I've Tried 100s of Concealers—These Are the Only 10 I'd Ever Recommend

In the six years I’ve been a beauty journalist, most of the people I’ve interviewed have counted concealer as one of if not the most important item in their makeup bag. For me, it holds true for not one but two concealers as I believe that different formulations are better suited to different areas and concerns. And I’m in fantastic company. Earlier this year, when I was chatting with Maya Jama for The Glowdown series, she revealed her best piece of beauty advice is to double up on concealer. "I get quite dark under my eyes,” she explained. "So one is for hiding the darkness, and then another is for brightening.” 

Makeup artist Neil Young says most complexions actually benefit from two concealers as the face and eye area requires a different approach. "With the face, it’s about matching the skin tone and texture of foundation for any blemishes and pigmentation, whereas the eye area is more about colour correction or brightening and this can often be lighter than the natural skin tone.” 



A no makeup selfie.

As I am prone to hormonal breakouts on my chin and redness in certain areas like around my nose, the concealer I go with in first is as close to the tone of my skin I can get, and I generally find formulas in a pot work best. At this stage, I'll apply and blur out with my fingertips. I’ll then go in with a foundation or skin tint, and finish with my second concealer under my eyes and on the high points of my face. To do this, I use a slightly damp beauty blender.

Because concealer has become such an important step in my routine, I’ve really put in the research to find the best money can buy. Over a week I put the following duos to the test and I can say they pass the test on working in harmony to deliver excellent coverage, brightness and glow to the skin without looking cakey or drying. I have to make a point of saying that before writing this feature I would always also wear a skin tint or foundation to go out. Now I am completely sold on just wearing the two concealers as it looks so much more natural and stays in place for much longer. High praise indeed.

Scroll down to see the ten best concealers out there and how I wear them together.

Shop the Best Concealers:

Monika Blunder Beauty Blunder Cover & Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 



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Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer & Kosas Revealer Super Creamy and Brightening Concealer



Wearing NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer and Kosas Revealer Super Creamy & Brightening Concealer

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Sculpted by Aimee Complete Cover Up Concealer & Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer



Wearing Sculpted by Aimee Complete Cover Up Concealer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer & Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer 



Wearing MAC Studio Finish Concealer and Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer

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R.E.M Beauty Sweetener Concealer & Saie Hydrabeam Under Eye Concealer



Wearing R.E.M Beauty Sweetener Concealer and Saie Hydrabeam Under Eye Concealer

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Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.

After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.

When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.