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The 16 Best Concealers for Bright, Flawless Skin

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A good concealer is the real workhorse of every makeup bag. This versatile product can hide blemishes, brighten under eyes, and even contour in a pinch. Whether you tend to go for nude makeup or a full face of bright, colorful makeup, concealer can help to lay the perfect base that helps your desired look come through and last all day.

If you're brand new to the world of concealer, the endless options can be a bit overwhelming. There's liquid concealer, cream concealer, full-coverage concealer...we could go on. So to help you find the right concealer for your skin type and makeup style, we've highlighted 16 of the best concealers below.

TARTE Double Duty Beauty™ Shape Tape Contour Concealer

TARTE™ Double Duty Beauty™ Shape Tape Contour Concealer

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Best Brightening Concealer

On days when you don't wake up looking as bright-eyed as you'd like, apply a little bit of this brightening concealer to quickly make up the difference. This concealer's doe-foot applicator helps the matte-finish formula blend seamlessly into the skin, making dark circles a distant memory. TARTE's concealer also comes with some serious skincare benefits. Shea butter acts as a moisturizer, mango seed butter is rich in vitamin E to condition the skin, and licorice root further helps to brighten up dark spots from the inside out.

"I absolutely love this shade," one Ipster says. "It blends perfectly with my skin and lasts all day long. It also adds a touch of brightness to my foundation."

MORPHE Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer in 1.25

MORPHE Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer

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Best Concealer for Highlighting

This creamy, ultra-blendable, full-coverage concealer goes on super smooth but does not budge once it sets. Coverage is sweatproof, transfer-resistant, and water-resistant. It can easily retouch dark circles and cover up breakouts for up to 16 hours. The extensive shade range available also makes it ideal to use a highlight and/or contour when you are doing a full face of makeup—just dab a bit on your cheekbones, temples, and jawline.

"Perfect consistency and fantastic coverage," says one Ipster. "This can be applied flawlessly without leaving a textured or unnatural appearance. The color is also a perfect match for my skin."

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Studio Skin Concealer in Light

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Studio Skin Concealer

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Best Concealer for Oily Skin Types

Whether you're looking to cover up dark eye circles, pigmented areas, blemishes, or redness, this concealer can easily tackle all of the above. Apply one quick coat for medium coverage or layer on another to bring it up to full coverage. And because it's oil-free with a soft matte finish, it's a great go-to for oily skin types who want to keep shine under control.

"This is amazing! I use this similar to a highlighter–under my eyes, my nose, and chin. It blends wonderfully and it’s easy to apply," says Ipster isa_la_re.

KVD VEGAN BEAUTY Lock-It Concealer Crème

KVD BEAUTY Lock-It Concealer Crème

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Best Longwear Concealer

This lightweight, full-coverage concealer can be used for just about anything. With extra-longwear capabilities, it's the perfect option for those who try to avoid touch-ups at all costs. Dab a drop or two of formula anywhere you're looking for some color-correcting benefits—dark under eyes, blemishes, patches of discoloration are all fair game. While a little does go a long way here, coverage is super buildable, and therefore, customizable. Feel free to layer up wherever you're looking for a little extra coverage.

"Excellent concealer—one of the best I've tried," writes Ipster carla1. "I didn't find it to be drying on my middle-aged skin. It covered very well and was a great base for eyeshadows."

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in 42.5 Warm Deep (W)

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

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Best Waterproof Concealer

As far as summer-proof concealers go, it doesn't get much better than this ultra-creamy, multitasking formula. This longwear concealer blends flawlessly into the skin and is waterproof, meaning it will stay put during beach days and sunny backyard hangs. It also comes infused with anti-aging technology to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, age spots, and discoloration. It’s an all-around win, no matter what you’re looking for!

"I ended up using this concealer all over my face," writes one Ipster. "The color was on point! Coverage was on point! It did not feel heavy or greasy. Long-lasting coverage!"

SISTAR COSMETICS It's U Skin Perfecting HD Concealer in Ivory

SISTAR COSMETICS It's U Skin Perfecting HD Concealer

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Best Clean Concealer

Need another reminder that clean beauty products can work like a dream? Meet this creamy concealer made from naturally derived, cruelty-free ingredients. Not only is this paraben-free formula gentle on the skin, but it also works impressively well to prevent creasing and caking. It's a trusty tool for a seamless finish every time.

Ipster sarcasticplastic writes, "Great coverage, lasted for most of the day, worked for under eye circles as well as other places on my face to even out skin tone and hide redness."

JULEP Cushion Complexion Concealer in Cashmere

JULEP Cushion Complexion Concealer

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Best Concealer for Acne-Prone Skin

If you primarily use concealer to cover up blemishes, it can be helpful to seek out a formula that will work with you to not only hide breakouts but tame them as well. This multitasking concealer comes infused with turmeric extract, an ingredient that has been shown to tame inflammation (i.e., it will make your pimples less noticeable). Use this in tandem with the right acne skincare routine, and you could be well on your way to a flawless complexion.

"I wanted something that would work as more of a spot treatment and this works for me," says Ipster aloaiza17. "Color is great and the applicator makes it really easy. Doesn't cake and blends well with my skin."



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Best Concealer for Skincare Lovers

If you’re planted firmly in the camp of "skin first, makeup second,” you'll love how many skincare benefits come baked into this concealer formula. The makeup essential features YENSA's unique 8 SuperBlacks Essence, a complex that includes black sesame oil, black seaweed, black tea, shiitake mushrooms, black rice, Korean black raspberry, nettle, and chia seeds. Together, these antioxidant-rich ingredients provide anti-aging benefits that brighten, smooth skin, calm redness, and more.

