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The Conundrum Of The Beauty World: What To Apply First, Eye Makeup Or Face Makeup

The Conundrum Of The Beauty World: What To Apply First, Eye Makeup Or Face Makeup

There are two kinds of people in the makeup world - people who either apply eye makeup first or face makeup first. In this article, we will talk about both these techniques and which one to apply first - eye makeup or face makeup?

Simply Shonali
Simply Shonali

Beauty professionals, beauty bloggers, fashionistas, and anyone who loves the world of makeup face many dilemmas when it comes to the order of applying makeup. One such dilemma is between eye and face makeup. There are two kinds of people in the makeup world  - people who either apply eye makeup first or face makeup first. In this article, we will talk about both these techniques and which one to apply first - eye makeup or face makeup? Beauty professionals are divided between the two. But, is there a clear right or wrong answer? Let’s find out

The Eye Makeup First Gang: Why They Win?


It’s an easier and a cleaner technique

Most beauty professionals who go by this technique, choose it for a simple reason - it is an easier way to apply makeup. Here’s why: makeup often tends to get loose and messy, especially when it comes to choosing glittery eye shadows or the ones which have dark/bold colors. It is advisable to do eye makeup first so that any element that falls off or splatters across will always land upon the bare face. Hence, making it easier to clean the face for the rest of the makeup. It also saves the mess that might occur due to pigment getting stuck to the foundation. Doing eye makeup first can also help in letting the face absorb the skin prep products - moisturizer and the primer.


Create the imperfectly perfect no-makeup look

Another reason makeup professionals like to go for the eye makeup first technique is when they want to create a natural look or a no-makeup look. You might be wondering how does eye makeup first technique enables that? It is because while choosing to do face make-up first, we might lose focus on leaving out some of the imperfections of the face, which are important to bring out the no-makeup look. We end up smoothing the entire face as much as we can. But when we play up the eyes first, it enhances the face a bit. Face makeup done after this will only act as coverage or an add-on to bring out the imperfectly perfect no-makeup look.

Freedom to experiment

Last and perhaps the most compelling reason that makeup artists give for using the eye makeup first technique is - it gives them the freedom to experiment. How? Once the eyes are done, it leaves a lot of room to experiment with the other features of the face. For instance, if you decide to do smoky eyes, you can build it up gradually, if you decide to go for bold red and a bit of a blush, you could keep the eye makeup lighter, and if you want to amp up the smoky eyes you can go for nude lips.

The Face Makeup First Gang: Why They Win?


It’s simpler to get started with face makeup

Makeup professionals who go by this technique do so because it is simpler. Why? It’s because once you are done with the face makeup, it is quicker and easier to do eye shadow and maybe bronzer - all at once. Whether you are using a light neutral wash across your lid or a densely packed glitter pigment, it is quicker if done after the face makeup because you don’t have to think about smudging the eye while doing the face. In case you end up spilling some glitter or any fallout, simply wipe it away with the fan-like brush or pick it up with a tweezer, or gently… very gently, use some tape to pick the fall-out.



It comes naturally

Another reason that makeup artists choose to do face makeup first is, it comes to most of them naturally. Starting from the base and then going for the final touches. For a makeup artist, the face is like a canvas. It seems natural to prep the canvas first, make the base flawless and then go for enhancing it. Similarly with makeup too, it is easier to finish the face makeup first and then finishing the look with eye makeup.


It is easier to visualize the look

It is not simple to visualize how the eye should look, with a bare complexion. It is one of the factors, why makeup artists choose the makeup-first technique. Shaping the brows and having the concealer/foundation done makes visualizing the eyes along with the entire look make it much easier. It gives a view on how high up should the eye shadow be or how thick the eyeliner be, etc.


Avoid the smudges

A lot of times if the eye makeup is done first, and then you have to go back and apply the under-eye concealer, you might end up smudging it. If you choose to do eye makeup first, you have to be extremely precise while doing the face, or else your entire look can go for a smudgy toss

The only rule in the world of make-up is mastering any technique that you choose to use. At Vah Vah, we train you to become makeup professionals use any technique with the precision and creativity of a sculptor.

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