A CONCEALER is a must-have makeup product in every home and cosmetic bag, used to camouflage everything from under-eye dark circles to small blemishes.
Concealers can also cover any redness around the nose, mask large pores and cover up sun spots – but the key is to find a concealer in the right colour to suit your skin tone and type.
We’ve rounded up the best concealers for all different types of skin, from drugstore and designer brands.
The key when buying the best concealer to cover up a night of partying is to pick a concealer that’s a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone for the undereye area – this helps add depth to conceal dark circles.
When picking a blemish-correcting concealer, choose one that matches skin tone exactly for optimal coverage.
Some brands are better equipped than others when it comes to creating concealers in a range of hues to suit every complexion.
For example, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, available at Harvey Nichols, has recently launched the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer in an impressive range of 50 shades.
These work well with the brand’s foundations – just choose the same concealer number as your foundation number to conceal under the eyes (the concealers are automatically lighter than the foundation shades).
Or go up a shade or two to cover blemishes and hyper-pigmentation.
There are plenty of other makeup brands creating concealers that cater to every shade of skin – here are the best ones to know about.
Best concealer for any skin colour
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer, £19 at Harvey Nichols (#495 pictured) – buy here
Rihanna’s inclusive Fenty Beauty is once again changing the beauty industry.
She did it the first time when she launched her range of foundations in 40 different shades, back in 2017, with Pro Filt’r Concealer – which comes in an impressive 50 shades to suit all women, of all colours.
Think of it as “the cure for bags, dark circles, hangovers, and bad decisions,” in Rihanna’s words.
The creamy, creaseproof formula is ideal for that natural, “no makeup makeup” look.
Best budget concealer for any skin colour
- MUA Pro / Base Full Coverage Concealer, £2.50 at Superdrug (#100 pictured) – buy here
MUA Makeup Academy is a vegan budget makeup brand with a brilliant range of creamy, lightweight concealers to neutralise dark circles or cover any redness.
The collection of ProBase concealers includes 24 different shades to suit most skin tones.
MUA is especially good at coverage for the paler end of the skin spectrum.
Best colour-correcting concealer for yellow or red undertones
- Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Colour Correcting Fluid, £20 at Urban Decay – buy here
Urban Decay’s vegan colour-correcting concealers target specific skin issues, like red patches.
Lavender (pictured) neutralises yellow undertones, while green is useful for covering up any redness or blemishes.
Peach and pink are favourites for masking dark under-eye circles.
Best for super fair skin
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer£18.50 at MAC – buy here
You only need a pea-sized amount for this fluid-based concealer to work its magic on dark circles and blemishes.
While there is a range of 16 shades to choose from, NC15 – the palest one – is the top-seller and go-to choice for the fair-skinned among us.
Best concealer for darker skin tones
- Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer, £23.20 at John Lewis – buy here
Fans absolutely rave about this product, calling it a “miracle concealer” and saying it’s “like magic.” It comes in a range of 10 shades, from extra light to extra deep. A multi-tasking dual product, Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer works to correct and cover any blemishes and uneven skin tones, and also improves skin texture over time.
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