The Correct Order of Makeup Application

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There are so many layers to makeup now that it’s easy to get confused on what to apply next or when you should put on a certain product. Does it matter the sequence in which you apply the products? Yes it can make a HUGE difference! Fear not, we have a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for you to reference with your makeup routine.


Wash Your Face

Start your day off with a thorough cleansing routine! You have a busy schedule and do not want to skip the initial cleanse of the day. I suggest starting with a liquid facial soap like Equate Mild Liquid Facial Soap available at for $5.87 (on rollback!) to remove all the dirt and oil which may have built up overnight. You want a fresh canvas to work with so don’t skip this step!

Studio35 Witch Hazel Toner/Cleanser is the perfect way to tone and condition pores before applying your moisturizer. Get it in-store at Walgreens today!

Next, use a good moisturizer (like this one) which is affordable, effective, and great for all skin types! It’s called Equate Beauty Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion found at for $3.98 (also on sale!).


If you apply sunscreen, this would be the time to apply it. Ensure it is formulated specifically for your face and contains SPF anywhere from 30-50.


This really sets the tone for your makeup application. It is the final step in our ‘makeup preparation’ stage. Now you’re ready to start with your makeup base!


Contouring (cream only)

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Apply your contouring cream at this point. If you don’t use cream but instead use bronzer, blush or a highlighter it should be applied later in the process – so hang tight!

Foundation/BB Cream/Concealer

This varies from person to person depending on what you feel comfortable using and what works best for you. Not everyone uses these products, or chooses to only use one. Either way, this would be the time to apply it.

Setting Powder

This is the final step in the FACE/BASE section! Now let’s cover the Eyes, Lips and Contouring sections:


  • Eye Primer
  • Base Eyeshadow
  • Inner Corner Eyeshadow
  • Lid Eyeshadow
  • Crease Eyeshadow
  • Outer Corner & Under eye Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Lash Curler
  • Mascara/ False Lashes


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  • Lip Primer
  • Lip Pencil
  • Lipstick
  • Concealer (around)
  • Setting Powder


  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter




There you have it! A simplified guide for anyone looking for a step-by-step on “when exactly” you apply your products. I know when I was first starting out I would reference things like this since I had no idea what I was doing. Talking to others about their routines is a great way to find out tips and tricks you may not have known. Luckily our friend worked as a makeup artist and her advice was invaluable during our challenging (and awkward!) 9th grade year.

For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty