Decoding Foundations And Concealers: When To Use Which For Flawless Skin

Written by Lopa KJan 19, 2024
Decoding Foundations and Concealers: When to Use Which for Flawless Skin

Welcome to the magical world of makeup where foundations and concealers play pivotal roles in crafting flawless looks. Let's dive into the intricate details of these makeup essentials and how they work together to create a strong base for whatever type of makeup look you desire.

Decoding Foundations and Concealers: When to Use Which for Flawless Skin

In the realm of makeup, foundations and concealers are indeed a dynamic duo. But what is the difference between concealer and foundation? Foundations serve as the canvas upon which your entire makeup look is built, providing an even base. So, what is concealer? Well, they work their magic by targeting specific imperfections that show up even after applying foundation like a stubborn pimple or dark blemish, giving you that flawless finish.


Foundation Fundamentals - Building Your Base

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

Foundations serve as the base for your makeup, evening out your skin tone and providing a smooth canvas for other products. They are thinner in consistency and easier to apply all over the face. There are various types of foundations, including liquid foundation, powder, cream and stick formulations. Liquid foundations offer versatility and suit most skin types. Powder foundations are great for oily skin, while cream formulations work well for dry skin due to their hydrating properties.

Foundation Shades

Choosing the correct foundation shade is vital for a seamless, natural appearance. Test foundation shades along your jawline in natural light to find the closest match to your skin tone. Consider your undertone—whether it's warm, cool, or neutral—to ensure the foundation blends well with your skin. Some foundations oxidize (darken) after a while, so allow a few minutes for the foundation shades to settle before making a final decision.


Coverage and Finish

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

Coverage and finish are crucial aspects when selecting a foundation. Coverage levels range from sheer to full, catering to different preferences. Sheer coverage provides a natural look, while full coverage conceals imperfections more effectively. Finish options include matte, dewy, satin and natural. Matte foundations control oil and give a shine-free appearance, while dewy finishes offer a radiant glow.

Experience sheer radiance with Lakmē Absolute Luminous Skin Tint Foundation. Its weightless, blendable formula effortlessly melts into your skin, providing a perfect complexion. This liquid foundation allows your skin to breathe, providing a lit-from-within glow. With a long-lasting, crease-free formula, it easily conceals blemishes and pores. Enjoy a subtle, sheer coverage or build it up for a high coverage depending on your mood. It also gives that soft-focus airbrushed effect that looks stunning in real life.


Concealer Chronicles - Erasing Imperfections

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

Concealers are more concentrated and thick, used to target certain areas. There are also different types of concealers, each designed for specific purposes. First, you have the colour-correcting concealers to neutralize specific discolourations, like green for redness and peach/salmon for dark circles. Traditional concealers hide blemishes, dark spots and imperfections. Highlighting concealers are lighter shades used to brighten areas like under the eyes or high points of the face.

Different Techniques to Apply Concealer

There are various concealer application techniques to apply concealer depending on the area you're targeting. For under-eye circles, use a triangle shape and gently blend using a sponge or fingertip. For blemishes, spot correction is the way to go. Apply a small amount directly on the spot and blend the edges into the skin. Patting circular motions helps blend the concealer without wiping away the coverage.


The Lakmē Absolute Instant Airbrush Concealer Pen

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

The Lakmē Absolute Instant Airbrush Concealer Pen is your go-to solution for even last-minute touch-ups and spot correction. Its convenient pen design allows for easy twist-and-dab application. This concealer creates an airbrushed effect with its velvety texture that effortlessly blends into your skin. Say goodbye to stubborn dark circles and signs of exhaustion as it enhances your complexion. The lightweight formula can be paired with foundation or worn alone to bring life to your face.


Foundation VS Concealer - When to Reach for Which

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

Coverage Concerns: Understanding When to Use Foundation or Concealer or Both

Foundations provide overall coverage, evening out the skin tone. Use foundation when aiming to create a uniform base across your entire face. Concealers, on the other hand, target specific areas needing extra coverage, like blemishes, dark circles, or redness. Use concealer after foundation if it is unable to hide these problem areas.

Troubleshooting Beauty Dilemmas

There are several ways to apply makeup for different skin concerns. For instance, mixing a drop of facial oil with foundation can hydrate dry skin. To mattify oily skin, use a primer before applying foundation. Colour correcting with concealers helps neutralize specific discolourations before applying foundation and prevents your base from looking too ashy.


Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

Application Mastery - Techniques for Flawless Application

For a natural finish and comfortable wear, look no further than Lakmē 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation Mini. Its light formula feels delightful on your skin while the built-in primer ensures lasting coverage. Glide and blend effortlessly, achieving a smooth and even skin tone. This liquid foundation also offers medium to high coverage, includes SPF 20 for sun protection, and stays put all day, keeping you looking flawless from morning to evening.

Well, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply foundation and concealer together:

  • ● Start with a dry, clean, moisturized face.
  • ● Apply primer to create a smooth base.
  • ● Dot on the foundation all over your face.
  • ● Next, use a damp beauty sponge, brush, or fingers to spread and blend the foundation evenly. As mentioned before, dab in circular motions till you are happy with the finish.
  • ● On to the concealer – apply it sparingly on problem areas after foundation.
  • ● Blend the edges of the foundation and concealer seamlessly for a natural look.
  • ● Set your makeup with a translucent powder to increase its longevity.

FAQs about Foundations and Concealers

Q1. Can I put concealer before foundation?

Yes, you can! Applying concealer before foundation allows targeted coverage for specific areas before creating an even base with foundation. It can also give a natural highlight on the high points of your face.

Q2. How to use concealer on red patches?

Dab a green-tinted concealer on red patches to neutralize the redness, then apply a skin-toned concealer and blend it out completely.

Q3. Can I use foundation as spot correction?

While foundation offers overall coverage, it might not be as effective for spot correction compared to concealers designed for this purpose.

Lopa K

Written by


Shop This Story