Makeup Basics – Face Routine

Recently one of my friends and I were speaking about our makeup routines, as she was explaining hers I realized our routines are very different. She then explained that she got the order in which she applies her products from a video on the internet and proceeded to explain that her foundation was caking up and she was having to apply so much product to cover imperfections. I explained what her issue might be and she asked me to break down my process so that she can try it. I figured I could share with you all and help her out in one shot. Meli, this one is for you a857eb7cf744d9a565685bb713aa20d5.

Wash and Moisturize:

Having a clean face does wonders for application and the smoothness of this one. Think about it this way, when your are painting a surface you paint a clean one without debris, if you were to paint over a dirty or dusty surface the application will be bumpy and not very appealing. After cleaning your face you strip your skin and lose moisture, is important for your skin to be moisturized, use a moisturizer that caters to your skin type. Using the correct moisturizer for your skin type will prevent excessive oiliness or dryness and help the application process and overall look.


Back to our painting analogy, the primer in this case works the same way. It evens out the skin and allows the foundation to adhere to the skin and last longer. There are plenty of primers and as with the moisturizer it is important to use one that is specifically made for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin you wouldn’t use a primer meant for oily skin, doing so will absorb the little moisture your skin has an will result in visible dry patches and your foundation will not look as flawless as if you would have applied a primer that helps your skin retain its moisture.


Again, very important to use one meant for your skin type if you are excessively dry or oily. If you have normal skin (lucky!) and chose the correct primer  and skincare then you can be a little more experimental with your foundation choices. Also, the consistency of this one is important, a thicker foundation or applying several layers can result in cakiness. Your best option is applying a thin layer and go over the parts that may need a little more coverage. Also don’t forget that concealer can also help to cover those areas so think about how  much coverage that particular area needs and weight your options.


Crucial part of the process and the application of this one can make or break a look (my humble opinion). Everyone applies their concealer differently, I prefer the method used in this photo.


This allows us to use the concealer to highlight and creates dimension as opposed to a flat color, it also makes the products on your face blend in and looks more natural (as natural as makeup can get) if the chosen colors are the correct ones.

After concealer:

One of two things can happen after concealer, if you are done with cream products then you can set your under-eye and face with powder. Very important to chose the correct colors or a translucent powder. I personally use a loose translucent powder for the areas where I highlighted with my concealer and a powder close to my foundation color for the rest of my face. The reason why I use two different ones is that if I were to use my face powder all over my face then all the highlighted and non highlighted areas will blend in and there will be no dimension to my face. After this you can contour with your powder products and process to eye makeup if you have not finished your eyes before the face products application. I you are not finished using crème products after concealer application and prefer to contour and blush with cream products then you can do so before setting your face with powder products.

Products I use:

Face wash and moisturizer: Clinique three step for combination to oily skin also known as type 3

Primer: Becca Evermatte Poreless Primer

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

Concealer: MAC Pro-longwear Concealer

Powder: Dermablend Loose Setting Powder in Original and MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural

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