What is the most essential step in your makeup routine?

In a very minimal look, I feel like it’s base — like a sheerer foundation or tinted moisturizer, but for a more “wear everything except the kitchen sink” kind of look, then I feel like brows make a huge, huge difference in tying everything together.

— Christine
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For sure, concealer (I’ve always had dark circles and they’ve not “improved with age”), eyeshadow primer and lipstick (even a MLBB shade or a tinted balm) – I am so pale that without something on my lips for a bit of colour, my whole face disappears!

Years ago, I would have said foundation, but since chemo wiped out my brows a decade ago, my answer is definitely brows. My skin might look uneven without foundation, but I look just plain weird without normal brows.

Yeah, I have the same problem. At least my eyelashes grew back normally, but my brows are still so pale and sparse post-chemo (15 yrs ago). Eh well, at least there’s lots of brow products to choose from now 🙂

15 years…awesome! 🙂

I never used brow products until I lost them. Unfortunately, my bottom lashes didn’t grow back very well, either. There are a few here and there, but I can’t wear mascara on the bottom because of the bald spots. Thank goodness the top ones came back!

I would have to say priming and color correction around the eyelid and surrounding area, followed by either doing the brow or adding lip color. I can basically get away with that minimal a look. And tightening the upper eyelid would be the next step. All the eyeshadows I have a fun but basically window decoration.

Concealer… (though I wish it wasn’t!) I have acne so most days I don’t feel great unless I have a bit of concealer on, even if that’s the only makeup I’m wearing.

Agree. Base. I would make a concealer work double duty if I had only a single choice of product. I like variety in my bases from sheerer dewier TM’s to buildable medium to full coverage satin finish foundations and everything in between depending on the day. The older I get, the more past life sun damage becomes apparent (I have three very persistent hyper pigmentation spots) and so I appreciate base products that much more.

Concealer. The redness on my cheeks is splotchy, canceling it out makes me look and feel better, even if I do nothing else.

Concealing my under eyes area! I have genetically dark under eyes and working at the computer doesn’t help either; without my under eyes concealed I look terribly tired, sick almost. So for me this step is a must, I live with other imperfections on my skin showing.
Brows definitely make a difference, but mine look decently good (especially after waxing/threading and grooming them). Mascara would be my first on the list for the “wear everything except the kitchen sink” kind of look. But if we’re stretching the line here, I would also need an eyeliner or something to define my eyes… my face looks odd without some kind of work on eyes, I need something that attracts more attention on them, on the upper side of my face.

Lips. I can throw a good lip color on a bare face and look like I did it that way on purpose, but if I do eyes and not lips, it just looks unbalanced.

While there are definitely more than just the one essential step, the most important part is the same exact thing thing that I was taught by my ex in regards to our residential/commercial painting company. That it’s the preparation that counts. That’s what makes all the difference.
Therefore, I will have to say that it is my skincare routine prep, plus the use of primers, that makes sure I have the best possible canvas to work with.

Eyebrows; my 90s brows have never recovered… Even if I’m literally wearing nothing else, I have to do my brows. Mascara is a close second, though, because while I have naturally thick, dark lashes, it just looks odd to do a full eye look and skip mascara…

Definitely brows! I wear glasses daily, and using my brows to frame my face makes all the difference. 2nd priority is some kind of complexion product, tinted moisturizer or concealer. 3rd is blush, I feel like blush and brows make all the difference I need for a day to day face!

I’d say moisturizer can’t live without it but you said makeup.

For me it’s mascara. It brings out my eyes and without it I look pale and mousey.

Still yet I don’t use it every day.. a pia to get off!

I would have to say mascara for dressing up or down. Followed by a primer then base. In that order. My eye lids I can get by with a blank canvas but a lipstick helps so much with my lizard lips.

I have far from perfect skin, and it’s oily, so eyeshadow and face primers, foundation, and setting powder. Nothing else is going to do any good if I don’t have the base products down.

I need something to line my eyes. Without either a liner or mascara my eyes disappear. My blue eyes are too light and my lashes not dark enough. I could have everything else from base to brows to bronzer and blush but if my eyes were not emphasized in some way I’d look like I just crawled out of bed. I can’t say that about any other step in my makeup routine.

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