Unless you’re blessed with extraordinarily good skin straight out of a Photoshop filter, concealer is probably in your makeup routine. Like most base products, concealers are a challenge to get right. But once you’ve found a holy grail concealer that works for you, you’ve got a trusty sidekick that’ll always help you put your best face forward.
While foundation is your first line of defence, concealer covers all bases. They’re also an every day, no-makeup makeup look staple, and don’t run the risk of clogging your pores as much as a heavy duty foundation. Investing in a right one is key, so we’ve scoured the market for five of the best concealers, each at the top of their game when it comes to counteracting a specific issue.
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For mature skin prone to fine lines
The extremely thick formula of this well-loved concealer may be intimidating to some, but trust when we say it’ll hide your darkest secrets. Formulated with anti-ageing ingredients, the Bye Bye Under Eye aims to diffuses fine lines while brightening dull under-eyes. You’ll get a slight-blurring effect, with a hint of sheen, so this is not one for those looking to get a pure matte concealer. The only downside is a limited shade range with mostly cool or peachy undertones.
For dry skin
Those with dry skin, particularly drier under-eyes will find it a true struggle to find a concealer that doesn’t cling, and this is the best by far. It’s formulated with vitamins to nourish the skin, keeping it radiant all day (read: no cakey under eyes). The creamy texture fills in fine lines without emphasisng them, which is a must-have for dry complexions. It’s medium coverage, though very buildable, and can be used for highlighting as well, making this an all-round winner if you fall under this skin type.
For crease-prone under-eyes
Those who can’t stand heavier concealers can opt for the ultra-lightweight Naked Skin concealer. This has made waves amongst beauty influencers this year, praised for how it doesn’t crease on the under-eyes, as well as its flattering, demi-matte finish. Their shade range also caters to neutral undertones, a unique inclusion given most ranges tend to lean warm or cool only.
For oily skin
Kat Von D’s complexion products are known for being like beautifying shellac, and pretty budge-proof. Those with oilier skin will appreciate the long-wearing capabilities of this concealer, though it requires some setting to be fully locked in. With 20 shades available, you’ll be pretty hard-pressed to not find a perfect match.
For highlighting and glowier skin
This Laura Mercier stick is not one to conceal blemishes per se, but imparts a bright, dewy glow that’s a fantastic addition to your current concealer routine. Place it at all the highest points of your face, blend, and achieve a soft, radiant finish that’ll get you looking more youthful.