Whether we’re 15 or 85, we always want to look our best.
As women, makeup becomes a part of our beauty routine pretty early on in life. But as we age, so does our skin. And the products we use in our twenties and thirties aren’t always right when we hit a more mature age.
Maybe you do a full, glamorous face of makeup every day. Maybe you prefer to keep your look more natural. Either way, concealer is one of those makeup bag essentials that every woman needs.
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Looking for one that’s great for aging skin? Here are 37 of the best concealers for mature skin.
What to Look For in a Concealer
As part of the natural aging process, skin sags and develops fine lines and wrinkles. So, it’s important for mature women to use cosmetics that include anti-aging combatants.
Look for a concealer with antioxidants to reduce wrinkles, peptides to firm the skin, and vitamin C to boost collagen. If it has hyaluronic acid, it’ll also provide hydration. All of these ingredients can make your skin look younger, brighter and healthier.
Ingredients aside, the most important part of choosing a concealer is to pick the right color.
If you’re trying to cover under-eye circles, choose a shade that’s two tones lighter than your natural skin tone. If you’re looking for a concealer specifically to cover blemishes, choose a shade that’s the same as (or close to) your natural skin tone.
Regardless of your skin tone or type, steer clear of concealers that crease and cake on the skin. Those will only make you look older!
Available in more than 30 shades, the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer is perfect for women of any skin tone.
Ranging in color from ultra-fair to deep and dark, this product can conceal, contour and highlight the face. You can even use it to hide or retouch areas with hyperpigmentation or discoloration.
Born This Way is super lightweight and incredibly hydrating, so you never have to worry about it caking on your skin.
BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer from bareMinerals is waterproof, hydrating and formulated not to crease. It’s humidity-resistant for when you’re out and about in warm climates. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and natural ingredients to minimize pores and fine lines.
With this product on your face, you’ll look and feel more hydrated, which is key to achieving that youthful, healthy appearance!
When you need a concealer to stay put for twelve hours, reach for Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer. Oil-free and water-resistant, this concealer offers seamless coverage and doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything on your skin.
The small applicator makes it easy to target small blemishes and under-eye circles. Plus, its hydrating formula prevents caking and creasing.
Blur and conceal all of those annoying imperfections with the Nars Soft Matte Concealer. This product is lightweight and oil-free, and it smooths the skin with a unique light-diffusing effect to give you a flawless look.
This product has all of the ingredients you want in a concealer. It includes peptides to boost collagen, vitamins A, C, and E and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin.
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The Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer is one of the best. This formula can remove your dark under-eye circles and instantly make you look less tired and more vibrant.
This concealer has a small brush applicator for getting into those tiny areas below the eye. It’s also buildable so you can add as much as you need without it looking caked on or clumpy. Like many of our favorite concealers, it too includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin E for skin brightening.
Make those under-eye circles disappear with Lancome’s Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer. Long-wearing and natural-looking, this under-eye concealer provides a matte finish designed not to crease or fade.
This concealer feels soft and creamy on the skin, but it’s not heavy, and it won’t run off when you’re in a hot, humid climate. Not only can it cover discoloration and blemishes, but it minimizes the appearance of fine lines (including those annoying ones around your eyes).
With four dozen shades to choose from, there’s not a woman anywhere who can’t enjoy Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. It Cosmetics has won awards for this stuff, and once you try it, you’ll know why.
This product can cover everything from age spots to red spots to dark circles, and it’s formulated with all of the essentials, making it perfect for most skin types. It includes hyaluronic acid for moisturizing. It has peptides for anti-aging. It contains hydrolyzed collagen to plump the skin. It’s also loaded with all sorts of antioxidants.
Just know this: a little bit of Bye Bye Under Eye goes a long way. You only need a tiny amount to cover even the darkest spots.
With its affordable price points and drug store presence, the mature woman isn’t exactly Maybelline’s target customer. But their Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer is perfect for anyone of any age.
This concealer is super-concentrated. It removes the look of those dark under-eye circles while making the under-eye area look more radiant and fresh. Even the beauty editors at Allure magazine have given this one an award!
Another Allure award winner is Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. This concealer gets rave reviews because it conceals, brightens, and corrects all sorts of little imperfections. It’s designed for 16-hour wear, and it feels super creamy and luxe when applied to the skin.