After receiving this in their Glambag, one Ipster writes, "Love this and so glad I picked this for my bag. It seriously makes my skin look so good!"

KOKIE COSMETICS Be Bright Illuminating Concealer in Light

KOKIE PROFESSIONAL Be Bright Illuminating Concealer

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Best Illuminating Concealer

Dark circles? Never heard of them. This buildable, full-coverage concealer expertly brightens using illuminating pigments. The brightening boost paired with a dewy finish makes this a great go-to for any area of the face, but we particularly love using this as an under-eye concealer. Use it to lay the foundation of a fresh, naturally radiant look in seconds.

Ipster LeenCM writes "I'm not one to really wear concealers, but this one is a gamechanger. I love how it makes me look awake and present, even if I'm bored out of my mind. I've gotten nice compliments too!"

ITEM BEAUTY Air Hug Concealer in Fair Neutral (#100)

ITEM BEAUTY Air Hug Concealer

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Best for Sensitive Skin

This dermatologist-tested concealer from Addison Rae's new beauty line is all power with no parabens. The sensitive skin-approved formula steers clear of common irritants to only deliver the good stuff: a crease-free, creamy formula with buildable coverage that you can use every single day without irritation.

"Thick and full coverage," one Ipster writes. "Blendable! Not drying or cakey-looking! LOVE."

Best Customizable Concealer

Whether you tend to struggle with finding concealers that match your skin's undertone or you're looking for one concealer that can suit your skin tone in both mid-summer and the depths of winter, you've just met your makeup match. This customizable concealer features two different shades that are designed to be blended together to create a personalized shade that will fit you just right any time of year.

"This is one of my favorite concealers ever," writes one Ipster. "I love it and it is very helpful that there are 2 different colors in a compact. You can use one or the other, or mix the 2 together, you can even use them to highlight and contour. Great product!"

COMPLEX CULTURE Letup Concealer in M320


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Best Hydrating Concealer

If you tend to struggle with dry skin, layering the wrong concealer on top of it will only emphasize flakiness. Instead, look for a concealer like this option from COMPLEX CULTURE, which is designed to not only conceal but provide hydrating benefits as well. While lightweight, buildable pigments disguise discoloration, nourishing ingredients like ceramides, vitamin C, and moringa seed oil soften and moisturize.

Ipster Lillyischarmed says this concealer "completely removed her dark circles." Another Ipster adds, "This concealer isn’t heavy at all. You don’t need much to use and it feels light. Very easy to put on and blend."

NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil

NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil

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Best Concealer for Touch-Ups

When you need a corrector that can easily be thrown into a purse and used on the move, reach for this convenient concealer stick. Dab it on blemishes, use it to touch up any dark under-eye circles that have started to show through—the opportunities are endless. And while some sticks can cause tugging on the skin, this formula is made with shea butter and vitamin E so that it feels super soft and creamy as you apply.

Ipsters found this concealer to be useful for all different types of concealer tasks. One writes, "It hides the bags under my eyes. I love it!" Another says, "I have acne so I do use concealers and this product comes in handy for covering up a spot real quick."

DOSE OF COLORS Meet Your Hue Concealer in 28 | Deep

DOSE OF COLORS Meet Your Hue Concealer

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Best Concealer for All Skin Tones

Whether your skin tone is super fair or melanin-rich, this line of high coverage concealers has a match for everyone. With 30 different shades to choose from, the formula is designed to not only pair perfectly with your skin tone but your unique undertone as well. As it seamlessly blends in with your skin, it also infuses it with a number of different benefits. Shea butter, vitamin E, and sunflower seed oil all come into play here to nourish and protect your skin throughout the day.

"I loved how easy this was to blend and how it didn’t crease," says Ipster amelia5816. "It is a good shade for my skin tone and I use it every day."

TRÈSTIQUE Mini Concealer Crayon

TRÈSTIQUE Mini Concealer Crayon

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Best Crayon Concealer

If you're interested in the portability of the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil but want something even creamier, here's another travel-friendly option. While this convenient concealer crayon has the ease of a stick-based formula, it applies like a classic cream concealer. The secret: a base of coconut oil that instantly melts once it comes into contact with the skin. As a bonus, this nourishing ingredient also helps to hydrate, plump, and leave a dewy finish behind.

"I use this almost every day," says Ipster xander95630. "Very bendable, good shade for my skin. I don't break out when I wear this. Definitely something I don't want to live without."

PÜR Disappearing Ink 4-in-1 Concealer

PÜR Disappearing Ink 4-in-1 Concealer

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Best Blurring Concealer

Want to really disguise any areas of imperfection? Then on top of concealing, make sure you blur the area as well. This liquid concealer helps you work some IG filter magic IRL with the help of a unique “diamond complex” that reflects light away from imperfections. Use it for anything you want to hide. Dark circles, pimples, and dark spots are all no match for this miracle worker.

"This concealer was AMAZING," says one Ipster. "Everything about it—the coverage, the color, the longwear aspect." Another adds, "Loved this so much that I ran right out to Ulta and bought the full size of this."

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About the author
Cortney Clift
Cortney is a New York-based freelance writer who has written about beauty and wellness for more than six years. She was previously the senior writer and special projects editor at Brit + Co where she covered a wide range of news and lifestyle topics.
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Article Last Updated June 4, 2021 12:00 AM