Having a good concealer can make the difference between amazing self-confidence and hiding away in the shadows. Achieving flawless skin using concealers is not difficult, but there are a few basic guidelines you need to know before you go out and purchase one.
Should you buy a cream, powder or liquid concealer?
This all depends on your skin and what you want to achieve. If you only require a little amount of concealer to hide a small area of your face then a liquid one will give you light coverage that will blend in nicely.
For larger areas of redness and irritation, a cream concealer is more useful as it covers these larger expanses and gives a fuller coverage.
For those who just need to touch up or remove shine from their skin, a mineral or powder concealer is the best way to go and you can use a tiny amount to dab on the affected areas.
So, for really problem skin go for a cream and for a light touch-up a liquid is best.
Now you know what kind of concealer you should be aiming for, here are our recommendations for the best concealers:
The perfect concealer to pop into your handbag for quick retouches during the day. It is a multi-tasking concealer that you can use for large or small coverage and it instantly brightens skin, making it look more vibrant and illuminated.
This is a highly concentrated cream that hides imperfections and provides a lovely natural finish that does not look caked on. A lightweight cream that provides great coverage if you don’t want something too heavy on your skin. Comes in an amazing 23 shades.
If you need long-lasting coverage then this product from Benefit might fit the bill. With even more staying power, industrial strength boi-ing is the revamped version of boi-ing, and can cover anything from dark circles, spots, uneven skin tone, redness and scars. Gives a lovely matte cream finish and available in three different shades.
A liquid concealer here that comes in four different shades and helps to reduce anything from fine lines and wrinkles to dark circles under the eyes. Instantly brightens up skin tone and reduces redness and scars.
For excellent coverage that will stay on after exercising, a whole work day, or even swimming, this concealer is the daddy of them all. It also covers the most extreme skin flaws such as severe skin damage, tattoos, scars and birth marks. A creamy formula that comes in seven different shades.
Another make-up artists favourite here by Nars. This is a creamy concealer that you can layer to even out skin tone and cover fine lines and signs of ageing with a hydrating finish. Comes in 17 different shades.
One stick, three different uses, you can use it as a touch-up for your make-up to help conceal dark circles around the eyes, it helps to reduce blemishes on the skin and it is also a primer for your lips. The centre features a powder for the touch-ups and around this is a concealing shade to correct colour skin imperfections. Available in three shades – light, medium and dark.
Available in seven different shades, so you are sure to find a perfect match, this is a creamy formula that uses copper to help disguise skin imperfections. It brightens skin and can help to reduce dark spots and imperfections to provide a radiant and more even-toned complexion. ,
For delicate touch-ups that requires a lightweight finish this concealer pen is all you need. It contains healing colour that blends beautifully into your skin and covers a range of imperfections such as large pores, lines and wrinkles, dark spots and circles. Using a colour correcting formula that is enriched with a hydrating complex of black tea, this not only covers up but is good for your skin too. Available in ten different shades.
There’s a reason why this is a favourite of make-up artists around the world, it delivers flawless coverage and has won major beauty awards. It is a creamy formula in a stick and absorbs into the skin whilst camouflaging imperfections. It features Japanese Powder Technology to brighten skin and bio-hyaluronic acid to even out the complexion. Available in six different shades.