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If you’re anything like us, concealer is probably one of the first things you touch-up when it’s time for a mid-day makeup fix. Despite how flawless it may have looked in the morning, seamlessly covering all that you wanted covered, inevitably some of it has smeared, creased, or somehow disappeared a few hours later. But re-application isn’t the only solution.
Enter waterproof concealers. With their long-wear, stay-put formulas they truly are the ultimate solution when you want consistent, constant complexion camouflage (say that three times fast). And if the idea of waterproof concealer, or any type of complexion makeup for that matter, makes you think of heavy, pore-clogging textures that are best reserved for stage actors only, think again. The latest iterations are more skin-like and breathable than ever, many touting other benefits besides their intended purpose.
Case in point: These top-notch waterproof concealers.
Best Overall: Urban Decay Urban Decay All Nighter Full Coverage Concealer
A spin-off of the brand’s best-selling All Nighter foundation, this works just as well to cover pimples as it does spots as it does even tattoos. Highly-pigmented, a little bit goes a long way, offering coverage that lasts up to 24 hours. And while it’s a great pick for all skin types, we especially like it for slick skin since it has the added benefit of absorbing excess oil. Not to mention that it comes in a nice array of 14 shades, an impressive amount for a concealer.
Best Budget: Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer
At this price, this newbie is a choice wallet-friendly option. True to its name, it is a great pick for under your eyes, thanks to the creamy consistency and flat paddle applicator, but it doesn’t stop there. This works equally well (and lasts just as long) dabbed on all over your complexion.
Best for Body: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Completely oil-free, this packs a super high concentration of pigments that make it perfect for covering imperfections on your face or your body. (Because let’s be real, sometimes there’s just no time for self-tanner to hide that weird bruise or scar on your leg.) Solidifying our point, happy reviewers comment repeatedly on how well it works on both face and body.
Best for Breakouts: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
When trying to conceal a pesky pimple, you certainly don’t want to deal with touch-ups. We love this stick not only for its superstar staying power but also because the formula is infused with several ingredients that make it a good pick for problematic skin, think Amazonian clay and vitamins A and E. You can also dab the creamy twist-up on with your fingers, no brush required.
Best for Dark Spots: Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer
Packing plenty of pigments, it takes just a few drops of this to hide unwanted marks and spots, so you never have to worry about extra layers of coverage cracking or caking. Because it’s ultra-hydrating, it looks completely skin-like, too, and the doe-foot applicator makes it easy for precise dabbing and spot coverage.
Best for Dark Circles: Lancôme Effarcernes Waterproof Under-Eye Concealer
This checks all our boxes for a good under eye concealer. Creamy texture that won’t settle into lines? Check. Shades with varying undertones to knock out discoloration? Check. Long-wear, waterproof formula that never needs to be touched up? Double-check.
Best Long-Wear: BareMinerals BarePRO 16-Hr Full Coverage Concealer
We’re all about makeup that does more, like this guy. The formula is packed with protective antioxidants (we’ll take more of those any way we can get ‘em), think raspberry and black currant seed oils. Bamboo stem extract smooths the look of pores and lines, too.
Best Shade Range: Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer
As a general rule of thumb, concealers come in much more limited shade ranges than foundations. That’s why we give this one high praise for offering a wide variety of 22 colors, all with varying tones to fit pretty much any and every complexion. And despite the fact that it feels light and comfortable on the skin, it has major staying power.
Best Anti-Aging Formula: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer
As if the beloved OG Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer couldn’t get any better, this second iteration touts a new type of technology that instantly blurs away the look of imperfections and makes skin look more radiant. In other words, it makes your complexion appear more youthful, instantly. But the turn-back-the-clock benefits don’t stop there; collagen and antioxidants also work overtime.
Best Luxe Option: Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer
We know, it’s expensive for sure, but consider the fact that it pulls double duty as both your foundation and concealer and we think the price is totally justified. Particularly given the fantastic formula, which is full-coverage and waterproof, but still feels comfortable and has a natural, skin-like, radiant finish.
Best Drugstore: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer
Affordable, available at the drugstore, with 25 shades in waterproof, transfer-resistant formula…what more could you ask for in a concealer? We suggest picking up a few different shades of this standout since it works equally well as a contour color, highlighter, and, of course, concealer.