November 11, 2014 Diana Crisan Expert Tips

What Comes First? Concealer or Foundation?

Oh, the never-ending beauty conundrum of layering. What goes first? This question not only relates to your skincare routine, but also your makeup. Before you even begin fine-tuning your makeup job with contouring, highlighting, blush and eye works, you have to lay down your foundation (literally)! And with the help of pro makeup artist Allison O’Connor, we can answer the question of what goes on first — concealer or foundation?

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Foundation First — Concealer Second
Lay your foundation first,” says O’Connor. “The only exception is when using treatment concealer to cover blemishes, or scarring. In that case you will apply the color corrector or treatment first,” she says.

When applying your concealer, you’ll want to use a small, synthetic bristle like Lancôme Concealer Brush #8, and then use your fingers to blend.

“Otherwise, it’s foundation and then concealer. If you apply your concealer first, you will end up using a lot more than necessary and can risk looking cakey,” says O’Connor. No one wants that!

Do you have any makeup layering questions? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.