The 10 Best Concealers That Cover Everything, According to Dermatologists

Concealer is one of those items that we usually turn to a makeup artist instead of a doctor for recommendations. But, once we posed the question to a group of leading dermatologists, we realized that we've been missing out on some seriously good insights. Below, our favorite skin experts reveal the top notch cover-ups that they swear completely hide discoloration, redness, post-procedure bruises and can even fake the look of fillers.  

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Best Concealers for General Use

NARS makes a great full coverage concealer ($30) with many shade options. I like it for daily use but it also blends beautifully and has great coverage post-procedure.” – New York dermatologist Hilary Lucachick Reich, MD

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof ($31) is great for fine lines and wrinkles, does not sit in lines, provides great coverage and is waterproof so it will not sweat off.” – East Greenwich, RI, dermatologist Paula Moskowitz, MD

“I’ve tried everything, and the best is the Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette ($55). It has 5 different concealer colors and on the back of the palette helps you know which one of for what “blemish” you are trying to cover. It has tones for bruises in all stages, for red pimples, and under eye circles all in one package. It’s not cakey or dry. My patients (and I) love it!” – Bay Harbor Islands, FL, dermatologist Melissa Chesler Lazarus, MD


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Best for Post-Procedure and Covering Bruises

“For patient bruises, the ISDIN Skin Drops ($52) are awesome and lightweight.” – Perrysburg, OH, dermatologist Sarah Tallman Stierman, MD

“The best product to use post-procedure to cover bruises is ISDIN Skin Drops. It’s so full-coverage that it will even completely cover a tattoo. It’s amazing stuff but offers limited color selection.” – Dr. Moskowitz

“The Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer Stick ($26) is water proof and heavy duty for post procedure bruising.” – New York dermatologist Shari Marchbein, MD

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Best for Covering Undereye Darkness

“I recommend Clé de Peau concealer ($70) for undereye darkness as well as red marks and bruising. It’s thick enough for great coverage but is easy and smooth to apply. I discovered this concealer as nothing else worked to cover my dark circles (until I finally got some filler and don’t need to use it anymore).” – Wellesley, MA, dermatologist Carin Litani, MD

Clé de Peau is a magical concealer. This little stick can cover a multitude of sins—from bruises to a big night out. Use a few dabs under the eyes and you’ve instantly removed the dark circles, brightened your eyes, and lifted your whole face. Just a few touches will suffice, then blend with fingertips. The tube lasts forever and can be a miracle worker.” – Bridgeton, MO, dermatologist Mary Noel George, MD

Tarte Shape Tape ($27) is wonderful for under/around the eye concealer. It also works beautifully for post procedure bruising. There are many color options so going to a retailer to determine the best color for each person is necessary.” – Tulsa, OK, dermatologist Kristen Weidner Rice, MD

“I adore Colorescience Total Eye concealer and sunscreen ($69) for everyday correction and protection in one sleek swipe. I use it daily for concealing under eye circles.” – Covington, LA, dermatologist Christel Malinski, MD

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Best for All-Over Full Coverage

“My go-to is Amazing Cosmetics concealer ($28). It’s very concentrated and covers everything really well!” – Philadelphia, PA, dermatologist Margo Weishar O’Moore, MD

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($29) blends effortless and you can use your fingers or a sponge if you don't have time for a brush!” – Frisco, TX, dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD


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  • Jennifer Miller
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    Darn! I don’t really see anyone make a comment/recommendation for the best options for the aging eye. The 50 year old eye that is dealing with some dark circles dryness and the pesky fine lines :( that’s what we really need to know

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