Concealer is used for a lot of things these days: to cover up, contour, highlight, perfect, etc. But let's rewind a bit and take things back to the basics. Its sole purpose is to conceal. So when you're in the midst of an annoying breakout, trust that concealer's got your back and will diminish the look of dark spots and circles, inflammation, uneven areas of your skin, and more. Of course, we're proponents of employing hardworking skincare products to get to the root of the issue, but in the interim, makeup will make you forget your breakout was ever even there—like magic.
Investing in a full-coverage concealer is a smart beauty decision because it'll last you. A small dollop will cover the toughest areas. Walking past your reflection and being reminded of a pesky pimple can be such a mood killer. Next time, dab one of these bad boys on top of your breakout to knock the look of them right out. Ahead are the 15 best concealers for acne we rely on the most.
Concealer sticks are seriously some of the best things ever invented because they cut your application time in half. These may look little, but they offer up a hefty dose of coverage and make blending feel like a breeze. It's made with a special blend of illuminating ingredients that cover up the look of dark spots.
You're looking at everyone's favorite full-coverage concealer right here. Celeb makeup artist to stars like Chrissy Teigen and Lucy Hale Allan Avendaño told Byrdie he loves this concealer especially for hiding breakouts. It seeps into your skin like butter but doesn't move—ever.
Avendaño also loves this oldie but goodie for giving skin a flawless veil of coverage. After applying foundation, he uses a flat synthetic brush to spot-treat areas that need special attention with this concealer. As a longtime user of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (it was my very first one!), I second that it's amazing for spot-treating areas that need a little more love.
When you're trying to conceal breakouts, your eyes should gravitate toward products that promise a "blurring effect." This long-wear formula was created to disguise the look of dark circles and spots and stays put for 12 hours. Yeah, it's legit.
It's a well-known fact in beauty that if you're looking for selfie-ready makeup that'll look good under the harshest of lights, Make Up For Ever is the one. Kiss breakouts goodbye with this extra-full-coverage concealer that'll give you HD skin in seconds. It has an anti–dark circle complex and radiance booster that'll brighten your complexion.
This tiny tube is packed with pigment that has no mercy when it comes to blemishes. After blending just one drop of this stuff on your skin, you'll forget that your pimple was even there. It's not called a "camouflage" concealer for no reason. Plus, it's available in so many shades, you'll definitely find your fit.
If you're into no-bullshit coverage that also offers up a side of glow, this one's for you. It's the opposite of matte thanks to vitamin E, squalene, and manuka honey. And it's blurring powers are real and will even diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
You can screen the look of rednesses or inflammation with this pot of goodness. Filled with clean ingredients, this creamy concealer works great on any area of your face for a your-skin-but-better effect.
Don't be fooled by its wildly inexpensive price tag. I've watched this concealer work magic. Loved by every YouTuber and used in almost every video on the internet, this shade-inclusive concealer will literally bury your breakout. It's also great for contouring if you're into that snatched and sculpted look like I am.
Here's another concealer stick for you because you can never have too many. Of all the makeup I keep at my desk, this might be my favorite. Even when I'm dealing with a lot of pimples and not feeling my best, I strike my skin up with this and instantly feel like I have it all together. The power of makeup is a real thing.
Kat Von D does not play around when it comes to coverage. This can cover up tattoos, so imagine the magic it does to hide breakouts. It hugs right on top of your skin and won't let go. How lovely does that sound?
Professional makeup artists have leaned on MAC for decades to deliver high-quality coverage. The brand is known for its full-coverage products. This new concealer does not disappoint in the coverage category and keeps the look of every blemish at bay.
I don't think I've ever met a concealer as buttery as this one. This pot brings on the dew. The stretchy formula will seriously apply like a second skin, and a little goes a long way.
According to rave reviews, this is one of the best drugstore concealers on the market. Each tube has a concentrated amount of pigment that cloaks your acne marks with coverage. A drop or two does the job.
My ideal makeup look is natural and barely there. Everyone wants coverage that doesn't look like coverage, and that's exactly what this weightless formula does. It never creases and blends phenomenally.
Next: Here's exactly how a pro makeup artist hides breakouts on his star-studded lineup of clients. Read the full routine here.