A Step-by-Step Tutorial for Flawless Makeup ApplicationJuly 07, 2021
In reality, there are no rules on how to apply makeup. Whether you like to do your foundation before or after your eyeshadow is totally up to you, but there are some general techniques that can help make your application effortless and long-lasting. Here, makeup artist Alana Dawn is sharing a foolproof step-by-step guide on how to apply your makeup for a flawless finish every time.
STEP 1: Put on Primer
Once your face is cleansed and moisturized, the first step is to apply primer. Be sure to use a primer that works for your skin type. For example, try the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Primer if you have dry skin, or the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Primer if you have oily or combination skin. Applying primer will help prep your face for the following steps while helping your makeup last throughout the day.
STEP 2: Apply Foundation
Using a duo-fiber makeup brush, apply foundation all over the skin and blend it down onto the neck. We love the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24H Long Wear Foundation for this.
STEP 3: Conceal
Next, apply concealer below your eyes in the shape of a triangle. This technique ensures natural-looking coverage, brightens up your face and draws attention to your eyes. We recommend the Maybelline New York Super Stay Concealer for its full-coverage finish that feels comfortable and is hydrating.
STEP 4: Dab on Blush
Apply your favorite blush (ours is the Maybelline New York Cheek Heat) to the apples of your cheeks, extending up toward the temples using a rounded brush.
STEP 5: Highlight and Contour
Apply highlighter, like the NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin' Face and Body Highlighter, along the top of your cheekbones, on the Cupid’s bow, center of the chin and on the bridge of your nose to brighten up the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits. Then, swipe a contour powder along the sides of your nose, along the forehead (near your hairline) and hollows of your cheekbones to add some shape and dimension to your complexion.
STEP 6: Use Eyeshadow
Using a fluffy blending brush, add any shadow of your choice to the eyelids to give them a simple but chic wash of color. We love using the Urban Decay Cosmetics 24/7 Shadow Sticks for creamy, saturated color with just a flick of the wrist.
STEP 8: Smooth On Lipstick
Finally, apply your favorite lipstick using a lip brush for a precise application. Ours is the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick. Layer it with a lip balm with SPF protection, which is perfect for summertime. We recommend the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30, which comes in six different shades suitable for all skin types and makeup preferences.