How to Use Concealer as Foundation

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.

The Best Foundation Makeup for Rosacea

Finding the best foundation makeup for rosacea can be an incredible challenge. Often, the foundations available don’t conceal your redness well enough, or they make your face look flaky or unnatural. Fortunately, there are so many new formulations available that this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Many high-end makeup lines, and some drugstore brands, have come out with fantastic products targeted towards skin with redness. Here are a few helpful tips on how to successfully find the best makeup for your own rosacea, conceal the redness, and still look natural and beautiful.

1. Go Green

It may sound crazy and look a little scary, but green face products can be your rosacea’s best friend. When used correctly, the green tint will neutralize the redness without making you look like the Wicked Witch of the West. The key is to find a well-made product that can act as a base underneath your foundation. For instance, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer in green is a thin, silky primer that you apply before foundation that will help eliminate the redness in your skin. For this step, I would recommend investing in a good quality green tinted product, although there are some drugstore options. Another fantastic product that has many purposes is Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, which combines many different shades of creamy concealer, as well as a green concealer, to make your perfect match.


2. Foundation Makeup for Rosacea
As you probably already know, foundation is one of the key elements to perfect looking skin. However, most women find it very difficult to find a foundation that perfectly matches their skin, resulting in frustration and an unnatural look. Though you can find many good foundations at the drugstore, investing in a high quality foundation gives you an advantage in the quest for perfect skin. Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation is famous in the beauty world, used by professional makeup artists, celebrities, and thousands of women. It is so popular because of it’s silky texture, fantastic coverage, longwearing ability, and huge range of shades.


3. How to Apply Makeup to Conceal Rosacea
Even if you have all the right products, you still may be frustrated by your mediocre results if you aren’t applying the products properly. The first step is to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your skin with products targeted towards rosacea. Clinique has a line of products called Clinique Redness Solutions meant just for this purpose, and at drugstores you can find the Eucerin Redness Relief line, which uses soothing ingredients to fight redness.

Next, apply your green tinted primer or concealer to areas with redness, using either your fingers or a clean brush. After this has soaked into your skin, apply a foundation that matches your skin tone using a damp sponge or a foundation brush. You can even use a stippling brush such as the Professional Platinum Stippling Brush #44 from the Sephora collection for an airbrushed look. Finally, dust your face with a translucent powder like the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, or a yellow tinted powder such as the Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder to set your foundation. Now you’re ready to finish your makeup look and face the day looking beautiful and redness free!

Products in this article that we recommend for rosacea:

Primer: Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer

Concealer: Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Foundation: Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Powders: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder or Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder

Brush: Professional Platinum Stippling Brush #44

Skin Care: Clinique Redness Solutions

By Rachel

The Best Acne Makeup

At Makeup for Acne, we are always searching for the best acne makeup.  Finding makeup that is safe for acne prone skin involves much more than just reading the label for ingredients.  Everyone’s skin reacts differently to specific ingredients and it is important to know this before blindly applying the latest product that everyone is raving about.  Know your own skin and what makes you break out.  Keep track of what is in a product that you have reacted to in the past.  Look for makeup and acne skin care products that have as few ingredients as possible.  And, most important of all, make sure you try out a new product on a small part of your face or neck to see what your reaction will be before putting it on your whole face.

A few of my favorite products:


Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer

Clean Slate Natural Face Primer


Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation
Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation (1.7 fl oz.)


bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair


bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25

bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25


Tarte The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer


Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Some of the products I list are not necessarily designed or marketed for acne prone skin, but I’ve had great results with them.  In fact, many makeup products that are made specifically for acne can aggravate your skin further if you are already using an acne treatment.  Ingredients like salicylic acid, often added to acne makeup, can overdry your skin if you have already applied something like benzoyl peroxide. Consider your own skin’s sensitivity and how dry or oily it is before selecting a product.

Have fun trying out different makeup!

-Sharyn

P.S. I often go to the sites advertised on the right to explore reviews on different products. Don’t just listen to sales associates in cosmetic stores. They are often just promoting the latest makeup they’ve been trained on. Use the websites online to get real user reviews. You can always return something if it doesn’t work out for you.

Which Foundation Primer for Acne Prone Skin?

Makeup artists have consistently told me to use primer before applying any makeup. However, since my skin breaks out so easily, I have only tried out primers on and off for several years. It is only recently that I found a primer that not only works, but doesn’t irritate my skin either. It is Clean Slate by Tarte Cosmetics.

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