Concealers need to be one of the most reliable things in our make-up bags. They're our secret beauty weapons for covering up those pesky signs of tiredness and troublesome skin, enabling us to create a flawless look (even when we feel far from it).
There’s two things you need from your concealer; the ability to cover darkness around the eyes and to camouflage bad skin. Often the best concealer for dark cirles and the best concealer for spots are not the same thing so having more than one in your make-up bag is a good idea. As the one product we will consistently use, day in and day out, we only want the best. That’s why we’ve tried and tested the best around to find the top 10.
First thing’s first; if you're trying to hide a heavy night, eye bags or dark circles with an under eye concealer, a light, reflective formula is what you’re looking for. One shade lighter than your skin is a good bet to create a wide-awake look without reverse panda eyes.
If it’s a bothersome blemish or scarring you want to hide, look for a more highly-pigmented formula. Match the shade to your skin and apply it sparingly, and layer as required, as there’s nothing worse than visible make-up when you’re attempting to conceal.
Whichever the end result, you want a formula that stays put all day long and doesn’t enhance any fine lines or skin texture.
Nowadays there’s so many different types of applicators that you can choose the perfect one for your lifestyle, whether you favour on-the-go touch-ups or a morning preening routine.
The InStyle beauty team have tested what the cover-up world has to offer and come up with the 10 best concealers, their fail-safe favourites for every budget - from MAC to Maybelline.
With different textures and applicators - including handy concealer palettes - from powders to super soft creams, there's one to suit everyone so you can feel confident and have skin that wouldn't look out of place on the red carpet...
Covering dark circles and puffiness with concealer is all well and good, but wouldn’t it be great if you could ditch them in the first place? Head over to our sister site Powder to get your own bespoke eye cream recommendation.