What makeup do you apply first? Last? What's your order?

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I usually do eyeshadow, foundation, setting powder, cheek color, finishing powder, brows, eyeliner, mascara, lip color.

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1. Moisturize and prime my skin.
2. Eyeshadow on upper lid.
3. Under-eye concealer.
4. Eyeshadow on lower lashline.
5. Eyeliner, mascara, glitter, etc.
6. Foundation and concealer on the entire face.
7. Eyebrows!
8. Contouring followed by blush and/or highlighter.
9. Lipliner and/or lipstick.
10. Powder, blotting, touch-ups, any last minute decisions!

That’s my little 10-step routine. When I have the luxury of extra time, it usually takes me about 2 hours total since I do things slow and I’m a perfectionist. But in a rush, I can get it done in about 30-45 minutes. 🙂

I usually go primer/corrector > brows > eyeshadow and liner > foundation > concealer > highlighter > powder > mascara > blush and bronze > lips.

I think I have bad hand coordination so I start off with mascara (that way I can wipe any mistakes away without removing the make-up), brows, BB/CC cream, highlighter, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip color.

The very first thing I do is curl my lashes. That keeps me from accidentally messing up my eye makeup later (also keeps the curler cleaner), and if I’m going to use a mascara primer, I put it on right away.

I’ll do eye makeup first if I’m using loose powders/pigments or stuff that I expect to generate fall-out. Otherwise, base first: undereye corrector/concealer, foundation, spot/redness concealer. Cream highlighter and/or blush if I’m using cream ones, then setting powder, as I find most cream formulas don’t blend that well on top of the powder. Powder blush/highlighter/contour after setting powder. Then eyes: shadow, liner, mascara, brows. Then lips. I also check whether I need more blush after the lippy is on, as the colour can affect how bright or not the blush looks, and my dry cheeks sometimes eat blush too.

Lip balm, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, primer, foundation and/or concealer, powder, blush, lip liner, lipstick and/or gloss.

… but I’m usually too lazy for that, so I just do mascara, primer, concealer, powder, gloss!

For me it’s concealer, foundation (sometimes foundation then concealer), setting powder, eyeshadow, mascara, cheek colour, then lip colour. I don’t usually do my brows, but if I do its usually after eyeshadow, or even after lip colour if I find I have extra time.

Eye primer, face primer, eyeshadow, upper lash liner, waterline liner, concealer, foundation, smoke out lower lash line, settling powder, mascara, brows, blush, highlight, lips.

I always do my foundation/concealer/powder first, then my eyebrows, because I don’t want to be in a hurry when I do them. Also, when I did my eyebrows, I can go do my lips or eyes or something, and then go back to my eyebrows to see if they are asymmetrical – you usually don’t see it if you’re staring at them, so it helps to focus on something else.

I usually do moiturizer, foundation primer, foundation, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, pressed powder, then setting powder. 🙂

full procedure: primer, foundation, under eye concealer, concealing lightening pen or highlighter under eyes, finishing power/compact foundation/pressed powder/suble highlighter as finishing powder, eyebrow highlighter, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, concealer for the face, contour, blusher, highlighter for T zone, nose bridge, cheekbone, cupid’s bow and the highest point of chin, a fake mole on the part of the face i so wish to on that specific day and mood……….gosh, that’s quite a bit of complication. isn’t it.

Assuming this is a heavy make-up day, for me 🙂

*Eye shadow
*Setting powder

Yay lists!

Hmmm usually it goes : lipbalm,concealer, foundation, contour/blush, setting powder, eye shadow, mascara lipstick! I can never do eye shadow first because I’m just not able to picture the finished look with my under eye circles all exposed lol.

For ME:
Eyeshadow, colour corrector (under eyes), foundation, setting powder, eyeliner, lower lash eyeshadow, mascara, highlight & contour, blush, brows, false lashes (If I’m wearing them), lip color.

