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Steps of Applying Makeup

Do Your Eye Makeup First For Flawless Results

A few years ago, I attended a Spring trends makeup class. While I don't exactly remember what shades were hot that year — although I vaguely seem to recall peacock tones — the following tip has stuck with me. You probably start your makeup regimen by applying foundation, then concealer. But, in this class, it all starts with the eyes.

Instead of having to fix eye makeup slip-ups on top of your freshly applied foundation and concealer, the whole point of the "eyes first" mentality is for easier cleanup of those minor (or sometimes major) application blunders, from mascara and liner smudges to eye shadow that spills onto the face. It's also a great way to control the intensity of your makeup look.

Just start by dabbing a primer or concealer on the eyelid. Then, apply eye shadow, liner, and mascara as usual. Finish by dotting on foundation, concealer, and the rest of your regular makeup items. Try it out — peacock tones and all. Or not.

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