Wouldn’t it be great to have a makeup artist on-call to help cover those dark circles, blemishes or spots you can’t seem to conceal, no matter how hard (or long) you try? While we can’t provide you with a fairy godmother of an artist to save you from your troubles—if we could, we so would have by now—we can let you in on which concealers they say cover everything (and we mean everything). Here, eight to try that do all the work for you.
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Dubbed as “the heavy-lifter” by Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad director of artistry, this concealer ranks high for both texture and coverage. “This luscious concealer—it’s full coverage with a rich texture—provides the ultimate opacity and can even fight off and absorb oil,” she explains, adding that the heavily pigmented formula is known for its ability to problem solve. *Adds to cart.*
“This concealer balances everything you could want,” Bartlett says of the concealer that almost every makeup artist swears by. “Coverage that melts into the skin with ease and the ultimate staying power.” Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen agrees, adding that the medium-to-full coverage is buildable and its fluid texture blends easily for a second-skin finish. “It’s wonderful for both under the eyes and spot coverage and comes in an incredible true-to-skin shade range.” Plus, as celebrity makeup artist and Moda Brush expert Dominique Lerma points out, the sponge-tip applicator is ideal for on-the-go application.
“I’ve never seen another formula like it,” celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin explains of the ultra-concentrated concealer. “An amount the size of a pencil eraser can cover your entire face, but you can also cover a blemish or a tattoo with the same product.” If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, look no further.
The Concealer by La Mer ($75)
“This is my favorite concealer for maximum coverage without all the caking,” says celebrity makeup artist Mary Philips. Aside from its creamy texture, the formula is infused with the brand’s Miracle Broth for a dose of anti-aging power in your makeup (which is always welcome under the eyes). “My favorite way to apply it is to layer, blend and then repeat the process a few times. This keeps it looking smooth and fresh.”
This two-in-one color-correcting product is one Lerma says she uses both on her clients and on herself often. “I use a Moda Concealer Brush and correct the under-eye area with the color-correcting pot, then use the second portion of the product to brighten and conceal,” she explains, adding that applying concealer on top of your go-to foundation, tinted moisturizer or CC cream is a surefire way to add even more coverage while saving time and product.
“This concealer comes in a stick form, provides light-to-full coverage, and has a silky, creamy texture,” VanLeeuwen explains of this cult-classic concealer known for its luminous finish. “I love using this concealer on the face and body because it dries down to a beautiful texture that doesn’t crease or look thick on the skin,” adds celebrity makeup artist Ashley Rebecca. “It’s perfect for redness, under-eye circles and more. I just used it on set to cover a bruise and it worked wonders.”
“This is a newcomer to the bunch,” VanLeeuwen says of the richly pigmented, pot-form concealer. “With its firm yet creamy texture and variable light to full coverage, it completely covers dark circles, redness and spots with ease, while leaving a smoothed and crease-free finish.” Even better, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants and caffeine are on the ingredient list, so you’re actually treating your under eyes while covering them up.
Rebecca says that when she’s covering dark, harsh things like tattoos, she uses an orange lip liner to trace over the ink and then follows with a strong concealer like this one from Dermablend—it’s seriously no joke—for a traceless finish. Plus, it’s proven to stay put for 16 hours so you don’t have to worry about smudging or fading.
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