Simple guides on how to apply your skin care and makeup perfectly

Simple guides on how to apply your skin care and makeup perfectly


Simple guides on how to apply your skin care and makeup perfectly


Ladies, we have our skincare routines down to a science. Although, as we get ever-busier, we trade portions of our regimen for a few more minutes of staying in bed in the morning. Exhausted, we forgo important steps at night in favor of returning to said bed.


A survey by Simple Skincare found that only a pitiful number of us are practicing our regimen on the regular.


I’m here to break it down and give you a handy cheat sheet guide on the best way to layer your skincare products so that you’ll reap the best benefits from The Routine.

Why does it matter?
It’s not that your skincare items won’t work if you don’t layer them a certain way. But, if you apply them in the correct order, you’ll get the max benefits and you’re much more likely to see results from your skincare products. And, anything worth doing is worth doing right. Right?

Use this as a general guideline, and find the regimen that works best for you!


1. CLEANSE

Cleansing is the cornerstone of any regime as it removes all the build-up of dirt giving you a clean base to work with.
This should always be the first step in any regime. 
There are different types of products to choose from like cleansing wipes, cleansing bars used with a flannel cloth, electronic brushes and cleansing milk.
Be sure to check the label to find out which one best suits your skin type.

2. TONER

This should be a fairly quick step and just as necessary as your cleanser - contrary to popular belief.
Douse a cotton wool pad in the toner of your choice and wipe it over your face to clarify the pores and give your face a final check for dirt.

3. SPOT CREAM

After completely cleaning your face, now is the time to treat it.
If you suffer from any problems, Cosmo recommends applying spot treatment now so that the skin can 'soak up their benefits'.
It's always vital to cleanse and tone your skin at the start of any day before beginning with oils, creams and serums

4. SERUM

Anti-ageing starts as soon as possible and beauty serums are some of the best products on the market.
Most make the perfect base for your make-up and the light formulas mean they soak into the skin fairly quickly and leave no greasy residue.

5. EYE CREAM

Many eye creams are there to de-puff the eye bags that some people get after a late night, so putting it on before your moisturiser and oil is the latest trick.
But the skin around your eye is fragile so never rub, gently pat it in with the tip of your finger.

6. MOISTURISER

After all of these products have been applied, it's time for moisturiser.
Hydration is essential and helps to battle those wrinkles. Using a lighter mixture can help if you have oily skin but, as Cosmo says, it is 'non-negotiable'.

7. OIL

There's a difference between a serum and a facial oil, which is why it needs to be applied after.
Water-based serums nourish the skin and go under cream, whereas oils set your moisturiser and therefore sit on top and keep your skin moist for the whole day.
Applying your products in a certain way will mean they will work harder for longer even if it takes a bit longer in the morning

8. SPF

Some moisturisers and creams will have an SPF factor already in their products but applying extra sun protection is a plus.
It does, however, have to be done before you start applying your make-up otherwise it won't protect you to its full potential.

9. PRIMER

A good primer will make a solid base for your make-up and keep all the other products you have already applied secure.
There are plenty of primers on the market that will help minimise the appearance of pores, smooth out wrinkles and combat oily spots so that your make-up won't slip off in the middle of the day.

10. BROWS

Brows should always be done last and should complement the 'intensity' of the rest of your make up.
Heading for a night on the town? Up the pencil action. Heading to the office? A softer powder and wax could work better.
Use a pencil to fill in and define your brows, a powder to fill in sparse brows, or a gel to hold them in place.

11. FOUNDATION

Foundation should be applied in a light layer first, and then any blemishes that stand out can be covered by concealer.
By applying the lighter layer first, less concealer will be needed and it won't be removed if you applied your foundation first.

12. CONCEALER

Use a concealer that is roughly two shades lighter than your skin tone, and when covering any spots a green colour will erase the redness and should be set by your normal concealer and then powder.
Illuminate under the eyes, on the brow bone, around the mouth, the chin and nose to give your face the best highlights.
Cosmopolitan recommend applying eyeshadow and eyeliner before you put on your mascara to cover up any excess powder

13. POWDER

Powder isn't just about getting rid of a shiny T-zone area; it also serves as a setting tool for your base.
If you have oily skin, a powder puff can be a good way to soak up any excess oiliness but for a softer glow, a brush is your best tool.

14. BRONZER THEN BLUSHER

The more definition you require, the more bronzer you will need.
For a dewy beach look a sweep of bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks will create a soft outline.
Adding blusher on top needs to be done sparingly to avoid any clown references, so a dab of your favoured pink glow will suffice for a gentle pinch of colour.

15. EYESHADOW, EYELINER AND THEN MASCARA

Eyeshadow should be applied first, followed by eyeliner so that your lashes don't get in the way.

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