If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the last few months watching makeup tutorials, questioning everything you know about makeup application. We’re talking: “Hold up! Did she just put her eyeshadow on and THEN her foundation?” So, in the interest of settling the score, here’s our definitive guide to makeup application.



So, we’ve already determined that we’re ‘foundation first’ people, but we failed to mention that we’re actually ‘skincare first’ people – duh! But, in what order? Start with a gentle morning cleanse and tone and follow with a squidge of bareMinerals Skinlongevity serum.

Next, apply a blob of Vine[Activ] Energising and Smoothing Eye Cream (about the size of a grain of rice) and finish with Caudalie’s Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser. City girls, take note: this range reduces the amount of skin-aging pollutants that make contact with the skin!


Now skin care’s covered, let’s tackle that base. Start with primer to smooth lines, blur pores and for better foundation application. Now, some say concealer goes next, but foundation before concealer is the way to ace that base. Use EcoTools’ Complexion Buffing tool for powder, Skin Perfecting for BB creams and Flat Foundation brush for liquid formulas.

To prevent slippage, try setting concealer with Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Setting Powder. It’s ultra light and for all skin tones – so you’ll get no visible caking. Simply press into the skin, with a dense brush, and leave the excess to dust off later.


Now your base is set, it’s time to define. Use EcoTools’ Retractable Kabuki to dust bronzer in a ‘3’ shape along the forehead, cheekbones and jawline. Follow with a brush of blush on the apples and dot highlighter on the high points of the face, for a healthy glow.


The next step? Bolster those brows! Always do brows before eyeshadow and liner to determine the shape of your eye look. EcoTools’ Eye Enhancing Duo covers all tools needed for eye makeup application glory – from defining and shading, to blending and smudging. Finish with Buxom’s Lash Mascara, before dusting away that excess Setting Powder. It cleverly creates a barrier between foundation and stray shadow, making it easy to remove with a quick brush.


The bolder the eye, the more natural your lip product should be. Reach for Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish in shade Dolly for a muted mauve glossy pout with clout. It boasts tingling, plumping ingredients, on top of moisturising vitamin A and E. More of a lipstick fan? Indulge in Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in shade Cathedral. It’s a sexy matte coco rose shade, that’s as long-lasting as it is pigmented. Go for it!

#BuxomBabe @ling.kt is looking extra hot rocking our bestseller Full On Lip Polish in Dolly 🔥🔥@debenhamsbeauty

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