How to Use Concealer as Foundation - try MAC Select Cover Up as one waySometimes when I wake up in the morning, I really don’t feel like using foundation or have the time for it, but I still want to look polished and cover up my acne and redness. Can you tell me how to use concealer as foundation, or if this is even ok to do?

On some days, doing a full face of foundation is just too much of a hassle. On days when you want to look fresh and natural without using foundation, but still want to cover up your problem areas, concealer is the perfect solution.

To use just your concealer as foundation, you will need two different concealers: a peach-toned one for under the eyes, and one that matches your skin perfectly to cover blemishes.

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MAC Strobe Cream foundation primerThe first step is to start with fresh, moisturized skin and use a primer to even your skin’s texture – I would recommend MAC Strobe Cream to add a fresh finish. Then, with your fingers or a concealer brush, blend the peachy concealer under your eyes to conceal dark circles.

MAC Strobe Cream primerMAC Strobe Cream primerNext, use the concealer in your skin tone with your ring finger to cover up any blemishes. If you have larger areas of redness or acne to cover, mix a liquid concealer like MAC Select Cover Up with a tiny bit of your moisturizer and blend it over the problem area with a foundation brush or a damp makeup sponge.

Lastly, set your face with a translucent powder, or a powder foundation for extra coverage, and you’re good to go! One of my favorites is Bare Escentuals’ Mineral Veil. This is a great option for mornings when you’re running late, or days when you just want to look flawless and natural without using foundation.

P.S. One other way to use concealer as foundation is to take a powder foundation that’s also meant as a concealer. I use Benefit’s Hello Flawless and dab it on over the areas that need concealing. Then I use the brush to lightly go over my whole face. It doesn’t provide as much coverage, but it does the trick if you don’t have much acne to cover up.