Hide dark under-eye circles and cover blemishes with our ten best concealers, designed to combat all manner of imperfections
If you’re looking for the best way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes, or need something that can camouflage blemishes and redness, you need to invest in the best concealer you can get your hands on. Whether it’s dark circles, fine lines, blemishes or redness, tell Powder your concealer needs and they’ll find the best one for you. So, which is the best concealer for you?
Best under eye concealer
Under-eye concealers are the best way to combat dark circles and disguise any signs of late nights (or very early mornings). Just remember, the skin under your eyes is particularly delicate. The best concealer for this area will be feather-light but still durable enough to combat shadows, as well as conceal those pesky lines. Sounds like a tough job, but it’s nothing that our round up can’t handle. The best concealers for dark circles will even radiate light – keeping your eyes bright all day long. While on the hunt for a new concealer, look for products that are packed with moisturising properties. A truly indulgent formula will have vitamin A and D infusions to help fight the effects of dryness and encourage elasticity.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
An industry favourite for years, this concealer completely camouflages dark circles and blemishes. With two shades to match your undertone and your skin colour, you can create your own custom blend and create the perfect coverage.
Buy now: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £27.50, John Lewis
Best concealer for acne
Much like the best under eye concealer, this one will even out your skin tone while covering any blemishes or redness. The only difference? You don’t want the brightening effect. When you’re aiming to hide redness or blemishes, you don’t want to attract attention to the area. Make sure to use one of the best acne treatments beforehand so it can get to work while you conceal.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
It’s super lightweight, so it flows over any angry, raised areas easily before sinking into the skin. Use a pointed concealer brush to ‘scribble’ over any blemishes, using the warmth of your finger to gently blend the edges into the skin for the most subtle spot coverage – ever.
Buy now: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18, John Lewis
Best concealer for acne scars
First of all, those dark marks left after a spot aren’t classified as acne scars – you’ll need a highly pigmented concealer with brightening properties and a good glycolic toner to combat those. Deep, textured, pitted scars need something more heavy-duty, so look for something with a creamy, sturdy texture to completely fill and cover them.
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer
This stuff is highly concentrated, so you only need the tiniest dab to cover any acne scars. It works on dark circles, broken capillaries, redness and acne as well – just remember to blend with your finger to melt the slightly waxy texture into your skin.
Buy now: Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, £20.99, Fabled
Best concealer for dry skin
Dry skin benefits from all textures of concealer, they just need to be nourishing and glow-giving to nourish rather than enhance dry patches. Liquids will do this perfectly well, but also try out creams; they’ll be thicker and give better coverage, and a stick is perfect for blending and dotting along imperfections, whereas a cream concealer works well under the eyes to cover and neutralise discolourations. Also, don’t be afraid to skip foundation; those with dry skin may want to layer their concealer over a tinted moisturiser for an extra shot of moisture.
Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand
It’s perfectly creamy and lightweight enough to skin into parched skin without emphasising any dry patches, and still manages to deliver the perfect amount of coverage. The handy buffing pen means it’s perfect for chucking in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups, plus there’s no risk of applying too much.
Buy now: Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand, £29.50, Fabled
Best concealer for oily skin
Once you’ve found the best foundation for oily skin, it’s time to pair it with a trusty concealer. Those with an oily skin type should typically should avid creamy or stick concealers and instead opt for liquid concealers. Not only does they easily build coverage, they’re also easy to apply and are less likely to crease thanks to their light texture. However, there are some great new oil-free cream concealers on the market, which help you stay free from shine all day long.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
This oil-free formula is every oily girl’s dream, and it’s seriously magic. The soft-focus finish blurs away imperfections, it lasts for hours without creasing or caking, plus the inclusion of peptides, vitamins A, C & E, and hyaluronic acid mean your skin gets a treat underneath.
Buy now: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24, Fabled
Best concealer for mature skin
The last thing mature skin needs is a caky formula that’ll make fine lines look worse. After using Opt for a nourishing liquid formula that’ll sink into the skin and give some luminosity.
Clarins Instant Concealer
Smooth fine lines and banish shadows and imperfections while boosting radiance with Clarins Instant Concealer. Lightweight and smoothing, this concealer is a make-up bag must.
Buy now: Clarins Instant Concealer, £22, John Lewis
Best concealer for dark skin
Most brands have only just started to take notice of their olive- and dark-skinned clients, and it’s about time. While it’s important to prioritise a formula that sits comfortably on your skin, blurs imperfections and does all the other tricks, those with darker skin need to pay careful attention to the actual pigment of the concealer – avoid anything that looks greyish, reddish or ashy, and make sure it doesn’t oxidise or go lighter or darker throughout the day.
LA Girl PRO.conceal HD High Definition Concealer
It works all over for blemishes, dark circles and fine lines, but we’re mostly impressed by the serious range of shades on offer. From Porcelain to Almond To Dark Cocoa, there really is something for everyone – and at a fiver, it’s a total steal.
Buy now: LA Girl PRO.conceal HD High Definition Concealer, £5, Beauty Bay
Best concealer brush
Although some people prefer to use the ‘wand’ or bristled tip of their concealer, a brush is recommended in order to ensure that you make the most of the product and get a nice, even finish with equal coverage. Size-wise, we suggest something like this Bobbi Brown Concealer Brush, or the classic MAC Concealer Brush. Alternatively, pat concealer into the under eye area with your ring finger – it’ll fit perfectly into the corner of your eye.
Our pick of the best under-eye concealers will help you achieve that flawless look – no matter what kind of night you had…