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.
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.
Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer, $22.99, available at
Hyperpigmentation & Acne Scars
A good full-coverage concealer usually manages to cover most scars, but sometimes, extra measures need to be taken.
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?
Bright Future Color Corrector in Melon, $14, available at
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.
Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Dark Coffee, $30, available at
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.
Dark Circle Concealer Correcteur, $6, available at
Even the best undereye concealers can veer dry, powdery, and
matte, which only ends up accentuating what you're trying to hide in the long run. This full-coverage waterproof does no such thing; rather, it adds a subtle radiance (not sparkle!) to the area that you didn't even know you needed.
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $24, available at
This Nars concealer is a cult favorite because the creamy texture glides on smoothly, making for easy application, but dries matte.
Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30, available at
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.
Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, $30, available at
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.
Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Correcteur, $31, available at
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.
Naked Skin Concealer, $28, available at
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.
Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer, $28, available at
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
A full-coverage concealer that feels lightweight, but has the power to cover even the darkest tattoos — and gnarliest hormonal breakouts.
Kat Von D
Lock-It Concealer Crème, $26, available at
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
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
Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, $26, available at
Not only does the weightless formula of this cream-to-powder stick leave skin with the perfect natural-looking matte finish, but the twist-up packaging makes it beyond easy tote around with you for any and all touchups — not that you’ll need to.
Match Stix Matte Skinstick, $25, available at
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.
Tape Shape Contour Concealer, $27, available at
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.
Born This Way Concealer, $28, available at
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
like your skin — without any dry patches or pilling.
Un Cover-Up Concealer/Foundation, $36, available at
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.
Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, $24, available at
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.
Fix It 2-in-1 Primer & Conceal Concealer, $36, available at
This pick is great for those who want to brighten and conceal their undereyes in one fell swoop. "It's lasting and glides on nicely — plus, it sets well so it won't fade or crease on you," makeup artist A
ndre Sarmiento says
. We'd even liken this bargain product to
YSL Touche Eclat
(which is more than five times the price).
Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, $7.99, available at
Stick concealers can be so dry, the formula pulls at your skin when you apply it — making flaky patches worse. This, on the other hand, does the opposite. Not only does it provide full coverage all day long, it's also creamier than a milkshake in summer.
Bare Pro Concealer, $18, available January 2018 at
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