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Tough night? Whether it was the baby up all night, your other half snoring, or too much overthinking, we’ve all been there and sadly, it always shows the next morning. Or maybe your skin just isn’t playing ball and decided to take a turn for the worse the one week your social calendar is actually full (typical!). If you’re looking for the best makeup product out there that’ll act as a quick fix for misbehaving skin and have you looking your best self, (easily faking 8 hours of sleep and good skin), then meet your new best friend, the concealer.
If there’s one makeup product everyone needs in their life, its concealer. The makeup must have made for covering up any imperfections, from puffy eyes and dark circles to pigmentation, blemishes and fine lines and wrinkles. The best concealers will last all day and will transform the appearance of your skin by instantly brightening, lifting and giving the most flawless, even complexion. This makeup staple is essential for any makeup routine. If you’re going for a natural no makeup look, opt for some concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes, a good tinted lip balm (the Dior Lipglow is one of, if not THE best tinted lip balm around. Pricy but definitely worth every penny!) and a great mascara (see Haul of Fame’s Top 5 Best Budget Mascaras for our top picks). For full glam, opt for concealers one or two shades lighter than your skin tone under your eyes to make your eye makeup really pop and for a super lifted effect.
Sadly (and like everything in the world of retail!), we’re spoilt for choice, with thousands of different concealers on offer that all claim to do the same thing and that come at various price points. As always, we believe that our readers deserve the best and in order to save you time (researching) and money (potentially wasted), we have worked tirelessly to search for and narrow down the absolute best concealers on the high-street to bring you the top 5 market leading elite.
Tips: Opt for one or two shades lighter than your skin tone when shopping for under eye concealers and then your normal shade for concealing facial blemishes/imperfections. Apply your under eye concealer in a triangle, rather than dots or a semi circle. This application will instantly brighten up your under eyes and create a lifted illusion to your face as a whole. For best results, ensure you’ve applied a great eye cream as part of your skincare routine and finish your concealer with a setting powder so it stays put for the day!
Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer
The makeup eraser for dark circles and fine lines, this highly affordable concealer not only provides flawless coverage despite its super lightweight texture, but also hydrates thanks to its formulation of goji berry and haloxyl which is also gentle on the delicate under eye area. Twist the applicator to release product into the built in sponge (bonus!) and apply seamlessly for all day coverage without any dry patches.
Available at boots.com
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Another concealer that’s been flying off the shelves since its release and its no surprise that its by high-street makeup giant, Maybelline. This new gel concealer claims to contain ‘no nonsense’, i.e no oils, waxes or fillers and is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores), making it the perfect match for anyone with acne prone/oily skin. The Fit Me concealer provides an even and natural finish whilst also allowing your skin to breathe. A great go-to everyday concealer for erasing blemishes, dark spots and pigmentation.
Available at boots.com
LA Girl Pro.Conceal HD High Definition Concealer
The insta famous brand with almost 3 million fans is best known for its game changing concealer, which quite frankly does it all! Providing full coverage without looking cakey, super lightweight and creamy in texture, crease resistant, long wearing and also comes in a whopping 43 different shades, to correct, contour AND conceal, all whilst being super duper affordable at just under £5 a pop!!
Available at beautybay.com
Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer
The concealer that went viral for being the best dupe yet for the infamous Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape concealer and for ONLY £4.99!! Providing full coverage with a matte finish, this long-lasting, award winning concealer comes in 50 shades and can be used to contour to provide definition as well as to conceal any imperfections, thereby revealing the most flawless, airbrushed complexion. It just goes to show that the best doesn’t always have to break the bank!
Available at superdrug.com
NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
From the brand that creates makeup delivering professional results, with affordable prices, this best selling and highly rated concealer by NYX provides natural yet effective coverage that doesn’t budge or crease throughout the day. Easy to blend and build on to create heavier coverage for those special nights out and comes in 23 shades which include colour correcting shades to even out your skin tone ahead of applying your concealer and foundation.
Available at boots.com
If you’re after something that’s even more pigmented and offers exceptionally high coverage that won’t budge for 24 hours, be sure to also check out NYX’s new Cant Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Contour Concealer.