6 Concealers That Can Cover Up Anything, According to Dermatologists

Out of all the pressing questions we have for dermatologists, makeup recommendations isn’t typically one of them. Although, considering they’re experts on what to apply to skin, we probably should’ve been turning to them for makeup advice all along! Our most pressing curiosity: concealer, one of the most hard-to-shop makeup categories out there.

It’s not just the struggle to correctly color match that makes concealer shopping difficult. It’s also challenging to find your desired coverage, finish, and texture. And, of course, you have to take ingredients into account if you’re prone to breakouts. This particularity makes a dermatologist’s opinion especially valuable! Ahead, doctors reveal the concealers they feel are ingredient-safe and boast excellent coverage to camoflauge anything from hyperpigmentation to scars.

Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette

Colorescience Brow Kit, Mineral Eyebrow Makeup Powder & Shaping Brush, Light to Medium Shades
  • Save yourself the hassle of complicated tinting kits and harsh pencils with this dynamic mineral make up palette used by professionals for grooming and filler for a classic NYC brow
  • Achieve a perfectly blended highlight, contour, and dark bold brow with this set of light to medium colors with a doubled-headed brush for more precise drawing

“We use the Colorescience® Mineral Corrector Palette ($55) in the office,” explains Chicago, IL, dermatologist Dr. Rachel Pritzker. “It’s my favorite concealer because it provides several neutralizing tones that blend together to help various imperfections such as dark circles, acne spots, or scars.” Additionally, this concealer contains the antioxidants carrot seed oil and vitamin E to help shield the skin from free radical damage. In terms of coverage, Dr. Pritzker notes that it’s a heavy duty concealer that still feels lightweight, thanks to its mineral base. As a bonus, Dr. Pritzker adds that it even has sunscreen in it: “Everything good that you put on in the morning should have some SPF!”

tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

For skin that’s particularly oily, Brookline, MA, dermatologist Dr. Papri Sarkar recommends tarte® Shape Tape® Contour Concealer ($28). “This concealer is high-coverage, so it does a great job of hiding blemishes and even has a matte finish with staying power,” explains Dr. Sarkar. “They have a lot of colors so people can usually find a shade or a mix of shades that work for them.” This formula also contains good-for-your-skin ingredients like licorice root extract and shea butter to brighten and hydrate the complexion during use. Plus, it’s vegan, dermatologist-tested, and free of parabens, phthalates, and triclosan.

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer

L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation, Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation Makeup, C2.5, Light Medium, 1 Fl Oz
  • Science That Sees Your True Match - Formulated with 6 pigments for the most precise match. 99 percent of women found their true match in a consumer test of 312 women. Available in 47 shades to match your undertone - cool, neutral or warm
  • Makeup Foundation: Our liquid foundation formula locks in moisture and provides medium coverage with a natural finish that adapts to any skin color and texture. It’s so blendable you can’t tell where your foundation ends and your skin begins

If you’re not looking to spend too much on concealer, Dr. Sarkar says there’s an affordable option on the market that works just as well as pricier ones. “I like the L’Oréal® True Match® Super Blendable Concealer ($10). It has a dewier finish and goes on so smoothly it’s barely discernible,” explains Dr. Sarkar. “If I’m traveling and need coverage in a pinch, this is my go-to.” Not only is this concealer oil-free, it also contains vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5, making it ultra-nourishing on inflamed skin.

Ere PerezTM Arnica Concealer

Ere Perez - Natural Arnica All-Cover Pot Concealer | Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Clean Beauty (Latte, 0.18 oz | 5 g)
  • WHAT IT IS: An All-Cover Foundation + Concealer In One, To Instantly Even Skin Tone + Camouflage Imperfections. This Fresh + Flawless Skin Cover Pot Covers Redness, Banishes Dark Circles, + Evens Complexions.
  • WHAT IT DOES: An Everyday Nourishing Concealer That Has Skincare Properties, Containing Natural Arnica Which Helps To Soothe Skin.

While not everyone is a fan of natural makeup, Dr. Sarkar says there’s one option she swears by: the Ere PerezTM Arnica Concealer ($32). “It’s hard to find good coverage and a high pigment load in natural products, but Ere’s concealers do the trick,” she says. It’s worth noting that these concealers don’t go on as smoothly as some of their less-than-clean counterparts, but just require a bit of extra blending. “I also like that this company has a wider shade range than most clean beauty makeup brands,” she notes. “So it makes it easier to recommend for multiple skin tones!”

Glo Oil-Free Camouflage Concealer

Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Camouflage Concealer - Correct and Conceal Imperfections, Blemishes & Dark Spots, Nourishing Makeup for a More Even Complexion (Natural)
  • CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALER: Effortlessly correct and conceal any imperfection. This face makeup is perfect as an under eye concealer.
  • CORRECT: Here is your solution to covering an occasional blemish, scarring, hyperpigmentation, or any visible skin condition.

As another clean option, Greenwich, CT, dermatologist Dr. Kim Nichols swears by the Glo® Oil-Free Camouflage Concealer ($34). “This is one of my favorite concealers because in addition to the concealer being oil-free, there are botanical extracts and jojoba oils in the product,” explains Dr. Nichols. “And, with ingredients like vitamin A, E, and C, the Glo Oil-Free Camouflage Concealer can be used on all skin types to minimize the appearance of blemishes while also brightening the skin.”

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness, Transforming Porcelain Beige - Neutralizing Color-Correcting Cream - Reduces Redness - Long-Wearing Coverage - With Hydrolyzed Collagen - 0.37 fl oz
  • BYE BYE REDNESS - Bye Bye Redness is a neutralizing color-correcting cream that hydrates, soothes, and reduces the redness on your face while delivering long-wearing, full coverage.
  • FULL COVERAGE - Our super-blendable formula provides perfect coverage that won’t crease or crack. Camouflage any red-toned skin discoloration including rosacea, broken capillaries, blemishes, skin irritations, sun damage, scars, age spots & more.

While many concealers don’t have added skin benefits, the soothing ingredients in our final derm-recommended concealer help to gently moisturize the area they’re applied to. After trying multiple concealing product options on the market, Boca Raton, FL, dermatologist Dr. Robyn Siperstein favors the IT Cosmetics® Bye Bye Redness® Neutralizing Correcting Cream ($23). As more of a skincare-meets-concealer product, this option uses peptides, aloe, and avocado to hydrate and soothe the skin.

Besides these nourishing ingredients, there’s also color-correcting pigments to blend over imperfections. To ensure full coverage, Dr. Siperstein advises patting the product onto the skin rather than wiping it. “Let your first coat dry and then repeat this patting technique with a second layer to get the desired coverage,” she says.

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