Top Makeup Artists Share the Best Concealers Ever

by Alina Gonzalez

One of the beautiful parts about makeup artistry is that with the right products and skills, you can both create and erase. You not only materialize depth, dimension, plump skin, and sculpted features, but also make fine lines, dark spots, dark circles, and inflamed blemishes invisible to the human eye. No one knows how to make unsightly skin issues disappear quite as magically as the industry’s top makeup artists, whose job it is to make all clients look like their skin is awake and flawless, even when it’s not. Having worked with pretty much every concealer on the market to tackle serious under-eye shadows, breakouts, and more, these pros have come to rely on all-time favorites that they know will do the job without caking, flaking, fading, or settling. Since concealer is an essential for almost every makeup wardrobe except those blessed with J.Lo’s exact complexion (hey, even J.Lo needs it on occasion), we tapped top artists to reveal their number one picks, and why.


Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

The Artist: Ricky Wilson

The Clients: Emmy Rossum, Elizabeth Banks, Leighton Meester

The Concealer: Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin

Why: “I love it because it’s versatile. Strong enough to cover a tattoo but can be sheer enough to be used anywhere on the skin and look natural even in daylight. I also like the fact that the shade range suits all skin tones. Many brands have limited concealer shades, which makes it difficult to look invisible. Especially under the eyes. I normally take a tiny amount of it and stipple it anywhere I need to camouflage using the beauty blender sponge.”

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Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

The Artist: Melissa Walsh

The Clients: Taylor Schilling, Brittany Snow, Lisa Marie Presley

The Concealer: Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

Why: “Not only does a little go a long way, but it covers everything from dark circles to pimples and doesn’t feel heavy or get cakey. It also is vegan, organic, and toxin free. My tip for applying is after foundation use a blotting sheet to take off excess oil where you are going to apply concealer so that it doesn’t slide off, and then pat on under your eyes with your ring finger to blend. On pimples, use the tiniest brush you can find (eyeliner brushes work well) and dot on top of the pimple. Lightly pat in and then set with a dusting of powder.”


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

The Artist: Liset Garza

The Clients: Michelle Dockery, Phoebe Tonkin, Natasha Lyonne

The Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Why: “It’s a must-have in my kit. With two shades, one to match the undertone and the other to match the depth of the color, you can custom-blend the perfect shade. It hides dark circles, blemishes, and discoloration. I tend not to use concealer brushes when I apply concealers, and instead I love using either my fingers or small tapered blending brushes. It’s easier to build and looks more natural.”

The Artist: Deanna Melluso

The Clients: Olivia Wilde, Bella Thorne, Ashley Benson

The Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Why: “It has the best color range and covers a breakout like no other. It also comes in two shades, which is great for discoloration and coverage. It leaves you with a flawless face. The way I like to apply this product is by using a flat concealer brush. I like the Laura Mercier Concealer Brush as well as the Tom Ford shadow/concealer brush. Using your color of choice, I press on the darker area for the eye. Then I take a fluffy blending brush, my favorite being Mac Brush 217, and I blend the color where needed. I prefer to leave a little space by the lash line, which helps with creasing.”

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

The Artist: Nick Barose

The Clients: Lupita Nyong'o, Hailee Steinfeld, Alicia Vikander

The Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Why: “It’s really rare that you can use the same concealer for under eyes and on the rest of the face, because if it’s good for the rest of the face to cover pimples, it’ll be too cakey for under the eyes. I love this liquid formula that has rich pigment for coverage but also has a subtle light-reflective quality, so it’s perfect for both under eyes and the rest of the face.”


Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long-Lasting Concealer

The Artist: Patrick Ta

The Clients: Gigi Hadid, Shay Mitchell, Joan Smalls, Kim Kardashian

The Concealer: Chanel Correcteur Perfection

Why: “This has been my recent obsession and I am in LOVE with it. There are two specific colors that I can’t glam without which are Beige Ivoire 20 which has more of a yellow undertone, and Beige Petal 30 which has more of a pink undertone, which I love to put under the eyes to create that fresh baby doll look that you see often on Kim Kardashian. In my opinion, the best application is to apply the concealer directly onto your skin with the applicator in the area that needs concealing and highlighting. Then blend out with a beauty blender for an even blended application. For directly underneath the eyes I normally blend with a small soft brush to get the areas the beauty blender can’t reach.”

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Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat - Radiant Touch

The Artist: Carl Ray

The Clients: Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Katherine Heigl

The Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat

Why: “This is not just a concealer; it’s also a highlighter. It’s like painting with light. It takes all the shadows from the face and never builds or creases. I even apply it over a beefier concealer, such as Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, that has more coverage when I need to, and it meshes seamlessly.”


Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

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