The Best Concealers For Hiding Everything
Got spots? Dark circles? Acne scars? We’ve got the concealers that will hide it all.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
Best for: Heavy-duty concealing
Formula: This is a seriously high-coverage concealer, so if you’re looking for something that will cover anything and everything, this is it. It’s waterproof and lasts all day without creasing or fading – just be sure to hydrate skin well before use.
Lasting power: Forever (not scientifically tested, but probably).
Packaging: The pot may look tiny, but this concealer is so pigmented, it’ll last forever. All you need is a brush.
Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Concealer
Best for: Sheer coverage all over
Formula: Thanks to its water-based formula, this has a silky, serum-like texture which blends out easily and can be layered under foundation without creasing. It also makes a great base on its own if you just want a subtle and sheer alternative to foundation – it will cancel out any obvious pigmentation or blemishes.
Lasting power: Most of the day – it lasted about 9 hours.
Packaging: The plastic tube and doe-foot applicator makes this really easy to apply on-the-go and without the need for extra brushes.
Best for: Colour correction
Formula: Available in six shades, each with a specific purpose. The creamy formula blends easily to cancel out discolouration from blemishes, dark spots, and dullness. You’ll need to apply a regular shade of concealer or foundation over it, but you’ll completely forget why you even needed to apply it.
Lasting power: 10 hours – so it will see you from work to post-work drinks without top-ups.
Packaging: The twist-up applicator is small so it’s easy to apply to fiddly areas – just dot on and blend out.
MILANI Conceal & Perfect Longwear Concealer
Best for: Blemishes and scars
Formula: This highly-pigmented concealer covers pretty much everything – from dark circles to spots. It’s buildable, waterproof, smudgeproof, and intensely pigmented – so a little goes a long way. The texture is a little dry, but it’s nothing that some good blending skills won’t fix.
Lasting power: All day. Literally until you wash it off.
Packaging: It’s in a standard plastic tube with a doe foot applicator but is best applied with a small detailer brush for precision application.
Best for: A natural finish
Formula: This has a balmy texture which melts into skin, giving a fresh, ‘my skin but better’ finish. It takes some layering to reach full coverage, but the formula is light enough that you can build layer upon layer without it looking heavy or creasing.
Lasting power: 5-6 hours. It’s an oil based formula so it’s a little dewier than normal and will need setting with loose powder to keep it in place for longer.
Packaging: The pot isn’t as convenient as a tube or wand but it does mean you can warm the formula up with your fingertips before application, making it easier to blend.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer
Best for: Dark circles
Formula: Because it’s a brightening formula, this works best for the under-eye area as opposed to blemishes. If you apply it over breakouts the light-reflecting particles will draw attention to the swelling and redness, whereas if you apply it to dark circles area they’ll help to cancel out the discolouration.
Lasting power: 8 hours – pretty impressive for such a creamy formula.
Packaging: The click-up pen easily dispenses product. Apply with the built-in sponge applicator then blend with a fingertip or beautyblender.
Milk Makeup Flex Concealer
Best for: Doing double duty
Packaging: The squeezy tube means you can make the most of every last drop, and you can scoop it onto the back of your hand to apply with a brush of your choice or mix with other products.