Monday, July 11, 2011

Makeup Musings -- Which Comes First: Concealer or Foundation?

A while back, I wrote a post on which type of powder was better: pressed or loose? In it, I gave you the argument for both sides and then shared my opinion. Recently, I was talking with a friend and we were discussing how we apply our makeup. She applies her concealer before her foundation, I do the opposite. And that made me want to do another "Makeup Musings" post. So.. here it is!

Like with powder, almost everyone has a different view point on whether concealer or foundation should come first. And again, I don't think this is another "right or wrong" situation.. I think it depends largely on your personal preference. 


If you're using a powder foundation, then I definitely recommend using your concealer first. Applying a concealer over powder wouldn't give you a very good finish, and you'd probably have to use another layer of loose powder to set everything.

However, if you're using a liquid foundation, I strongly suggest applying your foundation before your concealer for several reasons:
  • First, your foundation is meant to provide coverage on its own. Let that coverage work in your favor! You may not end up needing as much concealer as you originally think.
  • Second, let your primer and foundation help you by smoothing out the surface of your skin, making your concealer easier to blend.
  • And finally, if you apply your concealer first, it's more likely to wear off while you're blending in your foundation.. which means you'll have to reapply it anyways.
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What are your thoughts? Concealer or foundation first?

♥ M

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