When it comes to my makeup routine, I’m largely a creature of habit. I put my makeup on the same way every day, and only occasionally incorporate new products into my routine.
And it’s not that I’m unwilling to try new things—sticking to my routine is just quicker and more convenient! Those tend to win out anytime I consider adopting a different method or look.
But I recently came across some very compelling reasons to make a big change in my makeup routine! In fact, this change made so much sense to me that I decided to share it with you in today’s blog post! :-)
The Makeup Mistake I Didn’t Know I Was Making
For decades now, I’ve started my makeup routine by applying my foundation first. I thought that was the way it “should” be done, but I recently learned that it’s actually better to start with your eye makeup first!
So I gave it a try, and now I’m kicking myself for not learning this trick sooner! Here are four reasons why putting on your eye makeup first just makes good sense.
4 Reasons Why You Should Do Your Eye Makeup First
1. More Control & Better Balance
When we look at another person’s face, we instinctively look at their eyes first. So when you’re doing your makeup, focusing foremost on your eyes will help you make a good first impression!
Starting with your eyes can also make it easier to create a balanced look. If you start with a dramatic smoky eye, you can balance it with more subtle lip and cheek colors.
And if you start with a more subtle or neutral eye color, you can add a bold lip color for a perfectly balanced look. Simply put, starting with your eyes is an easy way to create a more cohesive look!
2. It’s Less Messy
Before I started doing my eye makeup first, cleaning up the “fallout” was an everyday struggle. I would inevitably end up with bits of eyeshadow or flakes of mascara underneath my eyes, and it was such a pain to clean up!
If your foundation is already done, it’s impossible to clean up eye makeup fallout without erasing part of your foundation. A careful approach to cleanup often ends up leaving behind smudges of color under your eyes, enhancing the dark shadows that most of us try to avoid!
But when you start with your eye makeup, you can wipe away any fallout from your eye makeup without worry. Smart!
3. You’ll Use Less Foundation
When you start your makeup routine by applying foundation, it’s easy to get carried away. Applying a thick layer of foundation can make it appear cake-y, and that’s not what most of us are looking for.
If you apply foundation after your eye makeup is done, you’ll likely use less and achieve a more natural look. It’s an easy switch that can make your skin appear more youthful and vibrant!
4. It Eliminates Backtracking
The best part about starting with your eye makeup is that there’s no need to backtrack! There’s no fallout to clean up and no need to adjust your foundation or put on more concealer.
Ultimately, you’ll spend less time in front of the mirror and can head out the door with confidence! :-)
What About The Rest Of Your Makeup?
We all have different makeup routines and use different products, so no piece of makeup advice is going to be universally applicable. The most important takeaway is to put on your eye makeup before your face makeup.
As far as the rest of your makeup goes, the order is up to you!
What’s your best makeup tip or trick?