The Best Concealer for Every Coverage Level

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As I stray further and further from higher coverage foundations, opting for sheer bases or no foundation at all, concealer is really becoming quite important to my makeup routine. I only have small problem areas on my face, so most of the time I like to leave the clear areas bare and use concealer only where I need it - it creates the illusion that I'm wearing no base makeup at all, which is always the look I'm going for. Depending on how I'm feeling and the look I'm going for, I'll need different levels of coverage. I'm super happy with my current collection of concealers and feel like I'm ready for any occasion.

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LIGHT COVERAGE | Glossier Stretch ConcealerWhen my skin is feeling dry and dull, and I don't have too much to cover, the Glossier Stretch Concealer is always the one I turn to. I've heard it referred to as the "tinted moisturizer of concealers," and I definitely agree. It's got the sheerest coverage out of all my concealers, but it just helps to even everything out. It has a super dewy finish, so it adds life to tired undereyes, looks super skinlike, and moves with your face instead of cracking with too much expression.

MEDIUM COVERAGE | Milk Makeup Flex ConcealerThe name makes me feel like they were going for a similar vibe to Glossier's, where it's supposed to move with your face and not crack or shift, and they've bumped up the coverage a bit from the Glossier. Out of all the concealer's I'm mentioning this is my most-used and probably my favorite. I like that it has the doe-foot applicator, so it's easy to dot on wherever. It blends equally well with fingers, a brush, or a beauty blender, and it just looks so natural on the skin. This one is excellent under the eyes and on redness, and I like that it doesn't cake up on blemishes too. It won't cover darker acne scars, but it does a good job of evening everything out.

MEDIUM-HIGH COVERAGE | NARS Soft Matte Complete ConcealerFor awhile, this was my ultimate favorite concealer - I loved it so much that I bought a second shade to mix for my perfect shade match. Despite having the word matte in the name, it has more of a satin finish that doesn't feel drying - in fact, it looks much less dry on my skin than the cult favorite Radiant Creamy Concealer. This gives great coverage and stays put well on blemishes, although I have to be careful to exfoliate beforehand. If I have a particularly angry spot, this won't cover up all the redness, but it does the job enough for me.

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HIGH COVERAGE | Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage ConcealerThis is a new addition, but I'm already hooked. This is a thick, highly pigmented concealer, but it blends out to not look like makeup at all. I love using a teeny bit of a high coverage concealer all over in place of foundation, and this is definitely a new favorite to do that with. Despite being high coverage, it doesn't get dry or cakey on the skin - in fact, it has a slightly more dewy finish. It works equally well under the eyes, on blemishes, and on redness, which is rare for such high coverage. This is going to be a staple all winter long.

HIGHEST COVERAGE | Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin EnhancerIf nothing else will cover a blemish, I'll reach for this. It's my go-to for pinpoint concealing because you literally need the tiniest pinprick to get complete coverage. I also like that this doesn't have a super matte finish, so again, it doesn't cake up on blemishes. Sensing a theme here? This also works beautifully mixed into moisturizers for a custom lightweight base. When I first got it I was disappointed in the size, but this tiny pot is seriously going to last forever.

What's your favorite concealer?

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