Best Concealers

What are the best concealers for acne prone skin? If you are struggling with acne skin, a good concealer can be your best investment!

But finding a concealer that does not clog pores can be a challenge.

There are tons of different concealers on the market today, but when it comes to covering blemishes, it's important to find a product that will not aggravate your acne. If you choose the wrong product, you can create a vicious cycle of concealing the pimples, only to have new ones pop up.

As a general guideline, the best concealers for blemishes:

  • Are oil-free
  • Non comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Have a green or yellow base/undertone to help offset the redness of the pimples

But for more specific examples, below are the best concealers agreed upon by skincare experts, makeup artists, and beauty editors alike.

4 Best Concealers for Acne Prone Skin

These amazing concealers provide excellent coverage and are very unlikely to cause any additional breakouts. I have personally used all of these concealers myself and none of them have ever made me breakout (which is a miracle for my sensitive skin!)

1) MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer

*My personal favorite!*

This concealer provides full coverage, is ultra-long lasting, and is waterproof. From my personal experience, it stays put through sweat, exercise, and swimming!

It provides a nice matte finish and is oil-free.

The manufacturer's website describes this concealer as : "Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body."

2) Stila Cover-Up Stick

This concealer is non-oily, non-comedogenic, and provides a matte finish. It blends perfectly into the skin and provides full coverage. It neutralizes and camouflages blemishes, capillaries, and sunspots.

3) Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer

Best Concealers for Acne Prone Skin

*My second favorite!*

This concealer was named as Editor's pick in InStyle magazine's "Best of Beauty" (May 2010, p210). It is a creamy corrective concealer that stimulates collagen production, increases blood flow, lessens dark circles, smoothes fine lines, blurs blemishes, and tightens pores within a week of once daily use.

It contains the anti-aging powerhouse Retinol, known for its ability to smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin's surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin.

Because this concealer has a creamy consistency, people with acne prone skin may be afraid that it will cause them to breakout; however, I have been using this concealer for the past few months and have not had a single breakout from it. And I have noticed the quality of my skin improve gradually as I use it.

4) Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

This concealer is recommended by many beauty experts and can be used for pimples as well as other blemishes like broken veins.

Although the product does not specify that it is oil-free or non-comedogenic, I have used this product for years to touch up blemishes throughout the day, and it has never caused me to breakout.

It can be used to camouflage dark circles, minor imperfections, and discolorations. It has a unique two-shade system: one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skins undertone. So you can custom-blend her own perfect shade.

Best Under Eye Concealer

While we are on the topic of the best concealers, you may also be interested in the best under eye concealer options. These two products are my favorite go-to under eye concealers.

1) Tarte the Eraser Concealer

Unlike other concealers that just cover the problem, Tarte The Eraser Smooth Concealer contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients that help treat and soothe irritated skin and blemishes. So you can use it on pimples as well, but I prefer to use it as my daily under eye concealer.

It's free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, and phthalates and it contains many beneficial ingredients.

For instance, this concealer contains:

  • arnica flower extract - known to reduce the appearance of dark undereye circles
  • cucumber extract - known for skin-soothing properties
  • vitamin C - an antioxidant that helps prevent premature signs of aging
  • vitamin E - an antioxidant that acts as anti-inflammatory emollient

It is also dermatologist tested and approved.

2) Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste

I use this concealer for special occasions or on days when I need some extra coverage underneath my eyes ... i.e.- had a late night the night before :)

It is a brightening camouflage for the eyes and face. It has a concentrated, creamy, and blendable consistency that instantly brightens and camouflages all-in-one.

It has an innovative formula intended to reduce signs of stress and fatigue and there are three brightening neutral shades to complement many different complexions.

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