On a regular/ work day I do primer, foundation, under eyes, concealer, blush, (sometimes) eyeliner & mascara & lipstick when I get to work! Haha 😀

Sunscreen first everywhere but the eye area, while I wait 20 minutes for it to sink in, eye primer, brows, eyeliner, mascara, and then after a cup of tea, the 20 minutes is up, so powder foundation, blush, setting powder, lip balm.

sorry my earlier reply missed one crucial part, this is the corrected steps:

my personal full procedure, if i have time – that is to say 90% of the time I don’t have the time 🙁

under eye concealer,
concealing lightening pen or subtle highlighter under eyes,
finishing power/compact foundation/pressed powder/suble highlighter as finishing powder,
eyebrow highlighter,
concealer for the face,
highlighter for T zone, nose bridge, cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the highest point of chin,
a fake mole on the part of the face i so wish to on that specific day and mood

gosh, that’s quite a bit of complication. isn’t it. but it’s not difficult to do. just half about half an hour that’s it.

eyebrows, eyeshadows, first mascara, concealer, foundation, setting powder, second mascara, contouring, setting powder, lip liner and lipstick!

I do eye primer, brows, eyeshadow, top liner, lashes, face primer, foundation, concealer, powder, contour/bronze, blush, lower lash line and inner tear duct eyeshadow/liner, highlighter/illuminating powder, setting spray, mascara, lip color.

Eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, setting powder, blush, setting spray, finishing powder (UD), mascara, lips, finishing powder (Hourglass or Guerlain).

I generally comb thru lashes and brows,do brows,lashes,other eye makeup(except lower mascara). Then I do my foundation,tinted moisturizer,concealer,setting powder,contour,highlight(those I really don’t have and order),finishing powder(sometime I skip this), bronzer to the high points( sometimes),lower mascara,setting spray or moisturizing spray or both (depends on my skin and what is going on), then usually i will do my hair, then go back and do lips! Whew..thats a full face! I typically don’t do that every day. Lately,I have been dealing with complications of a medical issue that with along with the medicines leaves me a wreck. Luckily, i am able to do mist of my work from home now. So, most days I am lucky to shower and get in skin care, concealer brows, mascara, powders,blush,lip gloss.:).. And that is if I have a dr appointment of somewhere I have to go to!

For everyday looks I apply my base first: moisturiser, concealer, primer and foundation, setting powder, bronzer, blush (and highlight if I’m feeling like it)

Then it’s brows and eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and then lip colour.

If I’m doing a heavier eye look I’ll leave the complexion til afterwards 🙂


I always do my base makeup first… I don’t use shadows with a ton of fallout often, so I do my eyes last. I do brows, face, eyes, lips. I’ll sometimes do my contour and blush after everything else is done, to make sure I don’t over-do it.

I do eye shadow, under eye concealer/setting powder, eye liner, brows, foundation, a little bit of powder in T-zone, blush/highlighter/bronze, mascara, lipstick and then a finishing/brightening powder if I use one. 🙂 It’s so interesting to read everyone’s steps.

I was always taught in art class to work around the canvas. I generally do complexion steps, then either eye or lip, depending on which is the focus. Then I sort of float about, doing highlighting and brows and mascara and blush and powder and all that.

I have no set order. It pretty much depends on whether or not I’m waiting for something to dry (eye primer/foundation primer) or if I’m wearing any foundation/bb/cc cream at all or just going for mineral powder….so, basically, it’s just marginally controlled chaos and no order and sometimes, I forget a step entirely (forgot to put on concealer a week or so back…talk about SCARY!)

Brows, concealer on eyelids as primer and on areas of face except under eyes, eyeshadow on lids, eyeliner on top lid, mascara on top lashes, concealer under eyes, contour pencil (if used), setting powder where all concealer has been applied, eyeliner under eyes, mascara on bottom lashes, blush, finishing powder, highlighter (if used).

I’m one of the few who prefers to do face makeup before eye makeup.

