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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Freedom of makeup application

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To follow up from my post from a few weeks ago called “Making Makeup Work for You” in which I talked about knowing when to edit your makeup routine. An awesome quote in the comments from Ash B (check her blog A Beauty Moment) got me thinking. She talked about "Freedom of makeup application” and the fact that "just because it's different doesn't mean it's wrong." I couldn’t agree with her more. I know people who apply their eyes first then their base and there are those people who apply their base including their cheeks first then move to eyes. I apply my makeup in this order: Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Eyebrows, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Mascara, Powder, Bronzer, Highlighter, Lips. I don’t know why I do it, but that's just the routine I’ve got into and that is what is normal to me. My best friend applies her concealer before her foundation and always finishes her base before moving onto eyes. Doesn’t mean that it is wrong, it's just different from how I do it!
What order do you apply makeup in?

40 comments

  1. It's interesting how this varies from person to person: I go primer, foundation, concealer, translucent powder, contour, blush, highlight (optional), eyebrows, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, lips, finishing powder and setting spray.

    Sophie | nanawintour.blogspot.com

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  2. Couldn't agree more! I apply my make-up in the same order you do apart from adding concealer after my eye make-up is done. I still love watching people do their make-up as everyone's technique and routine is different!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  3. I do primer, foundation, eye shadow primer, eye brows, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, concealer (just incase of fall out), contour/bronzer, blush, highlight, lips.

    I know some people who do lips after foundation just to work out what sort of colours they want on their eyes!

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I've algo thought many times if I should apply eyeshadow before my concealer next time because everytime I worry about the eyeshadow falling down the under eye area. I also start with primer and end with the lips. But do my eyebrows after the eyeshadow. xoxo

    lashesandblushes

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  5. You have quite a routine! and really what one does it upto them! :-) There shouldn't really be rules as makeup is more fun than necessity!

    New Chanel Les Beiges Multi COlor No. 02 review | TheConscienceFund

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  6. If I'm going for a smokey eye or using a number of eyeshadows, then I'd do my eye makeup before everything else, because of fall out - but usually I'll do my entire base, then brows, then eyes and finish with lips :)

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

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  7. I always apply my makeup in this order: moisturiser, primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, bronzer, powder, highlighter, mascara! I have just realised how odd that order actually is but I prefer doing foundation after eyeshadow because if any shadow falls out onto my face I don't have to correct my foundation! haha

    Natalie | Shabby Chic and Tea ♥

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  8. I do face primer, eyeshadow primer, lip balm, concealer, foundation, eyebrows, powder, bronzer/blusher, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick.

    I really should do my eyes before anything else as I'm always dropping shadow on my cheeks, but hey ho.

    Interesting post idea! :) xx

    Katy | www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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  9. My makeup is done in the order of lip balm,primer,foundation,concealer,eyebrows,powder,curler,lid primer,eyeshadow,eyeliner,mascara,bronzer,highlight,lips. I guess my order is very similar to yours but i like to curl my lashes first before applying any shadows so that I can gauge and see how far I wanna bring the shadow to...

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  10. i completely agree with you - i always do my eyes and then my base and powder, bronzer etc. but i think that's just cause i'm rubbish at eyeliner!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  11. It's weird thinking about it now, i've seen people do eyes then foundation and I always thought it weird as I like to blend foundation over my eyelids. I do - primer (or base), foundation, concealer, eyebrows, eyeshadow, mascara, contour, bronzer, highlighter if using, and then lips. I don't use powder as my foundation lasts quite well throughout the day
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I always do my eyes/eyebrows first. I then use a makeup pad to remove any that has fallen. I just recently started applying my concealer after my foundation as opposed to before.

    http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/

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  13. I always do my full face before my eyes which includes contouring and blush! I tried waiting until the end to do blush but I normally end up forgetting about it! Lovely post xx
    Rena Kiss and Make Up // 150 Follower Giveaway

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  14. On an average day I don't wear eyeshadow so I'll start with a primer, then concealer if I need it, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, lips, eyebrows, eyeliner & mascara. If I'm wearing eyeshadow I'll do my eyes first 'cos I've ruined so many perfect base applications with loose pigments/shadows or glitter sprinkling all over my face, gah!

    Jessie @ www.paintbynumbers.me

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  15. my routine is the same as yours, though I do my concealer after my eyes x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  16. So interesting reading the different routines every one has, I guess you just kind of assume that every one does their make-up in the same order and so reading this post and the comments is really surprising. Clearly shows that there is no right/wrong way to do your make-up, just go with whatever works for you. I also find that different people use the same brushes for different things - such as the brush I use for my eyebrows, my cousin uses to apply eyeshadow to her lower lash line. Why feel restricted!

    beautyfullsparx.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I always find that my eye makeup looks better if I do my face first! It's like doing my hair - if I do it before makeup it looks terrible, but after makeup it looks great!

