Most people want the same things in a concealer: good coverage, easy-to-blend texture, lasting power, and a seamless finish that looks natural, not heavy and cakey. In short, something that will camouflage issues like dark circles and blemishes – but without being obvious.
While that may not seem like a tough ask, it’s not actually that easy for concealers to tick all those boxes and strike a good balance between them. Some that offer high coverage, for instance, may have a thick texture that creases easily; others may look natural, but fade in half a day.
Here, we zero in on the best concealers that can effectively hide undereye shadows, spots, scars and more to create a complexion that looks clearer, brighter and naturally beautiful.
10 Best Concealers
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $47
A multi-award winner that’s the darling of makeup artists and users alike. Unique light-diffusing powders correct and even skin tone while minimising the look of lines, and it also boats skincare ingredients like vitamin E and antioxidant-rich grapeseed extract.
Dior Forever Skin Correct, $69
Offering smooth, buildable coverage and lasting wearing, a little dot of this goes a long way in covering up dark circles, blemishes and redness. Wild pansy extract helps to moisturise and refine skin appearance with regular use.
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer N, $105
The price tag may be daunting, but this is one makeup splurge that’s worth every cent. Despite its cream-stick formula, it spreads smoothly to a thin layer that delivers high coverage without weighing on skin or caking along lines. Recently upgraded with the brand’s premium skincare ingredients and brightening technology.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brighten and Correct Duo, $50
This double-ended stick features a brightening under-eye shade to erase signs of fatigue and a highly-pigmented skin tone shade to hide blemishes, dark spots and redness.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $47
Its creamy formula won’t flake or crease and is so easily blendable that you can even use it as a highlighter or contouring makeup. Sets to a smooth, matte finish and is enriched with mango seed and shea butters to nourish and firm skin.
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer, $54
One of the best friends you could have on days when you’re dog-tired and showing it. Not only does it lighten undereye shadows, it also softens the look of hollows and lines. Date fruit complex reduces puffiness and tightens skin around the eye contours.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer, $60
Providing up to 24 hours of hydration, this crease-proof, medium-coverage concealer is buildable and has a glowing, air-brushed effect. Glycerin, caffeine and vitamin E help to reduce puffiness so eyes look more alert.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $42
Developed with the help of plastic surgeons, this works great for dry or mature skin. The highly-pigmented formula is packed with anti-ageing peptides, vitamins, hydrolysed collagen, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants so it not only conceals all kinds of blemishes but also treats skin in the process.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Full Coverage Concealer, $21.90
One for those who spend long days out and about. A real marathoner, it delivers full coverage that holds for 24 hours with minimal creasing and retains a natural, matte finish. Non-greasy, waterproof and won’t fade or flake.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Multi-Use Concealer, $19.90
Reportedly the number one concealer in the US, this super concentrated formula easily disguises dark spots, zits and dark circles and blends in seamlessly with your skin. By hydrating skin, it also helps plump up fine lines and wrinkles.