While we're all for splurge-worthy products, sometimes a girl needs a bargain. Are we right? Drugstore brand products can often be just as effective as their prestigious counterparts, especially in the concealer department. As the holidays near and our social calendars fill up with parties (and more parties) all we can think about is the inevitable puffy, dark circles that follow. That, and all the gifts we still need to purchase.
So, to give your wallet a much-needed rest and brighten, lighten, and soothe your under-eyes, we chatted with a few pro makeup artists about their favorite products—under one condition: It had to be available at the drugstore. They happily obliged and explained each offering they loved and why it rocks. Surprisingly, they all came from one single brand: Maybelline. No wonder Gigi Hadid swears by it. Keep reading for your new go-to concealers.
"The more affordable version of the famous YSL Touche Éclat, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($6) provides great coverage with a beautiful glowing effect." — Min Min Ma, Honey Artists makeup artist
"There this really great mousse from Maybelline—Dream Mousse Concealer ($7). It has a creamy cushiony feel when applied, and it blends easily with the heat of your fingers on your skin. The beauty of it is that it dries matte, so it lasts really long, and works so well with oily skin. If your skin is drier, add a drop of neroli oil to your hands, and press it into the mousse." — Aidan Keogh, Honey Artists makeup artist
"I really like the coverage and consistency of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment ($7). The formula is really smooth—not cakey—and very easy to blend, which is most important when applying concealer. The sponge tip applicator is great for the initial application, since it mimics a finger tip, (that's the best way to pat on your concealer). Infused with anti-aging properties, this concealer also helps reduce under-eye dark circles over time, which is a great added bonus." — Robert Greene, Honey Artists makeup artist
"The Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal ($8) is always great with fingers as you need a very small amount, and tapping and blending with your fingers allows for creating opaqueness and coverage as you need it." — Grace Lee, Maybelline New York global makeup artist
"Nyx Incredible Waterproof Concealer ($9) is great if you want to conceal any discoloration, especially under the eyes. What I like about it is that it blends beautifully onto the skin, and it lasts throughout the day. The coverage is wonderful, and I start by using a small amount and building from there if necessary. What's nice is that it comes in a lot of different shades, and there's a color for just about anyone." — Kira Nasrat, celebrity makeup artist
"The shade range this concealer provides means you can always find the perfect match!" — Kelli J. Bartlett, director of makeup artistry at Glamsquad
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