Makeup Application Step-by-Step Guide


Why is there, and what is the correct order to apply face makeup? Also, what is the step-by-step process?

There are three phases in the face makeup application, and steps that are to be followed accordingly. Once you get a hang of these steps, you would realise why there is a particular order to apply your face makeup. These step-by-step guides will help you with your face makeup application.

The first phase in the makeup application process is preparing your face for the second phase. It involves cleaning your face and adding moisture and other products to make it ready for the second phase. The second phase is the makeup application phase. This phase will show you how to apply face makeup with steps to follow. The third phase is to accentuate your facial features with makeup.

Without further ado, read about how to apply face makeup with this step-by-step guide.

Step-by-step instructions for applying makeup

1. Toning:

Tone your face before you apply your makeup. It allows for a flawless makeup application onto your skin. The Revlon Toner minimises the appearance of your pores that lets your makeup glide onto your skin smoothly.

2. Moisturise:

Moisturise your face with the Revlon Serum that helps add moisture back to your face. It hydrates your face, giving it a glow, and making it supple.

3. Sunscreen:

Protect your skin from UVA & UVB by applying the Revlon touch and glow advance radiance sun care daily moisturising lotion SPF 30 or SPF 50 or any of the other ranges of Revlon sunscreen.

4. Prime your face:

Priming your face helps your makeup stay on for longer. Especially if you have oily skin, a mattifying primer would create a blurring effect. The Revlon Colorstay UV primer is a primer and sunscreen that lets you go through two steps in one application. If you already have sunscreen, then you can get the Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer. This primer evens out your skin texture to allow for a smooth and flawless base for your makeup.

5. Foundation:

Using your fingers, a beauty blender, or a brush, apply your foundation onto your face. Start with a little quantity and build your way up if more is required. Ensure you cover every area on your face, and even down to your neck.

Revlon has a wide range of foundations to choose from like makeup for oily skin and combination skin foundation, and dry skin and normal skin foundation. For a full glam look, go for the Revlon full coverage foundation for more coverage.

6. Concealer:

Concealer should be applied to places you want to brighten like underneath your eyes to cover dark circles, below your cheekbones, the centre of your forehead, and your chin. Concealers should be a shade, maybe two shades lighter than your skin tone. Revlon’s colorstay full coverage concealers & Revlon colorstay skin awaken 5-in-1concealer have a range of shades to choose from.

7. Powder:

Set your concealer and foundation with a loose powder or compact powder. Revlon’s loose powder and the Revlon compact pressed powder are made to suit your preference. Select your shade of Revlon powder that is convenient for you to use.

8. Contour:

Contour sculpts and defines your face, and you can contour your cheekbones, the edges of your forehead, your jawline, and your nose. Use a cream-based contour/concealer that’s one/two shades deeper and then go in with a bronzer on top or a powder in a dark shade.

9. Blush:

Blush brings back the color to your face, a sun-kissed glow if you may. The Revlon powder blush allows for an easy application. With the use of a brush, apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks. Work your way up onto your cheekbones.

10. Highlighter:

Highlighter is a lot of people’s favourite step in the makeup application because of the glow it adds to their face. The Revlon highlighter comes in three shades which are peach, bronze, and rose. Apply highlighter at the peak of your cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose, and beneath your brow bone.

11. Eyebrows:

Using a spoolie, brush your eyebrows upward and lock your eyebrow hair in place with the Revlon Colorstay Brow Filler Gel. Using Revlon’s brow pencil or pomade, lightly outline your eyebrows and fill in the empty spots. Finish up by softly concealing beneath your eyebrow to clean out the line.

12. Eye shadow:

The Revlon colorstay look book palette comes in colors to complement every skin tone/undertone. For something more fierce and bold, go with the Revlon So Fierce Prismatic Eyeshadow. Have fun with these palettes and be playful with them.

13. Eyeliner/Kajal:

The range of eyeliners and kajal at Revlon is growing. You can achieve anything with these two products from cat eyes to fox/siren eyes. You can even go for a simple eyeliner with or without a wing. Use the kajal on your waterline, or to achieve a smokey eye.

14. Mascara:

Mascara adds length and volume to your natural lashes. The Revlon Mascaras are deep and pigmented. Select which Revlon Mascara works for you, the waterproof or the fierce one. Put the end of the mascara wand on your eyelash. Wiggle and swipe the wand repeating the process one or two more times.

15. Lip Liner and Lipstick:

Ensure your lips are smooth and soft by exfoliating them. Apply a lip balm for hydration. Using Revlon’s Lip Liner, line the outer corners of your lips blending it inwards. Apply the Revlon lipstick in the centre of your lips and work your way outwards towards the lip liner.

Makeup Tips

Makeup Tips

1. Cleanse your face:

Be sure to wash your face before the first step in the makeup application. Use the Revlon Gel face wash or Revlon Creme face wash to cleanse your face gently so you can begin with a clean face.

2. Color Correct:

Color correcting is not a necessary step, but for people with a lot of pigmentation, dark circles, and redness, it might be a step you want to take. Color correcting comes before the application of your foundation. Use opposite colors to correct your face. That is green for redness, orange for dark circles and pigmentation, etc.

3. Mix your foundation:

A lot of people can’t find the right shade of foundation. Which is why most people buy two shades of foundation. One light and one dark that is a match for your undertone. Mix these two shades of foundation in little amounts until you reach your desired shade, then apply it to your face and neck.

4. How to conceal your eyes:

If you’re going for a clean no-makeup makeup look, dab a bit of concealer below your eyes, at the corners, and at the out corners of your eyes as well. If you’re going for more coverage, apply the concealer in an upside-down triangle beneath your eyes. Don’t forget to blend.

5. Contour Trick:

For an easy contour application, place one end of a makeup brush/pen pointing toward the corner of your mouth, and point the other end toward the top of your ear. Then apply the contour above the pen/brush. If you’re going for a natural look, simply follow the outline of your cheekbones.

6. Blot your face:

If you have oily skin, have blotting paper with you. Blotting paper will help get rid of oil on your face when you dab it on your face. It soaks up the oil without smearing your makeup.

7. Set your eyelids:

Always prime your eyelids before applying your eyeshadow. Priming your eyelids before the eyeshadow application allows for an even distribution of the eyeshadow on a clean base. Use an eye primer or a concealer to prime your eyes, then apply powder to set it, and you’re good to go.

8. Set your lips with powder:

After applying your lipstick, blot it with tissue paper. For a more matte look, place tissue paper over your lips then dab some powder over the tissue paper and onto your lips. Repeat this step till you get your desired result.

9. Make your own lipstick:

Using petroleum jelly/vaseline, add any eye shadow color to create your very own lipstick shade. Mix the content until you get a good paste-like consistency, then apply it on your lips.

10. Set your face with setting spray:

At every application of makeup from your foundation to your contour, powder, and blush, set your face with a setting spray, preferably a mattifying one to lock your makeup in place and prepped for the next step in your makeup application.


Q. Why is it important to apply makeup in a certain order?

A: Because the first phase in the makeup application is to get a clean, smooth base for your makeup. The second phase is the makeup application itself. The third phase is to accentuate your features. Each of these phases cannot be switched because it would defeat the purpose of makeup application.

Q. How do you prepare your face for makeup?

A: Cleanse your face, tone and moisturise. Then apply a primer before you get started on the second phase which is the makeup application.

Q. How can I make my makeup look natural?

A: Don’t apply too much product and blend out properly. Go for a nude eyeshadow and your natural lip color or just a lip balm.