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  18. agreed, i do the same as lily but i know people that do it differently and they still look beautiful when it's done, it really doesn't matter what way you do your make up

    http://justanylife.blogspot.com

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  19. Unless I'm wearing a lot of eyeshadow, I will always apply my base first and then eyebrows and then eyes. Otherwise it's the other way round!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  20. I always do my eyes first and put my concealer on before my foundation. It really does only matter if it works for you. :)

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I seem to go
    Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Bronzer, Eyebrows, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Mascara, Lips.

    But it can depend if i know a eyeshadow will have a lot of fall down i will do eye's first.
    If i'm feeling daring then i like to mix it up a bit ;)

    Michelle x

    www.michelleritchie.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I used to always apply concealer first but now I do it after my foundation. I use primer when I am going out or need to dress up a bit, I just don't use it on an everyday basis.

    My routine usually goes

    foundation, concealer, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blusher, lips

    Start with a base, then move from top to bottom! :)


    www.beckiiee12.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Base makeup, eyes, then cheeks, lips.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  24. I'm in the habit of almost always doing my eyes first especially because I never want any fallout to ruin my face makeup! But I completely agree--different doesn't mean wrong.
    Amber | Lovely Notions

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  25. mine goes like this: primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blush/bronzer, highlight, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lips :)

    xx

    lovemadisonbailee.blogspot.com

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  26. Its so interesting seeing what order others do it in! What works for me is: primer, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow primer, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, highlight, bronzer, blush, lips. I never realized how wonky that order is until now haha!
    emiliashea.blogspot.com

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  27. It is interesting, but I have to wonder whether people who get wound up by different or "wrong" routines maybe need to chill out a bit?! If I watch tutorials ans someone does something differently to me, I don't freak out, I use it to see whether that would work for me. Funny what annoys some people! I agree with you though. I like how your posts often challenge comments or criticisms you may have had. :]

    Mind > Matter

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  28. I switch it up depending on what I'm doing, to be honest! Usually it's primers > base > eyes > lips, but it depends on whether I'm working with fallout prone shadow or doing a complicated look which leaves room for error (eyes first), or whether I know exactly which eyeshadows I'm wearing, but not which blush, etc...

    x Nicole Isabella

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  29. i do it exactly the same way like you :) But between Bronzer and Highlighter i apply blush.

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  30. awesome!!

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  31. I apply mine in order too! Not sure why, but it works best for me!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  32. Couldn't agree more! I just watched a video where the girl did her eyes before her foundation and I was like "Hmm, I always do the eyes last" because like you've said everyone is different. When following some tutorial you don't really need to change your order of applying things because what you are doing and the way you do it really is what works for you.

    Blog | The Pastel Daisy

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  33. I've always applied make up in such a weird order... If I'm going the whole hog I'll do: Mascara first (I make such a mess with it that it has to go first really so I can mop it up!) then moisturiser, primer, eyebrows, foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer, a bit of under eye shadow, then contour and blush, then powder to finish and whatever I'm doing on my lips. Wow that was quite a lot there wasn't it haha :) x

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  34. Agreed, as long as your make-up looks good who cares what order you put it on your face!!

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I always apply my base first, I find it works better for me as when I'm using cream blushes/highlighters I like to apply them whilst my foundation is still setting, I find they blend better into my skin. But either way, as long as it works for you, who cares what order you do it in! x

    Jess | www.0ldtricks.com

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  36. My skin in no way seems to attain such a flawless look but i'm bound to be a asset or else two of a not many of these goodies choice take place a close step in the sphere of the completely direction. Might take part in to have another look at them myself by the side of round about stage.

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  37. I love that you made this post, because it frustrates me SO much when people saying "you're doing it wrong" when I apply my concealer first. It just works better for me and I find I use less foundation and avoid looking cakey throughout the day. When I'm applying makeup on other people, or if I don't really have any blemishes to cover up, I'll do foundation first. Its really just personal preference. The other thing I hate is people who say you're doing it wrong when you use a brush thats for one thing, for something else. I use an eye brush for my concealer most of the time, just because it works best! Theres no "right" way to apply makeup. x

    www.littleldnlife.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Other things in my routine may change but I ALWAYS have to do my eyebrows last. They're so dark (and rather full haha) so if I get powder in them after they're done, I can't get it out completely and it just looks... odd.

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  39. I definitely don't think there's right or wrong way when it comes to the order you do your makeup - as long as it works for you and makes sense to you! I tend to change it up depending on the look I'm going for. For example If I'm doing a heavier eye, I'll do that first and then my foundation to avoid fall out ruining the look :) xo

    Megan Jane // Seek My Scribbles UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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