I know that when I first discovered the beauty world I honestly didn’t know what the purpose of most makeup products were, let alone what order to apply these mysterious liquids and powders. It can be a tad bit overwhelming.. Luckily I had the time and patience to watch countless YouTube videos (seriously, I still spend hours watching makeup tutorials lol who am I kidding!) I watched & continue to watch all the renowned beauty gurus, including Jaclyn Hill, Lauren Curtis, Kandee Johnson, Kathleenlights, and so on. I can now say that I have a pretty good grasp on makeup and which order to apply it. Anyways, I decided to put together a general list of steps that can be used as a guide for beginners. Keep in mind, these steps are for a FULL FACE of makeup. Basically, if you were going to go all out, these would be the steps you would need. Of course, you don’t have to follow these steps verbatim; do as you please and definitely do what works for you!
Wash your face and moisturize beforehand. Give your skin enough time to absorb the moisturizer. 10-15 minutes is fine. < p>
Prime eyes with a concealer or an eyeshadow primer. Blend it in with your ring finger or a makeup brush.
Apply sticky tape to your eyes if your makeup look calls for it.
Apply your base color to set your primer/concealer and help with blending.
Continue to apply your eye makeup to your top lid only.
Apply liner to top lash line.
Clean up any fallout/eye shadow that may be on your cheeks and under-eye area.
Apply face primer with clean hands. (I find that primers are not always necessary for my skin, but it’s all about personal preference!)
Apply foundation with a sponge or dense makeup brush. Always start with thin layer of foundation and slowly build it up if you need more coverage. If you start out with too much product, you have a good chance of winding up with cake-face. Don’t forget to blend to your neck!!
Apply concealer to your under-eye area, bridge of the nose, center of forehead, cupid’s bow, and chin. For a natural look, your concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation.
Set your foundation and concealer with powder. I suggest using a translucent powder so you don’t accidentally alter the color of your foundation or concealer.
Fill in brows.
Contour where you want your face to have more definition (cheeks, nose, etc.)
Bronze where your face would naturally tan (the sides of the forehead, cheeks, tip of chin.)
Highlight where the light naturally hits your face (tops of the cheekbones).
Finish applying eyeshadow to bottom lash line.
Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes (my favorite part!)
Apply fake lashes (DON’T apply mascara to fake lashes)
Apply lip liner
Apply lip gloss
Set your makeup with setting spray.
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