The art of concealing is a crucial beauty skill. When applied skilfully, you won’t need top buff as much foundation on top and your skin will look younger, brighter and flawless.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the best concealers under £5 for colour-correcting, highlighting, brightening and disguising imperfections…
Best for… light coverage
The one thing you don’t want with concealer is a finish that’s cakey or visible. Maybelline Instant Anti-Age The Eraser, £3.95, is light but provides long-lasting coverage, erasing dark circles and fine lines. Plus, the handy sponge tip makes blending easier than ever.
Best for… medium coverage
Pop this in your handbag and those middle-of-the-day touch-ups will be so easy. The Makeup Revolution Focus and Fix Concealer, £2, is a generous tube of creamy formula that gives a medium, but blendable, coverage. Will lift dark shadows from under your eyes as easily as it can cover the redness of a breakout.
Best for… under eyes
Ideal for the under-eyes the Barry M Flawless Concealer, £4.49, doesn’t just cover, it also adds lightness and brightness. A winning combo for fighting those pesky dark circles.
Best for… colour correction
Concealing is one thing, but we all know how crucial colour-correction is for getting a flawless base. MUA Pro Base Prime & Conceal Palette, £4, gives you a lot of beauty bang for your buck considering it can counter redness, dullness and sallow and blue tones, thanks to the quartet of correcting creams that surround the highlighting concealer.
Best for…hiding imperfections
Before concealers came in liquid and creams the only real option was the stick. Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer, £3.99, is a classic and has been around for years because it’s adept at covering a zit, taking the shine off a T-zone and brightening the under eyes. On a no make-up day it’s all you need for your base with a bit of clever blending.
Best for… brightening
Sometimes it’s precision you need when it comes to covering up. L’Oreal Perfection True Match Concealer, £4.99, is a generous pen-concealer that’ll let you draw only where you need it. The brightening formula is easily blendable and adapts to your skin for a natural, seamless finish.
Best for… staying put
The Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer, £4.19, will conceal any imperfections for up for 16 hours – yep, really. it’s water resistant and transfer-proof, so no matter what you’re up to your skin will stay flawless.