When you apply makeup, it is easy to make the mistake of applying face make-up in the wrong order. There are even some who just don’t know what exactly to do with each component – concealer, foundation, and powder. To avoid the cakey, blotchy, and uneven surface that may result from the improper use of these, here is something that may help:
Prep your skin first – before applying anything, you first need to clean and moisturize your skin. A clean surface is needed to give you that perfect canvas. A moisturizer will help keep your skin hydrated under all that makeup.
Apply a primer before anything else – while considered an optional step, an under base or primer is actually a good step to incorporate into your make-up routine. This helps even out your skin’s undertones and also helps to makeup last longer.
Foundation first before concealer – although some people do things the other way around, applying your foundation first before your concealer actually keeps your concealer in place. Always choose a foundation that is not only suited to your skin tone, but also to your skin type – most liquid foundations have oil in them, so those with oily skin should avoid it, or at least find one that is oil free. Powder foundation can be tricky to use since it can make skin look scaly and dry, but it is a good choice if you have oily skin since it absorbs oil.
Concealers require proper blending – when applying your concealer, blend carefully with your fingertips or with a brush. When using concealer to hide dark under-eye circles, work your way from the inside to the outside, patting and blending but not rubbing. Also, don’t go for a shade that is lighter than your foundation and your skin. Try to match these as closely as possible, and start with a thin layer to avoid caking.
Powder is used to set both your foundation and concealer – to give your face an even tone, a light dusting of face powder in the same shade is needed. Again, moderation is required here since too much can make your face look like the Sahara desert.