The great cover-up: our five bestselling concealers

If there’s one mainstay that even disciples of the no-makeup look cling to, it’s concealer. Admittedly, we rely on them for so much. They hide the dark circles evident after a night of partying, tackle sun spots and skin imperfections, and obscure the hormonal breakout that frustratingly appears on the same day as a job interview, date or wedding (the universe is a cruel mistress). Here are our five bestselling concealers, from sheer to heavy-duty formulas, that have you covered no matter what.


bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

Loaded with anti-ageing benefits, this concealer is a real eye-opener. The full-coverage formula, equal parts camouflage and serum, glides on like silk, obscures dark circles, discolouration and imperfections, and nourishes the skin. Mineral-coated pigments brighten while they diffuse, leaving the under-eye area smooth, radiant and hydrated. A must for dry-skinned beauties who draw the line at concealers that settle in their own fine lines.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

If it’s sensational coverage you desire (as though you’ve been Facetuned in real life) this is it. Urban Decay has combined light-diffusing technology, peptides to restore elasticity, and Japanese green tea to revitalise the delicate skin around the eyes. Those who prefer a heavier concealer application are encouraged to layer this one up. The luminous velvet finish is buildable and it will set seamlessly.


Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

This creamy, dreamy wonder has garnered a legion of fans around the world. The younger sister to Too Faced’s cult favourite, Born This Way Foundation, it’s infused with coconut water and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate. It works equally well whether tackling dark circles, alleviating redness, or disguising blemishes. Plus, in an added fillip, it imbues your complexion with a winsome glow.


NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Who needs the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when you have this little gilded vessel? The full coverage, soft-focus concealer is feathery soft, seriously matte and powerful enough to cover almost anything. What sets it apart are spherical surface powders that refract light instead of reflect it. What does this mean for the spots you’re trying to hide? By absorbing light, the matte formula erases and blurs, making them practically non-existent. Dabbed on lids, it even locks down your eyeshadow. It’s a win-win, really.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

With over 500 five-star reviews on, it’s safe to say the Radiant Creamy Concealer hype is real. A ride-or-die tool for makeup artists and beauty junkies alike, this spectacular formula glides onto the skin, imparting a luminous, light-reflective finish. The coverage is customisable: layer as much as your heart desires without creasing. It also delivers multi-action skin care benefits, while leaving your complexion looking flawless. If this concealer hasn’t made its way into your makeup bag yet, we suggest you make room for it immediately.

Words by Emily Deacon
May 2018


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