Beauty Q&A: How Do I Wear Concealer Without Foundation?

October 20, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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If you’re looking for a lighter-weight alternative to foundation but don’t want to rely on a tinted moisturizer or CC cream, we recommend using concealer alone. It’s true, with the right long-wearing or hydrating concealer formula, you’ll be able to cover imperfections, even out and keep your complexion looking fresh. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Kasey Spickard for his tips and tricks on wearing concealer by itself.

TIP 1: Prep the Skin

First and foremost, prepping the skin is key when it comes to applying concealer without foundation, according to Spickard. Start with a great water-based moisturizer — Spickard loves the Lancôme Hydra Zen Cream Gel — and add a layer of primer on top. 


TIP 2: Find the Right Shade

Next, using the right shade of concealer is a must. “Remember, if you’re only going to be applying concealer, you aren’t going to want to use one that’s one or one and a half shades lighter than your skin tone (like you would for the under eyes),” says Spickard. Instead, use a concealer that matches your skin tone like you would for foundation. We love the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Concealer Serum for this. The lightweight, creamy consistency dries down to the perfect sheer-to-medium coverage.

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TIP 3: Target Application

Once you’ve chosen your concealer formula, apply it with a very targeted application. “Use light dabs of concealer to cover discoloration, blemishes or areas you want to even out,” says Spickard. “I like to tap my finger into the product and then use a dabbing motion to work the product into the skin with my ring finger,.”

TIP 4: Set It With Powder

Finally, to prevent caking and creasing, set anywhere you applied the concealer with a translucent powder on a small fluffy brush — the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder is perfect for this. “Pro tip, you can also take a damp beauty sponge with setting spray and tap it all over the face!” Spickard adds.

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