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What Order Should I Apply Skin Care and Makeup?

Stop Applying Your Skin Care and Makeup in the Wrong Order With Our Handy Guide

What Order Should I Apply Skin Care and Makeup?
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It seems like there's a new beauty invention to add to our routine every week (micellar water, lip primer, what?). And with all those bottles and tubes lining the vanity, it's easy to get a little confused about which product goes when. The sequence in which you should apply your skin care and makeup in the morning (or evening) is very important. The right layering technique will ensure you get the maximum efficacy of each product, but it's mostly intuitive.

For example, sunscreen should go on after moisturizer for the best protection, and apply eye shadow ahead of foundation so any fallout won't smudge on your face. But when you start inserting facial oils and contouring powders into the mix, it's enough to make your head spin! Don't worry; we're here to save you from these easy-to-make beauty mistakes.

It's important to remember that you don't need every product in the sequence unless you truly want to use them. Feel free to leave out anything you don't normally use, or take the time now to invest in a great primer, color corrector, or eyebrow pencil. Keep reading to get everything in order — from skin care to cosmetics — for your most flawless face, along with product suggestions for each step.

— Additional reporting by Emily Orofino
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