Top 15 Concealers and Makeup Primers for Everyday Wear
Last updated on : June 15 2021
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Concealers & Primers
Makeup is not only trending nowadays - it is a movement and way of life.
Whether you stumble upon a tutorial on YouTube or search for instructions on how to apply the perfect smokey eye - finding the right concealer and primer is the foundation of a "pancake free" look that is natural, flattering, and balanced.
According to Augusta Falletta at StyleCaster, "You'd be hard-pressed to find a woman who doesn't use concealer as a part of her daily beauty routine."
In this article, we scour the web for insights into the best concealers and makeup primers on the market today.
The right concealer hides blemishes, tackles dark circles under your eyes, and gives you the appearance of flawless skin. Those that make our list are lightweight and packed with various vitamins to promote healthy skin.
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If you are looking for a highly concentrated formula that offers a creamy and thick texture, the MAC Studio Finish Concealer is one of the best options out there.
It's a lightweight emollient concealer that offers opaque coverage and doubles as a sunscreen with SPF 35 protection. Owing to its highly concentrated formula, you need to use minimal amounts of this concealer to cover discolored areas on your skin or to minimize imperfections and blemishes.
The final result is a light finish that looks natural and matte.
Chockful of antioxidants, this concealer provides the skin with derivatives of vitamin A and E. It also absorbs excess oil. It is water-resistant, which is ideal if you live in more humid climates like Florida and South Carolina.
The MAC Studio Finish Concealer is available in 15 shades, so you are sure to find a decent match.
Price: approx. $19
The Makeup For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette is ideal if you like to customize and personalize your concealers to correct specific issues.
It is designed to suit all skin types and offers a palette of five shades that combine to give you the perfect match. It allows you to layer multiple shades, focus on reducing the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles, pigmentation, scars, and other blemishes.
Choose from palettes for very fair complexion, Asian complexion, light complexion, and dark complexion, depending on your skin tone. It is also available in professional corrective shades for professional makeup artists.
Hide the imperfections you would like to hide or use it to highlight and sculpt your best features for contouring.
Price: approx. $40
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer is a creamy, stick-type emulsion formula that blends expertly to conceal areas of the skin you feel need more attention. We recommend it for women with dry or sensitive skin.
Whether you want to hide dark circles, spots, or any other imperfections in your skin, this concealer boasts an absorptive yet light formula. Not only will it get you through the day, but it also offers complete coverage that makes your skin glow. This innovative Japanese powder technology camouflages imperfections while brightening skin.
What's in it? Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer contains Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid and green tea extracts. These ingredients help in maintaining the skin's moisture levels while also making it smooth and supple.
This concealer must be applied after liquid foundation but before using any compact powder. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer is available in 6 shades: ivory, almond, beige, ocher, honey, and mocha.
Price: approx. $70
If you are looking for a lightweight concealer that lasts for up to 15 hours, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer is the one for you.
As the name suggests, this concealer creates a flawless look with its lightweight crème formula. It contains some minerals and emollients that condition skin and make blending effortless. Not only does this make for skin that looks flawless, but it also offers a luminous finish without any creasing - a total winner.
Estée Lauder offers this concealer in a range of 11 shades for light to deep skin tones. It is a favorite concealer because it maintains color, is free of oil, and is water- and transfer-resistant - so you can cheek-kiss with confidence at your next white party.
Price: approx. $25
Chantecaille Total Concealer is a new gel concealer with the unique ability to provide a smooth and natural finish. It blends with your skin owing to its natural ingredients.
It is perfect for dry skin that needs moisture and lasts throughout the day. This cream covers dark circles and imperfections and also reduces the appearance of lines. Its ingredients include olive oil and tamanu nut oil that work to nourish and hydrate skin simultaneously.
Other ingredients include chamomile, green tea, orchid extract, and wild rose to promote natural rejuvenation, healing, and protection of your skin. This product comes in 4 shades – alabaster, nude, cream, and shea.
Price: approx. $37
Lancôme's Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer is a concealer that offers natural-looking coverage.
Apparent signs of stress and fatigue, such as uneven skin tone, dark circles, and fine lines are effortlessly covered, leaving the skin around the eyes with a soft, matte finish. It offers a long-lasting, waterproof formula that never creases or fades and is available in 13 shades.
