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Your concealer just might be the hardest working item in your makeup bag. Sure, it covers up breakouts, scars, dark circles and imperfections, but it can do a whole lot more. Just think about it: One little product can do everything from work as an eyeshadow base, highlight, contour, create a clean line for lipstick, help you fake eight hours of sleep, and do double duty as foundation. That’s why we need concealers that really work—they should cover whatever it is you want to hide without flaking or caking, or drying out your skin. These picks not only glide onto 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.
Best Overall: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
If the concealer world had a prom queen, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer would be the clear winner. 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 and even skin tone. 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: 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. The full shade range ensures you will meet your match.
Best Splurge: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
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 Option: 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.
Best Under Eye Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Concealer
The name says it all: 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. The highly pigmented concealer is available in 48 shades.
Best for Acne: bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Spot Concealer For Acne-Prone Skin
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. It comes with a built-in sharpener to keep application easy and accurate.
Best for Oily Skin: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer
When you have oily skin, you live in constant fear of your concealer (and the rest of your makeup) sliding off your face. That’s why you should reach for Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-hour Concealer that stays true to its name and masks breakouts, redness, dark circles, and other imperfections with its full-coverage, long wear format that has a natural looking velvet-matte finish.
Amazonian Clay uses the forces of nature to give the concealer staying power, and it’s also infused with glycerin to moisturize, vitamin A to protect against damage from free radicals, vitamin E to bring on the antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and glycerin to moisturize, squalene to smooth skin, and mineral pigments to soften.
Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular concealers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different concealers overall, screened options from 35 different brands and manufacturers, read over 35 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 15 of the concealers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.