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What do I apply first, foundation or concealer?

I get asked this question all the time – what do I apply first first, foundation or concealer? 

There are no real "rules" when it comes to makeup, and everyone does things differently.

I can only offer advice based on what MY preference is. 


Generally, if I have to colour correct, I will do that first (so correcting under eye darkness with a peachy corrector, for instance.  Or correcting redness with a green colour corrector).  I only do this when really necessary and use a small amount of product.

I will then apply the foundation all over the face (I tend to use at least two different coloured foundations on various areas of the face).

Then once the foundation is applied I will then conceal ONLY WHERE NEEDED in a shade close to the natural skin colour.  Some people say to go one or two shades lighter than your natural colour, but I prefer to closely match the natural skin colour, and then brighten under the eye with an under eye brightening powder!  When applying concealer under the eye, make sure you bring it down into a V like the picture depicts below:

under eye

The problem I find when concealing before foundation, is that you are concealing areas where you probably won't need to because the foundation will do a good enough job!

Applying concealer AFTER foundation means you are applying less product, ( saving you money AND you're avoiding excess makeup or a cake face!)

My favourite concealers at the moment include the M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer (pictured below).  The M.A.C. Select Cover concealers are also very good:

mac concealer

I also really like the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (pictured below).  The trick is to use the TINIEST amount, however, and to lightly set with a powder:

IT-COSMETICS-BYE-BYEYou can purchase these from PM STUDIO  for $39.

My favourite way of applying concealer is with a small fluffy brush like the  Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (in the purple eye set) – second from the left, pictured below :


This brush is great for applying concealer under the eye area.  A flat brush like the "accent brush" is great for patting concealer onto pesky pimples and blemishes.

By buffing the concealer into the skin as opposed to patting it over the top, it creates a more natural finish! Let's face it, no one wants to have an obviously concealed under eye area!



Once the concealer is lightly buffed in, I then set it with a light powder like Ben Nye setting powder, and then an under eye brightener like the Laura Mercier Under Eye Brightening Powder.

My favourite brush for setting powders under the eye is hands down the Real Techniques Setting Brush, pictured below:

real techniques setting brush

You can buy all the Real Techniques brushes from PRICELINE

So in a nutshell, foundation first followed by small amounts of concealer buffed into the skin (or patted onto blemishes) and set with powder!




If you have any questions you want to ask me, please contact me via email at info@makeupbyrebekah.com.au or via my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MakeupArtistryByRebekah

I am happy to answer any beauty and makeup questions you may have.


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah


What makeup brands are in my kit?

One of the questions I get asked most by clients is "What brand of makeup do you use?"


The answer is that I don't use one particular brand of makeup, as I don't believe one brand completely satisfies my needs as a makeup artist.


I have possibly over 15 brands of cosmetics in my kit, and that number increases all the time.  I am constantly discovering new amazing products and ditching products that no longer work for me.  I believe in using the best and if that means using a different brand of primer to lipstick to foundation, then so be it.  I also need to cater for all skin types and colours, so one foundation is going to look great on one person, but could terrible on another person.  I need full coverage matte foundations like Makeup Atelier Paris, medium coverage dewy foundations like Make Up For Ever HD, primers for oily skin like Graftobian Anti-Shine, and primers for dry skin like Embryolisse.


At Makeup Artistry by Rebekah I believe in giving my clients a professional service, using only the best professional and high quality products.  Using brands that are used by professionals is important to me. 

My favourite blushes and illuminators are definitely NARS.  "Luster" is one of my favourites.



The ultimate professional eyeshadow palette has to be the Viseart neutral palette. Unbelievable staying power and colour pay-off, not to mention blendability!


Viseart and Inglot also score well on the IN MY KIT website page developed by Kevin James Bennett, which has become the bible of most makeup artists around the world.  See here http://inmykit.com/eyeshadow.htm

My three favourite black gel liners have to be Makeup Atelier Paris waterproof gel liner,  INGLOT Gel Liner and MAC fluidline eye liner in "Black Track".  Again, mentioned on IN MY KIT at http://inmykit.com/eyeliner.htm

Each are favourites for many reasons – Atelier because it is completely waterproof, Inglot is smudgeproof and is extremely black, and MAC works well in the waterline where others may smudge.



Wayne Goss (my favourite You Tube Makeup Artist) also rates Atelier and MAC gel liners on this YouTube review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdt63-nm6UQ


There are way too many of my favourite lipstick brands that I could list.  M.A.C, are a definite favourite.

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Lime Crime also have an incredible range of lip stains – lime crime velvetines.  I have reviewed these lip stains in a previous blog post found here: http://makeupbyrebekah.com.au/blog/top-product-for-july-2013/

lime crime 3

So the answer to the question of what brands do I use in my kit is:

Makeup Atelier Paris, Face Atelier, Make Up For Ever, NARS, M.A.C., IT Cosmetics, Ben Nye, Stila, Cinema Secrets, Graftobian, Embryolisse, Skindinavia, Viseart, Model in a Bottle, Urban Decay, Lime Crime, Chanel, Inglot, and the list goes on….


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah