Concealer after foundation? Blush before eyebrows? The order in which you should apply your makeup is a controversial topic, largely due to the differing opinions on what products should land on your face first. But never fear—we’re breaking down the exact sequence for putting on makeup to help take out some of the guesswork and have you looking flawless. The general rule of thumb? After going through your skincare routine (check out the correct order to apply your skincare products) consider the texture and staying power of what you put on next, and don’t be afraid to slightly alter the process to make it work for you.
Check out our step-by-step application guide—along with some of our favorite beauty products—below.
Step 1: Primer & Color Corrector
Using a primer and/or color corrector is optional, but if you choose to use either (or both) it should be done directly after your skincare routine. This will smooth and even out your complexion and help product stay put longer.
Step 2: Foundation
Foundation acts as a foundation (no pun intended) on which to build your other makeup. Look for a formula that will enhance your skin type and tone—this will help set your other products properly. if you have even skin, you can skip foundation entirely and dab a few spots of concealer on your trouble spots instead.
Step 3: Concealer
Always use concealer after putting on foundation to avoid using more product than necessary and to stop your skin from appearing cakey. Dab our buildable Cream Concealer on the spots that need more coverage (under your eyes, over blemishes, etc.), and then soften the edges with a Blender Brush.
Step 4: Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter
To give your complexion a finishing touch, add a pop of color on your cheeks with blush, get your glow on with a shimmering highlighter, and/or try your hand at contouring with our Bronzer. Layer creams under powders if you choose to use both.
Step 6: Eyebrows
The intensity of your eyebrows should complement the rest of your makeup, so shape and fill your arches with our Cream Brow Pencil to match your entire look. (Pro tip: Feel free to interchange Steps 4, 5, & 6 depending on your preference)
Step 7: Lips
Because it’s the easiest to reapply as the day wears on, applying your lip color is always a good final step in your makeup routine, whether you’re simply dabbing on some tinted gloss or doing a full look with liner and lipstick.
Step 8: Translucent Powder or Setting Spray
You can use one, both, or neither, but these two products (try our Sea Mineral Hydra Mist) are made to help your makeup last longer and look better as the day goes on—apply them right before you head out the door.