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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Makeup in the Right Order

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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Makeup in the Right Order Your Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Makeup in the Right Order Your Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Makeup in the Right Order

When it comes to applying makeup, have you ever wondered if there’s an order you should be following? If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably debated this very question with all your friends at some point or another. While there’s really no concrete order you need to follow per se, there are some general guidelines you can follow to make the process seamless. So, the next time you’re ready to put on your makeup, follow this step-by-step guide.

The Right Order to Apply Makeup to Your Face

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.

Face Makeup Step 1: Primer

Using a primer is one of the best things you can do when it comes to applying 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 last longer.

L'Oréal Paris Primer Picks

The L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Magic Perfecting Base can smooth lines and hide pores. Apply it after moisturizing dot by dot and blend it in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas (like under your eyes, your nose and cheeks, and your T-Zone).

The L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Primer is light-infusing and can be used all over your face or to specific areas to help create a sculpted look. Pro tip: If you’re pressed for time, just mix a little bit in with your foundation for a soft light illusion.

Face Makeup Step 2: Color Correct

Have dark circles or redness you want to hide? Now’s the time to use a color correcting concealer to cover these up. Peach can disguise dark circles, green can neutralize redness, purple can hide discoloration, and yellow can mask discoloration.

L'Oréal Paris Color Correcting Pick

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four concealer shades (peach, green, purple, and yellow) to help counteract the look of imperfections. Use your shade (or shades!) of choice sparingly on targeted areas.

Face Makeup Step 3: Concealer

Once you’re done color correcting, finish the cover up process by applying a flesh-toned concealer on top. Editor’s tip: Use a makeup sponge, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, when applying.

L'Oréal Paris Concealer Pick

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit has four shades of skin-toned concealer, so choose the one closest to your skin tone—or blend a few shades together to create a customized hue.

Face Makeup Step 4: Foundation

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. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, a radiant finish foundation might be a better option for you.

L'Oréal Paris Foundation Picks

The L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation has a luminous finish and offers buildable coverage. The liquid formula is housed inside a cushion and is super-easy to use. All you have to do is press the applicator into the cushion and tap the applicator onto your complexion. You can keep doing this until you reach your desired level of coverage.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation has an air-light texture and demi-matte finish and offers medium coverage. Smooth it onto your skin with a rolling motion for flawless coverage.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation has a radiant finish, air-light texture, and it offers medium coverage. Dot it onto your skin with a rolling motion, or use a makeup sponge, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to apply it.

Face Makeup Step 5: Bronzer, Blush, and/or Highlighter

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!

L'Oréal Paris Highlighter and Blush Picks

The L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Iluminator comes in three shades: golden, ice, and rose. You can use it strategically to help open up the look of your eyes, define your face, and create symmetry. Apply it with your fingertips to selected areas after you’re done with foundation. You can also wear this illuminator on its own or mixed with foundation—it’s perfect for those days when you’re in a rush to get ready!

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush has four pretty pink shades so you can easily customize your look. Have fun experimenting!

The Right Order to Apply Makeup to Your Eyes

Done with your face? Now, it’s time to move on to applying makeup to your eyes. Get your brow pencil, eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara ready because it’s time to get started!

Eye Makeup Step 1: Brows

Nowadays, it’s all about brows—and the bigger, the better. Start by shaping and filling in your eyebrows 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.

L'Oréal Paris Brow Pick

The L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender has a soft and creamy formula that glides on smoothly and easily for quick, even application. Plus, the kabuki brush can help to create a soft, natural-looking finish. To use, brush your brows, then fill them in using the tip of the crayon. Build to your desired intensity, then blend out the color using the kabuki brush.

Eye Makeup Step 2: Eye Shadow

When applying eye shadow, follow this guide: First, dust color onto your lids first, then follow up with a crease color, and finally, place a dab of highlighter along your brow bone.

L'Oréal Paris Eye Shadow Picks

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow comes in 24 beautiful shades ranging from Always Pearly Pink to Golden Emerald to Smoldering Plum.

The L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow comes in 15 awesome shades ranging from Little Beige Dress to Sunset Seine to Teal Couture.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow is dual-ended so you can create a customized look every time.

Eye Makeup Step 3: Eyeliner

We’ve found that it’s easiest to apply eyeliner before mascara but after eye shadow. Not sure which eyeliner look you should rock? Pick one based on your eye shape.

L'Oréal Paris Eyeliner Picks

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner comes in six shades—so you can stick to basic black or make a statement in electric blue.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner is smudge-resistant and has a silky, rich formula.

Eye Makeup Step 4: Mascara

The final step in your eye makeup application routine? That should be mascara!

L'Oréal Paris Mascara Picks

Looking for volume? The L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara can help create a dramatic effect.

The L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara has an asymmetrical wing tip brush to help catch every lash.

The L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara has an ultra-glossy black formula.

The Right Order to Apply Makeup to Your Lips

You’re almost at the end! After you’re done with your face and eyes, it’s time to show your lips some love.

Lip Makeup Step 1: Lip Liner

Before you apply a 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.

L'Oréal Paris Lip Liner Picks

The L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner comes in 12 natural-looking shades.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner has a built-in sharpener.

Lip Makeup Step 2: Lipstick

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!

L'Oréal Paris Lipstick Picks

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick comes in a wide range of shades from Enduring Berry to Ravishing Red to Perpetual Peach.

The L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour is available eye-catching hues like Miss Magenta, Raspberry Rush, and Pink Flamingo.

How to Set Your Makeup Look

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!