Few makeup products need to work harder than concealer. Designed to cover a multitude of issues (from dark circles and redness to pigmentation and acne), a concealer needs to be both lightweight and pigmented. The goal is coverage that doesn’t cake; a finish that feels (and looks) like skin. Thankfully, technology is on our side, and the start of the year has seen a stack of new concealers launch that deliver the above in spades. Below, we round up our favourites for covering dark circles to blemishes and beyond.
Beauty Blender Bounce Airbrush Liquid Whip Concealer, $46. SHOP NOW
If you’re locked in a battle with concealer that constantly creases under your eyes, Beauty Blender’s new ultra-hydrating formula might be your saving grace. It contains hyaluronic acid and peptides for a finish that’s light and moisturising, but still delivers high coverage on impossible-to-conceal dark circles. The generously-sized flocked applicator makes it great for contouring and highlighting areas of the face – just apply and blend with the brand’s signature makeup sponge. Available in 40 shades, there’s an option for every skin depth and undertone as well.
Kosas Revealer Concealer, $45. SHOP NOW
Part eye cream, part concealer, this creamy hybrid from Kosas (everyone’s favourite brand right now) is pretty close to perfect. Dewy and brightening, it treats via caffeine, pink algae and hyaluronic acid while lightweight pigment covers discolouration. The inclusion of arnica and panthenol make it ace for simultaneously covering and soothing blemishes too. To use founder Sheena Yaites words, it’s “makeup for skincare freaks”.
Hourglass Vanish Liquid Concealer, $54. SHOP NOW
As one of the most hyped launches of 2020, it’s no shock Hourglass’ new launch ticks literally every box: creamy, light, long-wearing, crease-proof, waterproof. Use it on blemishes, redness, dark circles, pigmentation and scarring. It’s great for no-makeup days too – just add SPF and clear brow gel.
Estee Lauder Double wear Radiant Concealer, $44. SHOP NOW
The makeup-adept will know the legendary power of Double Wear: the original luxury long-wearing foundation that literally does not budge (no matter what). Now you can harness all of its best qualities in the brand’s Radiant Concealer. Thick and creamy, it covers well but with a soft, luminous finish. Great for anyone who feels there makeup disappears some time between lunch and dinner.
Dior Diorskin Forever Skin Correct, $65. SHOP NOW
This creamy, 24-hour wear option from Dior is the perfect do-it-all concealer for varying skin types. It’s got a semi-matte finish (so great for shine control without being drying), medium to full coverage, and won’t settle or grab fine lines. The generous tube and applicator allows for ample application on all areas of the face, from under the eyes to around the nose and mouth.