Should I Apply Concealer Before or After Foundation?

Not sure if you should apply concealer before or after your foundation? The real answer might surprise you! You’ve probably heard lots of answers, but we’ve got the facts.

Want to get gorgeous in a flash? Take your concealer game to the next level! Properly applied concealer can totally transform your face.

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Should I Apply Concealer Before or After Foundation?

 

1. Primer


Never skip primer. It really does make a massive difference. Although it might not look like much in the bottle, this stuff is powerful. A good primer will gloss over pores and fine lines to create a perfect canvas. As a bonus, it’ll also make your makeup stay put.

We adore Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance. Perfect for all skin types, this impressive primer will leave you glowing.


2. Foundation


If you wear foundation, apply it after your primer and before your concealer. When you apply your concealer before your foundation, you just end up smearing if around. Your goal with concealer is to concentrate on specific areas, so it’s important to avoid rubbing the area after you apply it.

Applying foundation before concealer means that you might actually be able to skip a makeup step. A high-quality foundation can hide imperfections and spots of discolouration.

Want full coverage? You’ve got to try Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15. This oil-free formula gives you full coverage without creating a cakey look. Made with glycerine and shea butter, Bobbi Brown foundation lasts for up to 12 hours whilst hydrating your skin and providing sun protection.

For lightweight coverage, Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream is the gold standard. It’ll give you an even skin tone, hydrate your skin, and protecting your face from the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Should I Apply Concealer Before or After Foundation?

 

3. Concealer


Need some extra coverage? Add a thin layer of concealer. Cult fave Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer is always a hit. This oil-free formula resists water, perspiration, and humidity, and lasts for ages.

Prone to blemishes? Go for a green-based concealer such as BECCA Backlight Colour Correcting Crème in Pistachio. Add just a tiny dot of this on spots, and then top with a concealer that matches your skin tone.


4. Set It in Place


Don’t let all your hard work melt away. Prevent a makeup meltdown with Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray. It makes your makeup look fresh and vibrant all day long.

 

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