Primer -> foundation -> corrector -> concealer -> contour (rarely) -> blush -> highlighter -> eye primer -> shadow -> liner (rarely) -> mascara -> lipstick -> setting spray

my go to process is face/eye moisturizer, eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner then i go into the face primer, liquid foundation, concealer & face blush/bronzer/contour/powders then mascara & lips last!

1. Prime Face and Lids
2. Brows
3. Face Correction
4. Foundation
5. Under Eye Conceal
6. Set under eye concealer
7. Face Conceal
8. Contour + Highlight
9. Illumniate
10. Set oily areas and under eyes
11. Blush/Bronzer
12. Eye makeup
13. Lips

For a full makeup day (written out, it looks much more “done” and complicated than it actually is):

Lip balm
Face firming cream
Fine line corrector around eyes and on lids
Face moisturizer or BB cream
Eyeshadow primer
Foundation with sunscreen (if not using BB cream)
undereye concealer, if needed
setting powder
blush, contour cheekbones and nose, highlighter
setting spray
curl lashes and first coat of mascara
second coat of mascara

Of course there are variations due to time, weather/heat, activities, how good my skin is that day, or if I just feel lazy.

Lately it’s been…

0: Skincare routine
1: Prime eyes
2: Brows
3: Eyeshadow on upper lid
[optional: clean up fallout with moisturizer or cleansing water]
4: Undereye concealer
5: Foundation
6: Concealer for blemishes
7: Eyeshadow on lower lashline
8: Curl lashes + apply mascara
9: Setting powder
10: Contour
11: Blush
12: Lips

1. Face Primer
2. Eyelid Primer
3. Eyebrows
4. Top eyeshadow
5. Orange concealer under eyes
6. Foundation
7. Regular concealer under eyes
8. Set concealer and foundation
9. Bottom eyeshadow
10. Eyeliner
11. Curl Eyelashes
12. Mascara
13. Bronze/contour
14. Blush
15. Highlight
16. Lipliner
17. Lipstick
18. Setting spray

Sunscreen, concealer, mineral foundation, lipstick, gloss, lip liner, brows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, touch up to eyeliner after mascara dries.

Eyelid primer. Brows. Eyeshadow base. Eyeshadow. Eyeliner. Mascara base. Mascara. Foundation. Spot concealer. Under eye concealer. Under eye powder. Face powder. Contour/bronzer. Blush. Highlight. Run out the door because I’m probably running late because my face takes so damn long. 🙂

Foundation first …. after all, it IS the foundation for the whole look; lip gloss is last …. with MANY steps in between: Foundation, concealer, blush, setting powder, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara primer, mascara, brows, lipstick and then lip gloss.

Usually it’s lipbalm, eye primer, eyeshadow, foundation, brow color, face concealer, lower lashline stuff, undereye concealing, powder, blush, highlighting, brow gel, eyeliner, mascara, lip primer (if needed), lipliner, lipstick. If I’m doing a very light eye look then I’ll do foundation first.

1. Moisturizer (with SPF)
2. Primer
3. Foundation / concealer
4. Setting powder
5. Cheeks
6. Brows
7. Tightline
8. Eyeshadow
9. Eyeliner
10. Mascara
11. Lipstick

Always. I’m afraid if I deviate I’ll forget something.

I do (in this order) eye primer, eye-shadow, eyeliner, lash primer*, mascara*, foundation*, setting powder*, concealer, bronzer*, blush*, brow powder*, brow highlighter stick (Anastasia)*, lip stain (Stainiac or Benetint), and lip gloss*. The items with the * are my everyday minimal necessities. 🙂

Moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, lots of powder under my eyes to catch any fallout, brows, eye make up including mascara, setting powder all over, blush, and lips. Minimal face: tinted moisturizer, eye make up and lips.

Moisturizer, face primer, concealer, foundation, eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, lipstick and possibly setting spray


Moisturiser, concealer/touche eclat, [any foundation/powder/BBcream if I’m going to], brows, eyeshadow, liner, curlers, mascara, blush, lipstick.

