22 Concealers Beauty Editors and Makeup Experts Swear ByMay 02, 2023
Whether you’re looking to spot conceal acne, brighten dark circles or rock a foundation-free no-makeup makeup look, concealer is a must in any makeup routine. With so many formulas available, it can be hard to sift through them all and find the right one for you — which is why we rounded up 22 beauty editor and expert-approved concealer picks for different skin types and concerns. Check ‘em out below, from the best under-eye concealer to formulas that double as skincare.
What Is Concealer?
Concealer is a complexion makeup product similar to foundation, but it is typically thicker in consistency and more pigmented in order to cover up blemishes or skin imperfections. It can be layered over foundation in concentrated spots where you want a little extra coverage, such as under your eyes, or it can be worn on its own and blended out.
What Is Concealer Used For?
As mentioned above, concealer has several different uses, but it primarily functions to even out skin tone and cover up blemishes. It’s perfect for covering pimples, scars, dark circles under your eyes and more. It can also be used to highlight and contour, depending on the shades you choose. Shades lighter than your natural skin tone are great for highlighting and concealing under your eyes, shades that match your skin tone should be used to cover blemishes on your face and shades darker than your skin tone can act as contour makeup.
The Best Concealers to Shop Now, According to EditorsCelebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern calls this matte, full-coverage concealer “amazing” for acne-prone skin. “It’s great for when I need more coverage instantly,” she says. It’s available in a range of 19 shades.
“This multitasking concealer is lightweight but gives me full coverage where I need it,” says NYX Professional Makeup PRO Artist Lead Alexandria Cervantes. The matte, waterproof formula comes in 24 shades and stays put for up to 24 hours.
Celebrity makeup artist Sir John swears by this hyaluronic acid-infused option “for concealing darkness under the eyes and lifting the face.” The formula is great for sensitive skin, as it’s fragrance- and paraben-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.
Remember the days when you couldn’t watch a makeup tutorial on YouTube without seeing the Instant Age Rewind concealer pop up? There’s a reason the formula is such a cult favorite — it’s infused with goji berry to reduce puffiness under the eyes, and according to celebrity makeup artist Jenna Kristina, it also makes a great spot concealer.
We love makeup products that also have serious skincare benefits, and this concealer from IT Cosmetics is one of our instant faves. In addition to immediately providing medium coverage and hydration for up to 24 hours, this concealer doubles as a serum to help fade the look of dark spots over time.
If you like to use your concealer to highlight and brighten up your complexion, the YSL Beauty Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen is the right choice for you. It has a luminous finish without any shimmer or glitter, giving your skin a dewy, glowy appearance.
Celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis says this is her go-to concealer for leaving the skin “luminous and bright.” Glycerin and vitamin E hydrate the skin, while soft-focus pearls provide a lit-from-within effect. “Plus, it has caffeine to give you that extra boost of plumpness,” says Inglessis.
Pro tip: We love using this intensely hydrating full-coverage concealer from Urban Decay as a foundation since it has a super lightweight feel. The dual-ended applicator has a doe foot on one end to tap the formula onto blemishes and a kabuki brush on the other for effortless blending.
You only need one stroke of the Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer to effectively cover dark circles, discoloration, acne scars and dark spots. Plus, the glycerin-infused formula feels supple and breathable on your skin.
You’ll fall in love with the velvety, creamy feel of the Valentino Beauty Very Valentino Concealer as it glides across and melts into your skin. But our favorite thing about this hydrating, care-infused concealer might just be the applicator brush, which has a feather shape and pointed tip to make concealing hard-to-reach spots a breeze.
Looking for a drugstore concealer that’s made to last? Check out the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer, a pigmented waterproof formula that stays looking flawless all day without fading, transferring or creasing. With this ultra-blendable formula, a little goes a long way, so you won’t need to worry about replacing it constantly.
Brighten up your under-eyes and cover blemishes with the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Full Coverage Concealer. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, it feels comfortable — never drying or creasing— for up to 24 hours. Wear it on its own or with your favorite liquid foundation.
The buildable, highly pigmented formula of the Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer allows you to customize your coverage level, whether you’re aiming for a no-makeup makeup look or going full glam. It’s available in 25 matte shades.
Williamson says her sensitive, acne-prone skin loves this concealer that’s infused with brightening caffeine, soothing arnica and hydrating hyaluronic acid. “I actually use this one in lieu of foundation as more of a skin tint because the finish is so nice,” says Williamson.
This concealer from Ami Colé is all about enhancing the natural beauty of your complexion, seamlessly blending into your skin to blur blemishes without overly mattifying. Choose between 12 shades specifically formulated for melanin-rich skin.
If your under-eyes are your main concern, try the Stila Pixel Perfect Concealer. This concealer is unique because the formula contains elderflower extract to help depuff your under-eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
The Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer is one of our go-tos for a radiant, natural-looking finish. It both conceals and brightens your skin where you need it without caking or settling into lines.
The Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer is packed with powerhouse skincare ingredients including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin C for a brightening, pore-blurring, hydrating combination. It’s essentially a concealer-eye-cream hybrid, helping to smooth the skin around your eyes.
For another long-lasting drugstore option, try the e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer. This full coverage, matte formula won’t cake or settle into creases — and at just $7, it’s totally budget-friendly.
Caffeine is the star ingredient of the LAWLESS Beauty Conseal the Deal Longwear Everyday Concealer, working to de-puff and energize the appearance of your skin to give you a refreshed look. We know getting a full eight hours of sleep every night is easier said than done, but with this concealer, at least you can fake it.
This versatile Danessa Myricks complexion product functions as both a concealer and a foundation with buildable coverage ranging from sheer to full, so you can completely customize your look. We’re obsessed with the silky smooth look and feel.