Concealers can save the day when it comes to your makeup routine. No one has perfect skin—and that's OK. Whether you have dark circles under your eyes or troublesome acne, a great concealer can help minimize distractions so you can be the focus, not your marks or your makeup.
If you're in need of a new concealer, look no further. The Verily team gathered our tried-and-true go-tos for you to peruse. And let us know in the comments if you recommend any killer products we haven't listed!
1. L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer, $9 / 2. Almay Clear Complexion Concealer, $5 / 3. Benefit Erase Paste, $26 / 4. Benefit Fakeup Undereye Concealer, $24 / 5. Mary Kay Concealer, $12 / 6. Cover FX Blemish Treatment Concealer, $25 / 7. Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, $31 / 8. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29 / 9. Stila Perfecting Concealer, $23 / 10. Clinique Advanced Concealer, $18
I have troublesome skin with regular breakouts. I’ve been using Almay Clear Complexion Concealer ($5) since high school and love it, as it not only easily blends and hides blemishes but also helps speed up the healing process for a breakout. For dark circles, I’m set with L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer ($9). True to its name, this concealer is light and easy to layer for as much coverage as you want.
I have genetic dark under-eye circles exacerbated by entrepreneurship-induced lack of sleep, so I’m always on the hunt for something that cancels out the blue but doesn’t look caked on. It seems I’ve tried almost every “miracle concealer” out there, but I keep coming back to Benefit Erase Paste ($26). It has a slightly orange undertone to cancel out the blue tones under my eyes and a luminous highlighting finish to further brighten and deflect light. And the deep little pot lasts forever (in makeup time at least).
I’m a big fan of Benefit Fakeup Undereye Concealer ($24). After working in editorial and helping out in various beauty departments, I’ve been able to try many different concealers. This one reigns favorite. It’s marketed as an under-eye concealer, but it works great for covering blemishes and dark spots as well. With vitamin E and apple-seed extract, this concealer is moisturizing without being too heavy. It doesn’t look cakey, yet it provides ample coverage. The lightest shade is also perfect for my ultra-fair skin.
My everyday concealer is Mary Kay Concealer ($12). It works well with my sensitive skin to cover up blemishes and is yellow-based enough to hide my bluish under-eye circles like a champ. My absolute favorite camera-ready look for day-long coverage is a two-step process: First I apply a stick concealer with a concealer brush. Then I press down with powder to set for hours of no-budge cover-up action. Cover FX Blemish Treatment Concealer ($25) is the best I've found.
My five sisters and I love swapping makeup secrets, and the one thing you will absolutely find in all of our makeup bags is Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer ($31). Nothing is its match for natural coverage of dark circles. It’s moisturizing, it never cakes, and it's waterproof enough to wear to the beach. No need to glop it on; a tiny dot goes a long way.
I’m a devoted fan of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29). I have redness- and acne-prone skin, but this concealer doesn’t cause me to break out. It’s long-wearing, even with my combination-oily skin. I can use this buildable concealer in a light layer around red areas like my nose. But I can also layer it over problem areas like hyper-pigmentation from healing pimples or any scarring left behind. Yes, it’s a tad pricey, but a little definitely goes a long way.
Clinique Advanced Concealer ($18) will cover anything. Because it is so thick, it's best for a special-occasion emergency—like a big breakout before a black tie affair—rather than everyday use. What I do apply every day is Stila Perfecting Concealer ($23), which does a good job of covering minor blemishes and blends well.