If you’re confused about the order in which you should apply concealer and foundation, you may be putting on more product than necessary. You may have even been using the wrong products altogether in your attempt to perfect the appearance of your skin. After all, there are numerous concealer and foundation options available on the market. Save some time, energy and makeup by experimenting with the tips listed here. Instead of caking up your complexion by going over the same spots numerous times, learn how you can lay down the base for a fresh complexion throughout the day.

Things You'll Need

Dot and blend an oil-free moisturizer onto a clean face to soften your skin and eliminate any dry patches that will appear unattractive underneath foundation and concealer. After about 5 minutes, press a facial tissue all over your skin to lift away excess moisturizer.

Blend a makeup primer onto the center of your face, moving outwards. This will give your foundation and concealer a smooth base. Your makeup will be easier to blend and appear more flawless if you use primer.

Find the foundation that matches your skin tone and has the texture that works best with your skin type. Oily skin will not appear so shiny with the help of a powder or creme-based foundation, and dry skin will seem more hydrated with a liquid formula. In any case, skip anything that contains oil, as oil will break your makeup down. Look at the coverage the foundation offers before you purchase it. Light coverage is sufficient for close-to-perfect skin, but feel free to use a heavier coverage formula if you have an uneven skin tone or more than a few blemishes. If you fall somewhere in between, use medium coverage foundation. Apply the foundation by smoothing or buffing it evenly all over your face, including your eyelids and under the eyes. Get rid of any obvious lines in your application by blending them away with a makeup wedge.

Dab a creamy, salmon-hued concealer on the under-eye area and on the inner corners of the eyes by the bridge of the nose. This counteracts the darkness without over-brightening the area. A shade of flesh-tone concealer that is too light will over-brighten. Pat away any demarcation lines to help the product dissolve into your skin. Do not drag your finger across your under-eye area in an effort to blend the concealer, as the skin here is delicate and should be treated with care.

Cover any blemishes or scars that are still evident underneath your foundation with a camouflage or cover-up stick. Choose one that is a half shade lighter than your foundation, as any areas you camouflage will appear darker once you powder over them. Cover-up stick has a drier consistency than under-eye concealer—do not confuse the two; creamy concealer will not adhere to your blemishes. Swirl a pointy concealer brush in the product to apply it with precision. Make sure any lines are blended into your skin for a seamless finish.

Set your foundation and concealer with a dusting of translucent powder. If there are any spots on your face that you worked hard to conceal, take care that the product doesn’t get lifted away by applying the translucent powder with a sponge. Stipple the product on instead of blending it.


  • Discover your exact foundation color match by applying the product above your jawline in natural light. The right color will disappear into your skin.