The order you apply your makeup can make or break a look. There are hard and fast rules for the order you put on some products. However, the way you apply other makeup can be left up to your discretion.
Not everyone is going to apply their makeup the same way since different people find different things that work for them. You should have a good understanding of the basics of putting on makeup before experimenting. If you're struggling to find a method to start with, you've come to the right place.
We've created a step-by-step order for you to follow when applying your makeup. You can see what works for you and go from there.
Prep and Prime Your Skin
The first thing that everyone should do before putting on makeup is to prep and prime their skin. When you start with great skin, your makeup will look that much better. When you skip this step, your complexion may not look as smooth, or your makeup could not last as long.
The skincare you use will depend on your skin type, but you should start with a gentle cleanser. You want to wash away any impurities on your skin, like dirt and oil. Next, apply any other products you want, toner, serums, etc. Finish with a moisturizer to add hydration. It will also help your foundation glide on effortlessly.
A moisturizer can be your last step before makeup, or you can apply a primer. A primer can help your makeup last longer and also allow you to customize your skin finish. Some primers can help you look dewy, luminous, or matte.
Apply Your Foundation
Foundation is the base of any makeup look, so it should go on first. You need to have the right foundation for your skin. Find one that fits your skin tone, shade, and skin type. A perfect match will help you achieve a flawless complexion.
HIDE Premium Foundation is a liquid formulation that works for all skin types. It provides medium to full coverage but still allows your skin to breathe. The semi-matte finish means it will stay in place, and you won't get shiny.
Apply your foundation with a brush or a damp makeup sponge. Buff or bounce the product across your face starting in the center and working your way out. You don't want to drag the product around your face unless you want an uneven complexion. You will get the best coverage by bouncing and pressing the makeup sponge into your skin or buffing and stippling the foundation brush.
Once you apply a thin layer of foundation, examine your face and see if you want to add a second. HIDE Premium Foundation is buildable, so you can easily add more if needed. Remember, you will be using concealer, so every imperfection doesn't need to be covered. When your complexion is even, you can move on to the next step.
Cover and Conceal
To get a flawless complexion, you'll need a high-quality concealer. You can cover imperfections like dark under-eye circles, discoloration, and blemishes. You want to use a concealer because you can use a lot less product and get a high amount of coverage.
Apply a few dots of a concealer under your eyes and in your T-zone area. Use a concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation for a brightening effect. For covering blemishes and other imperfections, apply a small amount using a shade the same color as your skin. Use your damp makeup sponge to gently press the product into your skin to blend it out.
You don't want to use a lot of concealer because you can end up looking cakey. You can also end up with creasing under your eyes from the excess concealer settling into your fine lines.
HIDE Premium Concealer is an excellent option if you're looking for high coverage. It will last all day with an undetectable finish. The formulation is oil-free and lightweight, so you won't feel like you're wearing too much makeup.
Brows and Eyes
When you apply your eye makeup is one of the debated steps in the makeup routine. Some people swear by applying it first since eyeshadow can end up under your eyes. Cleaning up the pigment can ruin your foundation and concealer.
However, it can be hard to apply foundation and concealer around your eyes once they are done. You definitely can't apply mascara to your bottom lashes before concealer. By tapping off your eyeshadow brush before applying the shadow to your eye, you can avoid fall out. You can also hold a tissue under your eye if you're using loose pigment.
Fill in your brows using the product of your choice. Once your brows are done, apply an eye primer to create an even tacky surface. You can even use a little concealer if you don't have an eye primer. Next, apply your eyeshadow, liner, and mascara to complete your eye makeup.
Bronzer and Contour
Once you've completely evened out your complexion, your face is going to look flat. You can add dimension and color back with bronzer and contour. You don't always need to contour, but it can help enhance your features and create depth.
To contour, you need a shade three or four times darker than your skin tone. You apply it to places you want to accentuate, like the hollows of your cheeks. Concealer can make a great contour, and it's easy to blend. Contouring takes a little more effort than just bronzing, but it can be worth the work.
When you just want to bronze, use an angled brush to apply the product to places you want to define. Use it under your cheekbones and around your forehead and jawline for a natural tan appearance.
Blush and Highlight
You can also add dimension and color to your face with blush and highlight. Find a color that suits your skin type and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. Some people like to apply blush higher up on their cheekbones. You can see what looks best with your features.
Highlighting is an optional step, but it can add a nice pop. You can apply it to the tops of your cheeks, the tip of your nose, cupids bow, and corners of your eyes. You don't want to go too overboard unless you're going for a full shimmer look!
Now you're ready for the finishing touches. Bring color back to your lips with lipstick, tint, or gloss. You can add a lipliner first for a more defined lip.
Finish off by setting your makeup with a translucent powder or setting spray. If you're going to use powder, you can apply it immediately after foundation and concealer to lock it in place. It's another step that you can move around in your makeup routine. After you've set your face, you're done!
The order you apply your makeup is ultimately up to you. You may want to move around some of the steps, and it will still turn out marvelous! HIDE products can help you create an even base that is the foundation for any great makeup look.
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