It’s buildable, water-resistant, humidity-proof and it won’t crease, even if you apply it over fine lines and wrinkles.
We’ve been big fans of Tarte for years (particularly their primers). And their Shape Tape Concealer is right up there as one of our favorite products for all skin tones.
This concealer offers long-lasting coverage for up to 16 hours of wear. It’s formulated with all sorts of goodies, including mango butter to moisturize the face and licorice root to brighten the skin.
You can use this concealer under your eyes or anywhere on the face to create a smoother, softer look. It’s also crease-proof for 12 hours, so you won’t have to worry about it caking on the skin.
Celebrities and professional makeup artists love the Cle de Peau Beaute Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Concealer. It’s a bit pricier than some of the other concealers on this list, but if you want a product that feels oh-so-luxurious on the skin, this is it.
This formula absorbs light, conceals all sorts of dark circles and blemishes with ease and moisturizes the skin. It’s creamy but never cakey, and it offers excellent coverage, especially for those dark circles and fine lines around the eyes.
Shiseido fans are LOYAL. And if you’ve ever used their products before, you’ll believe it when we say that the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer does more than just conceal blemishes and dark under-eye circles.
A few dabs of this concealer and dull skin will look brighter and fresher. You can use it to target those under-eye circles or use it to highlight or contour the face. It pretty much does it all.
But what we really love about this formula is that it lasts for a good 24 hours. It even has anti-adhesive properties to prevent pollutants from sticking to your skin.
If undereye circles are your main concern, the Instant Eye Lift from Trish McEvoy just might be your perfect concealer. It includes all sorts of peptides and ingredients to hydrate and soften the skin, and it’s great at blurring fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.
This concealer works – but there’s one drawback: it’s only available in limited shades.
Erase blemishes and hyperpigmentation with the Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer. This product comes in dozens of light to dark shades and offers a soft matte finish designed to last for up to 24 hours.
Stay Naked works as both a concealer and a highlighter, depending on where you apply it. It looks great on its own, and even better when topped with the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder.
Enjoy the look and feel of radiant skin for up to 16 hours with the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer. Not only is this concealer incredibly affordable, but it’s also super lightweight. It’s blendable and luminous so you can enjoy an extra boost of youthful glow.
Use it to hide your under-eye circles, conceal blemishes or highlight your face in all the right places!
Designed not to crack, the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer is perfect for covering dark circles under the eyes or blemishes anywhere on the face. It’s waterproof, it goes on super smooth and it offers full coverage for 24 hours of wear.
We love the Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer for its lightweight feel, and it comes in a decent selection of shades from fair to dark skin tones.
Eliminate red spots, blemishes and dark circles with the Armani Beauty Power Fabric Concealer. In a liquid formula with a natural, matte finish, this concealer doesn’t cake or crease or settle into your wrinkles or lines.
Armani Beauty uses time-releasing oils to make this product long-wearing. It’s also super easy to blend, whether you use your fingers or a concealer brush.
The Mally H3 Concealer features hyaluronic acid, hydrates the skin and hides dark spots (hence the three Hs). It’s lightweight and creamy and goes on silky smooth, perfect for use on that soft and sometimes wrinkled skin under the eyes.
Not only is it great at concealing dark circles, but it adds brightness and radiance to the skin. It’s a must-try if you’re looking for an overall healthier appearance and a vibrant, youthful glow.
Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer. Offering full coverage in a long-wearing formula that lasts up to 16 hours, this concealer includes high-performance pigments.
Why does that matter? Because those pigments can cover up everything from scars to age spots.
The Quick-Fix Concealer doesn’t smudge and doesn’t cake or crease, making it perfect for use on fine lines and wrinkles.
Even if your skin is on the mature side, you may want a concealer that’ll last all day. MAC Cosmetics’ products are known for their high quality and long-lasting coverage, and the same can be said for this concealer option. It’s reported to stick around — without settling into fine lines — for up to 24 hours.
This option from Lancome is lightweight and covers all of your dark circles and fine lines without creasing around your eyes, mouth or nose. It also still manages to cover up dark spots and blemishes, and it provides long-lasting wear without that undesirable heavy, cakey, thick feel. Blendable and offering hydrating power for up to 24 hours, this concealer is even suitable for sensitive skin.
