makeup, it would be wise to do your eyes before the rest of your face. This way, if you make a mess, you can just clean it up and not have to redo your foundation/concealer/powder.

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  1. ooOO, thanks! but i have a question, what does spraying water on your face at the end of the whole process do?

  2. cool, my routine is almost the same! :)

    except, when i curl my lashes after mascara, my eyelashes clump and dont’ curl, just stick up like “L” does that make sense? so ijust curl before but i wish i would curl after, any suggestions?

  3. It will make your skin look dewy and take away the cakiness. It can also help to set your makeup. Besides water, you can use MAC Fix or rosewater extract. Just make sure you spray your face from a distance and don’t spray too much all at once.

  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH PHYLLIS !! You are totally like my mentor <33 – lauren

  5. hey Jacqueline, you might want to try not pressing so hard when you curl your lashes. Also, you should start at the base then curl again on the tip.

  6. spraying water is only advisable when waterproof mascara is used right?

  7. that is so cool
    but I have a question what does aplying water on your face at the end do?

    My routeen is almost the same tho
    but it helped thank you!!

  8. Amanda, please refer to my comment above.

  9. QUIERO SABER CUAL ES EL EFECTO QUE PRODUCE EL ROCIARSE O PULVERIZARSE AGUA EN LA CARA????

    • Using a finishing spray or even water can help tone down cakiness and give your face a dewy look.

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