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The Ultimate Makeup Debate: Concealer or Foundation First, Matte vs. Dewy Makeup, and Shimmer vs. Matte

Exploring the Makeup Debate

The Ultimate Makeup Debate: Concealer or Foundation First, Matte vs. Dewy Makeup, and Shimmer vs. Matte


Welcome to the world of makeup, a place where artistry meets self-expression and where subtle nuances can make a world of difference. Today, we delve into **the ultimate makeup debate** that has left even the most experienced makeup enthusiasts divided. 

Understanding the Basics

Understanding the Basics

What is Concealer?

Concealer is a type of cream or liquid skin-colored makeup used to mask dark circles, age spots, acne scarring, and other imperfections. It is a heavy-duty corrector that can conceal even the most stubborn spots on the skin. It’s thicker than foundation, as it is designed to be applied on a smaller surface area.

What is Foundation?

What is Foundation?

Foundation is the base of the rest of your makeup – it’s the product used to kick-off your makeup routine with a “blank canvas.” Like concealer, foundation is skin-colored and typically comes in a liquid or cream form. On the other hand, foundation is much more lightweight in texture, as it is designed to be applied all over the face. It covers imperfections, creating an even, uniform complexion.

Concealer or Foundation First: What are Your Needs?

Concealer or Foundation First: What are Your Needs?

The Case for Applying Concealer First

Blemishes, acne scarring, stubborn marks – we all have one or the other. Applying concealer first gives you the option of focusing on the areas that need some extra TLC. Spot-concealing these areas first not only gives you more control but also results in using less foundation. Once those tough-to-correct areas are concealed, the foundation acts as a binder to smooth everything together. 

The Case for Applying Foundation First

If you are blessed with great skin (umm, is anyone else jealous?) you might not use concealer for its traditional purpose. Let’s break this down. Once you have matched your foundation to your skin tone, apply it to your complexion to create an even canvas. Then, apply concealer second to highlight areas of your face. This method is used to brighten and lift! You can use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation for this method. Apply under the eyes, center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and a dot on your cupid’s bow and blend.

Expert Opinions

In the world of professional makeup artistry, the debate continues. Some experts advocate for the concealer-first approach, while others swear by foundation first. The truth is, it depends on your skin type, the kind of coverage you need, and your personal preference.

trestique's Approach to the Concealer vs Foundation Debate

At trestique, we understand that makeup is a personal experience. Our selection of easy-to-use, travel-friendly makeup products offers flexibility for both approaches. Whether you're a foundation-first devotee or a concealer-first proponent, our products blend seamlessly to create the perfect look. Our Concealer Crayon has a pointed tip, so whether you prefer to apply it first or second you can always go back and clean up any edges from your eyeshadow or lipstick application to create a sharp, defined look.

Matte vs. Dewy Makeup: A Texture Tug-of-War

Matte vs. Dewy Makeup: A Texture Tug-of-War

What is Matte Makeup?

Matte makeup refers to products that are not luminous and are formulated without glimmer or sparkle. It’s a great option for those who have oily skin and want to minimize the appearance of shine on the face. 

What is Dewy Makeup?

What is Dewy Makeup?

In contrast, dewy makeup gives the skin a luminous glow. It's perfect for those who want to achieve a natural, hydrated, and youthful look. It's a great tool for those with dry skin.

When to Choose Matte Makeup

Opt for matte makeup when you want a long-lasting, shine-free look. It's also the go-to for professional events, photoshoots, or hot, humid weather.

When to Choose Dewy Makeup

If you're aiming for a fresh, youthful, and natural look, dewy makeup is your best bet. It's ideal for everyday wear, dry environments, or when you want to add some extra hydration to your skin.

trestique’s Matte and Dewy Makeup Solutions

With trestique’s versatile makeup solutions, you no longer have to pick sides. Our product range includes matte and dewy options that cater to all skin types and preferences. 

Shimmer vs. Matte: The Finish Face-off

Understanding the Shimmer Finish

Understanding the Shimmer Finish

A shimmer finish is characterized by its light-reflecting particles that give your skin a sparkly effect. It's perfect for highlighting features and adding a touch of glamour to your look.

Understanding the Matte Finish

Understanding the Matte Finish

Matte finish, conversely, is flat and non-reflective. It's perfect for a sophisticated and polished look, and it works exceptionally well in professional settings or for those aiming for a classic, vintage aesthetic.

When and Where to Use Shimmer

Shimmer is great for evening events or parties where you want to add a touch of glam and shine to your look. It's also great for highlighting specific features like cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, or the cupid's bow. There’s a myth that says you can’t use shimmers after a certain age and that’s certainly not true! As long as you are using a cream-based shimmer, it doesn’t matter what age you are. These are suitable for all walks of life.

When and Where to Use Matte

Matte is your go-to for daytime events, professional settings, or when you're aiming for a subtle, refined look. It's a great option for adding definition, such as lining the lips with lip liner or contouring the perimeters of your face. It’s excellent for oily skin types because of its ability to absorb excess oil. 

trestique’s Shimmer and Matte Offerings

trestique has an array of products offering both shimmer and matte finishes. Our makeup sticks are perfect for quick, on-the-go applications. They're lightweight, travel-friendly, and designed to give you control over your desired finish. Don’t forget, you can always mix and match! For example, apply a matte eyeshadow all over the lid and brighten up the inner corner and brow bone with a shimmer shadow for some glow!


Embrace Your Individuality

Embrace Your Individuality: There’s No Wrong Answer

The world of makeup is a vast playground. Whether it's the order of application, the texture, or the finish, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. At trestique, we believe in embracing your individuality. Our range of products is designed to cater to your unique needs and preferences, ensuring you feel confident and beautiful, no matter your choice. We encourage you to experiment with different textures and colors until you find a look that suits you. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What Should I Apply First: Concealer or Foundation?
    The choice between applying concealer or foundation first depends on your personal preference, skin type, and desired coverage. Both methods have their merits.
  2. How Do I Choose Between Matte and Dewy Makeup?
    Your skin type, the occasion, and your personal preference should guide your choice between matte and dewy makeup. Matte is great for oily skin and formal occasions, while dewy is perfect for dry skin and achieving a natural, youthful look.
  3. What's the Difference Between Shimmer and Matte?
    Shimmer makeup products have light-reflecting particles that give your skin a luminous glow. Matte products, on the other hand, offer a flat, shine-free finish.
  4. Are trestique's Products Suitable for All Skin Types?
    Yes, trestique's products are designed to cater to all skin types. We offer a wide range of products to suit everyone's unique needs.
  5. How Do I Know Which trestique Product is Right for Me?
    Choosing the right trestique product depends on your skin type, makeup preference, and lifestyle. Our easy-to-use, travel-friendly makeup sticks come in a variety of options to suit every individual's needs. If you have any questions, be sure to contact our team at and our Beauty Experts will advise!

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