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The 15 Best Drugstore Concealers That Actually Work

By Katie Intner of Harper's Bazaar | Slide 1 of 16: We’ve all been there: You wake up to an unexpected breakout or sunken-in dark circles after a late night, and panic mode starts to set in. That’s when the right concealer comes in handy. “Buying a concealer is a very personal choice,” celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo tells BAZAAR.com. “Some people like full coverage; some prefer a more lightweight, sheer concealer; and others like concealer with added benefits like acne medication. The drugstore aisle has a wide array that fit individual preferences.”When determining your perfect concealer shade, Oquendo recommends swatching a few different shades against your jawline and picking the one that disappears. “When you swipe your concealer, give it about five minutes to dry down, because some concealers might change color,” he adds.Finding your ideal concealer also comes down to what you are using the product for. “For brightening the face, I always use a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than the natural skin tone to color-correct and illuminate the skin,” celebrity makeup artist Sofia Tilbury explains. Place a brightening concealer on the bridge of your nose, forehead, chin, outer corners of your eyes, and beneath the hollows of the cheekbones to “cheat great lighting and add a lifted look,” Tilbury says.To conceal any blemishes or dark spots, you should always match the color to your foundation. “You don’t want to highlight or draw attention to blemishes or redness,” she adds.Most concealers can get the job done, but the real test is in the product’s staying power. Luckily, affordable options now boast long-lasting formulas. Whether you’re looking to conceal breakouts, hide dark circles, or just add brightness to your complexion, here are the best concealers to try that don’t break the bank.

We’ve all been there: You wake up to an unexpected breakout or sunken-in dark circles after a late night, and panic mode starts to set in. That’s when the right concealer comes in handy.

“Buying a concealer is a very personal choice,” celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo tells BAZAAR.com. “Some people like full coverage; some prefer a more lightweight, sheer concealer; and others like concealer with added benefits like acne medication. The drugstore aisle has a wide array that fit individual preferences.”

When determining your perfect concealer shade, Oquendo recommends swatching a few different shades against your jawline and picking the one that disappears. “When you swipe your concealer, give it about five minutes to dry down, because some concealers might change color,” he adds.

Finding your ideal concealer also comes down to what you are using the product for. “For brightening the face, I always use a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than the natural skin tone to color-correct and illuminate the skin,” celebrity makeup artist Sofia Tilbury explains. Place a brightening concealer on the bridge of your nose, forehead, chin, outer corners of your eyes, and beneath the hollows of the cheekbones to “cheat great lighting and add a lifted look,” Tilbury says.

To conceal any blemishes or dark spots, you should always match the color to your foundation. “You don’t want to highlight or draw attention to blemishes or redness,” she adds.

Most concealers can get the job done, but the real test is in the product’s staying power. Luckily, affordable options now boast long-lasting formulas. Whether you’re looking to conceal breakouts, hide dark circles, or just add brightness to your complexion, here are the best concealers to try that don’t break the bank.

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