The Best Concealers Offer Coverage That's Never Cakey

Cover under-eye circles and blemishes in a swipe.

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No beauty product works harder than concealer. Have an angry and annoying red pimple? A full-coverage formula can save the day. Stayed up way too late? Color-correcting concealers will hide dark circles in a swipe. Have fine lines that need to be blurred? The best concealers for mature skin have you covered. The best concealers ever do it all—and last all day.

At Marie Claire, we have tested hundreds of formulas to find the top-performing options on the market. Ahead, you’ll find the tried-and-true concealers our team of editors keeps well-stocked in our makeup bags, from drugstore concealers like the e.l.f. Camo Concealer to more luxurious finds like Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer. There's something for every concern and price point ahead.

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How to Choose the Best Formula

Of course, your definition of the “best” concealer will depend on your beauty needs. “Brands do a great job of really laying out what to expect from their formulas,” pro makeup artist Ehlie Luna tells Marie Claire. “What you should look for depends on your skin type, concerns, and the look you’re going for.”

For example, if your under-eyes are dry, Luna says to make sure your concealer is a hydrating formula. Go with a full-coverage concealer if hiding spots is your priority, while a matte finish would be ideal for oily skin. As a last tip, Luna says: “When concealing around the face, you may even want to opt for a cream concealer, while a liquid texture can work better under the eyes.”

How to Apply Concealer

Most concealers have a doe-foot applicator that can applied directly onto the face. For the under-eyes, apply a small dot on the inner corner of your eye and a diagonal swipe from the outer corner of your eye toward your temple. Blend with a brush for a fuller coverage finish or a makeup sponge for a softer finish, explains Williamson.

If you're trying to cover a blemish, layering is key. Apply a small dot underneath the foundation and let it set before adding coverage. If redness is still peaking through once the foundation is applied, feel free to blend a bit more product on top.

How to Choose the Best Shade

Typically, you want to brighten the under-eye area, opting for a color that one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. That in mind, makeup artist Michele Shakeshaft recommends switching to a more natural shade for face application. "The under-eye area is deeper because of our bone structure, so we are looking to bring that area forward, brighten, and lessen the look of depth," she says. "On the face, we want to neutralize the dark areas, but have them blend seamlessly into the rest of the face."

Meet the Makeup Experts

Ehlie Luna
Ehlie Luna

Ehlie Luna is a pro makeup artist whose experience goes from key makeup artist for the New York City Ballet to freelance commercial work in 2020 allowing her to move deeper into content creation. Her work has been featured in music videos and has graced the red carpet and catwalks of New York Fashion Week. She’s also worked with brands such as Daily Paper, Mac Cosmetics, Pattern Beauty, Beautyblender, r.e.m. beauty, UOMA Beauty, Macy’s, and more.

Jonet Williamson
Jonet Williamson

Jonet Williamson is a New York-based Pro Makeup Artist and Content Creator specializing in relatable beauty from a pro perspective. Her work has been featured in commercial campaigns for Dolce & Gabanna, Levis, L'Oreal, Shea Moisture, and more. If you follow her online you can expect to see lots of fresh skin, a vibrant use of color, striking graphic liner shapes, and soft glam looks fit for a red carpet.

Kenyata Starr Gant, pro makeup artist and founder of pink lipps cosmetics
Kenyata Gant

Kenyata is a Kansas City-based makeup artist and entrepreneur. In 2011 from her kitchen, Kenyata created her own makeup line. In 2014, Kenyata became a self-taught MUA where she sold her lip products to all of her clients. In 2016, she opened The Pink Lipps Cosmetics Store where her high-quality products are sold, and where she services her clients alongside her team of five. As a pro makeup artist with nine years of experience, Kenyata specializes in soft glam and bridal makeup.

headshot of mali thomas pro makeup artist with bobbi brown
Mali Thomas

Leading the #DewyBrownGirls makeup movement, Mali Thomas, A.K.A. King Mali Magic, is known for her ability to create a luminous glow on any skin type. With over 10 years of artistry experience, Mali has worked with some of the most notable names in the industry.

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she specializes in crafting shopping stories—from sales content to buying guides that span every vertical on the site. She also oversees holiday coverage with an emphasis on gifting guides as well as Power Pick, our monthly column on the items that power the lives of MC’s editors. She also tackled shopping content as Marie Claire's Editorial Fellow prior to her role as Associate Commerce Editor.

She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.

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