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Cover Up! Our Favorite Affordable Concealers

Here’s my hot take: Concealer is the most essential makeup product of all.

If I was only allowed to use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t even hesitate to choose concealer. While blush, mascara, and lipstick can add a certain spark to your features, there’s something so seminal about concealer that I simply refuse to leave the house without it.

In order to feel presentable, I must have the best concealer on hand. It’s so unprofessional (not to mention embarrassing) to show up to networking events with a big ol’ zit on my chin. And, as a single lady, I’d rather cancel a date with an eligible bachelor than show up with inflamed problem spots on my t-zone.

While some people embrace their blemishes (hey, all the more power to yah,) I am, admittedly, not one of those people. As such, I need the most effective product to hide my pimples if I want to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

With that in mind, let’s jot down some of our absolute favorite concealers. (These products are great for covering anything from cystic acne to deep under-eye bags.)

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer

Rihanna’s fabulous cosmetic line — Fenty Beauty — is praised for its effectiveness and inclusivity. The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer is a perfect example of a product that not only makes your skin look straight-up airbrushed, it’s reasonably priced — currently listed as $29 on Amazon.

What also makes this product ideal is its sheer inclusiveness. This instant retouch concealer comes in 50 soft matte shades total, making it one of the most diverse concealers in the market.

If you’ve ever felt like you just can’t for the life of you find the right concealer that matches your unique skin color, Fenti Beauty’s Instant Retouch is a great place to start.

The finished look will hide all your problem spots and leave your skin looking smooth and creamy more than ever before. Just be sure to prep for the wave of compliments you’ll receive once you wear it.

Maybelline Eraser

@bambidoesbeauty Acne prone gyals, name a better concealer than the maybelline eraser✨I’ll wait✨#pimplepatch #pimplepatches #spots #concealer #concealerhack #concealertutorial #concealertips #acnecoverage #spotconceal #pimples #pimpleremover #maybelline #drugstore #maybellineeraserconcealer #eraserconcealer #afforfablemakeup #budgetbeauty #concealerhacks #viralmakeup #makeup #makeuphacks #makeuptips #makeuphack ♬ origineel geluid - hanna

Have you ever gazed in the mirror, wishing you could grab some magical product that completely erases all of your blemishes and imperfections? I know I have. “If only I could just get rid of this one zit!” I often think to myself.
Fortunately, with the help of new-wave technology, there are products out there that effectively hide your areas of concern.

One of the finest products out there is the Maybelline Eraser.

Maybelline Eraser gives your skin a smooth, silky finish that lasts all day. Plus, it’s reasonably priced compared to more high-end products of similar quality. Sounds like a win-win situation.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

@ericanic0le I’ve been using this concealer for about 7 years now & it truly does the best job at covering up stubborn acne! #acnemakeup #acnemakeuproutine #acnemakeupcoverage #acnemakeuptutorial #coveringupacne #concealer #concealerhack #concealertips #concealerforacne #narsradiantcreamyconcealer #acne #acneskin #acnetips ♬ original sound - ERICA NICOLE

Nars Radiant Cream Concealer truly leaves your skin feeling creamy and glowy. Whether you’re dealing with tiny whiteheads or inflamed cystic acne, this specific creamer is sturdy enough to hide all of your skin concerns. It’s so effective and blendable that no one will ever guess you’re wearing concealer at all!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal

Now, this is the concealer I personally swear by. I’ve been using it consistently for the better half of five years, and have never looked back. Out of all the drugstore concealers I’ve used over the years, I would’ve given anything to have this back in high school — when I was greeted with “pizza face” more than once. (Thanks for the lovely memories, H.S. bullies.)

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal is lightweight and doesn’t leave a cakey finish. But it’s sturdy enough to essentially airbrush your blemishes away. And the best part? It lasts throughout the whole day — no need to reapply.

I love the Master Conceal because a little goes a long way. While the bottle is relatively small, it tends to last me through the year.

Maybelline Fit Me

When it comes to finding the right concealer, one of the main problems folks who are acne-prone have is if the product itself will aggravate their pimples. Some concealers are not to be trusted because they make your zits worse, so what do you do? You buy more and more of their product. It becomes a never ending cycle that you most certainly do not want to fall victim to.

So, it’s really important to find concealers that don’t exacerbate your acne. On the flip side, there are several concealers that are actually good for your skin. Maybelline Fit Me is an exceptional concealer that keeps acne at bay. Don’t mind if I do!

Nyx Green Color Corrector

@daniarribere Heres how i cover a good ole pimple✨ #pimplecoverup #coverupmakeup #greencolorcorrector #greencolorcorrection #acnecoverage #acnecoverup #acnemakeupcoverage #pimplecoverups #fyp #pimplemakeupproducts #pimplemakeup ♬ original sound - daniarribere

If you’re guilty of picking at your zits — hey, we’re all human — you run the risk of red and inflamed skin. No one wants to rock the glistening red look of Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. So, if redness is a problem for you, Nyx Green Color Corrector is the solution you’ve been waiting for.
While it certainly works to apply the color corrector underneath a concealer that matches your skin tone, you can also just place the green color corrector over your red spots, which will solve 50% of the problem.

Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

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I’ve mainly focused on concealing pimples so far, but what about wrinkles and under-eye bags? While all the concealers listed are great for fine lines, Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer is optimal for this particular concern.

When it comes to aging skin, it’s best to use products that are lighter and less harsh. According to several makeup artists who specialize in mature skin, Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy is a miracle potion. When you consider its the sheer quality and fair pricing of the product — another win-win situation.

e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer

@ericataylor2347 Concealer Faves over 40 #fuckaround #makeupover40 #concealerover40 #matureskinmakeup #matureskin #undereyebags #darkundereye #concealer #concealerhack #concealerfordryskin #cakeyconcealer #wrinkles #undereyewrinkles @neutrogena_us @rarebeauty @elfyeah @saiebeauty @dior ♬ original sound - Erica Taylor

e.l.f is terrific because it’s high-quality, inexpensive, and long-lasting. The makeup brand offers an awesome concealer to effectively eliminate those wired and tired under-eye bags. When it comes to erasing fine lines, women over the age of 40 can’t stop raving about e.l.f. Hydrating Concealer.
Well, there you have it. A round-up of our absolute favorite concealers of all time. It’s simply a product you cannot go without.

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