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Can someone give me a definitive guide to the order in which you put stuff on your face please?

(74 Posts)
Hassled Sun 16-Mar-14 17:19:29

So I always thought serum, then moisturiser, then foundation. I once bought some primer but haven't really used it because 4 layers of stuff on my face seems insane, and I don't know where it comes in the face-slap order. And then I was given some toner - where does that come in?

Now Sali Hughes here has baffled the hell out of me - whatever she's reviewing seems to be both a serum and a primer but she's putting it over her moisturiser.

Also - concealer first, then foundation? Or the other way round? I'm talking eye-bag concealer here.

Is there an ultimate guide out there somewhere?

DoYonisHangLow Sun 16-Mar-14 17:26:55

For me it goes cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise, primer, foundation, concealer. Except I don't tone, use serum or concealer. But if I did, that'd be the order I'd do it in grin

HollyWhiteAlwaysWearsAHat Sun 16-Mar-14 17:28:28

I need to know this too.

I know you go:

Cleanse (get off dirt, grime and make-up)

Tone (to close up your pores so the greasy moisturiser and make-up doesn't block them)

Moisturise (or night cream)

But what about the rest? confused

I do serum before moisturiser, and primer after. Then concealer after primer, then foundation.

But sometimes I buy a different face-slap thing, like Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, or Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Illuminator, and I have no fecking idea when I should be applying it, and after what. confused

Hassled Sun 16-Mar-14 17:29:38

Thank you - that order makes sense. I wonder how many women actually do use all of those at once? I'd be there half the morning.

AllTheWorldAndSoMuch Sun 16-Mar-14 17:31:34

I find this helpful

Hassled Sun 16-Mar-14 17:31:46

Holly - I decided the Clarin's Flash balm thing was serum. although that wasn't really based on anything.

Hassled Sun 16-Mar-14 17:32:36

Oh I like that guide thing - thanks.

scottishmummy Sun 16-Mar-14 17:33:52

I do

senua Sun 16-Mar-14 17:33:53

You forgot powder. I know that goes on last.

Seriously, it is just too confusing isn't it.

scottishmummy Sun 16-Mar-14 17:34:45

God no powder it's so old lady

goodasitgets Sun 16-Mar-14 17:35:29

Cleanse, exfoliating toner, hydrating toner
Serum then moisturiser. Primer is last step before makeup
Concealer after foundation, otherwise you wipe off all your work!

Crutchlow35 Sun 16-Mar-14 17:36:12

Cold water - no toner here

scottishmummy Sun 16-Mar-14 17:38:16

I thought 'twas skincare,inc make up it goes

Cream blush

HollyWhiteAlwaysWearsAHat Sun 16-Mar-14 17:38:50

Blimey if you followed that guide it would be time for bed before you'd even left the house. confused

And I can't do powder - it sits in my wrinkles and makes me look ten years older.

skrumle Sun 16-Mar-14 17:40:29

i use beauty flash balm as a primer...

supadupapupascupa Sun 16-Mar-14 17:44:00

serum AFTER moisturiser. Concealer AFTER foundation.

Just to confuse/add to the debate

HollyWhiteAlwaysWearsAHat Sun 16-Mar-14 17:47:12

So do any of us actually know what we are talking about? Because if not, we are just confusing one another more. grin

Floisme Sun 16-Mar-14 17:53:18

Please tell me you're all joking!
Cold water
Moisturiser, sunscreen, foundation - I put them all on together.
The end.

goodasitgets Sun 16-Mar-14 17:53:33

I think the serum/moisturiser debate came about as depending what ingredients it had. The REN serum I use says on it "apply before your moisturiser"
I guess if your serum has silicones, there's no point putting it on before moisturiser as the moisturiser won't sink in. But a natural oil type serum would be best before moisturiser

Crutchlow35 Sun 16-Mar-14 18:01:55

serum AFTER moisturiser. Concealer AFTER foundation.

No! Serum needs to work on your skin so before moisturiser and concealer before foundation so it all blends together properly!

Lj8893 Sun 16-Mar-14 18:06:38

This is what I do....

Cleanse&tone in one
Concealer again!
Eyebrow pencil
Eyeliner (if doing full make up)
Lipliner & lipstick (if full make up)

Takes me about 15 mins

Varya Sun 16-Mar-14 18:11:33

Scottish mummy if you have a long shiny nose like mine it needs powder! Not 'old lady' are we ageist on MN? Not all over the face!

Lj8893 Sun 16-Mar-14 18:17:29

Yy I find powder helps set my make up and give me more coverage. I'm 26, certainly not an old lady!

Hassled Sun 16-Mar-14 18:29:28

I have the powder settling nicely into the wrinkles issue too. I go around with a nice shiny nose instead.

JanineStHubbins Sun 16-Mar-14 18:34:45

I do:


Concealer before foundation makes no sense.

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