What Goes First Concealer or Foundation?
What makes a perfect canvas for polished makeup? A smooth and flawless complexion! Smoky eyes or cute blush, achieve any look you want with seamless base makeup.
When it comes to the order of the base product use, beauty professionals and makeup gurus have a strict routine. These techniques ensure the best results every time. Concealer or foundation – not sure what goes first? Read on to find out how to use foundation and concealer the right way.
What Does a Foundation Do?
As the name suggests, a foundation creates the base for your makeup. Applied on the entire face and visible areas of the neck, it hides imperfections and gives you an even tone. Based on the formula, it gives you the coverage you need – light, medium or full. Choose your foundation according to your skin and the look you want. For a natural finish, go for matte foundations that are ideal for oily and combination skin types. Get rid of dull skin for a dewy and youthful appearance with foundations that offer a radiant finish.
What Does a Concealer Do?
Concealer does the same job as a foundation. Except, it is thicker and applied to specific areas for better coverage. A concealer blends dark spots, acne marks, pigmentation, age spots, and other blemishes into the skin.
What Should You Apply First?
Unless you’re using a color-correcting concealer, the proper way to use these products is by wearing the foundation first and then following it up with a concealer. Using concealer first is usually not recommended as you might end up wiping it away when you apply foundation on top of it. You might also need to use more concealer, and that can create a cakey look.
Follow the given steps to create a flawless-looking base.
- Moisturize your face first. It will protect your skin and prepare the canvas for makeup. Apply sunscreen if necessary.
- Use a primer for smooth skin. It blurs out the pores and fine lines.
- Apply the foundation. Make sure it is all over your face and some regions of your neck. Choose the right shade for your skin tone.
- Conceal the spots and dark circles using small amounts of concealer on target areas. Blend it for a smooth finish.
Here are some tips for using a color-correcting concealer.
- Choose the right color according to the blemish and skin tone. On lighter skin tones, use a pink concealer on dark circles. Orange works well on darker skin tones. To hide yellow tones and spots, use purple. Cover up any unwanted redness using a green concealer. Neutralize purple bruises or veins using a yellow concealer.
- Apply the color-correcting concealer directly on top of your primed skin.
- Apply only a thin layer of the color-correcting concealer. It makes sure that the foundation hides it entirely.
- Use only the colors you need. It is best to stick with a regular concealer unless you have blemishes that require extra coverage.
- Pat the concealer on the skin with a beauty blender. Using a brush would spread the colors on the wrong areas.
Have fun creating the effortless makeup look!
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