How to Apply Makeup in 10 Easy Steps

Put on a flawless face fast with this streamlined routine.


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You Will Need

  • Moisturizer with SPF
  • Foundation
  • Makeup sponges
  • Concealer
  • Makeup brushes
  • Blush or bronzer
  • Eyebrow powder or petroleum jelly
  • Eye shadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Lip color
  • Loose powder
  • Anti-wetness eye drops (optional)
  • Clear, silver, or gold lip gloss (optional)


  1. Step 1


    Apply a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 on your face and neck.

  2. Step 2

    Build a foundation

    Dab foundation along your forehead, nose, chin, and across each cheek. Blend from the middle of your face outward, using a slightly damp makeup sponge.

  3. Step 3

    Cover flaws

    Dab some concealer -- one shade lighter than your foundation -- on any blemishes or under-eye circles, using a makeup sponge or your ring finger.

  4. Step 4

    Dust on blush

    Find your apples -- the part of your cheeks that gets round when you smile -- and brush some blush or bronzer from the center of each apple up to your hairline.

  5. Dust some blush down from the tip of your chin to the center of your throat to minimize a double chin.

  6. Step 5

    Tame your brows

    Shape your brows with eyebrow powder, using a thin brush; a pencil-drawn brow looks too harsh. If you're in a rush, smooth a little petroleum jelly over them with your fingertip instead.

  7. Step 6

    Apply eye shadow

    Apply three different shades of one eye shadow color: Brush the darkest color in your eyelid creases, swipe the medium shade below the crease, and put the lightest shade under your brows.

  8. Step 7

    Line your eyes

    Apply eyeliner as close to the lash lines as possible, working from the inside out on the top lashes and from the outside in on the bottom ones, then trace over it with a matching powder shadow. Skip the liner on the bottom lash line if you have small eyes; it will make them look smaller.

  9. Make liner last longer by wetting your eye-shadow brush with anti-redness eye drops.

  10. Step 8

    Add mascara

    Curl your lashes before applying mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Give the top lashes a second coat, focusing on the outer lashes for a more dramatic look. For really lush-looking lashes, use a volumizing mascara for the first coat and a lengthening one for the second

  11. Step 9

    Apply lip color

    Apply your lip color. For long-lasting color, fill in your lips with a pencil liner before putting on lipstick in the same shade.

  12. Dab a little clear, silver, or gold lip gloss down the middle of your lower lip to create the illusion of fuller lips.

  13. Step 10

    Dust your face with powder

    Set your face with a light dusting of loose face powder using a large makeup brush. There! You're good to go.

  14. Nearly half of U.S. women surveyed believe wearing makeup gives them an advantage at work and makes them feel more in control.