This budget-friendly L’Oreal concealer will cover your dark circles while also brightening skin through the power of a hydrating serum formulated with glycerin. Because it’s available widely, you never have to worry about running out. Just pop into your nearest Target, Walmart or drug store and grab a new bottle.
If you don’t need all-over coverage and, instead, you’re just really concerned about your dark circles, maybe consider this favorite option from Bobbi Brown. While it can technically work as an all-over corrector, it does its best work in the under-eye area, covering stubborn dark circles and evens your skin tone. Better yet, the formula is waterproof, sweat-resistant and humidity-resistant and comes with a healthy dose of Vitamin E.
This concealer is an awesome option if you totally hate using the little wand applicator to dot and wipe concealer where you need it most, as you just can’t ever seem to get the coverage you want, where you want it. While it does contain that little brush wand at one end, like a normal concealer, the other end features a lipstick-like tube that you may find makes for easier application.
The 10-in-1 multitasking concealer can cover age spots, brighten eyes, contour, prime your eyelids and more. Chamomile flower extract soothes irritated skin. Green tea extract protects skin from damaging free radicals. Sodium hyaluronate plumps skin.
For a concealer that offers mid-level coverage, plus a boost of hydration, this affordable stick concealer from Neutrogena delivers. Plus, it’s readily available on Amazon, so you never need to even leave the house to restock. Non-greasy and suitable for sensitive skin (and sensitive eyes!), it features a hydrating core that soothes skin while covering imperfections.
If you’re finding that a lot of the concealers that you try just don’t provide the level of coverage that you want, you may want to try this option from Make Up For Ever. Crease-free, natural-finish and fluid, it comes in more than two dozen shades that blend effortlessly with your foundation, if you choose to wear one.
For another high-coverage concealer, try this option, available at Sephora. The formula includes resveratrol to offer antioxidants and protect against further signs of aging; hyaluronic acid, to enhance moisture retention; Vitamin E, for more antioxidants; and anise fruit extract to soften and smooth skin. Reviewers report the concealer is “fab on mature under eyes.”
This liquid concealer features a unique sponge tip that helps make for easier application. A good pick if you like that airbrushed look, the concealer’s formula features Persian silk tree bark extract to help lift upper eyelids and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, and palmitoyal glycine, which likewise helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Just because your skin is mature, that doesn’t always mean that it’s necessarily acne-free and oil-free. So, if you’re looking for an age-friendly concealer that’s also oil-free, you may have a bit of difficulty finding one. That’s where this option from BareMinerals comes in. The OG offering from the cult favorite, smooths skin, reduces the look of fine lines and features 90% naturally-derived ingredients.
This lightweight, medium-coverage concealer features Vitamin C and albizia julibrissin bark extract to make your skin naturally look better the more that you use the concealer. Over time, you’ll notice that you’ll develop a brighter, better complexion. The concealer also provides protection against environmental damage.
Vegan, clean and gluten-free, this concealer is made with avocado oil, Vitamin E and mushroom extracts to give your skin a hydrated, soft appearance without settling into your fine lines. The mushroom extract helps your skin appear smoother and plumps up some of those lines, while caffeine helps to reduce under-eye swelling.
This long-wearing, hydrating, non-comedogenic concealer blurs and contours your skin, making it ideal if you have a dull or uneven skin tone. Fig buttercup extract helps to reduce redness. Reviewers report that the concealer is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way, and that it’s great for oily skin that still needs a little extra hydration help.
If you want something that’s going to give you a lot of extra brightness, this waterproof, crease-proof concealer is a good pick. You may even find that you want to buy two shades, one for highlighting and one for contouring, as some reviewers do. The concealer is made with sensitive, dry, acne-prone and oily skin all in mind, with benefits for each skin type.
Another drugstore pick that’s easily accessible and oh-so-affordable, this option from Revlon is highly rated for its 5-in-1 functionality. Not only does it conceal, but it also hydrates, refreshes, brightens and perfects. Transfer-resistant, you don’t need to worry about it coming off on your sleeves, seatbelt or tissues. It comes in nearly 20 shades and is intended for 24-hour wear.
Designed specifically for mature skin, this concealer provides medium coverage and smooths out your expression lines in a snap. It’s also transfer-proof and can double as foundation if you decide you love it enough to use it for your full coverage.
