If you’re not well-versed regarding the many, many makeup types out there, you may be a little confused about why concealer and foundation are two different things. They can look the same, sometimes have a similar texture, and one comes in a much larger ounce quantity. However, the two are quite different! One thing that is similar about them though, is that they each come in different textures and colors and can be applied in a variety of ways.
The main difference between the two is that concealer is used on smaller trouble areas, while foundation is more of a canvas for the entire face prior to putting the rest of your makeup on. In most instances, you put a light layer of foundation on prior to applying concealer and blending it over any tricky areas. Concealers are commonly used for blemishes, redness, scars, dark undereye circles – but as makeup has evolved, so has the uses for concealer! Many people use it as an eyeshadow base, a contouring tool, and even a lip base prior to lipstick.
The greatest thing about makeup is that there aren’t any real rules, you just find what works for you to achieve your desired look! And depending on your skin type and the outcome you are trying to achieve both have such a variety of textures that the sky is the limit! And you can apply either with a brush, sponge, or your fingers.
If you need the basics, we’re here to help.
Foundation is going to balance out your skin tone. Assuming you’ve already moisturized and applied primer (if you so desire), you are ready to apply foundation. Most people will dot a healthy amount on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Depending on your blending preference (sponges tend to be the most popular so it distributes evenly. You really do want to blend into your entire face all the way through to the hairline so you don’t look like you are wearing a mask.
And you can either go with full coverage (a little thicker formula) or something more lightweight. You’ll notice most celebrities have flawless skin – that’s because they typically have makeup artists who will apply a thicker consistency for a picture-picture look. Many people opt for a lightweight foundation for their day to day wear so it doesn’t look so dramatic.
Once you’ve blended completely, it’s time for concealer.
Whether you have some trouble areas or not, concealer can prove to be a huge benefit. It can hide certain areas and highlight others. Most prefer applying concealer with a brush, but there are so many types that come in either a stick or have its own applicator. You typically want to apply this under your eyes to give yourself a brightening lift. Again, it’s important to blend, blend, blend! It seems like an easy process, but you definitely don’t want to rush it.
With both foundation and concealer, it’s really important to find the right shade for you. Most people don’t choose the same color as their skin, but something very, very close so each can do the job of blending and balancing out the skin to perfection.
Hopefully, this information has given you clarity surrounding the great concealer versus foundation mystery! While you may need to play around with different coverage types, textures, and colors, there are just so many options to get it right! And you can always visit your local beauty store or department store beauty counter to get some help from the experts. They are incredibly knowledgeable and can help you decide on what kind of look you are going for and how to make it happen. They can also assess your particular skin type and make recommendations based on whether you are oily, dry, combination, etc.
Don’t be intimidated when it comes to using either! Makeup experts can teach you the proper application techniques and even provide some interesting tips and tricks that most people don’t know. After all, they work in this field and they truly want to help you feel your best.