The Best Concealers for Every Skin Type

By Hannah Liddle - 2 years ago | Updated
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Often overlooked but a true beauty hero, the humble concealer is there for you through thick and thin. Working around the clock to cover up dark spots, acne and blemishes, they're a beauty staple that can make or break a look.

Whether you’re looking to mix up your makeup bag or replace a beloved concealer that has been discontinued, we’ve curated a collection of the best concealers depending on both your skin type and concerns.

Featuring cult brands such as PIXI and Urban Decay to classics like Elizabeth Arden, you won't want to miss out.

What is concealer?

Concealer, also known as a colour corrector, is a beautifying tool used on the visage to conceal blemishes and discolouration. It tackles the likes of dark circles, age spots, acne scars, blemishes and uneven skin tones by concealing it in a high-pigment formula evens out the complexion.

Similar to a foundation, this handy tool can arrive in a liquid, cream, pencil or stick format and tends to be light in colour (as to brighten and conceal darker areas). Concealers also tend to be thicker than foundations and arrive in smaller, more concise packaging. In some instances, concealers may have a slight green, orange or purple tint to it in order to colour correct areas of the face.

Not sure where to start looking? Discover the best concealer for your skin type here at Cosmetify..

Best for dry skin:

Stila Pixel Perfect Concealer

Stila Pixel Perfect Concealer

Harnessing the hydrating powers of essential minerals and moisture-rich ingredients, this ultra-comforting concealer is enough to keep your skin feeling healthy and replenished all day. Its serum texture melts into your skin without settling into fine lines, creating a beautifully luminous and smooth complexion.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

If there's anyone you can put your trust in to deliver a glowy, fresh-faced look, then it's RiRi. The Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer is a long-wear, crease-proof formula that will hide everything from blemishes and redness to hangovers and long nights.

Best for oily skin:

AmazingCosmetics Perfection Concealer Stick

AmazingCosmetics Perfection Concealer Stick

This fool-proof formula will camouflage imperfections, even skin tone and sculpt your face like no other. Boasting a full-coverage formula that's paraben-free, you can lay down the perfect base without clogging pores. Not to mention, it has a life span of up to 24 hours, so you can also wave goodbye to the midday meltdown - result!

PIXI Pat Away Concealing Base

PIXI Pat Away Concealing Base

Pat, pat, pat away dark circles, imperfections and an oily T-zone with this concentrated concealer. The buildable formula delivers maximum coverage and, as it's jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, it protects your face from environmental factors. Wear it under your foundation to create a smooth canvas and finish with face powder to blot out any excess shine. Its thick texture means you can expect long-lasting, natural-looking results.

Best for dull skin:

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer

Utilising light-diffusing technology, this creamy, dreamy concealer minimises any signs of fatigue and increases your natural luminosity. It’s the perfect product for creating a dewy, natural-looking finish while still covering any minor flaws. Sometimes dullness comes with dryness, but don’t worry: this long-lasting formula is non-drying and ultra-hydrating.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer Pen

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer Pen

Sometimes the best concealers are not the ones that cover up your face but instead enhance and illuminate your natural beauty. This YSL concealer is the perfect example. Enriched with nourishing ingredients like caffeine, vitamin E and calendula extract, it works to heal, protect and brighten your skin while giving instant full coverage.

Best for mature skin:

Inika Certified Organic Natural Perfection Concealer

Inika Certified Organic Natural Perfection Concealer

Inika haev crafted their very own concealer that utilises natural ingredients to soothe, hydrate lightly conceal common blemishes. The lightweight formula wears beautifully throughout the day and doesn't set into fine lines or wrinkles, ensuring a smooth and flawless finish.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

Hydrating and plumping, this skin-perfecting concealer has all the right minerals and ingredients to keep your skin silky and flawless. Using black tea derivatives and a ‘Lipo-Siliconic’ compound, this magical concealer fills out any fines lines and wrinkles to create a completely smooth canvas. It’s also wonderfully illuminating, thanks to its hydrating properties and elastomer pearl complex.

Best for acne & spot-prone skin:

delilah Farewell Cream Concealer

delilah Farewell Cream Concealer

Recommended by dermatologists, this ingenious concealer stick provides long-lasting coverage, camouflaging skin concerns such as acne, scars and uneven skin tone. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, it keeps your skin soft and nourished and blends effortlessly. And. thanks to its creamy texture and non-greasy formula, it won’t clog your pores!

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

This emollient-based concealer is perfect for covering up blemishes and imperfections – including difficult marks like tattoos. It’s lightweight, hydrating and provides full coverage with a natural matte finish. Your skin will love the nourishing benefits provided by vitamins A and E, and with added silica, excess oil is quickly absorbed to ensure a smooth, shine-free complexion.

Best for dark circles:

Benefit Boi ing Airbrush Concealer

Benefit Boi ing Airbrush Concealer

This full-coverage concealer can make you look like you had 10 hours sleep, never had a pimple in your life and don’t even know what an oily T-zone is. Thick and creamy, it stays put all day long, but that doesn’t mean it’s in any way drying – just warm it up between your fingers before applying for flawless application.

Best concealer for men:

Tom Ford For Men Concealer

Tom Ford For Men Concealer

Wave goodbye to blemishes, age spots and shaving scars with this luxury concealer. The concealer is your fast track to a complexion that's beaming with radiance as it visibly reduces the appearance of imperfections.

Let one (or more) of these trusty concealers save you from dark circles and unexpected pimples, giving you the confidence to shine your brightest and feel your utter best! With a robust concealer by your side, you can pretty much conquer anything. Keep scrolling for more common FAQs about concealers..

How do you apply concealer?

When applying concealer, it is important to focus on problem areas such as dark circles around the eyes and blemishes. Start by dotting the formula under and around the eyes with either a concealer brush or the wand head provided with the concealer. You can also draw an upside-down triangle to fully conceal the look of dark circles.

Concealer can also be used on top of the eyelids as a primer to even out discolouration whilst providing a base for eyeshadows to cling onto. When focusing on spots, try and use a green-tinted concealer to tackle redness. Simply dot on the concealer to the affected blemishes and blend in with a blending sponge for a more natural-looking result.

Concealers tend to come in lighter shades, as their aim is to brighten, lighten and conceal darker patches of skin to even it out.

Do you put on concealer before or after foundation?

Foundation first. It's a common misconception that concealer should go first, but this will only result in you smearing it around once it comes to applying foundation. Overall, there is no right or wrong method but you will more likely see clearer results if you apply foundation first and then go in with concealer. The act of blending out foundation over concealer can often soften the appearance of the concealer, smudging it away and diminishing its effect.

Begin by applying your moisturiser and primer as a base before going in with a liquid foundation, finishing off with a few dots of your concealer on the desired areas. If you are using a powder foundation, maybe look at applying concealer first as things could get a little chalky and messy.

What is the difference between foundation and concealer?

Foundation is to be used all over your face and neck, acting as a tool that evens out your entire complexion by adding a wash of warmth and buildable cover. Concealer is different in the sense that it is used for more targeted areas and is usually lighter in colour so that it can brighten dark circles and blemishes. Some concealers may even contain a green, orange or purple tint to specifically even out discolouration, something that foundation doesn't typically consider.

Concealers will often arrive in a much smaller format as they are only to be used in small doses on specific areas, whereas foundations tend to be a lot bigger in size in order to cover the whole visage.

Loving the less-is-more look? Pair your new concealer with a must-have highlighter for natural radiance. Discover our 5 Best Highlighters To Keep You Glowing All Winter.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.

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