It’s a tough world out there, and if nothing else, a girl should at least have a concealer she can rely on. We’ve tried countless varieties over the years, but when it comes down to the best concealers—the ones that won’t cake, crease or otherwise drop the ball on their one job—there are only a few real contenders. Never fear: These 10 steadfast concealers have you covered. Literally.
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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
Sometimes in life you just get what you pay for, and perfectly concealed skin usually doesn't come cheap. This brand is cosmetics gold, and the creamy cult favorite concealer ($70, nordstrom.com) is the not-so-secret weapon of top-tier makeup artists and beauty editors world over. Dabbed under the eyes, atop blemishes and around the nose with a concealer brush, it's virtually indestructible. Not only will it not cake or crease, but the formula really sticks to skin to last all day long. No matter the state of your skin, you'll never have a bad face day again with this magic stick.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
Pro tip: This moisturizing concealer ($32, hourglasscosmetics.com) is the not-so-poor man's Clé de Peau. It has a similar creamy, almost moisturizing texture that feels weightless on skin, and a formula rich in vitamin E softens skin while protecting it from the elements. We find it to be an especially great match for blemishes-turned-dry spots, as well as for sensitive skin thanks to its lack of fragrance.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
A pinhead-sized dab of this thick, velvety formula ($25, tartecosmetics.com) will cover your entire under-eye area with more to spare. We don't know how, exactly, this concealer manages to conceal so much with such a small amount, but it does, so you really do get way more than your money's worth. Despite its rich texture, it blends like a dream, and the high-coverage pigment will cover everything from scars to gnarly blemishes.
Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes
The light-diffusing pigments in this super soft, creamy concealer stick ($38, yslbeautyus.com) work to visually reduce the appearance of darkness, which is a godsend for anyone with under-eye circles or hyperpigmentation. It can be used all over the face, but it was formulated specifically for the fragile skin under the eye area, so you don't have to worry about applying it straight from the tube sans brush.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Ideal for shadowy under-eye areas and dark spots, the rich yet lightweight texture on this classic concealer ($29, narscosmetics.com) blends effortlessly and smooths the skin while concealing rather than just sitting on top of it. You can actually feel the skin care benefits as the vitamin-rich formula hydrates and nourishes delicate areas.
Eve Lom Light Illusion Concealer
We've never met an under-eye concealer and illuminator we've loved as much as this brush-tip pen ($40, barneys.com). A sweep of the soft brush eliminates fine lines and signs of fatigue, and the nutrient-rich formula actually improves the situation over time. Because its shades are designed to counteract darkness and reflect light, we've also found it surprisingly helpful for concealing scarring, too.
Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix
Not many people know about this under-the-radar product ($40, veilcosmetics.com), and while we're reluctant to divulge all of our secrets, we think it's about time to bring more beauty junkies to the light. Almost unbelievably lightweight, this brightening, hydrating formula is completely hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so absolutely anyone can use it. It's perfect for concealing any kind of irritation or sensitivity, as well as, well, anything and everything else.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
This unique two-toned compact ($34, lauramercier.com) does it all. Each side contains a blendable color match that's meant to be mixed for your exact shade. It enables you to use a lighter, more brightening tone under your eyes, as well as a shade truer to your skin that you'd need to properly conceal a blemish. If you want a truly customizable concealer that targets every need, this one's for you.
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer
An unlikely contender in the stakes for excellent concealers, this full-coverage concealer ($25, sephora.com) is not messing around. Creamy, blendable and customizable, Kat Von D's waterproof concealer was made to be heavy-duty enough to hide a tattoo. We have less experience with body art than we do with dark circles and blemishes, but we can confirm that it more than does the trick on every complexion woe imaginable.
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer
This concealer ($27, makeupforever.com) was formulated to be used on celebrities and other entertainers before appearing on high-definition televisions, so you better believe it's completely invisible to the naked eye. It has a super lightweight, liquid-y feel to it that blends with ease, and the soft-focus, almost blur-effect finish makes it ideal for those with fine lines and wrinkles beneath their eyes.