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A good concealer is an essential part of every makeup bag. The right one can help you look wide-awake while also hiding breakouts and acne marks. But with all of the different concealers on the market, it can be difficult to find the right concealer for you.
To help you find the right concealer, we are going to identify common skin issues, then we are going to share what type of concealer will fix each issue. And of course, we will be sharing our recommendations.
Picking The Right Formula
Concealers come in a variety of forms, finishes, and coverage levels. The key is to find the right formula the issue you’re trying to hide.
For blemishes and acne: Thicker cream formulas that are designed to stay put. Avoid any formulas that are overly emollient. Blemishes and other redness can be color corrected and then concealed by using a green- or yellow-tinted formula to neutralize the redness. To conceal a blemish, apply your concealer with a fine pointed brush. Gently blend the edges of the concealer with a brush or edge of the sponge.
For dark circles and under-eye discoloration: Look for concealers that have radiant formulas. You’ll want to opt for a color that’s no more than a shade lighter than your natural skin tone. This will brighten up the undereye area and disguise the dark circles. We prefer liquid formulas for the thin skin around the eyes since creams and thicker formulas can settle into fine lines and wrinkles. If you need extra help camouflaging dark circles, use a color corrector under the eye before concealer.
Our Concealer Recommendations
In our quest for finding the best concealer, we have tried a lot of concealers. Here are a few of our must-have concealers.
Glossier Stretch Concealer
If you are looking for a lightweight, emolient, concealer, you need to try the Glossier Stretch Concealer.
Because this formula is light, luminous, and emollient, it is perfect for brightening the under eye area.
Glossier Stretch is available in 12 different shades. It is nourishing and buildable while leaving the skin looking fresh and dewy.
Pairs well with Glossier Skin Tint and other dewy finish foundations.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
This formula is light, slightly creamy, and had a natural finish.
The natural finish of this concealer makes it great for both under the eyes and for spot concealing.
This concealer pairs well with most foundations making it a great affordable option.
We recommend grabbing one shade that matches your skin tone perfectly and one that is a touch lighter. With two shades you’ll be able to hide pimples and brighten up your under-eyes.
Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer
This formula is not joking around. It provides long-lasting full coverage so you can look flawless all day.
While thicker than the other’s on this list, the formula is still great for multitasking.
For under the eye, use fingers to warm up, then gently apply to hide dark circles. For spots, use with a small concealer brush.
elf Cosmetics 16Hr Camo Concealer
Full coverage, drugstore concealer? Yes, please!
The 16HR formula gives a matte, full-coverage, and budge proof finish. If you have oily skin, you will love that this will not melt or slide off your skin.
The matte finish pairs well with other matte, full- coverage foundations.
Available in 25 different shades, you are sure to find the correct color for you skin tone.