20 Best Concealers For Acne To Cover Even The Worst Blemishes

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Pimples are the worst, and they always seem to appear just when we want to look our best! No one wants to go on a big date with a giant zit on their face. Sometimes your best bet is to try concealing that pimple by the beauty of makeup.

You can start by with some choices for the best concealer for acne, one that's the exact same shade as your skin in the area around your pimple (and your whole face). You don't want the pimple to be highlighted by being a different shade.

Then, take your concealer and place it on the spot and blend. You may also want to use a bit of powder or setting spray on top of that to hold it all in place. Yes, all these steps will take you a bit, but it's worth it to get smooth skin. Skipping steps will undo your hard work, after all.


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Under $20

1. Gabriel Cosmetics Cream Concealer

Whether it’s a mega-zit or a minor imperfection, this all-natural, vegan and gluten-free water-based concealer is designed to correct skin tone irregularities, camouflage imperfections, and under eye circles with full and natural-looking coverage.

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2. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

This concealer has coconut oil that provides intensive moisture and ensures no caking. There's also a subtle hint of orange that helps to counteract the appearance of dark circles, while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.

(Ulta, $6)

3. JOAH Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

Just the right amount of coverage and skin-smoothing texture helps your complexion appear more youthful and lets you say so long to discoloration, blemishes, scars and dark circles. The lightweight and creamy concealer is budge-proof, so anything you prefer to hide stays undercover all day.

(CVS, $5.99)

4. Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct

Buildable yet lightweight liquid concealer (a rarity in green beauty!) that offers medium-to-full coverage without flaking, breaking, or caking. It's also PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan, as always.

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Over $20

5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Ultra lightweight, this high-tech formula melds like a second skin to give you full coverage in an instant. For complete coverage, just keep building! No matter how much you apply, Naked Skin Concealer always blends beautifully and never settles into fine lines.

(Sephora, $29)

6. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer 

Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyper-pigmentation, 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.

(Sephora, $34)

7. Becca Ultimate Coverage Longwear Concealer

This water-resistant, full coverage formula harnesses flexible light and pigment technology to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and un-even texture for a flawless yet natural finish. Featuring an antioxidant blend of Vitamin E, squalene and manuka honey to nourish the skin, the weightless formula helps maintain skin's natural moisture balance and effortlessly blends into skin for a smooth finish.

(Sephora, $29)

8. Josie Maran Cosmetics Vibrancy Argan Oil Concealer Fluid

This concealer has a formula designed to soothe, calm and treat even the most sensitive skin conditions, and concerns from redness to dark spots to blemishes, and is clinically proven to improve smoothness and hydration. 

(Sephora, $28)

9. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

This high-tech concealer is infused with Drops of Light Technology for added radiance. Your anti-aging waterproof concealer covers everything and lasts all day without creasing or cracking.

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10. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Brightening Concealer

Brighten up tired eyes, hide dark circles, and conceal imperfections with Boi-Ing Brightening Concealer. This creamy concealer has melon undertones to camouflage discoloration. This easily blendable cream concealer color corrects and imparts a radiant finish.

(Sephora, $22)

11. Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

The worst part about covering up a pimple is usually that dry, flaky skin that often accompanies a spot or scab as it heals. This concealer features a hydrating balm on one end and a concealer on the other, so this is the perfect duo to cover even the worst blemishes. 

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12. Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Redness Rehab Conceal & Correct

Dermelect’s Redness Rehab Conceal + Correct is a multi-tasking, anti-aging cream that instantly conceals and camouflages redness and uneven skin tone while soothing and calming irritated skin.

(Dermelect, $38)

13. RMS “Un” Cover-Up

This concealer aims to make healthier skin, not just cover it up. It is versatile, it can be used as a foundation or a light concealer, and gives even coverage without looking heavy or drying out skin. 

(Aillea, $36)

14. ILIA Concealer

This concealer is botanical-packed and very gentle, with healing properties of Aloe and Coconut Oil that soothe and hydrate, while Arnica and Green Tea Extract help calm inflammation. Apply this one with a brush to conceal dark circles under eyes, even skin tone and reduce redness.

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(Aillea, $30)

15. Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer

This lightweight, breathable concealer helps correct the appearance of blemishes, uneven skin tone and dark circles without dulling, drying or settling into lines or pores. Light reflecting minerals boost brightening while the organic Herbal Enlightenment Complex of Frankincense, Tulsi and Lotus helps soothe, calm and protect.

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16. Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer

The formula is rich with hydration and pigment, so it goes on easy, blends smoothly without creasing, and stays put for 16 hours of consistent color wear. Safe for all skin types, Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer is also ophthalmologist tested and safe for the under-eye area.

(Ulta, $26)

17. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

This concealer instantly color corrects dark circles, redness, discoloration, and blemishes with a natural-looking, soft-matte finish. The oil-free formula builds weightlessly, blends seamlessly and last effortlessly while delivering long-term skincare benefits. 

(Ulta, $30)

18. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer is a powder foundation and concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Even through sweat and humidity. Weightless powder makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, and color stays true.

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19. PHILOSOPHY Renewed Hope In A Jar Complete Concealer

Philosophy's skin-nourishing Renewed Hope In A Jar Complete Concealer delivers instant full coverage in a feather-light texture that feels barely there. The highly pigmented formula containing aloe vera, chamomile, and green tea botanical extracts blends easily on the skin for creaseless and flawless coverage that blurs imperfections including redness, scars and dark spots. 

(Ulta, $28)

20. LORAC PRO Conceal/Contour Palette and Brush

Correct and perfect with the LORAC PRO Conceal and Contour Palette and Makeup Brush. Containing 12 creamy blendable shades, this palette is perfect for covering imperfections and enhancing features. These universal shades can be used individually or blended together to create a custom color.

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