How to apply your makeup in the correct order

There is a natural flow to putting on makeup that makes your morning beauty routine much easier and less time-consuming.

Here’s your guide to putting on your makeup so it looks (and stays) glowy.

1. Skincare first

How your makeup looks depends on your skill level, and what condition your skin is in. Before you start applying and colour, remember your skincare routine first!

2. Primer or moisturiser

Pick one, not both, as even the lightest moisturiser can make a primer less effective.

The insider trick? If your skin is dry-ish, opt for the moisturiser and skip the primer. If your skin is a little oilier, go straight for the primer.

3. Lay your foundation

Even out any blotchiness with a light layer of foundation.

Squeeze a small amount of your favourite sheer foundation into the palm of your hand and warm it up by rubbing it between your palms.

Massage the foundation into the skin, starting from the centre of the face working outward toward the ears and neck.

4. Cover any flaws

Using a small brush or your fingertips, gently pat a tiny amount of concealer where you need it.

Repeat this step until the areas you want to cover up start to disappear.

This way you’ll use less makeup overall and you’ll achieve a smoother coverage with less chance of it caking up or settling into fine lines later.

5. Bronzer (if you wear it), followed by blush

Apply bronzer to give a warm glow to your entire face, then blush to add colour just to your cheeks.

Sweep bronzer on the high points of your face first (forehead, down the bridge of your nose and tops of cheekbones), and then apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks to balance out the tone.

6. Powder, just a little bit

Dust a small amount of translucent powder over the forehead, nose and chin with a fluffy powder brush. You want to take away excess shine, but still look fresh and dewy.

7. Eye makeup

Apply shadow, liner and mascara, in that order.

Dark shadows and liners can get messy, so by applying eye makeup in this order you can easily clean up any mistakes without ruining the rest of your makeup.

First, apply your shadow to add some dimension to your lids, then define your eyes with liner.

Save the mascara for last. If you do smudge, remove with a cotton bud.

8. Define your eyebrows

Let the rest of your makeup dictate how much (or little) brow definition you should create. If you’re going for a natural look, use a brow gel to smooth the hairs into place.

If you’re going for a full makeup look, use a brow powder or pencil to fill them in.

9. Lips

For a more natural look, try using a lip balm that has a bit of colour in it for a stained effect.

If you’re after a bold colour, line your lips and fill them in with a pencil in a similar shade first.

This not only keeps everything in the lines, it also helps your lipsticks staying power.

Written by Nikki Yazxhi.