The power of makeup is apparent; our favorite products assist us in creating the appearance we want, enhancing our best features, and encapsulating our notions of beauty. Applying your preferred products correctly and using the appropriate amount of makeup will help you create the beautiful look you like while also allowing you to get the most out of your makeup. Makeup application order is a touchy subject, owing to various viewpoints on which product comes first. If you’re sick of fussing about when to apply concealer or whether you should do your eye makeup before sponging on the foundation, then this article is a must-read for you. These systematic beauty tips will teach you how to apply your makeup and help you achieve a flawless appearance.

Apply moisturizer.

Take the time to prime your skin with a high-quality moisturizer before applying your makeup. Pour a small quantity onto your fingers—a quarter-sized dollop should do. Begin by putting the moisturizer to your forehead, working outwards and upwards from the center of your face. Then, starting at your nose and spreading the moisturizer across your cheeks, repeat the process. To avoid blocking your pores, make sure you’ve applied the moisturizer evenly across your skin. After you’ve applied enough moisturizer, gently rub it in with circles and wait a few minutes for it to dry before continuing.

Apply primer.

Primer is a vital initial step whether you’re applying a little coat of foundation or a full face of makeup. Begin by squeezing just a tiny amount onto your hands, onto your chosen makeup brush or sponge, to apply your primer. A small portion goes a long way. Begin by putting a dime-sized amount of primer to the center of your face and working outwards to your cheekbones, forehead, and chin.

Apply foundation.

Finding the right hue for your skin is priority number one when it comes to foundation. If the foundation evaporates without blending after application, you’ve identified your true match. Begin applying the liquid foundation from the center of your face outwards. Make sure to buff in your foundation as you sweep it across your skin. Some ladies like to stipple their foundation with a moist sponge to ensure it goes into the lines and creases, resulting in a smoother, more even texture. Buffing foundation into the skin with certain types of makeup brushes is also a good idea.

Types of concealer

Liquid concealer

When you need light coverage over a broad area of your face, liquid concealer is the way to go. Liquid concealer is also great for creating a light finish, especially in wrinkled sections around the eyes and mouth.

Compact concealer

Concealer in the form of a stick or a compact is ideal for providing additional coverage to smaller, more specific regions of the face.

Apply highlighter

Every makeup look benefits from a touch of shine and glow from the proper highlighter. Highlighters come in liquids, creams, and powders, among other forms. You can use only one or combine two or three to make your unique mix. The application process is the same regardless of the option you choose. Blend in your liquid highlighter with your fingertips or a sponge. To get the most out of your highlighting, apply a layer of cream or powder highlighter to the areas you want to draw.

Types of eye makeup and how to apply them:

Applying light eyeshadow

To remove any extra product, dip your eyeshadow brush into the light shade and tap it to remove it. Start at the lash line and work your way up to just above the crease of your eyelid. 

Applying dark eyeshadow

Dip your brush into the deeper color now, and tap off any excess. Apply the color right above your lash line in the outer corner of your eye. Sweep the darker color over the crease of your eyelids, slightly below the brow bone. You don’t want to darken the inner corners of your eyes, therefore stop applying around the center of your eyelid. 

Applying eyeliner

Sharpen your liner pencil every time you use it. Draw small bright dots starting at the outside corner of your upper eyelid after pulling your eyelid taut. Work your way into the inner corner of your eye, as close to the lash line as possible, to form a tiny dotted line. Connect the dots with your pencil or mix them in with a shadow brush.

When it comes to winged liner, coated eyelashes might get in the way, so add mascara after you’ve applied your eyeshadow and eyeliner.

Apply lip gloss

Prep your lips before applying the gloss. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate any dead skin and add a protective lip gloss if your lips are dry and damaged. To further soften the lips, apply a lip conditioner or moisturizer. Wipe any extra lip balm after. Apply your lip gloss from the middle of your lips outwards, dragging the applicator along the length of your lips. Avoid drawing any lip gloss above your natural lip line, and lightly press your lips together to ensure that your lip gloss reaches all of your lips’ nooks and crevices.

Apply setting spray/powder

Hold the bottle at least 8 inches away from your face and lightly spritz a couple of times to cover all portions of your face. If you want to ensure your makeup is coated from forehead to chin, spritz in an X form on your face first, then a T shape.

While this may irritate you, the truth is that there is no set rule for when to apply specific makeup items. It all depends on your skill level, the aesthetic you want to achieve, and how you apply makeup.