February 8, 2016

Do You Apply Your Foundation or Your Concealer First?

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When you’re getting ready for apply your base products which do you typically apply first? Foundation followed by concealer or concealer followed by foundation?

I don’t use concealer on my face but I do use it under my eyes so that’s the area I start with first. I apply my concealer under my eyes and I apply Benefit Lemon-Aid on my lids. After that I apply my foundation.

What about you?

Which is first?

Do share your application technique and why you do it that way!


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  • Kristina J.

    If I’m using a liquid foundation, I’ll do it afterwards but if it’s BareMinerals powder foundation I’ll do my concealer before 🙂

  • Rachel

    I go back and forth between the two methods! Basically if I’m really having a bad skin situation I apply foundation first to give me a better idea where I need to focus my concealer efforts. And if my skin looks pretty healthy when I start, I apply concealer first and then usually get away with one less pump of foundation. So…both!

    • Monica

      Yup me too! Now I put liquid foundation on first then I highlight & conceal.

  • Rachel R.

    Foundation first. It gives the concealer something to adhere to. Otherwise, it just melts off my oily skin or becomes oxidized.

  • Swang

    Somehow concealers haven’t looked good on me yet! 🙁 Waiting to find that holy grail product.I might be using the wrong type of undereye concealer, I dunno.. So I just stick to a light base of foundation. I prefer a sheer coverage 🙂 makes my face look a lot healthier.. Nice topic!

    • Sarah

      Have you tried It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer? It’s amazing! I use that and then layer Mac Prep & Prime Highlighter over it to brighten the look.

  • Zovesta

    As of right now, I have no good concealer and no setting powder, so my method is:
    Thin layer of liquid foundation
    Second thin layer over spots I would normally use concealer on
    Set with powder foundation

    Surprisingly, it doesn’t look too cakey. ;P

  • Dia

    I dot Tarte concealer under my eyes and around my nose where it tends to get red, then apply my Iope cushion foundation.

  • Jackie

    I’ve always done foundation first. I like to see what needs concealing after foundation so that I don’t go too overboard and end up cakey. Recently my under eyes have taken more care and per suggestion I have started applying my corrector shade first then blending on foundation and following with concealer. So far that’s been the key.

  • Donna Whittle

    I first use a concealer followed by my I CONCEAL flawless foundation beige which I brought from http://www..com/, and I am ready for any kind of functions!

  • zVintageFashionizta

    It depends on the type of foundation I am using, when I’m using a powder foundation I conceal first when using a liquid/cream foundation I do it after.

  • Paula

    I use concealer first because once I cover up any spots and imperfections then I can get away with less foundation on my face.

  • Bren Owsley

    I use concealer then foundation, but, if I need more concealer then I apply after as well

  • Rah

    Concealer then foundation then concealer again. Works like a charm.
    When I use Estee’s Double Wear, there is really no need for concealer. I love to mix up my beauty routine every so of often.