These Concealers Will Make Your Skin Look Flawless
Fact: concealers are the best supporting act to the rest of your makeup. Think about it, along with your foundation, they quietly and consistently perfect your complexion neutralising redness, covering dark circles, hyperpigmentation, spots left behind from annoying pimples and more. They create the flawless canvas against which your eyeshadows can take centre stage making them the unsung heroes of your makeup pouch and vanity table.
Here, we pay tribute to the 16 best behind-the-scenes heroes that you can count on for complexion perfection no matter what your budget.
Text: Joyce Cheo
Additional text: Zoe Zeng, Smita DeSouza
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Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, $39
You can have your cake and eat it to, because this concealer will not go cakey on you. You only need a little bit of this full-coverage concealer to hide any evidence of late nights or blemishes from stress or an unhealthy diet. It goes on smoothly, and blends easily with a sponge for a natural finish. You can even use the shades to contour and highlight your face.
HERA Black Concealer Spread Cover, $48
HERA recently launched this concealer as a supporting act to their Black Cushion (which is amazing if you have oily skin, btw) and Black Foundation to help conceal any dark circles, redness, blemishes or spots. It’s packed with skin nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, damask rose extract and alpine berry extract that keep the skin comfortable through the day. It also had Magnet-Fit Cover Technology that you will find in all HERA Black Products. This helps lower the surface temperature to keep skin cool as well as offer a natural matte finish. There’s also the option of the HERA Black Concealer Dot Cover which is ideal if you only need to conceal small spots.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $42
This concealer is packed with skin-loving ingredients like peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen and antioxidants to soften the look of fine lines and keep the skin around your eyes supple. It is also humidity- and waterproof, so you can cover dark circles, broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation and any other discolouration no matter where you go. Available in 24 shades, you’re sure to find one that works for you.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer, $46
Thanks to innovative technologies, this concealer syncs with the skin to withstand everything from sweat and humidity, to your own facial movements. This means little or no creasing and cracking. It also has premium ingredients that give an intense shot of moisture to the skin around the eyes as well as protects it from daily pollution. Plus, the wand delivers just the right amount of product you need to hide dark circles. It can be used under the eyes as well as on the eyelids as a base for your eyeshadows.
CLIO Kill Cover Airy Fit Concealer, $19.90
With a buildable coverage, blendable texture and a soft-focused finish, this concealer is suitable for hiding under eye shadows or masking dark spots. We love its tiny applicator top for super precise application.
Maybelline FitMe Concealer, $15.90
For those who prefer a natural coverage, try dabbing this onto areas of concern. With a sheer texture and oil-free formula, it works for everything from under eye circles, discolouration around the nose, dark spots and even blemishes.
NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Concealer Wand, $12
Formulated with HD technology, this lightweight concealer ensures that dark circles and any other skin flaws are erased without looking cakey even in our climate.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer, $38
As usual, anything that receives Rihanna’s stamp of approval is here to slay. Crease-proof and sweat-resistant, this concealer will be the last thing on your mind once you dab it on. Yes, it stays put and makes your skin look flawless no matter what you put it through.
MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer, $36
A pro makeup artist’s staple, this was made to endure every scenario imaginable. From outdoor shoots to harsh studio lights, this heavy-duty concealer not only perfects the look of your skin, it sets into a natural soft matte finish so you’re always ready for the camera. Did we mention the round-the-clock hold?
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, $40
Want something that is easy to apply, has high coverage and yet gives a no makeup look? Enriched with peptides, green tea and fruit extract, it conceals while infusing skin with skin-conditioning nutrients so your complexion looks plump and dewy, never dry or cakey.
Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Concealer Crème, $40
Just like its name suggests, this concealer isn’t going anywhere once it sets. From under eye circles, dark spots, blemishes or discolourations, it glides over the skin seamlessly, unifying its appearance so you always look flawless.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $42
If you’re worried that any concealer will look dry and flaky on your dry skin, this is your best bet. Infused with mango seed and shea butters to nourish your skin, it also has a luxuriously creamy texture that blends beautifully into your skin. Buildable to a full coverage, it also clings onto your skin and moves with it so there’s no flaking or creasing whatsoever.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $46
We’re calling this our idea of magic-in-a-wand. With a sponge tip applicator that makes dabbing on concealer a breeze, it also has an airy and lightweight formula that is easy to blend. Whether you’re just looking for some medium coverage for uneven skin tone or full-on concealer power for that pesky zit, you can easily layer on this product without it looking thick or cakey. Plus, it also contains botanical extracts to hydrate the skin and optical diffusing pigments to give your complexion an airbrushed effect.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, $50
Trust us when we say a tiny bit of this goes a long way. Packed with luminous pigments, it diminishes the appearance of dark circles, redness, blemishes and dark spots to give skin a radiant finish. Plus, it also has the exclusive 4K Complex which ensures that it remains, natural-looking and virtually imperceptible even at close-ups.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $56
Perfect for on-the-go application, it comes in a twist format and has a buttery texture for effortless blending. Even though it’s saturated with pigments, the formula melds into your skin for an undetectable finish, hiding everything from zits, scars, dark circles, pigmentation and redness.
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Concealer (SPF 25PA+++), $105
If the sky is the limit, you won’t regret investing in this concealer. Loved by legions of fans and makeup artists, this splurge-worthy concealer has an ultra-smooth texture that ensures even, full-coverage in just one swipe. Suitable for covering any imperfections, it keeps skin hydrated and smooth so it always looks plump and perfect.