Posted on November 16 2016
Here’s our quick and easy guide to product layering and - ultimately - staying. Because standing in front of your mirror deciding between applying lipstick or focusing on your eyes is just not what you should be wasting your time on!
- PRIMER OR MOISTURISER
Pick one, not both. Moisturizer, no matter how light in texture, will interfere with the function of a primer. Your skin type dictates which of the two you should be using.
In case of dry skin, opt for the moisturizer and skip the primer. If you’re on the oilier side, go straight for the primer.
Also, always remember to apply sunscreen, regardless of whether SPF is built into your makeup or moisturiser.
- FOUNDATION THEN CONCEALER
Even out any blotchiness with a light layer of foundation. Afterwards, apply concealer as needed. This way you’ll use less makeup overall, which will give you smoother coverage with less chance of it caking up or settling into fine lines later.
However, if you are using a powder foundation, apply concealer first, which will help it stay put.
- BRONZER (IF YOU WEAR IT) FOLLOWED BY BLUSH
Use a bronzer to warm up your entire face, then use the blush to add colour just to your cheeks. Sweep bronzer on the high points of your face first (so your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, and down the tops of cheekbones), and then apply your blush to balance out the tone.
- EYEBROWS NEXT
It’s better to shape and fill in brows before doing eye make-up. A full, groomed brow frames the eye socket better and gives a clearer arch to work with when applying eye shadow and contouring eye.
This also works if overdo the brow pencil and darken eyebrows too heavily. Just tone them down with make-up remover without worrying about ruining your entire eye make-up.
5. EYE MAKEUP (SHADOW, LINER, MASCARA - IN THAT ORDER)
Apply eye shadow on top of a primer, which should keep any powder from flaking off and creating dark shadows under your eyes. Now define your eyes with liner and then apply mascara as the very last step. This is because
a) applying liner and shadow is easier with bare lashes
b) you’ll be able to see how much mascara you’ll need to compliment the liner and shadow.
If you are doing an evening look, go back and layer. Add a little more liner at the lash line, an extra pop of shimmer shadow in the center of the lid, etc.
This sets your make-up in place and will leave a layer of powder to absorb oils produced by your skin throughout the day. Whether you use a foundation powder or fixing powder use a large powder brush and dust over forehead, cheeks, chin and nose.
- LIPS LAST
Saving this step for last gives you a chance to choose a shade that will match, or perhaps balance the rest of your look.
If you’re committing to a bold colour, be sure to line your lips and fill them in with a pencil in a similar shade first. This will not only keep everything in the lines, but it will also keep the colour on your lips longer.
Here’s one more quick trick: balm > liner > lipstick > then gloss.