It varies a lot day to day though!

Base makeup, brows mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick. I rarely use blush on and contour makeup because I’m always in a hurry. Hahaha

BB cream and eye cream
Eye liner

As a very pale nordic blonde I need to see the rest of my face done before blush as if I overdo it it is clownish.

eyeshadows , eyeliner , face primer , foundation ,concealer , powder , eyebrows , mascara , contoure+highlighter+brush ,lipstick

I prep my face first – toner, moisturizer, sunblock, primer
Second is the base – foundation
Then I start from top to bottom
– eyebrows, eyeshadow, mascara, liner
– undereye concealer, spot concealer, setting powder
– blush, highlight
– lips

Christine: what’s your setting powder and what’s your finishing powder?

1. Face Primer
2. Eyeshadow Primer
3. Concealer
4. Foundation
5. Setting Powder
6. Eyeshadow (with MUFE Artist Shadow, I do not have to worry about fallout)
7. Eyeliner
8. Mascara Primer
9. Eyebrows
10. Contour
11. Highlight
12. Mascara
13. Lipliner
14. Lipstick/Lipgloss

1. Moisturizer + Sunscreen
2. Face Primer + Eyeshadow Primer
3. Concealer (I Can’t Seem To Find A Full Coverage One That Matches My Skin So I Apply It Before)
4. Setting Powder
5. Matte Foundation
6. Matte Translucent Powder
7. Eyebrows
8. Eyeshadow (If I Have Time And If I Feel Like It)
9. Eyeliner
10. Mascara
11. Blush (If I Have Time And If I feel Like It, + Highlight/Contour)
12. Lips
13. Setting Spray

eyelid primer;
lip prep/primer;
eye shadow;
eye liner;
lashes (mascara or fiber);
face color (BB/CC/tinted moisturizer/balm/primer-foundation);
illuminating powder

1~moisturize and prime my eyes
2~Eye make up (use Almay makeup remover pads to wipe away fallout)
3~moisturize and prime the rest of my face & put on sunscreen if it is a sunny day
4~under eye concealer
5~foundation or CC cream, face powder, apply yellow powder over the concealer
9~lipliner, lipstick & lipgloss
An hour later I’m finished!

It’s usually: face primer, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow base, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, setting powder, then lip color way later. lol

Primer, foundation, brows, eyeshadow, liquid liner, concealer, setting powder, eyeshadow on lower Lashline, pencil liner, mascara, bronzer, highlight, blush, lippie 🙂 don’t always do all of this, I skip steps often!

On a daily basis I will do very natural makeup:

1. tinted moisturizer
2. concealer
3. setting powder
4. blush, highlighter or both
5. a sweep of sheer, shimmery shadow on the lids
6. mascara
7. lips!

Eyeshadow, primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, contour, blush, highlighter, eyeliner, mascara, then lipstick and setting spray.

Skin care and prep, base, light setting of translucent powder, eyes, blush, any concealing or extra touch ups like that if needed, highlight, setting powder, comb brows & apply brow groom gel, mascara, lips, then any extra touches to my entire look, head-toe, I may feel like adding! 😀 Fun question!

I don’t usually wear a lot of eye makeup, so for me it’s primer, foundation, concealer, liquid highlighter, setting powder, powder blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyelash curler, mascara, brow powder and gel. If I’m using dark eyeshadows or doing a smokey eye however, I will start with my eyes and then everything else in the same order as always.

I always start by doing my eyes first because I somehow always need to remove fallout or mascara and then I don’t ruin my face makeup. So eye primer, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, face primer, concealer, foundation, concealer to touch up if needed, setting powder, bronzer, highlighter, blush, lip balm ( I can’t do lipstick) and then a setting spray.

1. Face primer
2. Foundation
3. Eye primer
4. Eyeshadows
5. Concealer
6. Under eye and setting powder
7. Bronzer, contour
8. Blush
9. Hightlight
10. Mascara
11. Lipstick

I always do my eyes first. Then concealer (depending on the formula), foundation, setting powder, highlight, contour, blush and then lips

Primer, foundation, concealer, brows, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, contour or bronzer, blush, highlighter (not always) and lipstick. Sometimes setting powder.

