For many, makeup is an enjoyable part of our day-to-day routine. Though it’s not completely necessary to feel beautiful, it can certainly have a positive effect on how you feel. So to help relieve any of your makeup application woes, here is the proper order to apply your makeup.

Hydration: Flawless makeup application starts with great skin care. You should never apply makeup without hydrating first. Apply moisturizer first so it has time to absorb into the skin, and it’s important to keep in mind that dry spots on your face will appear dry once you apply foundation.

During spring and summer, opt for a lightweight moisturizer in a gel or serum formula. If you’re applying makeup in colder months, you may consider a thicker, hydrating cream to lock in moisture all day long.

Primer: The correct order comes into play to save your makeup regimen as well, ensuring you get the most flawless wear from your foundations and colourful pigments. Kicking this off is a good primer, which acts like a magnet to hold down your base and, thanks to new advances, can tackle problems like spots and oiliness, too.

Base Makeup: Now that your face is fully hydrated, it’s time to pull out your makeup. You may have been wondering, which base product goes first? The pro move is to start with foundation and follow up with a concealer. Concealer goes second so it can color-correct things that foundation doesn’t. You’ll want to avoid yellow-based concealers because they are too neutral to counter gray, blue or brown tones.  If your eye area is a concern for you, opt for peachy or pink concealers to help brighten dark areas surrounding the eyes.

Eyes: Your complexion is complete and it’s time to add some pizazz to your look. If poppy eyes are your specialty, pay close attention to the proper order for applying eye makeup. Apply your eyeliner first, trace the liner with a dark shadow and reapply the liner after you’ve completed the shadow look to make it last longer and look the darkest.

If you’ve got sweaty lids this trick will help you avoid raccoon eyes and keep your peepers properly lined throughout the day or night. Apply mascara last to hide any shadow spills or imperfections on lashes by coating them with mascara.

The intensity of your brows should complement your eyeshadow, blusher and lipstick, so grab a pencil and get to work on matching them with the rest of your look.

Lips: The final step to perfecting your makeup look is adding a splash of color to your pout. To make your lip liner last longer, apply it to dry lips before you apply balm or lip color. Once your liner is complete, add a hydrating balm and lip color with either lipstick or lip gloss.

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