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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Coined the ‘no sleep’ concealer, this promises to banish bags in one sweep. It comes in 15 colours and is sweat, water and humidity proof. We’ll take two, thanks.
Fighting fine lines and dark circles? This spongy applicator helps stops concealer sitting in wrinkles, so you’re left with a natural looking cover. No one will even know you’re wearing any makeup.
You can expect up to 16 hours wear with this creamy cover up. It’s water resistant, sweat proof and boast a seamless matte finish. Tick, tick, tick.
There’s a new Nars concealer in town and it’s even better than the original (which FYI was our ultimate). The handy little pot provides better coverage, without the cakeiness. Dark circles, spots or any other blemishes really are no match!
This concealer delivers all the glowy coverage that you’ve come to expect from the matching foundation but is really easy to blend with fingers or a brush. It dries to a natural, non-shimmery finish, brightens tired skin and banishes under eye circles.
Best Concealer For Redness:
A cult favourite among celebrities and beauty insiders, Nars have just released six new shades of their bestselling concealer. The amazing lightweight concealer offers buildable coverage that lasts and reduces redness, diminishes dark circles and blurs imperfections on one single swipe!
This concealer is SO good that eight are sold every minute. Yep. And with the likes of Zoella and Tanya Burr bigging up its magic ability to cover up both dark circles and pimples, you know it’s a winner…
This long-wearing full coverage concealer completely covers dark circles and imperfections. Uniquely lightweight, this crème delivers a high concentration of pigment for crease-proof coverage without a sticky or cakey-feel.
This concealer is one of the most highly-rated products on Reddit, and for good reason. Not only is it miraculously hydrating, anti-creasing and non-cakey, but the coverage is so good that some people are even using it all over the face as a faux foundation. If that doesn’t make it worth trying, we don’t know what is!
Even though this is a serum, it’s got amazingly good coverage! It doesn’t just conceal dark circles; the clever serum formula contains skin-boosting mushroom, indian tree root and bamboo grass extract, which helps get rid of them for good, without leaving a cakey finish.
Some other concealers tend to leave a powdery finish, but this ultra-lightweight formula will keep your eye area looking luminous and dewy all day, without looking like you're wearing any concealer at all. Plus the smoothing texture doesn't set into fine lines!
Givenchy's newest concealer is a total must have product! The clever colour mix of beige and pink pigments illuminates the under eye area, diminishing any sign of tiredness or dark circles. Faking 8 hours is as easy as that!
Lightweight and super buildable, this won't settle into creases or lines. Use small amounts for areas where you want medium coverage or layer for maximum coverage.
Okay so this one is ‘spenny, but you’ll find it in literally EVERY makeup artist’s bag. Blemishes, under-eye bags.. this one’s got you covered.
This does-it-all wonder stick contains a primer filled center which smoothes skin, fills fine lines and primes lips before lipstick application. Everyone needs one of these!
This MAC concealer is a pastey texture and gives a fab coverage, it instantly brightens your eyes and stays put all day!
Using fancy ‘light pulsion technology’ that helps light bounce off the skin, this comfy, flexible formula disguises bags and under-eye shadows in one swipe. Yay!