On a good day: Eyeshadow base, glam style eyeshadow, Anastasia brows, face primer, liquid foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush. Done.

Option 2: When I only have 5 mins or less …. Bold lipstick, cream eyeshadow (no base required, yaaaay), brow pencil, powder foundation (if I can grab it in time).

moisturizer and primer, eye shadow/liner/mascara, concealer, setting spray, then i go get dressed/hair/etc, foundation, brows, setting spray again, then lips!

Face primer,Foundation,concealer,setting powder,blush,eye primer, eye shadow, mascara, liner (I only put liner on my lower lashline :D), and then lipstick!!

Moisturizer, primer (if I’m using one, but I usually don’t), lip balm, brows, eye makeup, concealer, powder under eyes, foundation, all-over setting powder, contour/bronzer, blush, highlighter, lips.

Though, for work or low-maintenance days, I only do brows, mascara, and lips. 😛

My routine consists of the following:
I.) Moisturize my skin.
II.) First, I prime my eyelids with a eyeshadow primer.
III.) After priming my eyelids, I apply my eyeshadow and eyeliner on my eyes.
IV.) Once lids are colored and lined, then I comb out my lashes with a lash comb and prime them with a lash primer.
V.) Lashes are primed, I can now apply my mascara to my lashes. I also clean up any mistakes I made during this time with my makeup remover and a Q-tip. I clean off any eyeshadow under my eyes, mascara smudges, etc. My eyes are totally finished. I am ready to do my lips.
VI.) Ready to do lips. I like to apply Chapstick moisturizing lipbalm SPF 15 lip balm on lips before liner and lipstick.
VII.) My lips are primed and moisturized. I line and fill in my entire lips with a lip pencil.
VIII.) The “cherry” on top of the Chocolate cake? I apply my lipstick either straight from the tube or painting it on my brush. Voila, my face is fully done.
IX.) Note: If I have any excess oil on my face, I take a few blotting papers to my face and blot the excess oiliness from my face. I am ready to go!

After moisturiser it goes:

Matte primer
Powder and blush (the order depends on whether I’m using a powder blush or cream blush)
Eye primer
Lipstick, lip balm or, rarely, lipgloss

It doesn’t take me long to do my makeup but if I’m going out I’ll take more time. It’s just something I find very relaxing and it just cheers me up when I can look at myself in the mirror and not recoil in horror!

Lancome Moisturizer, Primer, Lighter foundation center of face, one shade darker on outer, eye primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, contour under cheekbones, powder blush, then cream on the apples. Lipliner, lipstick, Set face with translucent powder. DONE!

Mascara (It gets everywhere. I clean it up with a swab and bioderma), base, eyeshadow and liner, concealer, highlight, blush, powder, bronzer, lips. Then an extra blot or powder touch-up on the T-zone after finishing up my hair. It takes about 20-35 minutes. If I’m in a hurry I’ll skip base and only use one eyeshadow then it takes 15.

I do my eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer, powder, mascara, bronzer, highlighter, blush, lips all in that order 😉 It’s ordered that way mainly by priority, because sometimes I end up running out of time and have to run out without finishing the last few steps! Lips are a priority, but it’s not hard to pick up something like a gloss or tinted balm to apply as I go so that always comes last (unless I’m planning a bold lip).

1. Eyelid pimer: Well-rested or Too Faced Candlelight

2. I “tightline” my top lashes. Then I apply mascara. Then I line my bottom lid (if I’m lining it that day).

3. Face Sunscreen/Primer (usually Clinique CityBlock or Even Better Lotion)

4. Eye sunscreen – Clinique Superdefense SPF 20)

5. Foundation

6. SPF lip Balm

7. Lip color


Blush and eyeshadow follow, if I’m using them that day

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