What order do you apply your Makeup? Eyebrows before or after foundation?

What order do you apply your Makeup? Eyebrows before or after foundation?

It is quite interesting when I watch other people do their makeup because it’s fun to see the different ways people can do the same thing.

Alot of people do their makeup the same ol’ way, but when someone does it a little different, it captures my attention.

There are no hard and fast rules about how to apply makeup, so do whatever suits you. But I will share how I do mine. Let me know in the comments how you do yours so I can try something different.

You never know, different can be better lol! Do you do your eyebrows and eyeshadow before or after foundation?



I use an oil free primer on clean skin which helps my makeup to last longer on my face and creates a smooth base for the makeup. Seriously guys, if you don’t use a primer when you wear makeup, you are wasting your time. Without a primer, your makeup wont last long on your face regardless of if you have oily or dry skin. You know that feeling when you look at your face at the end of the day and the makeup is barely there? Yup, you need to use a primer. There are affordable drugstore options for different skin types such as Smashbox, NYX’s Pore filler.


I do my eyebrows next. I usually use an dark brown eyebrow pencil from Rimmel which costs me around £2. Lately, I have been reaching for my Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dipbrow in Chocolate, I am starting to like it again. I really disliked it before.

The key to getting ‘fleeky’ brows is to use concealer to clean up your brows which basically means outline your brows with the concealer to create your desired shape.

Eyeshadow look 

I do my eyeshadow before foundation in case of fall-out (the eyeshadow powder falling on my face). I remember ages ago when a MAC makeup artist did my eyeshadow first, I was confused, I thought everyone did their eyeshadow last. Now, I personally find it easier especially when I am using dark eyeshadow.



I put the foundation at the back of my hand, dip a damp beauty blender or my buffing brush into the liquid and start to blend it on my face…this is pretty standard or maybe it isn’t. Some people use their fingers to apply their foundation. I can’t do that because I know myself, I will accidentally touch everything in my bathroom, leaving brown fingerprints everywhere.

Remember, a little at a time, blending it as you go along.

Brightening & Contouring

I now prefer to call this stage ‘brightening’ rather than ‘highlighting’ to be honest. I brighten my under-eye area with my under-eye concealer and set it with my setting powder. Then I move on to contouring. I like to use cream products to contour because I find it easier to blend out so that it is not too harsh. I use a foundation stick to contour in the darkest shade. I use my CoverGirl bronzer to set my cream contour. To be honest, most of the time I skip this stage, because I ain’t got time to be doing this everyday!

Finish up with…

I use my highlighter powder at the top of my cheekbones to give me that glow. I recently learnt that you should put your blush in between your highlight (on the tops of your cheekbones) and contour (hollows of your cheeks), and after trying this tip, I do this every time I wear put on my makeup. My blush also has a little bit of shimmer to add to the glow.

After this, I apply my lipstick, and spray some setting spray on my face then I am good to go. For my everyday look, I skip the whole brightening, contouring stage, and just use a little highlighter powder and some lipstick.


How do you apply your makeup? What order do you apply your makeup? Is it any different from mine?




  1. November 3, 2017 / 3:07 am

    I like your routine in the article. You have such beautiful facial features and I really liked the way your make up complemented those features so well! I have watched many MUA’s and most of them do eyeshadows first so I do too. However, one of my favs does the eyeshadow after foundation, tried it and it wasn’t bad, I will probably stick to doing foundation first because of fallout and to keep lines clean and sharp. Thanks for sharing!

    • thatredl
      November 3, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      thank you love! Yup I do my eyeshadow before foundation because of fallout! Thank you for reading and commenting xxx

  2. Patricia
    December 27, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    simply love your make up routine, you also look pretty amazing. Now here’s where I advertise my ignorance! I’ve always believed in less is more and worry that if I use a primer, foundation, concealer etc. etc. it will ruin my skin eventually. Please do correct me if I’m wrong. Once more thanks for the beauty tips.

    • thatredl
      January 11, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      thanks hun, I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.Yes you are right less is more, but it is down to the application I think, rather than the number of products you use. I use a primer to reduce the size of my pores and to make my foundation look better and last longer. When using foundation and concealer, add a little at first then build it up, and blend well. This will make your foundation look flawless. I make sure I take care of my skin underneath by having makeup free days, and taking care of my skin when I take off the makeup. My skin has not gotten worse even though I use alot of products. Remember to take off your makeup every day. Trust me your skin will be fine. Let me know if you have any more questions x

  3. January 9, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Great tips. I am always curious as the the order people apply their makeup. Helpful!

    • thatredl
      January 11, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      thanks hun x

  4. March 11, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I am new to putting makeup on, I have use eyeshadow, mascara, and lipstick, all my life. But I just started using foundation it is a little different for me. I feel a little better about my self, but I wonder am I putting it on right. Reading your article helped a lot thanks.

  5. thatredl
    March 12, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Awww I am glad that this helped you out 🙂

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