After consuming endless Youtube makeup tutorials and beauty blog posts, I’ve come to the realisation that the order we apply our makeup is a unique thing to all of us. Although I know the finished product will be fabulous in the end whether you’re an ‘eyes first’ or ‘base first’ gal, I thought I’d share my routine and get your input on your own. I’m definitely no makeup artist and my routine is made up (geddit?) of a mixed bag of tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, so you might read this post and think “oh hell no!“… or you might do something similar!
Eyes: Yep, I’m an ‘eyes first’ gal. I picked this tip up from Napoleon Perdis awhile back (not the man himself obviously) and it’s stuck with me ever since. For me it makes sense – after spending an eon perfecting your base and under-eye concealer, why ruin it with fallout from your eyeshadow? I start with an eye primer (NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for me), and pop on the (speak of the devil) Napoleon Perdis The One concealer to colour correct my lids and create a base for eyeshadow. I’ll sometimes use the old sticky tape trick to get the edges of my eyeshadow poker straight when I’m applying eyeshadow, but not without de-sticky-ing the tape a little on the back of my hand to avoid peeling off half the skin around my eyes. I’ll do my eyeliner (because I like to get that battle out of the way early) and mascara while I’m here as well.
Under-eye concealer: Once I’ve cleaned up any eyeshadow fallout under my eyes with some Bioderma, I move onto disguising those dark circles. The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base makes an appearance again here (a tip gleaned from Wayne Goss to help prevent creasing) and blend in my The One concealer with my MAC 195 brush. I don’t apply foundation under my eyes as I find it creases immediately even with the eyeshadow base on, so I finish with my By Terry Touche Veloutee over the top. Dark circles be gone.
Skin Primer and Base: Onto my base. Depending on what shape my skin is in, here I’ll either use the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer or theBalm Time Balm* to prep. If my skin has been misbehaving, I’ll do some pinpoint concealing with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Foundation (usually liquid) is applied with a Real Techniques Expert brush followed with a once over with the Buffing brush. I might do a quick contour here with Benefit’s Hoola if the occasion calls for it, and a highlight with whichever product is taking my fancy at that moment (currently it’s Benefit’s Watts Up.)
Brows: After I’ve finished my base I’ll tame my brows, the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette and the Benefit Gimme Brow being my weapons of choice.
Lips: I always use a lip liner under my lippies. I know they have a bit of a stigma attached after their apparent misuse in the 90’s, but I do find they increase the wear of my lippies and the whole look is a lot more polished. I use a mix of MAC liners and and my new faves, the OCC Cosmetic Colour pencils.
Blush: I picked up this tip along the way somewhere (I’m thinking either Lisa Eldridge or Wayne Goss) but the idea is you finish your lips before you apply your blush, so you can tailor the amount of colour in relation to your lips, ie: if you’re a sporting a strong lip, a lighter layer of blush might be a good idea to avoid being mistaken for a clown.