While the thought of doing full-on contouring and cut crease eyeshadow is enough to make us break into a sweat, there was one reliable eye makeup technique we thought we was a given.
You do your foundation (and primer, if you’re fancy) first, then follow with all the other bits. Logical, right?
Turns out it’s a basic ‘fact’ we’d taken completely for granted.
While most of us probably follow that order - and have likely never questioned it - there are many who argue that you should be doing the opposite.
Think of it as the beauty equivalent of the chicken and the egg - should you do your foundation or your eye makeup first?
On one hand, creating a base for your makeup with primer and foundation makes perfect sense. It also allows the product to breathe and settle on your skin before you pile creams and powders on top.
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However if you're a little, ahem, uncoordinated or you're trying out a product for the first time, you'll know how annoying it is when you smudge, mess up or drop eyeshadow or eyeliner in the wrong place and have to start again - taking your carefully applied face makeup off with it.
It's a practise you'll often see YouTube vloggers do in tutorials for bold eye makeup looks for this very reason.