Makeup can be quite complicated from figuring out the difference between concealer and corrector to nailing the winged eyeliner…on both eyes! But there are always some tips and tricks that can help us out. Today, we are going to take a look at how we can perfect our base – the most important stage of our canvas before elaborating on it with lipsticks and highlighters. Let’s take a look at how to apply corrector, concealer and foundation perfectly to get a natural finish.
Top Tips on How to Apply Corrector, Concealer and Foundation
- Pick a lighter concealer
- A lightweight foundation makes a difference
- Blend concealer with loose powder
- The Korean spatula for applying foundation
- FAQs about Corrector, Concealer and Foundation
Before we get into the best foundation for oily skin or what colours to use in colour correcting and all that jazz, you need to have a base for your base. The only way for your makeup to look natural, seamless and last all day long is if you prep your skin beforehand. To get started, begin by using a primer like the Lakmé Absolute Glow Primer. Enriched with shiny pearls in its formula, it can instantly add a glow to your face. And it also does all the things a primer is supposed to do like blurring your pores, blemishes and imperfections. It also acts as a base for your makeup to hold on to so it remains for longer.
Dot the primer all over your face.
Spread it out in an outward motion till it is evenly all over your face.
You can use your fingers, a beauty blender or a brush to blend.
Pick a lighter concealer
Here’s the thing, concealers are not supposed to be applied all over your face. It is essentially a spot corrector to hide certain flaws. And since they have to cover up dark blemishes and spots, they should be a shade lighter to lighten these spots. It also helps lift your face as you apply it near the inner corner and the edge of your eyes. For this, we love the non-comedogenic Lakmé Absolute Crème Concealer as it also has the nourishing vitamin E and other skin actives which soothes breakouts and inflammation and does not clog your pores. From sheer to high coverage, it can conceal the roughest texture or the darkest blemish despite its lightweight formula.
Just dab a little on the affected area and easily blend it in without worrying about any creases.
A lightweight foundation makes a difference
Skinification is the newest trend in makeup as the beauty world is all about taking care of our skin’s health while enhancing it with makeup. So, just the way we have concealers with vitamin E, try out a serum foundation in your shade for the perfect match and dewy finish. Get a natural finish with the dewy liquid foundation Lakme Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation. This one has niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin and fade blemishes while giving you sheer to high coverage. This lightweight foundation also has SPF 20 and stays all day long, making it the perfect choice for this summer even if you have oily skin.
You can either find the shade by swatching it under natural lighting or using the virtual try-on method.
TikTok’s concealer before foundation hack
Love or hate TikTok but when it comes to the consumer market, it is a blessing. We will tell you why. Because there are people out there daring enough to try out things we want to try but are too scared. Not sure if that one lipstick looks good on you? Someone out there is reviewing it for you online. Wondering how to use colour theory for your makeup? Well, chances are there’s a hashtag for it online. The same goes for coming across new tricks and hacks that we probably hadn’t even thought of.
And this one is a lifesaver. In this photographic age where flash and high-quality phone cameras can capture even the slightest imperfection, applying concealer first has become a favourite. When you layer a lot of concealer over a blemish, if it is the last step, it can give an uneven texture and even highlight that area. So, why not apply the concealer first and then go ahead with your foundation? It also allows your foundation to work as a colour-correcter if your concealer shade is too light.
Blend concealer with loose powder
To get a creaseless finish, apply loose powder. Perfect this fun little experiment with the lightweight Lakmé Absolute Loose Finishing Powder which can blur pores and fine lines. As it adds a thicker consistency to your concealer, you are bound to get higher coverage and smoother texture. This matte loose powder is also a bonus if you have oily skin and always end up looking sweaty by the end of the day. It also helps your makeup stay on all day.
After applying your concealer, just take a little of the loose powder on your brush and then blend it.
Mix your foundation
Look we all know how to put foundation. Somehow, some people get a flawless natural finish while others get a sad cakey, heavy-layered mess. But there is always some hack or trick that helps thanks to beauty junkies who figure it out for us. The latest trend is frothing the foundation by mixing it in water. This makes sure that the foundation doesn’t get cakey even if you apply several layers.
But the easiest or the most foolproof method according to us is adding moisturiser. You can also use moisturiser despite having the best foundation for dry skin. That is because moisturiser makes it smoother to apply and easier to blend.
The Korean spatula for applying foundation
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Are you seeing people on Instagram suddenly using a spatula to put on their foundation? Well, this Korean beauty spatula has gone viral for even application and a sheer finish.
Just dip the side of the spatula in foundation to get a thin sliver of the product on the edge.
And like you would spread butter from a knife to a piece of bread, move the foundation-dipped side of the spatula to your face in an outward motion.
You can also use a butter knife or the handle of the spoon if you are not sure about this tip. If it doesn’t work for you, no harm no foul!
Colour correcting with colour theory
If you have a lot of discolouration on your face you will easily notice the difference between concealer and corrector. Art students it's time to shine as colour theory is being used to neutralise different discolourations and colour correctors are back on the rise. No more a theatre kid’s makeup palette, it can easily hide a suntan, brown blemish, red rash or even a purpley wound.
Green hides redness.
Orange is for dark blemishes like dark circles and works best for darker skin tones.
Pink or peach adds life to dull skin and hides dark circles if you have a fairer skin tone.
Yellow can cover bruises, blue veins on the temple and purple pigmentation.
Purple on the other hand can hide yellow or dark patches.
FAQs about Corrector, Concealer and Foundation
Q1. Should I use a dry or damp beauty blender?
Once you use a damp beauty blender, you won’t be going back. It not only helps hydrate if your skin is too dry but also allows the product to blend seamlessly. No more harsh lines or uneven patches with this trick.
Q2. Should I do eye makeup before the base?
Yep. It has now become a trend to do your eye makeup and eyebrows before you get started with your base. This way, if there is any mistake you can wipe it off without messing up your foundation.
Q3. Which is better between concealer and corrector?
Honestly, different skin concerns call for different products. If you have textured skin, light blemishes or open pores, concealers work best. But if you have a lot of discolouration like redness, dark spots or maybe even a bruise, a colour corrector can be more effective in covering them up.
Learning how to apply corrector, concealer and foundation can be quite tricky. But not all hope is lost. Take a look at the tips and tricks above and get to painting your face!
Written by Lopa K on May 10, 2023