The Best Concealers for Every Occasion in 2021
Whether you’re preparing for the upcoming marathon of end-of-summer brunches or refreshing your makeup before the next meeting, these will have you covered.
When You Want to Go Full Glam
Then there are days (or nights) when you absolutely have to go all out. For those full-beat makeup looks, you’ll want a medium- to full-coverage concealer that will make spots vanish and chisel out cheekbones.
The New Magic Touch Concealer from Anastasia Beverly Hills is packed with pigment that offers generous coverage in one swipe. Because of the creamy liquid consistency, you can easily blend in the formula while continuing to build on areas that need a little more blurring. Juvia’s Place I Am Magic is another liquid concealer that gives a flawless finish and is available in an extensive range of shades that cater to deeper skin tones.
Then there’s Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer, beloved by Bebe Rexha and Alessia Cara for their everyday beauty routines. Infused with shea butter and licorice root extract, the vegan formula consistently delivers for a base that is noticeably brighter and smooth. Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer, which caught the beauty world by storm with its initial launch, is another vegan formula that will easily tone down redness and dark spots without weighing down the skin, so you can enjoy your day long into the evening with your full face intact.
When You Want Skin-Care Benefits
It’s becoming more common for makeup to incorporate skin-care benefits, and for good reason: Why should skin-nourishing benefits stop with serums and moisturizers? If your skin has been feeling particularly irritated lately, you’ll want a concealer that not only covers up blemishes but helps address what is causing them.
With its energizing blend of cordyceps mushroom, Indian tree root, and bamboo grass, Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Concealer minimizes dark circles while plumping the skin to give it a refreshed look. Kosas’s Revealer Concealer features an invigorating formula comprised of caffeine and hyaluronic acid that will awaken the skin while also addressing any dry patches with a surge of hydration.
To help brighten dark spots over time while also protecting the skin barrier from damaging free radicals, Ilia’s antioxidant-rich True Skin Serum Concealer is a great option thanks a blend of vitamin C. For an ultra-soothing formula, try Milk’s Flex Concealer, which features both blue lotus and chamomile to calm down angry skin.
When You Need to Be Camera-Ready
Makeup artists know a thing or two about the formulas that will stay in place throughout an awards show, and which to pick if their client is planning to be photographed for hours on set. While you might not have to worry about the paparazzi, these pro favorites will serve you well at your next big event.
Jenn Steicher, who has created a portfolio of chic yet natural looks for celebs including Emily Blunt and Rebecca Hall, swears by Clé de Peau Beauté’s Concealer with SPF 25. “I use this either with a moist Beauty Blender or my ring finger,” she shares. “It’s the perfect combination of great coverage with just enough moisture. I also love that it’s a stick—very convenient.”
New York–based artist Andrea Tiller, who works with Olivia Palermo and comedian Hannah Einbinder, star of HBO’s Hacks, likes to grab Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind. “I love this product because of the applicator sponge,” says Tiller of the drugstore favorite. “It’s so soft and blends beautifully.” Other vetted concealers you’ll want to keep in mind for when you need to be camera-ready include Nars Soft Matte Complete (a favorite of Hung Vanngo’s) and Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage (Patti Dubroff’s pick).