The Difference Between Foundation And Concealer

Last Updated on August 10, 2020 by Janie Wilson

A lot of people don’t know the difference between Foundation and Concealer. So, they end up choosing the wrong one and don’t get the results they like or expect. They then blame the product or the business. But, to avoid this, I want to let you know about their differences.


Foundation is a type of cosmetics that aims to create a flawless and balanced look on the face while covering up minor imperfections. It also improves the natural skin tone. A foundation tends to make the skin color uniform and flawless by removing minor blemishes and scars. Foundation, though, does not manage to hide all the blemishes on its own. Foundation gets applied to cover wider parts of the face and spread around the face and neck to create a smooth skin tone. While making the skin smooth, it also brings a shiny look to your skin, making it look young and fresh.

Three Basic Types of Foundation

Powder Foundation

Someone with dry skin would tell you that summer is the toughest season for a beauty lover. Temperature and humidity destroy the skin in a matter of minutes. Thus, you want good coverage. Here’s where the powder base foundation becomes your hero.

My personal favorite powder foundation is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte.

Cream Foundation

A cream foundation is best for those who wish to have medium-to-full coverage and dry skin. You can buy a cream foundation as either compact or a stick. They’re a favorite of professional makeup artists because they are all-around. When you’re planning for a day with loads of pictures, a cream foundation can give you a smooth, light-diffusing impact. It helps your skin appear radiant, even, and dewy.

My personal favorite compact foundation is Simply Ageless. I  don’t use sticks as often, but when I do, I always use the Black Radiance.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundations are lightweight and the simplest to add to the skin. Anyone who wears makeup recognizes that a strong liquid base is a worthy investment. It sets the tone for the rest of the makeup look. That’s what makes it the most popular option. It fit well when trapping moisture within the skin. These are available in a variety of shades. They also come along with oil-based and water-based formulations to match various needs.

I always go with L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible. I love it!


Concealer is a type of cosmetics that hides your dark spots, tiny pimples, and other blemishes on your skin. Thus, to fully conceal both the marks and blemishes. This is much like a base or a foundation, although it’s used after you’ve added the foundation. It hides the scars or blemishes which are often noticeable well though the foundation has been already applied.

Four Main Types of Concealers

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealers are the best for most skin tones. It can give you light and full coverage. The liquid concealer is perfect for hiding blemishes and eye bags. It blends smoothly into the face and does not accentuate fine lines or wrinkles. If you have very dry skin, as much as possible avoid using liquid concealers. They can highlight dry spots and appear flaky.

I often use Maybelline’s Fit Me, it’s awesome!

Cream concealer

The cream concealer is ideally suited for dry, natural, or combination skin. It is perfect as concealment for your dark spot because they are thicker and have more coverage. That is why you need to be careful about mixing it or else it may look strange on your skin. 

Check out Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind if cream concealers are for you.

Pencil concealer

Pencil concealers provide a sheer formula for light coverage and a brush for us. It tends to brighten out blemishes, discoloration and dark circles around your eyes. Hence, leaving you fresh-faced and well-rested. They reflect light so it is perfect for under-eye circles. They’re even doing well to highlight some areas of your face.

If you are a pencil girl, you MUST check out the Wonder Concealer!

Stick concealer

Stick concealer is a stick-shaped concealer best suited for dry, normal, or sensitive skin. It can offer you a medium to full coverage. Stick concealer is creamy and thick. It leaves a very pigmented and bright look. This type of concealer is also best for under-eye circles or discoloration around the nose or lips. It is also great to cover acne blemishes as well, but it’s the thick solution that can clog pores and make acne worse.

If you like the stick concealer, try out Quick-Fix.

Quick Tip

Always apply your foundation first before applying the concealer. If you apply foundation first, it covers up a lot of blemishes on its own. Thus, minimizing the number of spots and blemishes you need to go back and use concealer to cover.

If you use the concealer first, you might end up having to use the concealer again. Using more than you should have needed and it will result in you a lot of extra, often wasted work.

You might also be interested in Simple Makeup Tricks for Beginners.

Janie Wilson
Janie Wilson

Janie Wilson, a former fashion model and photographer, dedicated beauty expert and prolific writer on all topics related to fashion, beauty, hair and skin care. I started this website a few years ago when I felt that I have had enough of a hectic lifestyle and need to settle down. Presently, I live with my loving-and-caring husband in New York, but I travel around the world pretty often to derive inspiration for my fashion blog. Yes, let me admit that I am fairly obsessed with anything related to fashion and style. All things from fashion to grooming are things I study all the time whenever I get an opportunity, and my biggest joy in life is to help men and women look their best!