If you’re going to apply makeup, you want to do it as close to the pros as possible, right? However, it’s easy to become confused about the steps, or not know them at all. If we’re honest, applying makeup isn’t a simple exercise for everyone.
Knowing the products to use, when to use them, and in what order could really have a major impact on how your makeup turns out. No one wants splotchy or creasing makeup. However, if you apply it in the wrong sequence, this is quite likely to happen.
Makeup applications can become even more complex when you have specific areas of concern, like under-eye darkness. The most important question when concealing under-eye blackness is, “What comes first, the concealer or the foundation?”
Should you use Foundation or concealer for dark circles?
Order is essential if you want the most effective coverage for your skin. That said, when covering under-eye dark circles or any other imperfections for that matter, it is best to apply foundation first.
Applying a liquid foundation first helps to lay a base for the concealer to blend into. This gives you the perfect amount of coverage. Applying the concealer first may cause it to migrate away from the area where you applied it. This means it will be much harder to try and hide the imperfections, and will likely result in more product use, as you will have to keep reapplying to get good coverage.
How to apply foundation and concealer professionally
Now that you know which order to apply your foundation and concealer, let’s get into the ‘how’ of the application.
Step 1: Start with a clean face - Use a cleanser to wash your face thoroughly to ensure you have a fresh canvas to start with.
Step 2: Prep the skin - Skin prep is just as important as the makeup application. Prepping the skin properly will help enhance the longevity of your makeup.
After cleansing, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your face and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then apply a primer to help the foundation adhere to the skin.
Step 3: Apply & blend your foundation - Using your best foundation shade, squirt 2-3 pumps on the back of your hand. Dip your foundation brush into the product and use it to apply the foundation to your face.
Blend the foundation as evenly as possible using the brush. If you have a complexion sponge, that could also be used to help you achieve a flawless blend.
Step 4: Apply & blend your foundation - Squirt 2-3 pumps on the back of your hand using your best foundation shade. Grab your concealer brush and use it to blend the concealer into the foundation.
Next, using a concealer that is a shade or two lighter, place the concealer under the eyes. Use the concealer brush to dab (swiping will disturb the foundation and create a mess) the product until it is blended seamlessly into the skin.
Step 5: Set it and forget it - When you are satisfied with your blend job, it’s time to set the concealer and foundation in place. Using a translucent powder, take your powder brush to pick up some product. Tap off the excess, then gently tap the translucent powder all over the face to set your foundation and concealer in place.
Finally, spritz your face all over with your setting spray and allow it to dry. Looking great, gorgeous!