What order do you apply your makeup in?

I usually do eyes first, so eyeshadow, brows, mascara, and then eyeliner. Following that, foundation, blush or setting powder (the more shimmery the blush, the more likely I am to apply it prior to setting powder), and finally any lip products.

— Christine

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Jess Avatar

I also start with eyes (primer, shadow, liner, mascara). Then I clean up the fallout and move on to face (foundation, concealer, setting powder). I rarely wear blush. Then I do brows on top of that before moving on to lips.

Mariella Avatar

Eyes first, then concealer under my eyes followed by setting powder on the concealer, then liner (upper and lower). After that, blush and last, lip primer and then lipstick. I usually don’t wear foundation (even pre-Covid) and rarely bother with contouring or bronzing.

P Jill Avatar

Ive always done the opposite. I start with base foundation and eye primer. Then blush, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, brow gel, highlighter and finally lipstick. Setting spray is now necessary for me before strapping on a chic face mask for errands or N95 for work.

Nancy T Avatar

After applying my face and eye primers, I go in with either foundation or BB cream, then apply browbone shadow, do brows so that I have a good framework for my eyeshadows. Next up is always eyeshadow, tightliner, winged liner, possibly a lower lashline liner that’s colorful or neutral, curl lashes, add mascara. Then I go to the rest of my face. First concealer where needed, set it with RCMA No Color powder using the damp sponge I used for my foundation and concealer, then use a dusting of my Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder or WnW Reserve Your Cabana, depending on time of year, followed with bronzer, blush, highlighter. Finally, I wipe off any lip balm I may have applied at the start, apply lip primer if needed, lipliner if needed (usually do!), then whatever lip color I’ve chosen for the day (or evening), could be just gloss or lipstick or both.

Lisa Avatar

Foundation/concealer/powder is always first — if I run out of time, I would much rather leave the house with my base done and no eye makeup than with full eye makeup and no foundation, or worse, badly blended foundation. I always find any fallout from eyes brushes away just fine as long as I’ve powdered my face.
Then eyes, excluding lashes/brows.
Then in former times I would have done bronzer/blush/contour, but I don’t bother these days, since it’s all hidden under the mask.
Setting spray.
Then mascara and brows (I find these don’t fare well if I spray setting spray on top of them, so they wait until the setting spray is dry).
Then would be lips, but again, these days I don’t bother.

Ana Maria Avatar

My never changing routine is face primer, concealer under eyes (just applied), foundation (blending it in with the concealer at the same time), eye primer on bare lids, face powder, blush/bronzer/sculpting powder, illuminating powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner (if I use), brow pencil, brow gel, mascara, lipstick.

Personally I have zero time, bother and space in my life for eyeshadows that have fallout. 😅 I tried doing eyes first, but I need my face done to properly balance the eye look, and I need my eyes done to properly balance the brows.

Deborah S. Avatar

I hope this doesn’t post as a duplicate. My page was loading funny.
Anyway, I have been putting on my makeup in the exact same way since I was 13 and I am now 68. It is hard to break old habits.
Skin care
Primer
Mac Fix Plus
Foundation
Concealer
Mac Fix Plus
Powder
Brows
Blush
Guerlain Meteorites
Mac Fix Plus
Lipstick

Nina Avatar

Moisturizer. Concealer. Foundation. Eyeshadow. Eyeliner. Brows. Bronzer. Brows. Never varies. No idea why I use this order. Funny, now that think about it. Routine I guess.

Nina Avatar

Oh ! And lipstick last. I’m tossing on lipstick so much during the day and evening I forgot about that. No liner. No gloss. Straight up lipstick. It’s really my favorite piece of makeup ♥️🤍♥️

Katrina Avatar

I’ve got a pretty intense skincare routine. I usually wait 30m or so for that to fully settle. Then, it’s self-tanning drops with my face primer, eye primer, color correction (when needed), light powder dusting ri set, eyebrows, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, serum foundation on most days mixed with highlighter and spf drops, cream contour, cream blush, lightly set every where but under eye, then damp sponge + one of my fave poreless setting under eye powders, powder bronzer, powder blush, highlight, then setting spray. I don’t usually need concealer. But, when I do, I choose that instead of color correcting because the only place I need concealer would be my under eyes. I rarely do lipstick. I was blessed in the lip department so usually Dior lip glow or a similar product is my choice lip product.

brendacr1 Avatar

suncreen
primer
foundation
contour
concealer
powder
setting spray
blush
lipstick
eyeliner
eyeshadow if I’m going out
eyelash primer
mascara
eyebrows
highlighter
powder
setting spray
I can cut if in half if I’m in a hurry or it’s summer and my face is a little tanned from self tanner.

Primpcess Avatar

I’ll comment on how I do my work makeup, since that’s the only place I’m wearing makeup these days.

Under eye concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, cream blush, powder bush, highlighter, setting spray, mascara, lippie (if I even wear it, kinda pointless these days).

Rebecca Avatar

I absolutely HATE doing my brows and applying foundation (and I’ve never found a foundation that works for me) so I don’t do either of them! And I wear a mask all day at work so I don’t even bother with concealer or anything on my face. So basically eyeshadow primer (or not even that if I’m using a super shock shadow), translucent powder above my crease to help with blending, eyeshadow, sometimes eyeliner, inner corner highlight, and then mascara. Easy peasy!

If we ever go back to not wearing masks I’ll do eyes first, powder foundation, blush, and cheek highlight last.

Helene Avatar

Eyelid primer
Eyeshadows
Eyeliner
Primer
Foundation
Concealer if I think it’s needed
Blush
Highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes and on the cupids bow and on the cheekbones if I’m going out somewhere, not that it happens these days.
Setting powder
Mascara
Eyebrows
A bit of Hourglass Ethereal Light
A dusting of Guerlaine Meteorites
Lipstick
Lip pencil if needed
Settingspray

Nikki Avatar

Usually it’s cheek contour, concealer, foundation, eyeshadow(s)*, eyeliner**, mascara, blush, highlighter if I’m wearing it, bronzer if I’m wearing it, lip balm, whatever colorful lip product I happen to be wearing that day. If I’m priming my face and/or eyes, the primer obviously goes on first.
*If any of the eyeshadows I’m using have a ton of fallout, I might temporarily bump either those shadows or the eyes in general to the front of the line for that day.
**I might do liner before shadow if I want the liner and shadow to stand out rather than blending into the shadow, or if the liner tends to stray.

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