The Very Best Concealers, Tried And Tested By Team Grazia

From covering dark circles to concealing blemishes, these concealers work small wonders.


by Emma Stoddart |
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Where would we be without concealer? It can hide all manner of sins - from a late night of cocktail-fuelled fun to a bad night’s sleep and an unwelcome break-out. For the majority of us, finding the best concealer is that one ‘desert island’ beauty product that we cannot forgo. And while foundation does a good job at providing an all-over even base, it’s a concealer that really goes above and beyond to perfect, smooth and cover any blemishes or imperfections (after you're done with your favourite pimple patch).

Sir John, Beyoncé’s make-up artist, recommends investing in two concealers in two different shades. ‘You need one concealer to brighten (lighter shade) and one for spot concealing (true to skin shade) – and don’t slather it on, just dot apply it. If you use too much product it will crease.’

When it comes to application, Sir John loves to use a brush, ‘I use Mac’s 224 blending brush to buff the concealer in as a stiff, dense brush won't give you that soft, seamless blend.’ Top tip? ‘Hold your brush as far away from the tip as possible to give you more control and make application easier.’ Finish by patting the concealer in with your ring finger, ‘this is the weakest finger so doesn’t pick up as much product,’ he says.

Whether you want to cover up under-eye circles, conceal blemishes or add a little more coverage, these are the very best concealers tried and tested by Team Grazia.

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The Very Best Concealers

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £241 of 13

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

'I have so much love for this it's verging on ridiculous. In fact, if I could only use 5 make-up products forever more this would be one of them. Ample coverage, melts seamlessly into skin, stays PUT – it ticks all boxes. Use with your fingers, a sponge, or – my personal favourite – a synthetic Real Techniques brush and buff into skin.' - Joely Walker, Beauty Director

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, £212 of 13

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

'Ok, so it's not technically a concealer, but by god this stuff is good! Dab and blend the pink, almost tacky cream under the eyes and dark circles will look 10 times better in seconds. Heroic' - Joely Walker, Beauty Director

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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

'Before using this, I'd been happy with any hum drum product, as long as the shade match was right but this one, new to the UK this year is a serious game changer. It's blend-able enough to use under my eye without dragging my skin, pigmented enough to cover the darkest of circles, and slip-proof enough to keep blemishes covered all day long. I was lucky enough to be gifted my first stick of this, but post-Christmas crunch I'll be hard pushed not to splurge.' - Annie Vischer, Beauty Editor

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Huda Beauty GloWish Bright Light Sheer Concealer

'Perfect for those no-make-up-make-up days, this concealer won't cake, crease or drag you down. It immediately illuminates my undereye area and is basically like a second skin. Dreamy!' - Jade Moscrop, Commercial Content Editor

Armani Beauty Power Fabric Concealer, £325 of 13
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Armani Beauty Power Fabric Concealer

'For those good skin days where you want a little pick-me-up, skip foundation and go straight to this super-thin, liquid concealer. Impressively long-lasting considering the light consistency, swipe on and blend in with fingertips for a healthy, glow-y complexion' – Emma Stoddart, Beauty Writer

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e.l.f. 16hr Camo Concealer

E.L.F is a bit of an unsung hero in the UK, but this concealer is a gateway into their full range. It's heavy-duty, heavy coverage so a little goes a long way, but the great shade range manages to blend really well without being cakey.

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Glow Hub Under Cover_ High Coverage Zit Zap Concealer Wand

Say hello to Glow Hub's new zit-zapper in 26 different shades. Infused with salicylic acid and tea tree oil, use the unique head to squeeze onto blemishes and watch them fade away.

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Liquid Concealer, £19.508 of 13

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Liquid Concealer

If you're a fan of MAC's Studio Fix foundation, then you'll love the concealer. Like it says on the tube, it's 24-hour wear - staying put for hours and hours and gives full coverage without looking caked on**.**

UOMA Beauty Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer, £219 of 13

UOMA Beauty Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer

Find your true concealer match in UOMA Beauty's Stay Woke offering. With 17 shades to choose from, ranging from very fair to very deep, there's the perfect pick for everyone.

ZOEVA Authentik Skin Perfector Concealer, £1510 of 13

ZOEVA Authentik Skin Perfector Concealer

Blended with rosehip oil, this creamy concealer blurs imperfections whilst hydrating skin for a naturally radiant finish.

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YSL Beauty Touche Eclat

A classic for a reason, this illuminating pen goes above and beyond particularly when it comes to dark circles. It's lightweight and blendable, meaning you won't stress that delicate under-eye skin when you apply it.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Instant Coverage Concealer, £18.5012 of 13

Too Faced Peach Perfect Instant Coverage Concealer

This medium-to-full coverage concealer makes light work of dark circles. Sweat-proof, water-proof and long-wearing - you can rely on it come rain or shine.

L'Oru00e9al Paris Infallible More Than Concealer, £9.9913 of 13

L'Oréal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer

A thick, hard-working concealer that can cover up redness, blemishes and evens out skin tone. Work it in with a brush until it looks seamless.

How should you apply and blend concealer?

The type of concealer you're using will determine how you apply concealer. Opting between a brush or a sponge will create different effects. Using a concealer brush will maintain the coverage and allow you to have more control as to where the concealer is applied. However, choosing to use a sponge will keep the skin looking natural and seamless as a sponge absorbs any excess product.

Where should you apply concealer?

If you're looking to brighten the under eyes, choose a shade lighter than your skin tone to add dimension and radiance to the skin. When concealing any unwanted blemishes, choose a shade closest to your skin tone to seamlessly blend away any imperfections.

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