This could significantly improve your beauty routine...

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When it comes to a beauty regime, it's not just about the products you choose to use – the order you apply them is just as important. Making a few simple changes could save you those precious few minutes in the morning, not to mention lead to better results. We take a look at the top switches you can make to seriously up the beauty stakes…

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Making a few changes could significantly improve your beauty routine

Conditioner before shampoo

Reverse washing has become a major beauty craze – even Chrissy Teigen has admitted she made the switch to keep her tresses looking healthy. If you've got fine hair, conditioning first could mean you still get the moisturising benefits as well as reducing the risk of hair turning greasy quickly.

Foundation after eyeshadow

It can be more practical to apply eyeshadow before the rest of your face make-up. This way, if your smokey eye smudges or excess powder falls on your cheekbones, you can wipe it off easily without messing up your base.

Bronzer before blusher

Bronzing powders and creams are intended to emphasise your bone structure, so apply these first – you'll be able to find the best place to define your cheeks with blusher.

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Chrissy Teigen revealed she conditions her hair before shampooing

Condition after towel drying hair

After you've wet your hair, grab a towel and quickly dry your locks with it. Excess water in your tresses means the conditioner can't penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture. If you're in a hurry, simply squeeze the excess water out before applying.

Do your make-up before drying your hair

It's recommended that your hair should be at least 70 per cent dry before you blast it with a hairdryer. Keep it wrapped up in a towel and do your make-up before drying your hair. This will save effort and will cut down on the exposure your hair gets to heat damage.

Apply mascara after curling eyelashes

It can be tempting to curl your lashes after you’ve applied mascara for maximum impact, but no matter how luxurious your mascara, the formula hardens lashes and makes them vulnerable to breakage. Instead, curl them and layer on mascara while the root is still lifted by the curler for show-stopping volume.

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Apply mascara after curling eyelashes

Serums before face creams

A good rule of thumb to follow is that products with a thinner consistency should always be applied before thicker ones. If you apply thick products first, they will inhibit thinner products from working in the skin, which essentially makes applying them redundant.

Apply SPF after moisturiser

Even in the rubbish British weather, you still need to protect your skins from UV rays every day. If you apply before cleansing, the following regime will wipe away the sun-protecting affects. If you put it on after you cleanse, tone, moisturise then it will work to its fullest potential.

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