Makeup Artists Say This Is the Order You Should Be Applying Your Makeup

Watch a makeup artist at work, and you'll notice that there's a very strict order in which they apply different products. You'll likely see them apply eye shadow, liner, and mascara first before moving on to things like concealer, foundation, and blush. If you've ever wondered whether there's a rhyme or reason to that order or if it's just personal preference, then you're not alone. That's why we reached out to a couple of expert makeup artists to pose the question: Does it really matter which order you apply your makeup in? More specifically, what about concealer and foundation? Those are two products that many people use almost interchangeably. Some start with concealer first and then pat foundation over the top, and others prefer to go with foundation first and spot-conceal after their base is applied. What's the right way?

Trick question: There isn't a right or wrong when it comes to makeup. Everyone knows that, right? You do you. But with that being said, there are a few (of what we will now call) best practices. These are tips and tricks you can use to ensure the best possible result. It's in that vein of thinking that experts recommend a specific application order.