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Real talk: Your concealer just might be the hardest working item in your makeup bag. It can cover up breakouts, scars, dark circles and imperfections, and that's just skimming the surface. Concealer can also act as an eyeshadow base, highlighter, contour, and foundation in a pinch. But this list of benefits can only be achieved by a special crop of concealers and not just any ol' formula.
To that end, we rounded up concealers that really work; they cover whatever it is you want to hide without flaking or caking, or drying out your skin. These picks not only glide onto the skin and blend like a dream, but they also treat your skin and look so natural that they’re basically undetectable.
From drugstore mainstays to splurge-worthy classics, these are the top concealers to buy now.
Best Overall: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
If you’re going to have just one concealer in your makeup bag, make it this one. The award-winning concealer brings medium-to-full buildable coverage that does it all: It covers, contours, highlights, and perfects skin. What makes it a true standout is it corrects—not just covers—flaws with its mineral tone balancing powder.
The active botanical blend contains vitamin E, magnolia bark extract and grape seed extract to moisturize, reduce the appearance of redness, and strengthen skin by boosting moisture retention. It also has a light-diffusing mineral powder to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The concealer works for all skin types and there’s a color out there for every skin tone—and undertone.
Best Budget: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
This multitasking oil-free concealer covers it all, including redness, breakouts, under-eye circles and other signs of fatigue, and any other flaws you want to hide. The liquid brings full, natural coverage and is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. It boasts impressive staying power and will look fresh all day long. Plus, the full shade range ensures you will meet your match.
Best Splurge: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Beloved by beauty editors and makeup artists, this favorite concealer comes with two shades so that you can mix the exact right hue every time. One shade matches the skin’s surface while the other matches the undertone. Packed with pigment, the high coverage, long-wearing formula makes scars, capillaries, redness, age spots, under-eye circles, breakouts, and scars disappear. The universal formula works for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin, and is infused with chamomile extracts, aloe, and vitamins A, C, and E to soothe and nourish.
Best Drugstore: L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
The downfall of many concealers is when you put them on your skin they simply won’t budge. That isn’t the case with L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer. Worthy of its name, it’s hyper blendable to smooth right into skin and look invisible, and won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles. Not only does it hide blemishes, circles, or whatever flaw you’re trying to mask, it also brings on the brightness, making you look more awake and fresh-faced. Like the rest of L'Oreal’s True Match line, it offers an array of shades.
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Best for Dark Circles: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Concealer
This award-winning, best-selling concealer covers up the darkest of dark circles all day long and will not budge. Developed with plastic surgeons, it contains the brand’s exclusive Expression Proof Technology, as well as anti-aging peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. That’s why it not only covers up dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots, and discoloration but also works to help fight the appearance of fine lines. Choose from 48 shades.
Check out our guide to the best concealers for dark circles available for purchase.
Best for Acne: bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Spot Concealer
This full-coverage concealer doesn’t just hide breakouts and redness—it also treats them with salicylic acid, and prevents future blemishes too, all without drying out the skin. The formula is infused with mushroom stem and licorice root extract to soothe skin and help fade post-acne scars, as well as phytosphingosine to fight off bacteria. The concealer is super creamy and blendable, so it won’t crease or cake. And the waterproof formula means it won’t budge, either.
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Best Full Coverage: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer masks breakouts, redness, dark circles, and other imperfections with its full-coverage, long-wear formula that dries to a natural-looking velvet-matte finish. But that's not all you'll love. The easy-to-use, twist-up stick is a great travel partner (throw it into your carry-on or purse without fear of spills) and makes applications a total breeze.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best under-eye concealers.