For some people, the less imperfections, the better. Sometimes, however, a primer or foundation isn’t enough to mask blemishes, fine lines, and dark circles. This is when a concealer comes in handy. By hiding marks, disguising scars, and camouflaging pigmentation, it lets you step out of the shadows and flaunt an even skin tone. It also lets you highlight certain features like your cheekbones, chin, and nose bridge. Most work in tandem with foundation, providing you additional coverage so you can achieve the appearance of a smooth complexion. In a nutshell, a concealer is all you need to cover your beauty woes.
Choosing a concealer isn’t easy. If it is poorly formulated or improperly applied, it can make your blemishes look more obvious. To ensure an even finish, your concealer should match the color of your foundation. It should have a buildable coverage, be suitable for all skin types, and have a finish that will not show through your foundation. Take a look at our top six finds and see why both women and men are loving them.
- What is a concealer?
Answer: A concealer is a color corrector used to mask scars, age spots, dark circles, large pores, and other visible blemishes on the skin.
- What is the difference between a concealer and foundation?
Answer: Concealers hide blemishes, while foundations evens out the complexion. Concealers are thicker and are not meant to be used on the entire face.
- Can you use concealer without foundation?
Answer: Yes. However, you must make sure to use a shade that’s as close to your skin as possible so you don’t make your blemishes look more noticeable.
Our Top Picks
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer
- Lightweight texture
- Easily blends
- Works with all skin types
- Evens out skin tone
Color correct any skin imperfection with this concealer. With a creamy yet lightweight texture, it camouflages redness and darkness under the eyes. It provides an opaque coverage, evens out the skin tone, covers dark circles, and minimizes fine lines around the eyes. This long-wearing formula is crease resistant, making it suitable for all-day wear. It features a brush tip for easy application, and it blends easily for a full, natural-looking coverage. Perfect for all skin types, it is available in 25 shades to suit your complexion.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer
- Full coverage
- Extra-large applicator
- Matte finish
Even out your skin tone with this concealer. With an extra-large applicator, it provides full coverage in just a single stroke for a flawless matte finish that lasts all day. It has a waterproof formula, which means it won’t transfer, fade, or flake so your look is locked in all day. This concealer completely covers imperfections, minimizes redness, and reduces scars. You can also apply it on your body to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, veins, and bruises. It has a creamy texture that is non-greasy and easy to blend.
Bareminerals Barepro Concealer
- Crease-proof and waterproof
- Formulated with bamboo stem extract
- With neutral undertones
Cover up unsightly marks and age spots with this concealer. With neutral undertones, it is perfect for those with light to medium skin. Formulated with bamboo stem extract, it helps smooth the look of pores and fine lines. This ultra-creamy concealer contains antioxidant-rich raspberry seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, and sea lavender that help nourish and hydrate skin and defend your complexion from the damaging effects of pollution. It has a natural-looking soft matte finish, glides on with no drag, and never creases. Its waterproof and humidity-resistant formula ensures you get to mask your blemishes.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer Stick
- For dry skin
- Oil free and lightweight
- Non-greasy and non-comedogenic
- With hyaluronic acid
Minimize imperfections with this 0.12-ounce stick of concealer. Formulated with purified hyaluronic acid, an ingredient known for its hydrating properties, it refreshes dry and thirsty skin. It offers a smooth coverage that blends effortlessly for a fresh look all day. Use it to mask blemishes such as redness, wrinkles, and dark undereye circles. This concealer is non-greasy, lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic, and glides smoothly onto skin. It offers a buildable and blendable coverage so it won’t leave a cakey finish. It is available in 5 shades designed to match multiple skin tones.
e.l.f. Camo Concealer
- 16-hour wear
- 100% cruelty free and vegan
- Safe for skin
- With oversized doe-foot applicator
Get full coverage with this rich and creamy concealer. It has a highly-pigmented formula that is lightweight and ensures 16 long hours of wear. It dries matte and won’t settle into fine lines, wrinkles, or creases. This blendable concealer has a whipped texture that’s ideal for all skin types. Aside from concealing and correcting blemishes, it also contours and highlights your features for a flawless skin. The concealer is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and it is free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol, ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, and hydroquinone.
Milani Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer
- With cushion applicator tip
- Covers blemishes
- Available in 7 shades
Put your best face forward with this liquid concealer. Through light technology, it provides a smooth, undetectable finish, letting you achieve flawless color correction. It has a mess-proof cushion tip applicator that allows it to blend over skin easily without creasing or settling into fine lines, wrinkles, or creases. This full-coverage formula instantly erases the look of dark circles and spots with an added face-brightening effect. It is available in 7 shades so you can find the one that best matches your complexion.
Blemishes are no match against a good concealer. All you need is the right shade and to know what you want concealed so you can make all imperfections fade into the background and have a picture-perfect complexion.