I’ve never been one to follow the rules. I have taken many makeup classes and I like to use them as inspiration and then do what makes sense in my head. Now that doesn't mean it’s right, or what I should be doing but it’s what works for me. I’m pretty sure the “correct way” of putting on your makeup is to start with your face. This does not make sense to me, it never has and it never will.
First I like to put a base on my eyes. For years I would use nothing but MAC shadestick. After about 10-15 years using a shadestick, MAC discontinued the the color I liked to use. So I was left with out a choice, I had to try a new product. I've tried many different products and I’m always up for trying new things. Lately I’ve been stuck on my Urban Decay concealer and that has been working great. I put that on my lids and blend it in with a brush. Then I apply my eyeshadow. If you have been watching my videos or checking out my LOD, you will know I can go a little crazy and have lots of fun with my eyeshadow - it just depends on how much time I have, where I’m headed to and what my mood is or if I get a new one that I’m dying to do a look with. Because I go so crazy with my eyeshadows, a lot of fall out happens on my under eye. This is why I feel it’s pointless to put on my foundation before. Once I’m done with my shadows, I clean up my under eye with a makeup removing wipe. My favorite are the MAC wipes. If I had put on my foundation first, I would then be wiping it off and wasting it. Also, after I do my under eye clean up, I like to buff some of the shadow out with my foundation and powder.
After I’m done with my clean up, I like to do a little concealer on my under eye. I then follow with my foundation. My foundation changes all the time, (color and the brand). I’ve recently been into Hourglass Stick Foundation and before that I was really into Elcie Foundation and Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Stick Foundation. I could seriously go on and on about all the different foundations Ive used and liked. The only foundations I’ve never personally been a fan of is a powered foundation. It just doesn't seem to work for me.
Once I’m done with my foundation, I like to start my contour, with Anastasia Beverly Hill stick foundation in Shadow. Then I like to go back in with my Urban Decay Concealer to highlight. I blend those in with my paddle brushes. I tend to put a drop or two of Elcie Glow oil on the brushes before blending. Once I’m done with that I go in with my benefit Hoola powder to bronze and give more dramatic definition to my contour.
Then comes the cake and bake! I’m in love with my RCMA no color setting powder. I cake that stuff right on to my highlight points but mostly on my under eye to really bake my concealer in. By putting the setting powder over your concealer, you are trapping the body heat in and baking your concealer right on your skin. This may seem intense for some but I can’t go without it anymore.
While I’m baking my face, I move on to my eyebrows. My eyebrows are totally blonde and if i don’t color them in, I look like an alien. I start with Anastasia Beverly Hills brow definer to get the outline, then I go back with my Benefit Brow Zing to fill them in with the powder. Brow Zing is another product I've been using forever! It’s definitely one product I’d take with me if I was stuck on an island. I know there are probably better products out there but it’s just my thing. When I do makeup for weddings I don’t always use it. I actually have many brow options I like to use depending on the client but for my personal use, it’s what I like.
After my brows I move on to blush. I’m not personally the biggest blush fan, but the last couple of years I’m getting a little more into it. If you look at my kit, you would have no idea I’m not a blush girl because my supply is full. (You’ll learn quickly with EB, supply is NEVER a problem)
After I’m done applying my blush, I brush off my setting powered and blend whats left into my skin and move on to eyeliner. I am an eyeliner girl! I feel almost naked without it. I used to only use MAC fluidline Blacktrack. but the last couple of years, it just hasn't been delivering for me like it use to. So once again, I’ve been playing with a few products. At the moment I have landed on Tarte tartiest double take liner, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with it.
After my liner, I apply my highlight. This changes daily on my mood and how highlighted i want to be for the day. During summer time I tend to get more intense with my highlighter, going for the summer glow. Next, I do a quick couple of brushes of mascara and then I pick my eyelashes for the day. It’s very important to let the glue dry for a minute so it can get tacky. This is the number one mistake people make when trying to put on lashes. My rule of thumb is to put the glue on both my lashes, then apply my lip and the time it takes me to put on my lips, is the perfect amount of time to get the glue tacky enough.
The lips I’ve been a big fan of, as much as I hate to admit, are the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kits. They are the one lip I have found I never have to touch up. I can put it on at 6am and it will still be on, without a touch up by 9pm. Thats the kind of lipstick I need personally and for my brides.
This is the order I personally do my makeup in. It’s not the “correct” order but it works for me. Just remember, there is no right or wrong way, its just about what works best for you!