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So many products! Confused about what to put on face/in what order

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macnab Thu 23-Jun-16 11:07:57

I'm early 40s. Skin would be on the dry side, never suffer with blemishes but would have dry patches sometimes and generally dull.

I think I have the cleansing side of things sorted.

I need like to wear makeup every day, I work full time. I have the following: facial oil, serum, day cream, eye cream, primer, foundation (bb cream at weekends or if not going to work etc)

I just don't know what order to use them, or do I even need to use them all? After cleansing I spritz with dragons blood toner so need to let that sink in. Should I then use serum/daycream/primer/foundation? Its just so many products!! Not to mention the time it takes waiting for everything to sink in before applying the next lot. I've got 2 kids to get out the door too, I would need to get up at the crack of dawn just to prep my skin each day - I don't think I'm really that committed hmm

So, what is your morning makeup routine? Please share!

Nabootique Thu 23-Jun-16 11:15:54

Order for day would be:

Eye cream
Serum (although, which one is it?)
Day cream
Primer
Foundation

Leave the oil for night only unless you are particularly dry that day.

macnab Thu 23-Jun-16 11:22:37

Thanks. Goodness how long does it take you to put your face on? (seriously) I will have to allow a lot more time than I usually do. At the moment I slap on the day cream, wait a minute and then proceed with the makeup

this is the serum

burnishedsilver Thu 23-Jun-16 11:29:31

I use this as a guide -
www.carolinehirons.com/2013/06/routines-cheat-sheet.html

Nabootique Thu 23-Jun-16 11:31:05

I just wanted to check to see if it was particularly acidic or had retinol, which are better left for night time, but I'd say that one was fine for both day and night time use smile

At the moment, I'm not using an eye cream during the day, and I'm not doing foundation and primer, just CC cream, but I have in the past and I'm sure I will again. The order was based on the products you listed and how I would use them. Might current morning routine would be (after cleanse, acid tone and spray tone):

2 or 3 different serums (I know, I'm insane)
Moisturiser
CC cream

I can do the whole lot and a full face of make up in half an hour, I'd say.

macnab Thu 23-Jun-16 11:35:07

Thanks so much

So maybe I'm over-estimating how long I need to leave all the products to sink in before applying the next one?

I will try in the morning and see how I get on. Whilst DH literally shaves, showers, dresses and then goes - and still looks damn fine hmm

Nabootique Thu 23-Jun-16 11:41:28

I'd say you can pretty much whack it all on up to day cream. Leave some time for that to sink in before primer and foundation, otherwise you could end up with it sliding all over the place.

maldini Thu 23-Jun-16 11:43:24

Agree re: just chucking it all on bar leaving some time between final cream and primer/make up

macnab Thu 23-Jun-16 12:13:40

So glad I asked now! I'll try that and see how it goes.

Thanks everyone.

nothingwittyhere Thu 23-Jun-16 12:27:26

I think there may be a rule of thumb that you use the lightest texture first and work up the heaviest?

Nabootique Thu 23-Jun-16 12:31:34

nothing Yes, you're right, a serum is designed to be lighter and penetrate the skin more effectively than a moisturiser, which will sit on top.

Judydreamsofhorses Thu 23-Jun-16 16:22:13

I do acid toner, eye cream, serum, moisturiser (with SPF) in terms of skin care, then cross the room and put on perfume, apply lipbalm, and go straight to primer. I do eyemakeup, then foundation, so the primer has a chance to do its thing, but even then it's just a couple of minutes.

To give you an idea of time, I get out of the shower at 6.45, and at 7 I've got makeup on and am dressed, just need to dry hair - so less than 15 minutes all-in.

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