When it comes to how to apply facial makeup like a pro, there is a general order you should use 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. Not sure how to apply makeup in the right order? 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.
HOW TO PREP YOUR FACE FOR MAKEUP
Before we get into the best order to apply your makeup, it’s important to work your way through your skin care routine. You don’t need to spend a ton of time on your skin care routine, but there are a few simple steps you should take to ensure your skin is ready for makeup. Below, three skin care steps to take before makeup.
STEP 1: FACIAL CLEANSER
The first step in your skin care routine should be washing your face. Try a clay facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Facial Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Facial Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Facial Cleanser, all of which are formulated to rid the surface of your skin of impurities. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands, add water to transform it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your skin and rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.
STEP 2: FACE SCRUB
Exfoliating with a face scrub is a great way to prep your skin for makeup. Smooth a small amount of face scrub onto clean, dry skin, then massage over your face with wet fingers and rinse off thoroughly. You can use our face scrubs three times a week.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZER
Once you’re done washing your face and exfoliating, move onto moisturizer to create a smooth base for makeup application. Pick a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type.
THE BEST ORDER TO APPLY FACE MAKEUP
In terms of makeup, acing your face should be your first order of business before you move on to your lip makeup and eye makeup. 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 with our step-by-step guide to applying face makeup from start to finish.
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 wear more evenly throughout the day. Choose a primer with a glowing finish if you have dry skin or a primer with a matte finish if you have oily skin. Regardless of which primer you pick, apply it all over your face or to targeted areas, depending on your skin’s specific concerns.
STEP 2: COLOR CORRECT
Have dark circles under eyes or redness you want to hide? Now’s the time to use a color correcting concealer to cover these up. Peach, bisque, or orange can disguise dark circles, green can neutralize the look of redness, purple can hide discoloration, and yellow can mask discoloration. Simply blend a small amount of color-correcting concealer onto targeted areas using your finger.
STEP 3: CONCEALER
Once you’re done color correcting, finish the cover up process by applying a flesh-toned concealer on top. Use the included applicator to blend and buff the concealer into your skin.
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. Whichever foundation you choose, one of the best ways to apply it is with a makeup blender.
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!