Concealer on Before or After Foundation

Do You Put Concealer on Before or After Foundation?

Do you put concealer on before or after foundation? Contrary to popular belief, this is not just a matter of personal preference. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to both methods that can affect your skin’s appearance.

The question is: what do you want for your skin? The answer will help you decide whether to apply the makeup in an order from lightest shade first (concealer) or last (foundation).

You’ll find tons of articles online about the pros and cons of each method, but here’s what we think. Which type of person are you? Do you prefer lighter coverage with less effort, or more coverage with greater risk? Weighing all options carefully will help you make the right decision for your skin.

If your skin needs more coverage: apply concealer after foundation

Put down your base first and then add powder and makeup on top to avoid dirtying up an already finished look. Alternatively, put the foundation on as a final step right before you leave the house so that it won’t come off onto anything.

The goal with this method is to give your face a smoother overall appearance. Achieving that might mean you’ll end up using less makeup in the end, but it also means spending more time on application and taking a little more care when you apply each layer.

If your skin needs less coverage: put concealer before foundation

If you put concealer on first, foundation will not cover it unless you pile makeup onto your face. If you want less coverage, this could be the right way to go.

Concealer brightens up dark circles under your eyes and any areas of discoloration, so if you’re covering up blemishes or redness, it should go on last. Putting the foundation on first will help concealer cover over those areas, giving you a smoother overall appearance.

In short, it’s a matter of choosing whether you want your foundation or concealer to take center stage. If you’re going for sheer coverage with less effort, put concealer on last. Want more coverage, but care about the finished look too much to pile it on?

Apply foundation first and finish with powder and setting spray. If you fall somewhere in between all of that, don’t worry! In the end it’s truly a matter of preference.

Do You Put Concealer on Before or After Foundation


Do I have to choose one over the other?

‘Nope! You can use both methods depending on what you’re doing. For example, you could put foundation on first and concealer overtop of it – just make sure to take it all off before going to bed so your skin doesn’t get clogged up.

Or, you could put foundation all over including under your eyes and then apply concealer only where it’s needed. We don’t recommend putting on a lot of concealer under or around the eye area, though, since even the best concealers can settle into fine lines over time.

How do I figure out which method is right for me?

Think of your morning routine. Do you put on makeup after breakfast, on your commute to work, or right before you leave the house?

If you apply it on the way out the door, foundation should go on first so it doesn’t smear off onto anything else. If you’re doing touchups throughout the day and want to be able to apply concealer right after, put that on first.

What if I don’t want to use both types of makeup?

Then don’t! Use whatever you like – there are no rules here except for what you need for your skin. But remember: different types of makeup will give it different finishes and levels of coverage!

If I use foundation all over, does that mean I don’t need concealer?

Not necessarily. Foundation can help tone down redness and even out dark under-eye circles, but it won’t get rid of peach fuzz on your cheeks or blue veins around your nose. That’s where concealer comes in!


In conclusion, concealer is a product that can be applied before or after foundation. It’s really up to whichever type of person you are and what your skin needs. Concealer will help cover any blemishes or dark circles under the eyes for those who need more coverage whereas less coverage may not require it at all!