Does concealer go over or under your foundation?

This is a question I get asked a lot as a makeup artist, and its such a valid one. Does concealer go over or under your foundation?

There are two types of concealers, so that is the very first thing to consider when you are asking the question does concealer go over or under your foundation? The first is a full cover concealer. Generally, these come in pots and are very heavy in consistency. This type of concealer is for blemishes, redness or any discolouration.

When you wear it around the eye area it will crease and stick in lines. It is also quite dehydrating, so with prolonged use, it will dry out the eye area. It can, however, be used under the brow bone and on the lid as an eyeshadow base.

The second type of concealer is a lightweight hydrating one. This one is perfect for under the delicate eye area. The skin around your eyes is five times as fine as the skin anywhere else on your body.

Here is a quick video to show you how.

(Instructions follow below!)


With all this in mind, a foundation is designed to even out your skin tone and should be applied first. A concealer is to correct anything that the foundation does not cover. Think of it as an eraser for discolouration or blemishes.

Regarding the undereye area, sometimes a colour corrector is required. This can be done with your lightweight concealer once the tone of the product is the right tone to correct. So, if you have blue tones under your eyes you will need a more pink based concealer. Or if you have red tones under your eyes you will need a more yellow based concealer.

A fluffy brush is best for application when concealer is concerned. It will give you more of an airbrushed finished and it won't wipe the foundation off.

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