Concealer is the ultimate confidence-boosting makeup essential. Whether you’ve got a bulging breakout making you not want to leave the house, or you battle with softening the appearance of dark circles every morning, the right concealer can help camouflage unwanted redness and even out your complexion.
With so many concealers available in varying shades, consistency, buildability and longevity, it can be difficult to find the best concealer for your skin type or skin complaint. Well fear not as our makeup experts have rounded up the very best concealers from leading brand such as NARS, Bobbi Brown, Barry M and more to make choosing a new concealer easy.
Choosing The Right Concealer
Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, it’s important that you choose the right concealer for the job. There are a few factors to consider, for example, your skin type. If you have dry skin, then a creamy concealer will work best. If you have oily skin, a matte concealer will work best. You also need to consider the tone of the concealer.
- A green-tinted concealer is typically used to help counter redness, especially around the nose.
- An orange-tinted concealer is helpful in covering dark circles which tend to be purple or blue in tone.
- A yellow concealer will help to have a brightening effect on dull complexions.
How To Effectively Apply Concealer
Concealer forms part of your base makeup routine, along with foundation and setting powder. For concealer to work its magic, your skin needs to be moisturised and free of any dry patches.
If your skin is not properly prepared, concealer can actually exaggerate the areas you’re trying to mask. You can use a dedicated concealer brush, or a beauty blender to dot the concealer onto your face and build up to the desired coverage. Always set your concealer with a powder to ensure it’s locked in place and prevent concealer creasing.
Which Are The Best Concealers?
- The Ordinary Concealer
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer
- NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
- benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
- Barry M All Night Long Concealer
- Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector
Our makeup experts have tried and tested the very best concealers that offer a flawless finish every time.
The Ordinary Concealer is a high coverage concealer that delivers a natural finish. The formula applies smoothly and works to disguise dark circles and blemishes without creasing. Available in 21 shades, the range is split into shades for lighter skin tones, medium skin tones and dark/deep skin tones so you’ll be sure to find a concealer that suits you.
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a long-wearing concealer that is hydrating and easily blendable with fingers or a brush. Crease proof, non-drying and medium coverage, it’s a classic for a reason and that’s because it covers imperfections and fine lines time after time.
Formulated with coloured pigments, the Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark spots for a luminous complexion. Its unique formula is also enriched with goji berry to hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes making them look and feel more hydrated.
Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer 6.8ml (Various Shades)4.53 Stars 168 Reviews£8.99
Looking for a medium to high coverage concealer? Discover the NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand. Ideal for camouflaging dark circles, discolouration and fine lines, this creamy concealer blends without ever flaking or feeling cakey.
NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand (Various Shades)4.26 Stars 57 Reviews£6.00
The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is a liquid concealer delivering full coverage results. For coverage of up to 15 hours, micronised pigments promote smoother, flawless-looking skin. The Pro Longwear concealer works hard to camouflage a range of imperfections, such as dark spots, blemishes and under-eye circles.
For an HD-finish choose the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer. With a 98% pigment content, this full-coverage concealer offers more pigment than traditional formulas, to give you the ultimate flawless finish. The concealer helps to cover a range of skin complaints including blemishes, shadows, scars, capillaries, discolourations, redness and age spots.
Wave goodbye to imperfections with the benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. Providing full coverage with a soft matte finish, the creamy formula is heavy-duty and long-lasting to help cover blemishes and redness.
benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer 3g (Various Shades)4.38 Stars 26 Reviews£20.00
The All Night Long Concealer from Barry M is a full-coverage liquid concealer that illuminates the complexion and evens out skin tone for flawless skin. Enriched with Vitamin E this long-wearing concealer blends effortlessly into the skin without becoming cakey.
For a 12-hour long-wearing hydrating concealer, choose the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer. Remaining virtually undetectable on the skin for a natural-looking flawless effect, this concealer can be used to camouflage imperfections and brighten the under eye area.
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer 15ml (Various Shades)4.62 Stars 58 Reviews£25.00
Available in a range of pink or peach-toned hues to counteract dark circles, the Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector is an eye-awakening formula that provides extra coverage for dark circles and under-eye bags. Waterproof, sweatproof and humidity-resistant, the skin-correcting formula helps to brighten and correct the appearance of discolouration under the eyes.