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Top 12 Concealers


The best concealers work undercover without anyone noticing them. Here you'll find the top 12 concealers in a varity of formulations: Concealers to cover redness, under-eye circles, pimples and even body flaws.

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Best Basic Under Eye Concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

A moist formula, such as Bobbi Brown's creamy concealer won't highlight fine lines and wrinkles, while still providing enough cover for dark circles.

Runner-up: Laura Mercier's Undercover

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Best Drugstore Buy: Maybelline New York Cover Stick

This drugstore concealer is an Allure Magazine reader favorite. It's thick, creamy and covers up blemishes, undereye circles and any discoloration. Plus, you can throw it in your purse for touchups later because it comes in a wonderful lipstick-like packaging!

Best Mineral Makeup Inexpensive: e.l.f.'s Starter Kit, $20

You can't find a better makeup deal than e.l.f. Not only do you get mineral concealer, you get foundation, blush, an all-over brush and a blush brush, all in a canvas tote. Price: Just $20 for all of it.

There are several shades. Pick the one that best fits the color of your skin:

Best Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Minerals

This concealer comes in powder-form and can be applied directly onto any imperfections including red splotches, blemishes, unereye circles and scars. It also works beautifully as a base for eyeshadow.

Conceal Redness: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

We love this concealer because it smartly comes in 2 shades so you can blend your perfect match (you may notice you need different shades for different seasons). InStyle magazine made it a "Best Beauty Buy," because the pros say its yellow undertones help make it the best concealer for covering up redness. "It even works on broken veins," one makeup artist claimed. $28.

Runner up: Make Up For Ever Corrective Make Up Base in Blue 5

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World's Most Popular Brightener: Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat

One of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealers ($35) is sold every 20 seconds around the world. I bought this wondering if the hype was worth it and at first I was disappointed because it didn't do much to cover up the blue veins under my eye. Then I went to the local Saks Fifth Avenue counter to ask about it. I was told I wasn't applying it correctly. Touche Eclat is more a highlighter than a concealer and is meant to "illuminate." As an illuminator I find it works brilliantly. I dot just below the brow and under the eyes, along the nose and under the lip -- anywhere my face has shadows. Amazing.

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Best Concealer to Cover Up Under-Eye Circles: Sue Devitt Automatic Camouflage

To cover dark circles under eyes, you need a yellow or peach-tone concealer.

Best Pimple Concealer: Dermablend Smooth Concealer

Just a little bit of this "grand dame" of concealers does the job, according to InStyle magazine, which named this a best beauty buy. But leave this concealer for your pimples only. You'll want a lighter, creamier formula for under your eyes.

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Best Inexpensive Concealer: L'Oreal Paris True Match

The formula mimics your skin's texture, plus it's super-blendable, practically disappearing onto the skin surface. You'll love the lightweight, creamy texture. But it does cover-up as well.

Best Highlighter: Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener

Use this to conceal dark circles and discolorations. The wand can also be used on the browbone as a highlighter. It will magically make eyes look more awake, wider.

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Best Illuminator: Guerlain Perfect Light Illuminator

Illuminators have the amazing ability to make your skin look 10 times better than it does. They're a makeup artist favorite. What we love about them is how they camouflage like a concealer while adding flattering highlights to the face. (Illuminators are tinged with shimmery gold specks). Ladies Home Journal beauty editors suggest you dab it on your cheekbones, browbone or above your cupid's bow.

Cheaper version: Estee Lauder Ideal Light Illuminator

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Best Concealer for Body: Dermablend Cover Creme

This concealer is specially formulated to cover sores, cuts, pimples or veins on legs and body. When choosing a shade remember that the area below your neck with be a shade or 2 darker.

Runner up: MAC Face and Body Foundation


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