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#AskHauterfly: What Is The Difference Between Concealer & Foundation?

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If you’re a makeup rookie and just getting hang of the beauty world ropes, this question is bound to pop up in your head at some point of time.

You’ve probably seen beauty gurus apply both concealer and foundation, and wondered, why both — I mean, to the naked eye, it looks like they’re pretty much doing the same thing, right?

Well, your naked eye is deceiving you, as there is a vast difference between the results of a concealer and foundation.

Concealer, as the name suggests, is used to cover blemishes and imperfections on your skin, such as dark spots, under eye circles, acne marks, etc.

Foundation, on the other hand, is used to even out your skin tone, making it look smooth and flawless.

But isn’t that the same thing? Well, unfortunately, no. Although foundation does come in various coverage formulas, when the blemishes are way too dark and obvious, using a foundation to cover those areas just won’t work.

And you will just end up looking ashy, cakey, or ghost-like, if you apply too much of it. It’s meant to create a strong, even base, in order for you to move on to concealing those mini-imperfections.

It’s a 3-step process for a reason — primer, foundation base, and concealer. By applying concealer last, you’re allowing it do its job properly, and not be washed and wiped away by the foundation.

Concealers also contain colour correctors that coincide with your skin’s warm and cool undertones, and help hide away spots better.

So there you go, foundation cannot double up as concealer, so if you want that flawless face, then these 3 steps need to be your go-to.

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