Have you ever wondered when to apply concealer? Does it go on before or after foundation?
Well, it’s really all about personal preference and what works best for you; there is no right or wrong way. Concealer can be applied under or over foundation, although, whatever your preference, you do need to ensure that you blend the edges well.
When using a concealer, always make sure to moisturise any dry areas well, before you begin your make-up application. This will prevent these drier areas from looking cakey and will help the product spread and blend more evenly. Concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation and needs to be applied sparingly to prevent it from creasing and collecting in any fine lines or wrinkles on your face.
Using your ring finger or a clean concealer brush, gently pat it onto your blemishes, imperfections or other areas you wish to disguise (dark circles under the eyes, broken capillaries, etc.) and gently blend the edges of the concealed area into your skin by gently patting outwards in a circular motion. Do not attempt to rub concealer on, as this will only smear it, leaving the blemished areas exposed.
If you’re covering a pimple and find that the product isn’t sticking while using your finger to apply it, or you find that a concealer brush is too large for the area you wish to cover; try using a small, thin eyeliner brush. This will allow you to apply product exactly where it’s needed and then use the brush or your finger to blend out the edges.
Once you’ve finished concealing, gently apply your foundation with a foundation brush or cosmetic wedge so that you don’t smear or rub off all your hard work. If you’ve applied your concealer after foundation, this won’t be a problem. You will need to set your concealer and foundation with a light dusting of powder on a large, fluffy powder brush. This will give them more ‘staying’ power and it will be less likely to come off if you accidentally touch your face during the day.