What Is The Correct Order to Put On Makeup?

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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.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

10 COMMENTS

  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. 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.

  5. 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!!

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