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Concealers are a must-have for any makeup bag. No matter if you prefer a full-glam look or a pared-back approach, they can be used for covering up dark circles after a bad night’s sleep, a flare-up of rosacea, or breakouts.
In fact, you can often forgo a foundation and make a concealer the star product of your makeup routine when applied to uneven skin areas to leave you with a flawless, but natural-looking finish.
The best product is multi-purpose; easy to blend with your fingers, a brush or sponge, buildable in coverage to customise it to your skin’s needs, and most importantly, long-lasting without looking cakey or creasing an hour after application.
Across cream and liquid formulas, in our roundup ahead, we’ve compiled a list of must-have concealers to add to your makeup arsenal.
Starting from just £8.99, we’ve handpicked the best 12 money can buy, ranging from sheer to full coverage formulas, luxurious to affordable price tags, and matte to satin finishes.
This cult-favourite concealer is one of the best money can buy – and it’s very reasonably priced. The sponge tip applicator dispenses the lightweight, full-coverage formula onto skin where it can be used to conceal blemishes, dark circles and redness in an instant. It’s also available in 17 shades.
If dark circles are your bugbear, Benefit’s under-eye concealer from its Boi-ing range has got you covered. Containing red algae and vitamin C, it has a serum-like texture that hydrates while bringing long-lasting brightness that won’t cake, crease or feel dry.
If you’re looking for the ultimate full-coverage concealer that’s an eight-hour sleep in a tube, the accompanying KVD Beauty concealer to its TikTok famous foundation is one of the best you’ll find. Creamy but not cakey, it has an angled doe-foot applicator and a little goes a long way – just one dot is all you need.
Huda Beauty’s iconic #FAUXFILTER foundation is one of the top full coverage products money can buy and its new accompanying concealer is just as good. Launching on 13 June, it has a wide doe-foot applicator with a smooth, skin blurring, lightweight formula that’s easy to blend. We got our hands on it ahead of its launch and can confirm it deserves a spot in your makeup bag – after eight hours it didn’t crease, feel heavy and left our skin looking flawless.
This product specifically targets dark circles, with a sheer, but buildable coverage. It won’t feel heavy on the skin, nor dry and can be worn without makeup too. Sweat-resistant, crease-free, and available in 16 shades, it’s a worthy investment for your makeup arsenal.
For a fuss-free approach to applying concealer, this crayon from Korean beauty brand Erborian couldn’t be easier to use for targeted correction. Simple draw on where you want coverage and blend into the skin seamlessly with just a tap of your finger or a brush.
For budget beauty that delivers, there are few brands as good as e.l.f. Its camo concealer is a great all-rounder product that has a satin-finish, buildable formula and provides full coverage.
Rather than simply cover up imperfections, RMS Beauty aims to enhance your complexion with its pot concealer. It’s best to apply with your fingers and can be gently buffed into skin with a few taps, without leaving it feeling, or looking, cakey.
Another crayon-like product worth trying if you prefer a natural finish is Jones Road Beauty, a new brand created by makeup artist Bobbi Brown. You can find your shade online by taking its shade-matching quiz and it’s a fail-safe option for concealing redness, rosacea, dark circles and blemishes.
Another sponge applicator comes from Charlotte Tilbury, and this luxury concealer is worth the high price tag. It’s full coverage and tackles pigmentation, redness, blemishes and dark circles with one easy application. One happy John Lewis shopper said: ” A little goes a really long way! I like the sponge applicator as it’s soft on the delicate eye area and helps to apply in the right places.”
One of the most popular concealers on the market is this one from Nars. Loved by makeup artists, it gives a luminous finish with a medium, but easily buildable, long-wearing coverage.
Another brilliant budget beauty find is from L’Oreal. Perfect for oily skin, it has a matte finish, comes in 25 shades, provides full coverage, and won’t settle into fine lines.
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