Concealer: It can be quite handy for those days when the sudden conspicuous blemish comes to visit, and for those times when you stayed up just a little too late (see also: me every night). Unless you're blessed with naturally flawless skin (cue envious glances), chances are, you could use some concealer action in your life. Finding a good one for your specific needs can be tricky, so in this post I've compiled my favorite picks for getting the job done, and done right. Keep reading to find out what I consider the tried, tested, and true masters of camouflage.
DISCLAIMER: Do you need every concealer I'm about to mention? Of course not. I just have a tendency to go overboard and I'll be the first to admit it's excessive. In no way am I saying you need this many concealers in your own personal stash. These are just my suggestions for achieving the best fixes for some common beauty concerns. Unintentional ramble aside, now on with the post! Ready to talk concealer?
To cancel out dark circles: Bobbi Brown's Corrector is my go-to for days where I appear more zombie-esque than usual. The peachy-salmon tones help to cancel out pesky dark circles & undereye discoloration. Pat it on, blend, top it with an undereye concealer if necessary (more on that later), set it and go. Wah-lah! Having super fair skin, my circles are often present and very prominent. This little black pot of peachy goodness works wonders for me so I always keep it handy in my makeup bag.
My shade: Light Bisque Price: $23 Where To Find: Sephora
An anti-aging (and inexpensive) option for the undereyes: CoverGirl & Olay's Simply Ageless Concealer is one of my favorite recent drugstore finds. It's creamy, easy to blend, and conceals mild dark circles quite well. It's an easy on the go option, and the lasting power is pretty great for the price. The idea behind this multitasking product is pretty straightforward: the white swirl is the anti-aging cream and the flesh-toned swirl contains the actual pigment. I haven't used this product long enough to see any noticeable change in terms of anti-aging, but to be honest that's not really something I look for in a concealer anyway. Still, it's nice to know the benefits are there. If you're looking for an inexpensive option to aid your eye area woes, this one's for you. I'm interested in trying the corrector from the same line next, though sadly I've heard rumors of it being discontinued despite its positive reviews.
My shade: 205 Price: $10-15/check sales Where To Find: Drugstores
For a crease-resistant boost of radiance around the eye area: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer does the trick. This new option from NARS has me swooning when it comes to the world of concealers. This one just ticks all the boxes for me. It gives a medium to full coverage finish, has a handy little doe-foot applicator, and best of all- it resists creasing on my super oily skin. With a silky smooth consistency that blends effortlessly into the skin, Radiant Creamy has quickly become one of my holy grail products. Love it.
My shade: Chantilly Price: $28 Where To Find: Sephora
For an all-in-one concealer/foundation hybrid with the fullest coverage: Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer is the answer. Oh where do I start with this product? Basically it's a little pot of magic. Seriously, this product is so extremely pigmented that just a dot can conceal all your trouble spots and a pea size amount is enough to cover your entire face. My favorite way to use this multitasker is as a foundation by mixing it with my Hourglass Veil Primer and buffing it in with my Beauty Blender for a lovely natural finish. Of course, the SSA doubles as an amazing concealer too. Just a dab masks any redness and blemishes I have. This isn't something I use around my eyes though, since the texture is a bit dry and thicker than I like for that area.
The Kevyn Aucoin SSA stands apart from other base products in its coverage and in its flexibility, it just takes a bit of patience. You can use this product several ways by mixing it or pairing it with products you probably already have. It may take a bit more time and effort to apply this one, but the result is truly flawless and well worth it in my opinion. For help in picking your shade, Karima at Shameless Fripperies provides a great little chart and video review (it helped me choose my shade when I ordered blindly online).
For a waterproof, stay-all-day option: look to the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. This is one of my most reached for products during the Summer months due to its waterproof conceal-abilities. I know I can rely on this product when I need something to last throughout the sweatiest of hot Summer days. It provides opaque, budge-proof coverage and for that reason I'll always have this one in my stash. Side note: MUFE has one of THE best shade selections available for a variety of skin tones. Few companies offer a perfect color match for my super fair skin- and MUFE does. My shade: Pink Porcelain 1
My shade: Pink Porcelain 1 Price: $32 Where To Find: Sephora
For a creamy "anywhere" concealer with medium to full coverage: the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer has you covered. I love this one for days where I want my routine to be quick and easy and the result to look effortless. Tarte's Maracuja formulation takes care of any redness I have from active blemishes and also conceals the dark spots they leave behind. Its creamy consistency allows for easy blending, making it suitable for use around the undereye area too. I should also mention that it works well on my occasional dry patches when most others just emphasize them. Tarte's all-natural option is a good pick if you want to keep it simple and conceal both the face and eye area with one product. My shade: Fair
For those who want to conceal everything: the Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Concealer is one to try. When I first tried this I absolutely fell in love. It had the perfect amount of coverage, blended well, and it was creamy enough to use on my entire face if I wanted to. Sounds perfect right? The only issue was a big one for me: it just doesn't match my skin tone. I have the lightest shade in Kat's offering and it's just slightly too dark with the wrong undertone, and noticeably so. I don't tan at all, so I've been trying to mix it with other concealers to lighten it but the coverage gets lost a bit. It's really unfortunate and I hope she brings out more shades soon! I just didn't want to leave this one out because it IS wonderful for the face and body- it can even cover freckles and scars. Definitely put this on your list of products to check out on your next Sephora trip. Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to find a shade match! My (incorrect) shade: Light 16
My Shade: Light 16 (though this too dark for me) Price: $25 Where To Find: Sephora
Phew! That was a lot right? I apologize if this was slightly overwhelming and/or had too many concealer options. I just hope you find it helpful in your search for the perfect concealer! Feel free to ask any questions and leave comments below! I'd love to know your favorite masters of disguise.