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Whether to put on concealer first or foundation first, is probably one of the trickiest
questions on makeup that many women are unsure of. World-renowned makeup artist Kevyn
Aucoin recommends foundation first, then concealer. The main reason is that if you
apply concealer before foundation, you may rub off the concealer when you put on
foundation. I hope this make sense to you.
Also, if you put concealer on after foundation, it helps you to see where you need
a little extra coverage to hide small blemishes or unevenness in your skin. When
applying concealer, always make sure that the color blends perfectly with your skin
tone and blend it in very well. You can apply concealer with a tiny brush or simply
with your fingertips.
If you have dark eye circles, pick a slightly creamy concealer that won't cake on
dry skin around your eyes. And, if your skin is sensitive, choose a concealer that
contains only pure mineral pigment color and has no dyes, oils, talc or starch in
After putting on concealer, apply some loose translucent powder to set it. For a
flawless look, you want to tap powder puff into your powder, gently blow off excess
and press it softly and firmly on your face. The puff makes the foundation, concealer
and powder melt together to create a perfect matte finish rather than a dusty layer.
If you want a natural finish, then apply powder loosely with a big fluffy brush.
As you can see, the correct steps are – start off with liquid foundation, then put
on cream concealer and finally dust with loose powder.
In case you're wondering if BB cream is a concealer, the answer is no. BB cream (Blemish
Balm Cream) is more like a foundation than a concealer although some high end brands
of BB cream (such as Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream) provide great coverage which
works well for minor skin imperfections. Skin79 has released a BB concealer, a concealer
with more coverage than the BB cream. Remember to check it out in the shops next
Depending on the formulation (some are quite thick while others are too sheer – almost
see through), you can use bb cream as a makeup base, or as a tinted moisturizer.
Some girls claim that bb creams can tighten pores and brighten up dull complexion
to leave a natural dewy finish.
If you're interested in BB creams, it's better to shop around, compare prices (they
are not cheap) and choose one with the right color and coverage to suit your needs.
I suggest you get a bb cream that has "all-in-one" functions – makeup base + sun
block + concealer + moisturizer + skin treatment.
Secrets to Applying Makeup Foundation Flawlessly
1. Always clean your face with a milder cleanser, tone and prime your face with a
moisturize before applying foundation. You also want to wait for about 5 minutes
or so to let your skin absorb the moisturizer.
2.If you're using a liquid foundation, shake the bottle really well to disperse the
pigments that have settled at bottom of bottle in order to get an even finish.
3. Some girls use makeup sponge to apply foundation, but I personally prefer to blend
using fingers instead. This is because the heat from your fingers helps to melt the
foundation into the skin better to give a truly smooth natural look. Cosmetic sponges
tend to leave streaks and blotches, and fingers also help to reach areas corners
that sponges never can, such as corner of your nose.
4. For perfect application, dab some dots of foundation on your cheeks, nose, chin,
and forehead. Then blend out evenly over your face, starting from your nose and work
outwards (hairline and jaw).
5. You can try using two different shades of foundation to help sculpt your face
and make your facial features stand out. First, put on the foundation that matches
your natural skin tone on your face including your neck. Then apply the slightly
darker shade over your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Finally, blend well to avoid
a patchy, unnatural look.
6. The next time you shop for foundation, don't forget to take along a compact mirror
to check the color on your skin in natural light (outside). A shade that looks fabulously
well on your skin under fluorescent and other artificial lighting in cosmetics hall
might look awful in daylight.
7. It's also a great idea to get yourself two different shades of foundation. Your
skin color and needs change throughout the year so the foundation you wear in summer
isn't going to look right for winter. I suggest you use a bit more than a tinted
moisturizer for summer when your skin is darkest, and a paler foundation for winter.
For spring and autumn, opt for something in between.
By Tiffany Moore
I'm such a newbie at applying makeup and I've been wondering about "foundation concealer
order" for a while. I've read many conflicting opinions that I'm a little confused
now. Do you put on concealer then foundation, or foundation then concealer? So, what
comes first foundation or concealer? Thanks. – Melanie, Oxford.
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