The Top 8 Best Concealers for Blemishes: 2018 Reviews & Guide

Updated 6 years ago

Not everyone has the perfect skin. It’s difficult when you’re going out on a date and you have that one pimple ruining your look. But, you don’t have to live with it and worry about it being the center of attention of your date. With the right concealer, you can easily cover it up. It will hide the imperfections and blend into your skin without drawing further attention to these imperfections.

When looking for the perfect concealer to hide those blemishes, there are a few things you need to consider. It is important to get the right type of concealer for your need, enough coverage, the right shade and the right color.

The Best Type of Covering Up

Concealers come generally comes in three forms: solid/stick, liquid, powder. Liquid concealers typically come in bottles with wands for easy application. They are good for covering large areas on your face and are easy to blend. They also offer light to medium coverage. Powder concealers are the ones in a compact or loose in a shallow jar. They are the easiest type to blend, but also offer the least amount of coverage. The best concealers for covering up your blemishes, however, are the solid concealers. They usually come in a stick form. Because of their shape, it’s easy to target the spots you want to cover and blend well with your skin. They also offer the best coverage of the three.

Choosing the Right Shade and Color

For your concealer, always choose just one shade lighter than your foundation’s shade. It is important that it blends well with the shade of your foundation so that you end up with an even skin tone, and not one with light or dark patches wherever you applied your concealer.

As for the color, there are several available on the market today: pink, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green. Pink and orange concealers are best for targeting bluish and other dark areas on the face such as dark circles under the eyes. Yellow concealers are most effective for targeting skin discoloration and dark purple areas. Blue and purple concealers are best for canceling out yellow undertones of the skin and for generally brightening or balancing out dull areas in your skin. But for hiding blemishes like acne or acne scars and redness on the skin, green concealers are the best option. They cancel out the redness and provide good coverage for the dark spots.

Top Concealer for Blemishes & Dark Circles

Here are the 8 best concealers for hiding your blemishes:

bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Concealer Broad Spectrum

The bareMinals Multi-Tasking Concealer Broad Spectrum is great for covering up minor imperfections. It comes in a loose powder form so it’s easy to apply with a brush and seamlessly blend with your foundation (regardless of whether it is cream, liquid or powder), providing a natural finish, and lasts all day long. It provides great coverage for a powder concealer and it might not be the cheapest, but it won’t break the bank. It’s great for covering dark circles, redness, dark marks and other blemishes on your skin. What’s even better is it comes with SPF 20 protection so it reduces damage caused by UV rays.

bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Concealer Broad Spectrum is available in 5 different shades: bisque, dark bisque, honey bisque, summer bisque, and deep bisque.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer

Boo-Boo Cover-Up comes in a tube packaging with a small opening at the tip for easy targeting of the areas you want to apply concealer on. It’s great for hiding any kind of blemish since it offers full coverage without using much of the product. It’s easy to apply and spread on the skin. With your foundation, it’s easy to blend and doesn’t crease on lines so it gives a natural looking finish on your skin. And the best part about it is because it contains natural ingredients such as tea tree oil which is good for treating breakouts, it heals your skin at the same time. It’s a mid-priced for 0.34oz but will last forever as you don’t need to use a lot to cover your blemishes.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up is available in 3 shades: light, medium, and dark.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD has a lightweight texture but nevertheless provides opaque full coverage. It comes in a tube packaging at 0.28oz with a small brush tip. It’s effective for covering dark circles around the eyes and hiding acne and other scars and doesn’t crease easily on your lines. It’s easy to blend out as well using the built-in brush. If you’re on a budget, then this is definitely one of the top choices for you because of its affordable price.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer is available in 21 shades, including porcelain, classic ivory, creamy beige, almond, toast, fawn, and dark cocoa. They also offer color correction shades if that’s what you’re looking for.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer

Maybelline New York is known for producing good makeup at affordable prices, and this concealer is not an exception. The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer is part of their Fit Me! Line that also offers foundation and blushes among others. It’s a creamy concealer that comes in a bottle with a wand applicator, so you don’t have to use your fingers and leave a mess as you go. It blends well with the skin and provides full coverage and does not leave a cakey finish. It also lasts all day without creasing and it helps your foundation last longer. Skin even feels fresh after application as the concealer is lightweight and oil-free. In a 0.23oz bottle for a low price, this best-seller is definitely a steal.

It’s available in 12 different shades, ranging from light to medium, caramel, and cocoa.

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Conceal

Maybelline New York’s Facestudio Master Conceal promises full coverage that camouflages imperfections and dark circles. It comes in a tube with a small opening at the tip so it’s easy to apply to the targeted areas, and blending is a breeze with a sponge or brush. Despite being a lightweight concealer, it is effective in completely covering imperfections without putting too much of it on, leaving you with a natural-looking finish. Plus, you don’t have to keep reapplying because it can last you the entire day. At its price point, a 0.4oz tube offers more product for the same price compared to other drugstore concealers right now.

It is available in 5 shades: fair, light, light/medium, medium, and medium/deep.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

The NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand works well as a spot concealer. It covers what needs to be covered and does not look cakey even after an entire day’s wear. Use it to cover acne scars or dark spots for the best results. It provides medium to full coverage depending on how much you put on. It comes with a wand applicator which makes applying a breeze and you can easily control how much product you want to use. It’s cheap, but since it’s only 0.11oz per bottle, there’s not a lot of product. Still, for that price, it is still a great bargain. Note that it does contain coconut oil, so this might not be for you if your skin doesn’t react well with coconut oil.

It is available in 20 shades to accommodate almost all skin tones, from alabaster (the lightest) to deep espresso (the darkest). It also has 3 color correction shades: yellow, lavender, and green.

L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer

L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer’s tagline is “conceal it all, big or small.” And they’re not lying. It provides light to full coverage (it is buildable), so it hides all types of blemishes since it comes in a stick form so it’s easy to apply on the targeted area. The concealer feels light on the skin and blends well on your skin, so it doesn’t look like you have anything on. You only get 0.1oz per stick, but you won’t be using that much anyway per use so it will last you forever before you have to purchase another.

It’s available in 6 different shades: fair/light neutral, fair/light warm, light/medium neutral, light/medium warm, medium/deep neutral, medium/deep warm.

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

If you have a more flexible budget, then Clé de Peau Beauté’s Concealer SPF 25 just might be for you. It has won the InStyle Best Beauty Award 15 times already, so you know you’re getting nothing but the best. Damages from UV rays are also reduced since it offers SPF25 protection. It comes in a retractable stick form for precise application without using a lot and no mess. You can easily blend it with a sponge or brush for a natural look and an airbrushed finish. It never cakes but offers a medium to full coverage which lasts all day. It’s pretty expensive for a 0.17oz stick tube, so it’s definitely an investment, but worth every penny.

It is available in 6 shades: ivory, almond, beige, honey, ocher, and mocha.


There you have it. There’s not one concealer that works perfectly for everybody, so it’s still best to see which one works for your skin. It’s best to do your research before making any purchases but these 8 concealers are a good start. Hopefully, this list has helped you choose which concealer is for you and be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions. Happy concealing!