Top 7 Products to Cover Up Hyperpigmentation

It can take months before you see results for pigmentation problems, even with the most effective treatments. Until then you’ll want a great product to hide skin imperfections.

The best products have:

  • easy-to-blend formulas that camouflage hyperpigmentation and skin discolorations
  • smooth, full coverage that dries to a natural-looking finish
  • non-irritating ingredients  (fragrance-free, non-acnegenic, etc.) 

And like treatments, one type of product doesn’t work for all. What works for one person may not work for another, but here are eight great options to consider:

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

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A favorite among acne sufferers, this lightweight concealer is water-resistant, fragrance-free, and also protects against UV damage—often the cause of hyperpigmentation and age spots. You’ll also want sunscreen to protect skin that becomes more sensitive to the sun while using hyperpigmentation treatments. It has a concentrated formula so you just need a small amount for coverage. Set with powder for staying power. Get it here.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-8
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Photo: Courtesy of Laura Mercier

Named Best Concealer by Allure Magazine two years in a row, this concealer has a two-shade system, one to match skin depth and one to match undertone, and is available in 8 color palettes. Apply concealer after foundation (with the line’s Silk Crème Foundation or your personal favorite). First, warm it up on the back of your hand to give it a creamy texture and then custom blend to achieve the desired match. This concealer is great for oily skin. As a final touch, use translucent powder for all-day wear. Get it here.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Camouflage Concealer. Photo: Sephora.com

This Extreme Camouflage Cream is a favorite among consumers with discoloration problems. It offers long-lasting, full coverage that dries to a matte finish. Other pluses: it’s oil-free, waterproof, and covers major imperfections from sunspots to patches, yet has a light, creamy formula and a high concentration of pigment. A little goes a long way. It can be used on face and body. It’s best for normal to dry skin types and fine for sensitive skin. Very oily types will find that it wears off a bit faster than for other skin types. Available in 12 shades. Get it here.

Dermablend Cover Creme

Dermablend Cover Creme
Dermablend Cover Creme. Photo: Dermablend

Now with a new, creamier formulation, Cover Crème provides natural-looking results while covering severe hyperpigmentation. Though it acts as both foundation and concealer, one makeup artist suggests building up coverage using a concealer brush with a tapered tip, blend, and then finish with foundation. There are 21 shades to choose from. Get it here.

Black Opal Total Coverage Concealing Foundation

Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation
Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation. Photo: Courtesy of Black Opal

For black or brown skin tones, this formulation provides smooth coverage, camouflages, and evens out skin tone in one step, while protecting against environmental stressors. Available in 8 shades. Get it here.

Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup

Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup
Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup. Photo: Iman Cosmetics

This mineral-enriched formula conceals while promoting a healthy complexion. It’s lightweight, blends well, and dries to a matte finish. It has the texture of a mousse, so those who are heavy-handed should probably use a brush for application to avoid putting on too much. Available in 8 shades. Get it here.

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

Cover Fx Total Cover Cream Foundation
Cover Fx Total Cover Cream Foundation. Photo: Sephora.com

This foundation doubles as a concealer and can build from medium to full coverage. It's available in 40 oil-free shades that dry to a dewy finish. Get it here.