Top 8 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 hp treatments, one type doesn’t match all. What works for one person may not work for another, but here are eight great options to consider:

A favorite among acne sufferers, this lightweight concealer is water-resistant, fragrance-free and also protects against UV damage—often the cause of hp 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. 

Jafra Color created products to address the needs of darker complexions, including a great color corrector. This three-color palette moisturizing concealer includes medium—for fair to medium shades (great for golden/olive skin tones), deep—darker pigmented skin tones, and a neutralizer to cancel out blue and correct discoloration.

Note: The Dark Imperfection Corrector has been discontinued. The old product contained jojoba oil, which a makeup artist told me could make it too oily and therefore wouldn't provide enough cover for imperfections. The company still offers the original Imperfection Corrector which has yellow to cancel out dark circles, green to correct redness and lilac to neutralize sallowness. If you are still interested in the Dark Imperfection Corrector, it can still be found online at sites like eBay. 

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.

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. Can be used on face and body. It’s best for normal to dry skin types. Also 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.

Now with a new, creamier formulation, Cover Crème provides natural-looking coverage 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.

Provides smooth coverage, camouflages and evens out skin tone in one step and protects against environmental stressors. Available in 8 shades.

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 like me should probably use a brush for application to avoid putting on too much. Available in 8 shades.

This foundation doubles as a concealer and can build from medium to full coverage. Available in 40 oil-free shades that dry to a dewy finish.