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When it comes to how to apply makeup like a pro, there is a general order you should apply products to achieve the most beautiful end look. So, if you’ve ever wondered whether you should apply concealer before or after foundation, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn the best order to apply face makeup, eye makeup, and lip color, plus get product recommendations for our best foundation for dry skin, best mascara for volume and length, and more.
In terms of makeup, acing your face should be your first order of business before you move on to your lips and eyes. But things can get complicated. Do you really need a primer? Does concealer come before or after foundation? We’re here to take guesswork out of the equation.
Using a primer is one of the best things you can do when it comes to applying makeup. Primer, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer or L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, can help to give you an even canvas to work on, as it can help smooth lines. Primer can also help your makeup wear more evenly throughout the day.
Have dark circles under eyes or redness you want to hide? Now’s the time to use a color correcting concealer, like one of the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons, to cover these up. Peach can disguise dark circles, green can neutralize redness, purple can hide discoloration, and yellow can mask discoloration.
Once you’re done color correcting, finish the cover up process by applying a flesh-toned concealer, like L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer (which comes in 14 true-to-you shades to match every skin tone and undertone), on top.
Your face wouldn’t be complete without a little foundation! There are so many different kinds of foundation out there, so choose one that suits your needs. For example, if you have oily skin, you may want to consider using a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, a radiant finish foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, might be a better option for you.
Next up: Get your glow on or fake a rosy tone by applying a little bronzer, blush, and/or highlighter. As far as bronzer and highlighter go, put them on areas where the sun would naturally hit your face (your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin). When it comes to blush, apply some to the apples of your cheeks—and remember to smile while doing so! Try the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer, L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush, and L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Glow Nude Highlighter Palette.
Done with your face? Now, it’s time to move on to applying eye makeup. Get your eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara ready because it’s time to get started!
Nowadays, it’s all about brows—and the bigger, the better. Start by shaping and filling in your eyebrows with the L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil to help create a well-defined arch. Not only will this look gorg, but it can act as a guide when it comes time to apply your eye shadow.
When applying eye shadow, follow this guide: First, dust color onto your lids, then follow up with a crease color, and finally, place a dab of highlighter along your brow bone. For a neutral look, use the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows; for a shimmery nighttime look, use the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadows.
We’ve found that it’s easiest to apply eyeliner before mascara but after eye shadow. Reach for a waterproof eyeliner pencil, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner. You can even use this eyeliner in your waterline for added definition.
The final step in your eye makeup application routine? That should be mascara! Use the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara for everyday and the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara for a night out on the town.
You’re almost at the end! After you’re done with your face and eyes, it’s time to show your lips some love.
Before you apply lipstick, you should consider lining your lips—this can help prevent color from bleeding out or feathering. Choose a lip liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick and outline the natural line of your lips to help make your pout look fuller. You can also color in your lips with liner before applying the lipstick to help create a smooth base. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner or L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner.
Kiss, kiss! Once you’ve prepped your lips with liner, go ahead and swipe on your lipstick shade of choice. With so many different colors and formulas available, the possibilities are basically endless! Whether you opt for something shimmery, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic, or something matte, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, your pout is sure to look stunning.
Congratulations! You’ve officially finished all of the steps in your makeup routine. Now, help set your look by spritzing on a setting spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Makeup Extender Setting Spray. To use, shake well and hold the bottle eight to 10 inches away from your face. Close your eyes and spray it four to six times in an X and T motion. And there you have it!
For your next makeup lesson, here’s How to Apply Natural-Looking Eye Shadow.