Price: approx. $31
Yves Saint Laurent's Anti-Cernes is a highly pigmented concealer. While it caters to the delicate under-eye areas, it is often used all over the face to equal effect.
The product has a beveled tip that is perfect for accurate application. Its cream-like texture works to eliminate visible imperfections while reducing inflammation and puffiness. The light-diffusing pigments in this formula reduce even the most apparent blemishes and shortcomings of your skin.
Use it directly over the foundation or under the powder. This concealer is suitable for all skin types and comes in 3 shades, namely, ivory beige, nude beige, and pink beige.
Price: approx. $38
Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer comes with emollients and silicones that prime your skin for effortless application.
It boasts the trademarked Elasto-Smooth technology and promises to create a soft-focus effect on your skin (think of the camera filter that gives you the best and most vibrant selfies) while hiding those fine lines and skin blemishes.
Its formula is oil-free, so your skin appears soft, which ensures that the foundation and makeup you use stays true to color and as vibrant as ever.
Price: approx. $20
Ranked high as one of the best primers in the market, Chanel's Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base is one of the flagship products by the brand.
This foundation base lightens your complexion while evening out your skin texture instantly. Not only does it make the application of foundation easy, but it also helps the foundation stay on throughout the day.
It is also one of those multi-use beauty solutions. Use it as a primer, concealer, illuminating base, or radiance booster after application of your foundation.
Containing ingredients like witch hazel extract that helps reduce the visibility of pores. Silica and mica powders that lend a matte effect to your complexion, and licorice extract that evens out your skin's texture, this one is designed to make your skin glow - literally.
Price: approx. $48
As the name suggests, The POREfessional Face Primer helps reduce the appearance of pores as well as fine lines resulting in unblemished and youthfully smooth skin.
Use this silky light formula on its own, under, or on top of your makeup. It boasts a translucent oil-free formula with ingredients that include vitamin E derivatives that have been proven effective in protecting skin from free radicals.
This product is designed to suit all skin tones and helps makeup adhere for an entire day at the office or through a night with friends.
Price: approx. $31
Made of a mix of grape seed extract, vitamins A and E derivatives, and green tea, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer offers a silky and light texture.
When it comes to the best primers, this is another oil-free option that reduces visible fine lines, minimizes pores, and smooths your skin with a velvety texture primed for foundation application.
Use it under your foundation or dab some on to create an even skin tone and a soft-focus appearance.
Price: approx. $36
Containing derivatives of some essential vitamins like A, C, and E, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is an excellent primer option for those who want a light gel-like primer to offset the harmful effects of the environment.
This creamy gel boasts a unique pearly tint that creates a much-adored soft-focus look. Not only does this layer of primer visibly reduce blemishes and imperfections, but it also acts as a protective layer against the vagaries of the elements.
An excellent option for those who travel a lot; this primer helps your makeup adhere for more extended and remain color-true throughout the day.
Price: approx. $20
Clinique's Superprimer™ Face Primers.
Clinique's Face Primer is available in three Super primer options. Each of these achieving a specific goal.
The Color Correct Redness is a tinted primer in yellowish tones that help reduce redness and create a neutral tone. The Color Correct Discoloration Superprimer has a peach tint, which is perfect for creating an even skin tone for those with discolored skin and blemishes. The Universal Face Superprimer is a colorless primer that smooths your skin, minimizes imperfections, and creates a translucent layer for foundation application.
Price: approx. $27
Rich in natural ingredients, the silicon-free Prep + Prime Natural Radiance by MAC is a silky gel emulsion designed to hydrate the skin while creating a perfectly primed canvas foundation or powder application.
Containing derivatives of vitamins E and C, this primer is full of antioxidants that protect and renew your skin while controlling oil production. Choose from one of the two shades—radiant yellow for darker skin tones and radiant pink for fairer skin tones.
Price: approx. $41
Hourglass's Veil Mineral Primer
Rounding up the list is Hourglass's Veil Mineral Primer, One for you if you prefer all-natural solutions.
Use it as a concealer for reddened skin and an SPF 15 broad-spectrum sunscreen. This oil-free and weightless formula is non-greasy and does not contain any parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes.
Price: approx. $52
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Choosing the best concealers and primers today requires that you identify your skin type, skin tone, and what you want to get out of your makeup preparatory products.
Our list introduces you to a host of everyday concealers that are light, easy to wear and feature healthy, natural ingredients that support glowing and blemish-free appearances.
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