We women may love makeup but not all of us are pros at it. And while we know a good deal about the basics – we’re looking at lipsticks and blush-ons – there are areas where our knowledge is lacking. One of the makeup items about which we can definitely add more to our know-how – concealers.

Yes, lots of women don’t know a lot about concealers other than the fact that they conceal imperfections. If you are one of those women, don’t fret. Check our list of 8 things about applying concealer that you should know. Ready? Let’s start:

1 – Concealer goes second after foundation

Lots of people mess this basic rule up – they put concealer first and then top it up with foundation. This is not how it should be, according to experts. You should always apply your foundation first and then apply concealer to hide any remaining blemishes and imperfections that are showing through – not the other way around.

2 – You don’t always need concealer

Sometimes, after your foundation application you don’t really need concealer. This typically happens when you have an overall good skin tone and texture and you make use of full coverage foundation. Don’t apply concealer if there are no obvious imperfections to hide just because the MUA in a YouTube video is doing so.

3 – Concealer doesn’t go on your entire face

Unlike foundation, concealer doesn’t belong on your entire face. In fact, you only need to apply concealer where you need it. This means if you only have dark circles but otherwise good facial skin, you only need concealer in an inverted triangle form below your eyes. It doesn’t have to go on your entire face, just on the spots which need to be hidden.

4 – You don’t need too much of it

You’d think that the more concealer you apply on your zit marks, the better they would be hidden. But this is not how it is. What happens when you apply too much concealer is that you make your spots and marks, which you were trying to hide, all the more prominent. So, remember that a little goes a long way.

5 – Don’t use just your fingers

Next up, remember that while your fingers are enough in several instances for blending, they don’t always do the whole job. This means you do need makeup brushes. You simply cannot ignore those. Using makeup brushes helps blend the concealer in better. It also is helpful because brushes remove any excess makeup product which can appear cakey if left there.

6 – Use a powder to set your concealer

Following concealer application, your makeup routine for setting a perfect base doesn’t end. You might even be already wondering that if foundation goes first then what covers up concealer? The answer to that is powder. Powder helps set your concealer and makes your skin appear even. Again, don’t puff on excessive powder.

7 – Rely on concealer to hide makeup mistakes

Did you know that concealer does a number of jobs other than hiding blemishes and other flaws? Yes, it does. The makeup product works effectively to hide away any makeup mistakes that you may have made. For instance, it works to hide any excess color of lipstick from around your lips. Interestingly, it also works as a primer and a brow perfecter.

8 – You cannot use the same concealer for your dark circles and pimples

Here’s another makeup mistake that lots of people make – they use the same concealer for under their eyes and on their pimples. No, that’s not how color correction works. While pale or orangish concealer hides bluish undereye bags, green goes on red blemishes. So, in short, you need different concealers for hiding different colors. Tip: you can buy a palette rather than a single product.