By EWN • 14 December 2021 • 9:30
Foundation and concealer serve different purposes in a makeup routine. Foundation is used to even out the skin and create an overall naturally flawless look. Both can be used with makeup primer.
In contrast, concealers are used to cover up specific blemishes or pigmentation, such as under-eye circles. Foundation is typically applied all over the face, whereas concealer can be applied where needed.
It’s unusual to use concealer on its own but foundation is often used without concealer. The choice of colour is limited with cheaper brands of concealer where the colour range of foundations is massive even in the more affordable brands.
Should you decide to use a concealer with or without foundation, here are some tips…
How do I pick the proper concealer shade?
Concealers should only be one or two shades lighter than your foundation shade to ensure that you’re getting the best match. Concealers typically come in four different shades: fair, light, medium and dark.
What should I look for when buying concealer?
What should I look for when buying concealer? When testing out concealers at a drugstore or department store makeup counter, be sure to notice how quickly it sets onto skin since this can determine if it is better for oily complexions. Also, see if the consistency of the product is thick enough to cover blemishes but not so thick that it will settle into fine lines on your face.
Why do I need concealer?
People use concealer to cover any imperfections, such as blemishes or under-eye circles. Although people can undoubtedly use concealers on other parts of the face, foundation would typically suffice for complete coverage – a makeup artist would never recommend using concealer all over your face.
How do I apply foundation with concealer?
Using a damp makeup sponge or your fingertips, apply small dots of foundation along the areas where your skin needs more coverage. For best results, use the tip of your finger to apply foundation underneath your eyes since it will be easier to blend out any harsh lines with smaller movements.
Then, using a sponge or brush, gently draw the product along the edges of the face or where you want to apply makeup. Applying this way will allow you to see precisely where concealed areas are and how much foundation you need for an even finish.
It’s also important to note that concealers are typically lighter in shade than foundations are. Try not to get them mixed up when applying additional layers during touch-ups throughout the day.
Get better results from concealer
If you want to get top results from your concealer, try patting it onto the skin instead of sweeping or rubbing it in. This will help soften blemishes and fine lines while blending out any harsh edges since the product is thicker than foundation.
Using a primer as your base coat before concealer and foundation will offer a better finish.
Tips for using concealer
When applying concealer under the eyes, use your finger to gently pat the product onto undereye bags since blending brushes may tug at the delicate skin around this area. Before concealing any blemishes or dark spots on the nose, be sure to dab it on top of the foundation after setting it with powder, so you don’t disturb any other makeup that has already been applied.
Additionally, make sure never to “colour in” problem areas with concealer. Instead, try patting the product onto the skin until it’s blended out to avoid looking too made up since this is often common when applying liquid or cream concealers.
How can I use foundation powder and liquid concealer together? First, it’s essential to know that using powder and liquid concealers on top of one another may cause some textures to become thicker than usual, which can easily block pores on oily complexions.
However, for those with dry complexions that need more hydration throughout the day, apply a small amount of moisturizer beforehand so you won’t feel “heavy” when wearing both products at once.
When applying these two types on top of one another, it’s best to use the liquid concealer first along the problem areas and then set with a dusting of powder. Using makeup in this way will help ensure that everything stays in place throughout the day. You won’t have to worry about separating foundation on your face.
If your skin tone changes dramatically throughout the year, consider buying two different concealer shades during opposite seasons and mixing them to create an in-between colour. Also, keep in mind that if you choose two different shades, one usually has to be slightly lighter than the other because it’s easier to make things darker than lighter
Now you know how to use concealer, here are some tips on foundations.
Liquid or powder foundation?
Liquid foundations are great for creating a natural-looking glow while maintaining a lightweight feel on the skin. Powder foundations can also give off that same “glow” look while providing more coverage on blemishes or pigmentation. For best results when using either type of foundation, be sure to always blend it well along the jawline and hairline, so there is no harsh contrast between your foundation and natural skin tone.
The difference between liquid and powder foundation
Although each has its benefits, both can give flawless coverage. Powder foundations may work better for oily or combination complexions as they tend to last longer throughout the day without smudging. Liquid foundations are great for those with dry skin as they provide lightweight hydration throughout the day.
To get a more sheer, natural finish from either type of foundation, use a damp makeup sponge rather than traditional makeup brushes or sponges that apply too much product at once.
What should I look for when buying a foundation?
To ensure you are applying the right foundation for your skin type, look at the ingredient list to see what oils and waxes are included. Those with dry complexions should purchase a water-based product instead of an oil-based one since the latter can cause breakouts or irritation if not cleaned off entirely throughout the day.
For those with oily skin types, try using an oil-free formula to avoid looking too shiny and ensure longevity throughout the day. It’s also important to note that long-wearing formulas work best when applied alone since they offer full coverage and don’t need any additional products layered on top.
When purchasing new foundations, be sure to check expiration dates as well! Makeup is past its prime after a while and may start to look chalky or cakey once applied onto skin, so it’s best to replace products every 1-2 years.
How can I choose the right colour for my foundation?
If you’re looking for a perfect match between your skin tone and the foundation shade you are checking out in-store or online, swatch it directly on top of your cheek. This will ensure an accurate match since many shades may appear deeper/brighter/lighter than they are when swatched against more delicate areas like arms.
What should I know about buying good-quality makeup?
When shopping for new concealers or foundations, be sure to look at the ingredients list on the packaging, especially if you have sensitive skin.
High-quality formulas are often 100% natural and free from harsh chemicals that may irritate your skin throughout the day. Additionally, when applying makeup in general, it’s important to clean brushes every two weeks with a mild shampoo so bacteria is not transferred onto your face.
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