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Five concealers that won’t cake or crease

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It's a tough world out there, and a girl needs to look perfect. So even if the maid doesn’t show and the boss is having a meltdown, you at least need a concealer you can rely on. After all if foundation is the bricks to a good complexion then concealers are certainly the mortar. We’ve tried and tested countless concealers and honed in on six super formulas to suit your specific skin needs. The best part, they won’t crease or fade until you’re ready to. The trick lies in finding a concealer for your specific concern; a formula that does a marvelous job hiding dark circles and uneven skin tone may not be the best choice for covering a pimple. So, to conceal like a pro you need two very different types of concealer. Read on for the six top picks that have you covered, literally.

Concealers for dark circles

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The skin under the eyes is thinner and drier than the rest of the face. That’s why the under-eyes are the first to show signs of fatigue, dryness and age. Using your regular (heavier) concealer here will form creases within the hour, making the area you want to conceal even more prominent. Therefore, you need a lightweight formula that covers darkness and hydrates the under-eye area. Look for a formula that has light reflecting properties and ‘bounces’ light off the dark circles so they appear less obvious.

Nykaa's top picks:

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer

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Rs. 500
Size: 7.5 gm
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The creamy gel based weightless formula moisturizes, soothes, and blends naturally, concealing flaws and imperfections. Illuminates skin with light-reflecting radiance pigments to give a natural, impeccable glow. Non-comedogenic formula, ideal for all skin types.

Auriga Cernor Xo Coverstick

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Rs. 1,650
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Gives dull tired eyes an instant refreshing boost! Visibly reduces the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under-eye area thanks to the Vitamin K Oxides and light reflecting properties. The hydrating formula camouflages blemishes on skin. Smudge-free formula suitable for all skin types.

Concealers for pimples and uneven skin tone

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Covering up acne and marks needs special help. You’re dealing with redness (not darkness), raised bumps and bacteria. The trick is to look for formulations that are thicker, creamier and more pigmented so they offer better coverage. It’s best to choose a formula that you can use your finger to dab on versus a pen or brush where the chances of contamination with bacteria are higher. Here’s what makeup artist to the stars Namrata Soni has to say, “Apply concealer in the exact same shade as your foundation directly on top of the blemish, blending outwards in a star shape and then blending the edges gently with your fingertips. Next, press a small amount of powder on it to set. Repeat, continuing with concealer and powder until it’s completely camouflaged.” You might want to look for formulas with germicidal action (think BB creams) that actually treat the problem while covering it.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer

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Rs. 755
Size: 5.2 ml
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Liquid concealer that smoothens fine lines, minimizes wrinkles, and camouflages redness and an uneven skin tone. Sits lightly on skin without the dreaded cakey effect. Has a great consistency that doesn't fade or rub off.

Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer

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Rs. 855
Size: 3.5 gm
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Such an easy way to high every blemish on your face! Superior blendability and weightless finish makes this liquid concealer a must-have to mask those pesky zits. Non-sticky and non-oily formula for a smooth, grease-free finish.

Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream

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Rs. 189.05
Size: 18 ml
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The perfect way to conceal and heal pesky zits! The specialized mineral clay formula gives 12 hour shine control. Infused with SPF 21, evens out the skin tone, moisturizes, nourishes and hides imperfections. Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologist tested.
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