Best Concealers: Our Editors Rank Their Favourites

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Confused about which concealer you need? Get it right with our round-up of the best on the block, for dark circles, spots, redness and more…

Finding the best concealer for your skin type might seem like a simple thing, but you’d be surprised about how much it can elevate your entire make-up look. And whether you’re after the best concealers for dark circles, spots or even acne scars, rest assured, we’ve found one for your skin dilemma.

Concealers are total hero product, a girl can never have too many – here on the Beauty Desk we have a good five each! And they each serve a different purpose.

The best concealer will correct and cover all our imperfections, helping us cheat a flawless complexion. We’ve thought of every beauty blunder and found which are the best concealers for blemishes and acne, the best concealers for dark circles and the best concealers for pale skin… Trust us, there’s one out there for everyone!

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Best Concealer For Dark Circles

Dark circles are one of beauty’s biggest bugbears. There’s nothing worse than looking exhausted and sometimes, no matter how hard we try, how many eye patches we use or how good our eye care régime is, we can’t seem to get those shadows to budge. But if you didn’t manage to get your beauty sleep there’s no need to stress. You want to reach for a cover up that is long wearing and has a peachy undertone to counteract purple and blue shadows. We love Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, £17.50, it’s thick, creamy and even the fairest shade has a peach tint.

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Best Concealer For Acne

It’s not just bag banishers we’re after. Adult acne is on the rise, and anyone who suffers from persistent breakouts or problem skin knows just how important it is to conceal blemishes correctly. Some of the best concealers for spots are often thicker in texture, it can be difficult to hide, but don’t overload your skin. You need to find a concealer that really packs a punch in terms of coverage. Apply it to the areas that need it before your foundation, use a lighter texture to touch up later if need be. Formulas like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer, £18 are perfect if you’re after a thicker, longer lasting formula, that leaves a natural looking finish. Apply with a concealer brush or use your fingers and blend out.

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Best Concealer For Dry Skin

It can be slightly more challenging to find the right concealer for you if your skin is extremely dry. This is because it can separate and go patchy on dry areas. Usually a thinner formula is a better option as it has less chance of sitting ontop f your skin. We love Bareminerals Bareskin, £23; it’s a weightless cover up with the texture of a serum so it’s hydrating enough to plump up even the most parched complexions. Dot onto areas where it is needed and pat into your skin. It’s especially great to use around your eyes where the skin is thinner and tends to be more dry.

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Best Concealer For Dark Skin

All concealers were not made equal, some only come in a few colours and so you might struggle to find one that suits your skintone. Luckily, NARS’ latest Soft Matte Concealer, £24 comes in a grand total of 16 shades, so chances are you’ll find one for you. Plus, the buttery formula hides everything from spots to uneven skin tone without leaving any trace of cover up, so you’ll look like you’re not wearing anything at all.

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Best Concealer Brush

Once you’ve found the right cover up for your complexion type you’ll need a brush to apply it with. The It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush, £34.50, wins the award for all round stellar concealer buffer. It’s dual ended and has the softest bristles. Use the larger side for bigger areas like your cheeks and forehead; flip it over and use the smaller end for hard to reach places like underneath and in the inner corners of your eyes.

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Whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty hider or the best concealers for contouring, we’ve got your fix. Shop our edit of the complexion-fixers we couldn’t live without.