The 9 Best Concealers for Mature Skin, According to Makeup Artists
For many, concealer is a makeup staple. And rightfully so; it's basically an airbrush filter in a bottle. Depending on your technique, the versatile complexion product can be used to instantly brighten dark circles, hide sun spots and hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by rejuvenating a tired, dull-looking complexion. But when you have mature skin, finding a formula that provides adequate coverage without accentuating or exacerbating fine lines and dryness isn't always an easy feat.
According to celebrity makeup artist and Glamazon Beauty founder Kim Baker, your concealer checklist needs to consist of moisturizing ingredients and a creamy formula to counteract the lack of moisture, plus discoloration and texture, that comes with skin aging. "When it comes to concealers for mature skin, liquid and creams are best as they contain hydrating properties to help decrease the look of lines and hyperpigmentation," she tells Southern Living. Below, find the formulas that Baker and other industry experts swear by, and learn how the pros select the best concealers for mature skin.
The Best Concealers for Mature Skin
- Best Overall: Nars Soft Matte Concealer
- Best Drugstore: Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector
- Best for Wrinkles: Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
- Best Skin-Like: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Best for Dark Spots: Jane Iredale Circle/ Delete Concealer
- Best Long-Wearing: Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer
- Best for Dark Circles: Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Tint
- Best for Sensitive Skin: Clè de Peau Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25
- Best for Dry Skin: Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer
How to Perfect Your Concealer Application
But before you can pick a new concealer, makeup artist Jonet Williamson says that you need to perfect your skincare and prep routine. "For mature skin, I like to make sure that it looks plump and fresh with a healthy glow," she explains. "Try prepping the skin with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid—the By Terry Global Face Cream is my favorite—in combination with a line- filling and blurring primer like the Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas." Staying on theme with prioritizing prep, celebrity makeup artist Ashley Rebecca notes, "I make sure that the eye area is hydrated with a good eye cream that's not heavy, and start by blending the concealer very lightly in places where it needs to be with a concealer brush." She adds, "Less is more when it comes to wearing concealer. Blending and layering are key, and I also set the concealer with a translucent powder when finished."
As for the perfect application, Baker suggests starting "under your eye from the corner of the eye near the nose to the edge of the end of the eye in a V shape." She assures that this will brighten dark circles without creasing or settling into any fine lines or wrinkles.
In terms of shade selection, Williamson recommends using "a brighter shade under the eyes to lift the eye and warmer tones as bronzer versus a powder." For those with particularly textured skin, she prefers "applying concealer with a damp beauty sponge to get the smoothest coverage."
Keep scrolling to find your concealer match and flawlessly reduce the look of under-eye circles, fine lines, and dark spots.