It’s difficult to say with total certainty what every person’s favorite beauty product is. But, if we had to guess, we’d name concealer. Some will argue that we should rely on our skin care to keep our faces fresh… but let’s be real — sometimes we’re left with bags under our eyes and emergency pimples on our noses. That’s when we rely on cover-up to save the day. If you don’t yet have a favorite, you’re about to, because we rounded up the cream of the crop. Here’s the best news: Most of the concealers ring in at under $20. Check them out ahead.
BH Cosmetics, $5, available at Ulta Beauty
Carola Gonzalez, Kerry Washington’s makeup artist, loves this formula because, “it’s easy to blend and helps with masking imperfections without creasing or caking,” she says, recommending Almond for darker skin tones. “Whatever shade you need, they’ve got it!”
L.A. Girl, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Aside from covering a range of skin tones (they’ve got Alabaster to Espresso), this NYX cult classic also has color-correcting shades to really mask your circles and spots: Yellow, Lavender, and Green.
NYX Cosmetics, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty
“I love this, because all you need is sunscreen and a dab of this concealer to be ready for a sunny city afternoon,” makeup artist Andre Sarmiento, who works with Kate Bosworth and Zoey Dutch, says. “You get great matte coverage that stands up to sweat and works under the eyes and on spots.”
Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $10.99, available at Ulta.
“This is great if you have dryness or crepiness around your eyes,” Sarmiento notes of the bullet formula, which is goes on creamy and is easy to layer.
Almay, $12.99, available at walgreens.com
Watch as this powder transforms to a medium-coverage cream as you blend it with your finger. Magic.
Iman Cosmetics, $9.49, available at Target
“I love the texture of this concealer and how well it blends and lays on skin,” Gonzalez says. “It’s a full-coverage, high-resistance concealer that camouflages dark circles.”
Maybelline, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Full coverage begins and ends with this concealer. While it’s in the more expensive range for the drugstore, it’s worth it for the blending sponge and easy, mess-free pump dispenser.
Physician’s Formula, $10.99, available at Ulta Beauty
It’s safe to say this undereye concealer is officially on our holy grail list. The sponge applicator deposits just the right amount of product — unlike brush tips. And the formula is medium-to-full coverage so you can use it all over your face for pimples, dark spots, or as a lightweight foundation.
Maybelline, $7.99, available at Target
A potted concealer that doesn’t dry out makes our hearts flutter. The coconut oil in the formula helps the cream smooth easily over even the most dehydrated skin, and it doesn’t budge all day.
Nyx Dark Circle Concealer, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
NYX, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty
If your Tuesday night happy hour turned into a 1 a.m. bar hop, you need a dark circle concealer that gets shit done — and fast. The doe-foot applicator on this one makes brightening your entire undereye area before work simple, so you can run out the door with enough time to grab an XL coffee.
e.l.f, $3, available at Ulta Beauty
While this full-coverage, under-eye concealer is technically not a drugstore product, it does ring in right at the $20 mark. And we’d say it’s worth every penny.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, $20, available at Ulta.
“It gives great coverage, and has amazing staying power, while still remaining glowy,” Sarmiento says.
L’Oréal, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
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