Woman applying concealer

It is possible to confuse foundation and concealer to mean one same thing, but a deeper look into it would reveal that they both are different concept altogether. Both literally and functionally, foundation and concealer mean two different things on their own. On a general note, both foundation and concealer are a makeup tool that helps to prepare the skin tone for makeup application evenly.

While foundation and concealer are both different products, as well as functions differently they, however, have a common relationship, which is to prepare the skin for proper makeup. And that does not mean their functions are compartmentalized. They are two different things. In a moment, you should understand how a concealer works differently from a makeup foundation. Keep tabs to find out their relationships and major takeaways.

Difference between a Concealer and a Foundation Makeup

Concealer is a “spot” solution – for under eye circles, for blemishes, etc. a foundation, on the other hand, is applied all over the face to even out the skin tone, make all redness and uneven color alike, etc. If you have only faint blemishes, the foundation can cover them, but for more significant blemishes, or dark circles, you would need a concealer to cover the discoloration fully

Foundation and concealer are products intended to give one’s skin an even tone and complexion.

Foundation is intended to cover the entire face and maybe portions of the neck, depending on the individual’s coverage needs.  It comes in various consistencies, some being oil based, some being water based; however, one most common ingredient is talc, as in the mineral used for baby powder.

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Foundation And Concealer In One

They Can Still be Both Depending on the Face

Concealer is intended to cover particular areas or blemishes on the skin.  This could be as simple as covering a wretched zit mark or as complex as camouflaging severe skin discolorations, such as birthmarks or vitiligo.  It is for this reason that concealer also comes in many consistencies.

Concealers can be used as a standalone product if your goal is covering a spot to blend it with your natural skin tone.  Often, they are used in tandem with foundations, applied before or after, dictated by the area of concern and the user’s taste.

Concealers, at least those that I have used, do not usually include talc.  They primarily use oils and waxes as an ingredient, as well as higher pigment, or color, volume than does a typical foundation.  This allows them to be more concentrated and achieve stronger coverage.

There are, of course, many more formulaic differences between the two.  This becomes necessary if allergies are your concern.  For the best info, ask associates at the various counters to explain what one can do for you vs. the other.  That was how I learned

The biggest difference between concealer and foundation is the amount of pigment.

As you might guess from its name, concealer is used to conceal/ hide imperfections and thus has a much higher amount of pigment than foundation. The consistency is also much thicker.

Concealer is used to hide blemishes, dark circles under eyes, etc. Whereas foundation is used on your entire face to even out your complexion.

Concealer usually also comes in much smaller containers than foundation because it is not meant to be used on your entire face.

Major Takeaways

  • A concealer, as the name implies, is a cosmetic product used to conceal/hide minor imperfections, dark spots, scars, and marks visible on the skin. Concealers act as a temporary makeup solution to hide skin defects. It works magically when it comes to hiding black circles and imperfections by blending perfectly into the skin, making it smooth and even.
  • Do not apply a concealer on the face. It is used only to cover stains, grains, and imperfections.
  • The correctors are thicker than the base, which makes it an ideal option for prompt
  • They come in the form of sticks, liquid, and dust.
  • Corrector, when applied to the eyelids, provides a perfect base for the application of eye shadows.
  • Concealers are available in all possible color combinations. Just find the perfect one for your skin tone.
  • The choice of correct concealer depends on the shadow of the foundation. The concealer should be a lighter than the liquid base to be used.In a nut shell, thinking of a concealer and a foundation as complementary rather than a substitute would go a long way in representing their needfulness in professional makeup delivery.

So, the question: why not both, depends on the nature of your skin. Foundation and concealer can either be used on some occasion and may not be used on some other occasion, but the assumption is, people barely have a perfect skin so, on the other hand, they can be both.