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Make-Up Map: What Comes First?

THERE really aren’t any rules when it comes to make-up nowadays. With black lipstick and glitter overload trending, it’s really your own prerogative. Is there a right order to apply your face though for maximum impact?  What comes first: concealer or foundation? Do you sweep on setting powder last? Why do certain things go on before others? Make-up artists will debate over the best strategy to follow. Here’s our rundown on how to put on make-up, layer by layer.

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  1. Moisturise

Wait a minute for moisturiser to absorb. This will avoid any blotchiness or ultimately limiting the amount of coverage foundation can offer throughout the day. Bonus points if your moisturiser has a SPF.

Hydrating Serum: R225, SKNlogic

  1. Prime

Want your meticulously applied make-up to stay put from dawn till dusk? A primer is the answer. Primer creates a clean, smooth base for the rest of the make-up and will help product stay put longer. Swoop a primer over eyes and lips too.

Time-Flash Express Smoothing Active Primer: R660, Filorga

  1. Foundation

We’re here to solve the endless debate: if you apply foundation before concealer you’ll find that you don’t need as much, which saves product and moolah in the long run.

Dual Wet And Dry Foundation: R129.95, By Palladio, Dis-Chem

  1. Conceal

Say goodbye to undereye bags! Conceal only where you feel you need extra coverage to avoid the cake-face look.

PhotoReady Concealer Stick: R215, Revlon

  1. Highlight And Contour

Kim K never skips this step, as we well know. Add definition to features, but keep contouring and highlighting subtle. No make-up make-up is the trend right now.

Contouring Palette Powder: R240, BYS

  1. Blush

Don’t forget to add colour to cheeks after contouring and highlighting. Blush will add a much needed pop of colour to the middle of the face and is a fresh, youthful instant brightener.

Mark Be Blushed Powder: R99.90, AVON

  1. Finishing Powder

Now that your complexion is perfected, blur fine lines and pores with a light dusting of powder. If a dewy complexion is what you’re after, swop finishing powder for a setting spray.

Make Up Fix Matte Setting Spray: R169.95, Sorbet

  1. Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face. So why shouldn’t you use it as a guideline for where eyeshadow should go and how much is needed?

Velvet Brow Powder Artist: R79.95, CATRICE


  1. Eyeshadow

A rule of thumb, no matter what eye look you’re going for, bring bright light to the inner corners and add a slightly darker shade to the outer corners.

Couture Eye Colour Compact: R599, Mii Cosmetics

  1. Eyeliner

Liner finishes off any eye look, whether you’re applying a liquid line with serious colour payoff or subtly smudging a pencil on the lashline.

The Smoky Affair Dramatic Eye Pencil: R149.95, L.O.V Cosmetics

  1. Mascara

Lacquered lashes can get in the way when trying to perfect a cat flick, so put on mascara only after applying shadow and liner. Any eyeshadow fallout can also be covered with a slick of mascara.

Defence Colour WP Volume Mascara: R155, BioNike

  1. Lip Colour

For a winter trend-approved lip, choose shades of brown or hues of berry. Or stick to a classic: the red lip.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick In Amore: R325, Stila



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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