Should Concealer Be Lighter Than Foundation?
Your concealer and foundation should both match your skin tone. But this doesn’t mean they always need to be the same shade.
In fact, for concealers, it’s best to pick a shade lighter than your foundation if you’re applying it under your eyes. Concealers cancel out hyperpigmentation, dark shadows, and discolouration. They look most natural when a little lighter than your natural skin tone or foundation for better blending and masking When using them for hyperpigmentation or discoloration, it’s important to consider the undertone of the concealer being used. Simply using a lighter concealer may not always be effective, especially when dealing with under-eye circles, as it can create a grey shadow that emphasizes the darkness even more.
To effectively colour correct and brighten the under-eye area, it is recommended to use a concealer with a slightly more peach tone. This will not only help to cancel out the darkness but also provide a natural-looking finish by blending and masking seamlessly with your natural skin tone or foundation.
Do You Put Concealer on Before or After Foundation?
Now onto the burning question: do you put concealer on before or after foundation? It depends! Professional Makeup Artists such as Mary Philips often adopt the ‘underpainting’ makeup technique, when it comes to blending these products together. The underpainting technique involves applying concealer or contour before foundation to create a flawless base, to create a smooth canvas and achieve a more natural-looking finish. This makeup technique is particularly useful for those with uneven skin tone or blemishes as it helps to cover imperfections and provide a more even complexion.
Apply concealer first if:
You’re using a colour-correcting concealer to balance out red or purple tones
You’re applying concealer to dark undereye circles
You’re using concealer to contour your face
Apply foundation first if:
You are using concealer to cover small blemishes or spot correct
You want a smooth, even canvas to work with
You want to use a thinner, more natural makeup base
Formulations are also important to think about. For example, if you’re using a liquid foundation, it’s best to use a liquid concealer. If you’re mixing formulations, be sure to apply liquids before powders. A liquid applied over a powdery base can lead to pilling or blotchy areas.
How To Choose the Perfect Foundation And Concealer Colour For Your Skin Tone
From cool to warm, light to dark, we’re spoilt for choice with more foundation shades than ever. To find the best fit for your skin tone, apply your makeup sample to your jawline, neck or collarbone and look at it in natural lighting. The sample should match your bare face.
To find the best concealer, choose a slightly lighter shade for under the eyes. This cancels out dark circles and shadows. You can also apply a lighter shade if you want to use your concealer as a highlighter, bringing features forward. Struggling with finding the right shade? Look no further than L'Oreal Paris' virtual try-on tool for help! With just a few clicks, you can easily find the perfect concealer shade for your skin tone.
It’s also important to keep your undertones in mind when selecting a concealer or foundation. For concealer, cool pink tones work best on fair to medium skin, while warm peachy tones work best on tan and darker tones.
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Techniques For Flawless Concealer and Foundation Application
Choosing the right products is only half the battle. Here are a few key tips to put your best face forward using concealer and foundation.
Apply foundation starting at the centre of your face, blending outward to the edges
Finish applications with a foundation brush to get a natural, blended look
For lighter coverage, apply concealer and foundation using light finger swipes
For heavier coverage, use a foundation sponge or brush