Yep, makeup order matters
If you’re taking the time to do a full face of makeup, you want it to look good, right? A lot of things can influence how it turns out. Whether you’re into natural makeup or something more glam, the products you use – and how you use them – can make a difference. Picking the best foundation and concealer for your skin type and tone is a must, as is paying attention to your age. There are plenty of makeup tips for the 40-and-over-crowd that will help you look your best. Another thing that can make a difference when it comes to how your makeup turns out? Your makeup order.
Yup, you read that right. Just as the ideal skin-care routine order can help you put your best face forward, the right makeup order can give you a more efficient routine and more polished look. There are two schools of thought when it comes to makeup order: some start with the face (think foundation, concealer and blush) and then highlight the eyes and lips, while others finish their eyes before moving on to the face.
“The truth is, there is no right or wrong on this,” says makeup artist, Matthew Waitesmith. “But doing the eyes before foundation does allow you to clean up any particles that fall onto the under-eye area or cheek.” Ready to give it a go? Read on for the makeup order many professionals use to get the most flawless look possible.
Step 1: Start with skin care
“It’s always good to start off with skin care so that it can absorb and hydrate the skin while you’re working on brows or eyes and before you put on foundation,” says celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay. After you’ve washed your face, apply your morning products, including face serums, eye cream and moisturiser. Experts recommend choosing a moisturiser based on your skin needs. For example, if you’re prone to oily skin, you may want a mattifying formula. Suffer from breakouts? Look for an oil-free moisturiser. There are also face moisturisers that contain SPF, which can save you a step.
If your moisturiser doesn’t have SPF, however, you’ll want to apply sunscreen next.
Step 2: Prep your skin with primer
After you finish applying your skin-care products, consider using a primer. The purpose of a primer is to give your makeup something to cling to so it lasts longer. It will also fill in fine lines, so your foundation and concealer won’t sink in and emphasise those areas. “Use a mattifying primer all over,” says makeup artist Genevieve Herr. “They can blur imperfections, smooth skin texture and mattify, giving you the perfect base for foundation.”