Makeup application is not just about dabbing multiple products on your face. In fact, the wrong steps and procedure can lead to major makeup failures, thereby bringing your makeup game down. On some days your face may tend to look cakey while on other days, you may experience makeup meltdowns. To not let any of these mishaps take place, it is important for you to master some tips and tricks to perfect your face makeup.

While we all have our own formulas when it comes to makeup application; you need to know whether what you’re doing is right or not. Do you ever wonder if you’re actually going about your face makeup application correctly? If yes, then you’re in for a treat! We’ll take you through the process, from start to flawless finish on how to ace your face makeup like a pro.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to layer products while doing your face makeup...


Step 1: Prep your facial skin

Prep your facial skin

Most often, we are ignoring this step which is actually extremely important. Prepping your skin for makeup will ensure that your makeup products glide on smoothly and your makeup stays on all day. How to prep, you ask? Well, it begins with moisturiser. Post a shower, reach out for a lightweight moisturiser such as the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel that is enriched with Vitamin E and leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. Massage the moisturizer all over your face while it is still damp. Remember that makeup always glows on hydrated skin. Therefore, caring for your skin is the key to achieving a flawless skin finish.

Pro tip: For the perfect makeup application it is essential to use a moisturizer that best suits your skin type. Use a cream based moisturiser for dry skin and a gel based for oily skin.


Step 2: Primer goes a long way

Primer goes a long way

Your face makeup is incomplete without a primer. Yes, ladies! It is because of primers that your makeup lasts longer. That’s not all! Primer helps all the powders and products you apply on top to sink into the skin seamlessly, making your face makeup look less cakey. Precisely why, you must never underestimate the power of primers. We suggest you get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer that helps create a perfect canvas for face makeup and locks in makeup for a long period of time. Take a dollop of this transparent formula on your palm and massage it into your skin for a smooth finish.

Pro tip: Do you know the right way to apply primer? Dot the primer to your nose and cheeks and using gentle, circular motions blend it outwards.


Step 3: Apply foundation

Apply foundation

The first rule of the foundation is finding a shade that matches your skin tone. The wrong shade of foundation can totally ruin your entire face makeup. So, how do you pick a shade that complements your complexion? You need to test foundation shades against your jawline. Yes, you read that right! After applying if you notice the foundation blending into your skin effortlessly, you’ve found your match! You may not get it right for the first couple of times, but finding the right shade is crucial.

Once you’ve picked your foundation shade, you need to consider the tools you’ll need for the application. You can use your fingers, brushes or sponges, whatever is comfortable. For all those looking for light coverage, your fingers are your best tool. However, make sure that you wash your hands before applying foundation, so as to not transfer any bacteria onto your face. If you’re looking for full coverage, then use a beauty blender or applicator brush.

Use the Lakmé Invisible Finish Foundation SPF 8 - 2 for an invisible finish. Start from the center of your face and blend the foundation outwards. Make sure to buff it in while sweeping the product across your skin.

Pro tip: A quick hack to get dewy makeup is using a damp makeup sponge to blend the foundation.


Step 4: Conceal problem areas

Conceal problem areas

There are two types of concealers - liquid and stick, and both serve different purposes. While liquid concealers work to give a lighter coverage, stick concealers on the other, provide heavier coverage on specific areas of the face. You can get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick SPF 20 - 03 or the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer - Golden Medium as per your requirement.

When it comes to picking concealer shades, it’s always a great idea to invest in two shades - one similar to your skin tone and the other lighter than your skin tone. Concealer shade similar to your skin tone can help hide dark spots, acne and other blemishes. Whereas, a concealer that is lighter than your skin tone helps highlight certain areas of the face.

Pro tip: Draw an inverted triangle with the applicator under your eye. Doing so will not just help conceal dark circles under your eyes but also give your face an instant lift.


Step 5: *Blush blush*

*Blush blush*

Flushed cheeks take your glamour quotient a few notches higher instantly. Blush is the first colourful product that goes onto your face as the rest of it is all neutral. It is the one product that makes you look more put together. But before applying blush makeup, it is a great idea to apply setting powder to set your concealer, because applying powder blush directly over liquid foundation can make it impossible for you to blend. Pick a bright vibrant colour that’ll give your cheeks a rosy glow. We suggest you get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos - Coral Blush that blends effortlessly and adds a lovely shimmery glow to your cheeks.

Pro tip: If you’re using a pink blush, then apply it only on the apples of your cheeks. How to find the apples of your cheeks, you ask? Simply put on your best smile!


Step 6: High on highlighter

High on highlighter

Add a bit of glam and glow to your face makeup with the help of highlighter. While you can skip highlighter in the day, it can certainly be a game-changer for date nights and evenings out. Highlighting the high points of your face has the power to complement your makeup application. Before you start highlighting, map the areas on your face that you wish to highlight. To ace your highlighting game, sweep the product down the bridge of your nose, on your brow bone, center of your forehead and chin, inner corner of your eyelids, above your Cupid’s bow and across the tops of your cheekbones.

Pro tip: If you’re using a liquid highlighter, then blend it well using your fingertips or sponge. To maximize the effect of your highlighting, take cream or powder makeup highlighter and apply over the areas you wish to accentuate.


Step 7: Contour your way to sharpen those features

Contour your way to sharpen those features

Contouring helps define or reshape your facial structures. The most popular areas to contour include along the hairline, sides of your nose and under your cheekbones (to achieve a chiselled jawline). Use an angled brush to blend it all in and see how your face makeup makes heads turn.

Pro tip: Pick a colour that is two shades darker than your skin tone to get the perfect look.


Step 8: Finish it off with a setting spray

Finish it off with a setting spray

You don’t want your makeup to crease or look greasy and shiny a few hours into the application, do you? Precisely why, you need to finish off the makeup routine with a setting spray or setting powder. Whether you’re creating a no-makeup makeup look or going for full-face makeup, a setting spray will hold your face makeup in place and reduce the need to do re-touchups every two hours.

Pro tip: Many setting sprays contain alcohol, so if you have dry skin use one that's alcohol-free.

Frequently asked questions on face makeup:

1) What goes on first while doing face makeup?

A. After completing your CTM routine, the first product that goes on is a primer. It creates the perfect canvas on which you can build your makeup look.

2) What is full face makeup?

A. Full face makeup is when you use products to enhance every part of your face. This includes foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, brow pencil, highlighter, contour and setting spray.

3) Is it okay to wear makeup everyday?

A. This depends on how sensitive your skin is, the quality of your makeup, and whether you cleanse your skin properly at night.