The Best Concealers Right Now: From Cheap to Steep

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My Top Picks for Dark Circles, Redness, Blemishes & More

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From top: Dermablend, Cle de Peau and L'Oreal

The best concealers work undercover without anyone noticing them. Here you'll find the top concealers of the year in a variety of formulations: Concealers to cover redness, under-eye circles, pimples and even body flaws.

Every concealer in this article has passed with high marks the exacting standards of the best makeup artists, beauty editors and dermatologists in the business.

Because every woman deserves a great concealer in her life.

For years, I never used concealer because frankly, the stuff intimidated me. I was never sure if it was supposed to be a shade lighter or darker than my skin and I wasn't clear on how to use it. Plus, I really didn't need concealer anyway because I was 25 and post pimples. I had great skin.

Fast forward to 40. I'm now a beauty expert and I know everything there is to know about concealer. I've studied how to apply it (see How to apply concealer) and how to choose the right shade (see Pick the correct concealer shade) and I've researched the very best concealers for under-eye circles, pimples, rosacea and even spider veins.

In this slideshow, I share with you those top concealer picks from cheap to steep and a few in between. Let's start with a great basic concealer from Bobbi Brown...

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Best Drugstore Buy: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch

Maybelline

This drugstore concealer is a fan favorite. It's thick, creamy and covers up blemishes, under-eye circles and any discoloration. One friend of mine says she loves it so much because it covers her deep purple under-eye sockets. Well then! I have read of other reviewers who like to use this as a highlighting cream, too.

Buy it at Amazon.com

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Best Mineral Concealer: L'Oreal True Match Bare Naturale

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L'Oreal True Match Naturele

The mineral formula mimics your skin's texture, plus it's super-blendable, practically disappearing onto the skin surface. You'll love the lightweight, creamy texture. But it does cover-up as well.

Buy it from Amazon.com

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Best Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Minerals

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Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Minerals. Bare Escentuals

This concealer comes in powder-form and can be applied directly onto any imperfections including red splotches, blemishes, undereye circles and scars. It also works beautifully as a base for eyeshadow.

Buy it from Amazon.com

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NARS Concealer: Great Overall Concealer

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This is a great overall concealer to cover up redness, zits, under-eye circles and any blemishes on your skin. The coverage is so perfect and blendable, you may find you don't need foundation. It comes in several shades.

Buy it from Amazon.com

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Best Basic Under-eye Concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. Bobbi Brown

A moist formula such as Bobbi Brown's creamy concealer won't highlight fine lines and wrinkles, while still providing enough cover for dark circles. Comes in several shades. For more information on how to properly cover dark circles, see How to Cover Up Dark, Under-eye Circles.

Buy from Amazon.com

Runner-up: Laura Mercier's Undercover, $34

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Best Highlighter: Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener

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Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener. Laura Mercier

Use this to conceal dark circles and discolorations. The wand can also be used on the brow bone as a highlighter. It will magically make eyes look more awake, wider.

Find out how to use this product as a highlighter in How to Use Illuminating Makeup.

Buy from Amazon

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Conceal Redness: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Laura Mercier

We love this concealer because it smartly comes in two shades so you can blend your perfect match (you may notice you need different shades for different seasons). InStyle magazine made it a "Best Beauty Buy," because the pros say its yellow undertones help make it the best concealer for covering up redness. "It even works on broken veins," one makeup artist claimed.

Buy from Amazon

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Best Concealer for Body: Dermablend Cover Creme

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Dermablend Cover Creme. Dermablend

This concealer is specially formulated to cover sores, cuts, pimples or veins on legs and body. When choosing a shade remember that the area below your neck would be a shade or two darker.

Buy from Amazon.com

Runner up: MAC Face and Body Foundation (buy from Amazon)

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World's Most Popular Brightener: Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat

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Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat. Yves Saint Lauren

One of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealers is sold every 20 seconds around the world. I bought this wondering if the hype was worth it and at first I was disappointed because it didn't do much to cover up the blue veins under my eye. Then I went to the local Saks Fifth Avenue counter to ask about it. I was told I wasn't applying it correctly.

Touche Eclat is more a highlighter than a concealer and is meant to "illuminate." As an illuminator I find it works brilliantly. I dot just below the brow and under the eyes, along the nose and under the lip — anywhere my face has shadows. Amazing.

Find out how to use it as an illuminator in How to Use Illuminating Makeup.

Buy it from Amazon.com

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Best Pricey Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

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A perennial makeup-artist favorite, Clé de Peau Beauté concealer is a favorite among Women Who Know a Lot About Makeup. It's constantly on the Top Shelf lists of the women featured on the highly regarded blog Into the Gloss, so much so that they called it out as an item that everyone should have in their makeup bag.

It's pricey, at about $70, but those who use it say it's worth it to have a concealer that works so beautifully to cover skin blemishes, under-eye circles and other flaws. Concealer is one of those makeup products worth splurging on because you want one of high quality that won't wear off before the day wears out.

Bonus: It reportedly lasts a long time and comes in six shades.

Buy it from Amazon.com

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