You might have heard the popular saying that likens friendships to lingerie: "A good friend is like a bra: hard to find one you're comfortable with, always provides support, holds you tight, and is always close to your heart." We like to think that concealer is the beauty equivalent of this analogy. Our favorite tubes pick us up when we're down, erasing acne, dark circles, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, and more.
Most of us know all too well that the quest to find the perfect concealer, like finding the perfect bra, is no easy feat. Your skin type, preferences, and primary concerns all feed into what type of concealer you'll jive best with. Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite concealers for dry, oily, hyper-pigmented, acneic, dark circle-prone, and mature skin to help you find your perfect match. Check them out in the slides ahead.
Sensitive Those with easily-irritated skin will love this tube from eco-chic brand W3ll People. It's formulated without parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and mineral oil, plus it seriously covers redness without drying out skin thanks to the aloe vera juice and green tea extract. W3ll People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer, $22.99, available at Target.
Hyperpigmentation & Acne Scars A good full-coverage concealer usually manages to cover most scars, but sometimes, extra measures need to be taken. Color-correcting concealers that have peach, orange, or red undertones work wonders to counteract the dark pigments in your skin. Blend one over your problem areas, top it off with a light dab of your favorite concealer to disguise the color. What scars? What sun spots? Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Melon, $14, available at Sephora.
R29 beauty writer Khalea Underwood likes to color correct with an orange, cream-based formula before tapping this over dark spots along her jawline. "No one can ever tell what I'm talking about when I complain about my ingrown scars," she says.
Undereye Circles Nyx's Dark Circle Concealer comes in four shades that each employ peach, apricot, or orange tones to cancel out the blueish/purplish hues of undereye circles. We suggest using your fingers, rather than a brush, to gently tap this concealer onto your skin. The warmth from your fingers will help blend out the highly-pigmented product. NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer Correcteur, $6, available at NYX Cosmetics.
This Nars concealer is a cult favorite because the creamy texture glides on smoothly, making for easy application, but dries matte.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30, available at Ulta Beauty.
Radiant Creamy Concealer,
If you're a victim of undereye bags, you know that dry skin just makes it worse. This concealer is creamy, smooth, and blends in easily — without leaving dry patches behind.
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, $30, available at Becca.
Prefer a doe-foot applicator? Lancôme Maquicomplet employs similar hues to Nyx, like Correcteur, which appears yellow on the wand, but melts into purple-based circles, diffusing the unwanted darkness. With over a dozen shades in the range, a quick swatch will lead you to the right color for you.
Lancôme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Correcteur, $31, available at Lancôme.
Acne This concealer from Urban Decay is highly-pigmented — meaning it will cover up even the most gnarly red bumps in the middle of a bad breakout — but the formula is lightweight, blendable, and almost undetectable on the skin. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, $28, available at Sephora.
Despite this concealer's medium-but-buildable coverage, it feels light as air on the skin. Plus, it contains a slew of oil-absorbing and zit-fighting ingredients like kaolin clay, tea tree oil, and sulfur.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer, $28, available at It Cosmetics.
As the name implies, this long-wearing liquid concealer simply lets you pat away imperfections, so even your most stubborn breakouts will be safely hidden. Bonus: You can even blend a little in with your moisturizer to get sheer, even all-over coverage.
Pixi by Petra Pat Away Concealing Base, $16, available at Target.
While this concealer from Clé de Peau works quite well on discoloration and redness, we particularly love it for covering up breakouts. Why? It's insanely pigmented and never accentuates dry skin.
Clé de Peau Concealer, $70, available at Nordstrom.
Oily This concealer was designed to last a whopping 15 hours on the skin and we can comfortably say that it's one of the longest-lasting we've ever tried (even on this writer's oil spill of a complexion). For extra staying power, top it off with a dusting of setting powder. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, $26, available at Ulta Beauty.
This product may have a velvety-matte finish, but it manages to cover everything from acne scars to redness without looking drying, patchy, or heavy on skin — making it perfect for oily types.
Matte full cover concealer,
We never thought we'd meet a concealer we didn't have to set with powder — until we used this. Even better, it's such a full-coverage formula that you can use as a foundation replacement, just dot all just-moisturized skin and blend.
Tarte Tape Shape Contour Concealer, $27, available at Tarte.
Dry Unlike many concealers, which can emphasize dry patches and flakes on the skin, this one actually hydrates with its gentle coconut water- and hyaluronic acid-rich formula. Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, $28, available at Too Faced.
This formula is creamy enough to easily dab on with your fingertips or with a dense concealer brush. The coverage is essential for a no-makeup makeup look and ensures your skin actually
looks like your skin — without any dry patches or pilling. RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up Concealer/Foundation, $36, available at Sephora.
Mature This concealer contains Tarte's famous maracuja oil, which hydrates and smooths over imperfections without settling into fine lines and creasing a few hours into the day. It's full coverage, but never feels heavy and piled on. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, $24, available at Ulta Beauty.
This do-it-all concealer masks dark spots and undereye circles, but also has a built-in primer at its core to blur imperfections and leave skin with velvety finish.
Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Primer & Conceal Concealer, $36, available at Nordstrom.
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