Sometimes, your beauty routine probably feels more like a MasterChef challenge than an exercise in good grooming. You take one look at that department store counter heaving with 645 different potions and lotions and it’s like trying to choose the perfect mix of ingredients for a three-course meal. Back when we were younger, life was so much easier. Not only was Myspace the only social media account we had to manage, our skincare routine was simply to cleanse, tone and moisturise. That’s it. Now, there are serums, oils, boosters and targeting products addressing everything from anti-ageing to brightening and whitening. And as for makeup, well, that’s a whole other category! From powders to foundations and illuminators, it can be a bit of a battlefield knowing what to use and when. While you don’t need to use all of these products, what you do need to know is the right order of their application and how to apply them. We consulted the skincare pros to help make your beauty regimen a whole lot easier. See, life can be made simple all over again.
It’s hard enough to keep track of where you put your keys, wallet and phone, let alone what’s coming and going with all the new products in the beauty world. Let us clue you in on what goes and what comes after.
Serum should be the first treatment product to apply after cleansing the skin. It’s absorbed into the deepest layer of your skin, nourishing and protecting from within.
Facial oil will leave your skin supple and smooth. As with all subsequent products, wait for one minute before applying.
It’s best to apply this before your moisturiser to avoid having your cream touch the delicate eye area.
Be it a gel-type cream or normal cream, the moisturiser should be applied after serums and oils. It forms a protective and hydrating layer on the skin.
Sunscreen forms a protective barrier that shields your skin from the damaging effects of sunlight.
Primers give your makeup something to cling to. They can also help alleviate any concerns with your skin that may affect your foundation’s longevity.
Foundation then Concealer
If it’s a blemish, conceal it over foundation. You can then blend it in and leave your foundation intact. If it needs more coverage, like severe acne, conceal first.
Bronzer then Blush
To add a subtle contour to your face, use a light bronzing powder. As a general rule, bronze first, then you can see where and how much colour you need to add. When you’re applying bronzer, be mindful that it should mimic the natural contours of your face.
A powder controls shine especially in areas like the T-zone. Leaving it till last allows the foundation to settle beforehand. Apply with a fluffy brush to areas that are oil-prone.
Text: Natalie Babic and Cynthia Chew