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Eye Makeup First? Absolutely Not!

By November 3, 2009

So I was reading through some beauty blogs when I came across one that talked about how we are putting on our makeup backwards. Apparently, makeup artist Kate Lee believes that you should apply your eye makeup first (especially when doing a smokey eye) before any other makeup. Why? Because if you have what I like to call "eyeshadow fallout" then it won't end up ruining your concealer, foundation, or powder.

Well now I'm going to give my personal opinion on this. Honestly I don't think that is a good idea at all, and I will tell you why. First, if you apply your eye makeup first and then your concealer you risk the possibility of blending your under eye concealer with your eye makeup, which would give you a really bad raccoon eye. Second, the general rule of thumb is to apply your blush before your eye makeup because it gives you more balance so in the end you won't end up with Tammy Faye eyes. And third, it's much easier to apply your concealer and foundation, and then if needed apply a liberal amount of loose powder slightly under your eyes and on your cheeks area in order to catch the fallout from your eyeshadow. This step will allow you to simply take a powder brush and sweep away the excess, leaving no traces of eyeshadow or powder behind.

So should you apply your eye makeup first? I say absolutely not! What do you all think? I seriously can't be the only one, so feel free to leave your opinion and comment.

Photo Taken by: Sydney Shaffer / Getty Images


November 9, 2009 at 11:59 am
(1) Choral says:

Eye makeup first? Absolutely, YES!
The idea is to clean off the under eye area before applying concealer, etc. You incorrectly assume that one would apply eye makeup to the entire eye, including underneath the eye, and proceed to put concealer, etc. over the eyemakeup. Incorrect. Apply UPPER eye makeup, clean under the eye with cold cream, makeup remover, etc. THEN apply concealer foundation, and finish the under eye area.
One cannot help getting eyeshadow powder under the eye while applying it to the upper lids, and if you already have layers of concealer, foundation, and powder in place you will have one big mess under your eyes.

November 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(2) makeup says:

Choral -

Your plan for doing eye makeup first is a good idea, but I look at applying makeup from an on-the-go perspective. I’ve done thousands of eyes and never apply eye makeup first, even when doing regular shadow and liner instead of smokey eyes.

Your idea is a great one, especially for those with darkness under the eyes. But if you’re in a rush and only have 5-minutes in the morning then the easiest way is to place loose powder under your eyes and on your cheek bones so it catches the eyeshadow fall-out. Then all you have to do is sweep it away and be done!

Thanks for the comment and the alternative tip!

November 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(3) Nina says:

I’m a make up artist and I’ve been doing eyes first for years!! I prep the upper eye area first, blending down and around inner eye area. Once I’m done with the top eye lid, I clean and prep the under eye area. It works fabulously. Always clean and free of smudges!! It’s then so easy to finish off on a much cleaner ‘canvas’.

Perfecting the rest of the face seems to happen so much more quickly once the eyes have been done (even if they did just take forever).

November 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(4) Makayla says:

I do it both ways depending on how much time I have and what I plan on wearing. So really it doesn’t matter. :)

November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm
(5) SMB says:

I agree with Faith! Regardless of any eye product fall out—- you already have all of your other make up on and then will brighten the eyes accordingly, to finish the look you want–day/night/smokey etc. It seems like it would be so difficult to do the other way around.

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