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The best concealers for covering up dark circles, spots, fine lines and more

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A good concealer is long-lasting, varied in shade range and easy to blend. (Getty Images)

Concealers are a must-have for any makeup bag. No matter if you prefer a full-glam look or a pared-back approach, they can be used for covering up dark circles after a bad night's sleep, a flare-up of rosacea, or breakouts.

In fact, you can often forgo a foundation and make a concealer the star product of your makeup routine when applied to uneven skin areas to leave you with a flawless, but natural-looking finish.

The best product is multi-purpose: easy to blend with your fingers, a brush or sponge, buildable in coverage to customise it to your skin's needs, and most importantly, long-lasting without looking cakey or creasing an hour after application.

Across cream and liquid formulas, in our roundup ahead, we've compiled a list of must-have concealers to add to your makeup arsenal.

Starting from just £8.99, we've handpicked the best 12 money can buy, ranging from sheer to full coverage formulas, luxurious to affordable price tags, and matte to satin finishes.

The best concealers to add to your makeup bag

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer | £8.99 from Amazon

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer
Maybelline's budget-friendly Eraser Eye Concealer is suitable for all skin types.

This cult-favourite concealer is one of the best money can buy – and it's very reasonably priced. The sponge tip applicator dispenses the lightweight, full-coverage formula onto skin where it can be used to conceal blemishes, dark circles and redness in an instant. It's also available in 17 shades.

Benefit Boi-ing Bright On Undereye Brightening Liquid Concealer | £21.50 from Cult Beauty

Benefit Boi-ing Bright On Undereye Brightening Liquid Concealer
This Benefit Boi-ing liquid concealer is brightening and hydrating.

If dark circles are your bugbear, Benefit's under-eye concealer from its Boi-ing range has got you covered. Containing red algae and vitamin C, it has a serum-like texture that hydrates while bringing long-lasting brightness that won't cake, crease or feel dry.

KVD Beauty Good Apple Lightweight Full Coverage Concealer | £19.55 from Feel Unique

KVD Beauty Good Apple Lightweight Full Coverage Concealer
KVD Beauty Good Apple concealer is full coverage and great for covering up dark circles and redness.

If you're looking for the ultimate full-coverage concealer that's an eight-hour sleep in a tube, the accompanying KVD Beauty concealer to its TikTok famous foundation is one of the best you'll find. Creamy but not cakey, it has an angled doe-foot applicator and a little goes a long way - just one dot is all you need.

Huda Beauty #FAUXFILTER Luminous Matte Liquid Concealer | £24 from Huda Beauty - launching 13 June

Huda Beauty #FAUXFILTER Luminous Matte Liquid Concealer
Huda Beauty's new #FAUXFILTER Luminous Matte Liquid Concealer leaves a luminous finish.

Huda Beauty's iconic #FAUXFILTER foundation is one of the top full coverage products money can buy and its new accompanying concealer is just as good. Launching on 13 June, it has a wide doe-foot applicator with a smooth, skin blurring, lightweight formula that's easy to blend. We got our hands on it ahead of its launch and can confirm it deserves a spot in your makeup bag – after eight hours it didn't crease, feel heavy and left our skin looking flawless.

Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener | £19 from Boots

Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener
This skincare-makeup hybrid from Fenty Beauty brightens dark circles.

This product specifically targets dark circles, with a sheer, but buildable coverage. It won't feel heavy on the skin, nor dry and can be worn without makeup too. Sweat-resistant, crease-free, and available in 16 shades, it's a worthy investment for your makeup arsenal.

Erborian BB Crayon | £23 from Space NK

Erborian BB Crayon
Thanks to its crayon shape, this concealer from Erborian provides customisable coverage and easy blendability.

For a fuss-free approach to applying concealer, this crayon from Korean beauty brand Erborian couldn't be easier to use for targeted correction. Simple draw on where you want coverage and blend into the skin seamlessly with just a tap of your finger or a brush.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Camo Concealer | £6 from Beauty Bay

e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Camo Concealer
For just over £5, e.l.f.'s Hydrating Camo Concealer has a full coverage formula.

For budget beauty that delivers, there are few brands as good as e.l.f. Its camo concealer is a great all-rounder product that has a satin-finish, buildable formula and provides full coverage.

RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Foundation & Concealer | £34 from Feel Unique

RMS Beauty
This cream concealer from RMS Beauty leaves a pore-blurring finish.

Rather than simply cover up imperfections, RMS Beauty aims to enhance your complexion with its pot concealer. It's best to apply with your fingers and can be gently buffed into skin with a few taps, without leaving it feeling, or looking, cakey.

Jones Road Beauty The Face Pencil Everything Stick | £23 from Jones Road Beauty

Jones Road Beauty The Face Pencil Everything Stick
Draw on your concealer with this redness concealing pencil from Jones Road Beauty.

Another crayon-like product worth trying if you prefer a natural finish is Jones Road Beauty, a new brand created by makeup artist Bobbi Brown. You can find your shade online by taking its shade-matching quiz and it's a fail-safe option for concealing redness, rosacea, dark circles and blemishes.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer | £24 from John Lewis

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Cover up blemishes, dark circles and pigmentation with Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Away Liquid Concealer.

Another sponge applicator comes from Charlotte Tilbury, and this luxury concealer is worth the high price tag. It's full coverage and tackles pigmentation, redness, blemishes and dark circles with one easy application. One happy John Lewis shopper said: " A little goes a really long way! I like the sponge applicator as it's soft on the delicate eye area and helps to apply in the right places."

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £24.50 from Boots

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This buildable concealer from NARS can be used all over the face to cover up everything from dark spots to redness.

One of the most popular concealers on the market is this one from Nars. Loved by makeup artists, it gives a luminous finish with a medium, but easily buildable, long-wearing coverage.

L'Oreal Infallible Longwear More Than Concealer | £10.99 from Superdrug

L'Oreal Infallible Longwear More Than Concealer
L'Oreal's concealer is easy to blend, long-wearing and affordable.

Another brilliant budget beauty find is from L'Oreal. Perfect for oily skin, it has a matte finish, comes in 25 shades, provides full coverage, and won't settle into fine lines.

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