For as long as people have been wearing foundation and concealer, people have been pondering which comes first.
Let me back this story up: I don’t always wear foundation (lazy). Which raises another question: which comes first, makeup (shadow, liner) or concealer? I always thought the answer was concealer. I’ve got a lot of color around my eyes naturally (not a good thing), and I figured I needed to get rid of it, to return to “skin zero” before starting in on adding other colors.
But I was talking with one of my favorite makeup artists and she recommended trying it the other way.
Holy moly, people, this is a really good thing.
I think by doing the rest of my makeup first, and putting on undereye concealer second, I reduce the degree to which the concealer gets tugged and “distressed,” so it doesn’t get quite as creasy. It’s also possible that I’m applying more carefully (around my makeup), and therefore I’m using less?
Furthermore, I’ve found that putting on foundation first does about half the concealing job that I want in total. Meaning that I use less concealer, meaning (again) that it’s less likely to crease.
At the moment I’m wearing Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain (applied with fingers). I’m using Neutrogena 3-in-1 Undereye Concealer in Light (dabbing a bit on with fingers, then blending with Sonia Kashuk’s fluffy Large Crease Brush). Oh and CVS Black Rice Eye Cream and Anatomicals’ No Old Bags Allowed both make great undereye primers, just use sparingly.