How to find the right concealer


Concealer is like a little tube of magic with its ability to cover spots, conceal fine lines and even disguise the tell-tale signs of a late night. Sarah Simpson helps you find the perfect choice of concealer for you.


1. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Maximum Coverage Concealer in Medium, $53. 2. Clarins Instant Concealer in 01, $49.

I have dark spots and would like to be able to cover them effectively.
Look for a blendable concealer which offers a good coverage and has a peachy hue to counteract the darker pigment.



1. Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Medium, $41. 2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Concealer in Fair, $55.

I have very fine lines around my eyes and want to cover them up.
An anti-ageing formula will not only conceal but also fill fine lines, while a combo of vitamins works to help brighten dark areas.


1. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in Light Golden, $48. 2. Australis Colour Corrector Concealer in Gold, $13.50.

I have broken capillaries and need something to hide them.
A concealer with a light hint of gold will work to lighten the area and disguise redness.


1. Artdeco Perfect Teint Concealer in 5, $28. 2. Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Light, $39.

I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup so need a concealer that is super-light and blendable.
There are plenty of concealers which have a lighter consistency. Experiment with formulations at a cosmetic counter to find the lightest option.


1. MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25, $45. 2. Nude by Nature Liquid Mineral Concealer in Light, $24.95.

I love my mineral makeup and would like to continue that through to my concealer.
Mineral formulas are not only kinder to your complexion, but will blend in seamlessly.


1. Maybelline Cover Stick in Medium Beige, $18.99. 2. Australis Bullet Concealer in Medium, $15.

I am after a concealer which isn’t fiddly and is quick to apply.
For a low-fuss application, look at investing in a wind-out concealer tube. They can go everywhere with you.


1. Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Light, $28.50. 2. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC30, $40.

I am time-poor and need my concealer to last the distance.
Long-wearing concealers have a thicker consistency that wears well and contain long-wearing technology.


1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer in 02, $17.50. 2. Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Concealer in Light/Medium, $34.

I am after a soothing concealer to help with my acne.
A natural-based formulation with traces of tea tree is the perfect choice. These heal spots and provide cover.


1. Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Rehab 2-in-1, $18.99. 2. L’Oréal True Match Touch Magique Concealer in Natural Beige, $32.99.

I like concealers that cut out some of my skincare regimen.
Choose a concealer which also contains a primer. This knocks out a step, and the silicones in the primer ensure a super-smooth application.


1. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in 02, $19.99. 2. Guerlain Precious Light Concealer in 01, $94.

I like my concealer to give a luminous finish.
These will contain light-reflecting pigments which lighten and brighten darker areas.


1. Benefit ErasePaste, $49. 2. Australis Go Camo Full On Coverage Concealer in Light, $15.

I have scarring and would like a concealer to help banish any signs of it.
To help cover scarring, you will be looking for a concealer which has a thicker consistency and texture.


1. Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer in 04, $53.60. 2. Murad Eye Lift Perfector in Natural, $68.

The only area I feel I need to conceal is under my eyes.
There are plenty of concealers for the eyes that focus on disguising darkness and also targeting fine lines. They’re also great primers for eye makeup.


1. Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment, $28.50. 2. La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing and Brightening Eye Treatment, $118.

I need my concealer to have anti-ageing benefits.
Anti-ageing concealers are plentiful on beauty counters. These often combine the benefits of age-reversing skincare with the ability to camouflage colour