Important fact of life: Quality concealer is your undercover best friend. The right tube can cover up dark circles, camouflage pesky zits, mask redness, even out your skin tone all without creasing, caking, and smearing.
We asked nine InStyle editors to spill their make-up secrets, and share the one concealer they keep on-hand at all times. Spoiler alert, the results may surprise you!
Emily Taylor, Editor
"I never travel without Revlon Photoready concealer ($24.95; priceline.com.au) . The handy tube, which looks like a lipstick, is ultra portable and the formula covers a myriad of skin sins – oh, and it lasts forever. Bang for buck, smashed.”
Faith Campbell, Acting Deputy Editor
“It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye ($42; sephora.com.au) could also be called See-ya Pimples, or Ciao Redness! I use the high-coverage, dewy formula anywhere my skin needs it, and have a tube at home, in my handbag and my desk draw
Josephine Upfill-Brown, Art Director
“I use Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Concealer ($50; davidjones.com.au) I find it is the best option for my dry skin- unlike other products; it never makes my skin look ‘flakey’. I have been using it for about 4 years.”
Katherine Green, Fashion Director
"I love how silky RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up ($52; mecca.com.au) feels on your skin and doesn’t give me the cakey under eye appearance. Have used it through summer and winter for redness under my eyes and love how it makes my skin look."
Lulu Custance, Fashion Office Assistant
"Having ditched foundation a little while ago now I let my YSL Touche Éclat, ($68; davidjones.com.au) concealer do all the work. It’s handy pen like brush means it can be applied easily around the eyes and nose instantly making my skin look fresh and hydrated in one easy fix.
Laura Wilson, Acting Beauty Director
“I currently swear by the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($44; mecca.com.au). It’s a full-coverage, semi-matte formula that sets without the heavy look and feel you might expect. A little goes a long way, erasing dark circles in one swipe, and banishing blemishes, or dark spots seamlessly. I use a brush to apply it over foundation first and then blend it in with my fingers.”
Kate Moffat, Digital Content Manager
“Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($44 davidjones.com.au). It’s the perfect consistency (not too thin or thick!) and has a shade to suit my (very pale) skin tone. It’s great at covering any redness or dark shadows and glides on easily.”
Tina Burke, Digital Content Editor
"Nars Radiant Creamy Concelaer ($44; mecca.com.au) provides long-lasting, heavy coverage that feels barely-there, and the creamy consistency makes it easily blendable. Just one application covers my incredibly dark under-eye circles and the red patches on my pale skin."
Arielle Tsoukatos, Digital Content Editor
"For me, most concealers appear too light or too pink against my skin tone. I’d almost decided concealer just didn’t ‘suit me’ until I tried this bad boy, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($40; davidjones.com.au). I’ve fallen for it’s full coverage formula and love that I can blend it using just my fingers on the go. I’m hooked!"