With its brush-tip applicator, this concealer is easy to sweep on. While it may only come in six adaptable shades, if you can find one that works for you, the concealer will provide your skin with a bevy of benefits. Hyaluronic acid boosts elasticity and helps fill fine lines. Horse chestnut seed extract increases circulation for fewer dark circles and even the reduced appearance of veins.
Elf is well known for being one of the absolute best drugstore brands. You get amazing quality for a bottom-dollar price — sometimes literally just a few dollars, as is the case with this concealer. There are 25 shades to choose from, and ingredients like sodium hyaluronate and rose water help to soothe skin while providing big moisture.
We get it. Picking out a new concealer can be difficult. There are so many options, and our extensive list doesn’t even include them all. To help you through the shopping process, here are some answers to some of your most-asked questions.
Can I wear concealer alone?
You can wear many concealers alone, without foundation, or even as your foundation. However, do note that even the best concealer won’t take the place of a good skincare routine, especially when it comes to protecting your skin and helping it look its best while reducing the appearance of aging. You still need to be sure to properly cleanse your skin every day, as well as moisturize and use sun protection.
Additionally, sometimes, depending on your skin type, you will need to mix your concealer with a moisturizer to achieve a smooth, non-flaky appearance.
Most experts recommend, whatever concealer you’re using, to apply a moisturizer to your face first, especially around the eyes, before using your concealer. Then, if you need to set your concealer, you can do so with a powder.
Are there any ingredients I should look for in a concealer?
No matter your skin type, you should look for a concealer with some moisturizing ingredients. Yes, even if you have oily skin. Drying can increase the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and make your skin look worse over time, so moisture is key to keeping your skin looking youthful both in the moment and in the future.
How do I pick a concealer shade?
If in doubt, if you’re choosing between two concealer shades, always go with the lighter option. Going with a too-dark shade can inadvertently make your skin look older.
How do I apply concealer?
It’s easiest to use the applicator that comes with your concealer, but just because that option is easiest, it doesn’t always mean it’s best.
Especially when trying a new concealer for the first time, you want to use a light hand, at least until you know what kind of coverage the concealer provides and how much you need. This is best done using the tip of your pinky finger. Not only will this ensure light application, but it also will keep you from applying too much force or pressure around delicate areas, such as your eyelids, where too much force and pressure can increase wrinkles and fine lines.
Apply under-eye concealers in a ‘v’ shape beneath your eyes, going from one corner, down toward your cheek, to the other corner, then blend inward.
Should I go with a stick, liquid or cream concealer?
They all come with their benefits. Cream concealer is best for full coverage of discoloration and spots. Stick concealers are usually best for extra hydration while hiding dark circles and discoloration. Liquid concealers, meanwhile, are your most versatile option. You can find a range of liquid concealers with a range of benefits, finishes and shades.
What Are the Best Concealers for Mature Skin?
Concealers come in all different consistencies, applications, and formulas. But the concealer you use to hide under-eye circles will probably be different from the concealer you use elsewhere on your face.
So, when you’re on your search for the perfect concealer, keep this in mind: it’s easier to find an effective duo than it is to try and find one product that can do it all.
It may take some trial and error finding your perfect shade and brand, but once you do, the quest will have been worth it!
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The 37 Best Concealers for Mature Skin:
- Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer
- BareMinerals BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer
- Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer
- NARS Soft Matte Concealer
- Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer
- Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye ConcealerLancome Effacernes
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
- Cle de Peau Beaute Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Concealer
- Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer
- Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift
- Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer
- L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer
- Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer
- Armani Beauty Power Fabric Concealer
- Mally H3 Concealer
- Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer
- MAC Cosmetics Pro Longer Concealer
- LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Concealer with Hydrating Serum
- Bobbi Brown Dark Circles Color Corrector
- Wander Beauty Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer
- Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Liquid Concealer
- Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
- BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
- Ilia Beauty True Skin Serum Concealer
- First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer
- Rose Inc Softlight Clean Dewy Hydrating Concealer
- Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur HD Creaseless Concealer
- Revlon ColorStay Skin Awaken Concealer
- Laura Geller The Ideal Fix Concealer
- By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Concealer
- Elf Hydrating Satin Camo Concealer
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