Lipstick and lipgloss
When I apply makeup, I start with a just-cleaned face and apply the Blistex to my lips first thing to soften them. Then I apply foundation all over in smooth, downward strokes. (Your pores "point" downward, so you minimize their appearance by applying makeup in a downward motion. Doing this also helps to avoid clogging them up.) I also close my eyes and apply foundation to my eyelids and that whole area. I believe this helps with the effect of achieving a "natural" look. It also contrasts with the whites of your eyes and helps make them stand out, showcasing their color.
I then apply blush. If my hair is short, I apply it just to the apples of my cheeks and then blend with my hands back towards my ears, then apply a little bit behind my jawline near my ears. This helps bring out the natural shape of your face and showcases "you" uniquely. If my hair is longer, I apply the blush starting at the apples of my cheeks and stroking all the way downward and back to just below my ears. I then apply a little bit to the neck area just below my chin and blend to make it just slightly darker than my chin. This helps minimize the "long in the face" look that can happen when we grow our hair longer, and diminishes that "drawn" tired look.
I then half-close my eyes, raise my eyebrows and apply blush to the brow bone just below my eyebrows. This also helps your eyes stand out and highlights one of your "friend-making" features, your eyes!
I then apply eyeliner on my lower and upper lids, right below the lashes on the bottom, and right above them on the top, and blend delicately. You don't want too harsh of a line, but you still want the attention drawn to the shape of your eyes. I then apply mascara lightly and voila! Most of my work is done.
I take a tissue and remove the Blistex from my lips, taking care to smooth any dead skin that may be there. Blistex tends to soften and loosen dead skin. Then I apply color. Blot. Apply lip gloss, and smooth with my fingers.
And there you have it; a masterpiece!