order of application for facial products

Jan 05

Best order of application for facial products

Applying our order of application skincare or makeup shouldn’t ever be so baffling. Instead, it should be a smooth and continuous process, with you applying layers and layers of sumptuous oils and creams in a dreamless sequence. Unfortunately, reality can be a bit troubling. So, in case you’re wondering if it matters what you apply after which, the answer is yes.

Most beauty experts believe that there is a routine to be followed. And, if you maintain this sequence, the results are phenomenal.

However, for us, it can get quite perplexing and we may end up damaging our skin instead of doing it any good. So, here is a simple infographic by BuzzFeed https://goo.gl/R5F2CC that educates on the perfect order for all your products so that you may get the optimum effect from your lotions and essences.

order of application


This is the first and foremost step in your skincare routine. Rinse your face and use an appropriate cleanser. If you have normal or dry skin, use a creamy cleanser that will replenish the moisture in your skin.

If you have an oily or sensitive skin, use cleansers that are gel based that do not strip your face of moisture and do not add more oil to your face.

So, rinse your face and then repeat the process again. The first wash will clear the grime on the surface. The second wash will remove the dirt from your pores.


If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, steer clear of alcoholic toners. This is because toners containing alcohol tend to aggravate your skin rather than soothe it. Instead, go for refreshing toners containing ingredients like cucumber, aloe vera, etc.


Now comes the part where you concentrate on your skincare woes. So, if you use a topical treatment to remove acne or lighten scars and pigmentation, apply it now.

Serums are concentrated lotions that target your major problem areas and since they are light in density they penetrate into the skin effortlessly. So, apply your serums and leave it on for at least some time for them to have the needful effect.


Nope, you absolutely cannot negotiate with your moisturiser. You MUST apply a moisturiser irrespective of your skin type. So, even if you have oily, sensitive or acne-prone skin, your skin needs moisture. So, grab the appropriate moisturiser and apply it gently in an outwards and upwards motion.


No beauty blog can ever emphasise the importance of a sunscreen. So, even if you feel that amidst all the skin care regimens that you’ve been doing lately, you can give the sunscreen a miss- well, no. Applying sunscreen is mandatory as it protects your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Apply sunscreen after you have applied all your skincare products to get the best of its goodness.


For those makeup novices who may be scratching their heads thinking what a primer is, let me tell you- a primer is a base that helps to hold your makeup together and helps it last for a longer time.

A good primer helps the foundation that you apply thereafter to settle in seamlessly; thus, eliminating wrinkles, fine lines, and open pores.

There are varied types of primers to choose from depending on your skin type- gel, cream, and powder. So, find the correct primer for yourself and use your fingers to blend it in and work the product into your skin.


Use a colour that’s close to your skin type and DONOT forget to apply it on your neck as well. Apply a thin light layer to give your face a natural look. Do not add more of it on spots or problem areas; you have the concealer for that!


A correct concealer works wonders, just like Photoshop! Assess where you need that extra cover-up, then blend in your concealer with a brush to get a spotless look.


Use your face powder to set right your over-zealous oily zones. Use this on your chin and under your eyes to remove excess oil and to set your concealer properly.


A bronzer is used after the powder to structure and redefine your features. So, if you are unhappy with the shape of your nose, use the ubiquitous bronzer effectively to lengthen and sharpen it.


Once you have applied your face powder and your bronzer, apply the blusher to give your face that natural glow and colour.


A highlighter attracts light and gives the illusion of brightness and height. So, here is the trick to finding the perfect highlighter for yourself.

If you feel that gold jewellery flatters your complexion more, look for highlighters that are warm in tone; like bronze, gold or copper.

If silver, diamond or platinum jewellery looks best on you, use highlighters that have flecks of paleness or pink in it.

So, the next time you get confused about which skincare product or makeup product you should use, simply pull this guide out and follow it. Believe me, you’ll be sorted!

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