At this stage, it’s probably been drilled into your head that concealer has to come before foundation. But, the truth of the matter is that it all really comes down to how much coverage you want and what exactly it is you want to achieve (besides flawless looking skin).
Some people only have a few blemishes, meaning they mightn’t require any concealer at all because with non-serious cases, foundation gives just enough coverage to hide unwanted marks. However, others feel that they need concealer to achieve flawless looking skin – or at least to fake a flawless base!
The debate between foundation and concealer application is ongoing and it even brings about conflicting answers from professional makeup artists. This has lead me to believe that it really comes down to personal choice.
Here’s why you might want to apply foundation first:
If your face feels naked without foundation, apply it first. Then dot concealer only where you need extra coverage.
—Cynde Watson, founder of Color by Cynde Watson
Here’s why you might like to start off with concealer:
If you don’t like to wear a full face of foundation, apply concealer first to the areas that need full coverage. Then you might find you don’t need foundation at all—or need only a little bit to even out skin tone and make your skin look flawless.
—Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
I normally apply foundation first and then go over a few areas with some concealer afterwards. Which do you start off with? Feel free to share your thoughts below!