Makeup has been around for centuries. It’s almost as old as humanity itself! For most of that time, it was worn by men and women alike. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a little makeup boost yourself.
After all, we all want to look our best.
If a little makeup can help you look younger, healthier, more confident, and more in control, why not take advantage?
Concealer is one of the most subtle forms of makeup available. It will help you look healthier, and can even help you look younger, but you won’t look (or feel) like you’re wearing makeup.
Pretty much everyone should have a little concealer available from time to time.
This article will not only go over some of the best concealer options for men but also some tips on how to pick a good concealer. We’ll talk about color, skin type, and other considerations, as well as giving a quick guide to applying concealer effectively.
|COVERGIRL Clean Invisible Lightweight Concealer|
|Color Range: Light to Light Medium|
|Highly affordable, easy to use, and blends well.|
|Diorskin Forever Undercover Waterproof Concealer|
|Color Range: Light to
|Works well for aging skin, natural finish, easily blendable.|
|Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self Setting Concealer|
|Color Range: Light to
|Lots of color options, and easy to use and apply.|
How to Match Your Concealer to Your Skin
There are several things you should take into account before buying a concealer. It’s not just a matter of matching your skin tone to the color of the concealer. You should also be considering what type of skin you have, and what types of concealer look good on that skin.
So you don’t end up buying a good product that just isn’t a good match for your skin, let’s take a look at how that breaks down.
Everyone’s skin is different, but everyone’s skin also breaks down into a few basic types. You may have a couple of the types listed below because there is some overlap. Generally, go with the concealer that works best for both types together.
Normal/combination skin can be difficult to care for in some other respects, but it’s easy to match to a concealer. Normal/combination skin works with almost any concealer type that is a good match for skin color.
Liquid can be a good option since it will work in all your skin areas. But you should try to find a non-comedogenic (we’ll define that in a bit) concealer for any areas that tend to be a little on the oily side.
Oily skin also works for most concealer types. You’ll want to avoid stick concealer, but the other varieties should all work.
You should also check the ingredients list if you have larger than average pores. Avoid concealers with a high percentage of oils.
Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, and other acne and oil fighting components. These will help prevent your concealer from making your acne worse.
Dry skin can be a little trickier to match to a concealer. That’s because you need to avoid any concealer that highlights the dry skin or cause flaking.
Avoid powdered concealer with this type of skin. You may also want to avoid liquid concealer since it dries through the day and can highlight the appearance of dry skin several hours after applying it.
You’ll also likely want to add a moisturizer to your normal skincare routine. Putting the moisturizer on right before you apply any concealer will help the concealer look better, and will make liquid concealers a better option.
Sensitive skin types don’t have to avoid any specific concealer types, but there are some things you should look for. A non-comedogenic concealer is likely to be better for your skin than other alternatives.
Also look for concealers that contain soothing ingredients like chamomile, calendula, aloe, and lavender.
You may want to avoid concealers with a lot of salicylic acid, mint oils, and tea tree oils. While those ingredients can be beneficial, they can also irritate sensitive skin.
Concealer can help with the appearance of aging and wrinkling skin. It’s especially helpful if you’re starting to age spots and other forms of discoloration. But you should avoid cream concealers since they tend to sink into wrinkles and make them more obvious.
Look for lightweight concealers that have skin-stimulating and protective ingredients. UV protection, aloe, chamomile, peppermint, and salicylic acid are all good options for wrinkly skin.
You’ll also want moisturizing ingredients like argan, coconut, and jojoba oil.
Most of the time, you’ll want to pick the concealer that is closest to your skin tone. You may want to go to a makeup specialty store like Ulta or Sephora and try multiple shades on concealer on your skin to find out what color range you naturally sit in.
For spot control, and any concealer that won’t be on or under your eyes, you should try to match your skin tone exactly. This is a combination of two colors, how light or dark your skin is, and whether you tend to be more pink or orange. The highlight color, the pink or orange, can be translated as rose or peach, or fair or neutral.
If you have very dark skin, one way to tell is whether you tend to blush redder or blush a darker color. While rose and peach don’t really apply to darker skin, it’s the same kind of pigments at work, just more of them.
While we’ve talked a little about matching your concealer type to your skin type, you also need to think about what the different types of concealers do. It’s also a good idea to think about how easy/difficult each concealer is to use.
Liquid concealer is one of the most popular, and generally the most flexible option. It dried slightly on your skin, comes in a range of coverage ratings, and can be made to make pretty much any skin tone.
While liquid concealer is usually easy to blend down, it’s also easy to use too much accidentally.
It’s also one of the least portable types. If your bottle opens, it will immediately make a huge mess.
Creams are another common type of concealer. Applied with a brush, or the tip of a finger, cream concealers are reasonably portable, and generally easy to use.
But they can cake up and become obvious and fake looking if you use too much or have large pores or wrinkles.
Stick concealers are a little rarer and usually aren’t used as a primary concealer. They’re more thought of as a good portable option, since they are small, don’t make a mess, and can be applied on the go.
Unfortunately, color choice is a little more limited in many stick concealers. You may have to settle for a less than perfect color match.
Powder concealers are a little rarer anymore. This type of concealer is a good, lightweight and low coverage option. But it doesn’t work with liquid foundations or other heavier forms of makeup.
Like cream concealer, powder concealer can also make wrinkles appear worse if they settle into your skin. Not all powder concealers have this problem, some will make wrinkles and other skin imperfections much less noticeable.
If you can, test power concealers before buying them if you are concerned about aging skin.
This isn’t a type of concealer so much as a property that any concealers can have. Non-comedogenic means that the concealer doesn’t cause acne or make existing acne worse.
This rating is separate from having acne-fighting ingredients. A concealer can have salicylic acid and still contribute to acne.
Instead of looking for specific ingredients, look for the non-comedogenic rating. Usually, concealers that have this rating will have acne-fighting ingredients that are well balanced with the other ingredients in the formula.
Fair warning, while this is an important quality in a concealer, it’s also on the rare side.
6 Best Concealers for Men Comparison Table
|Product Name||Type||Color Range||Non-Comedogenic||Price|
|Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self Setting Concealer||Liquid||Light to Dark||No||Check Price|
|Diorskin Forever Undercover Waterproof Concealer||Liquid||Light to Dark||No||Check Price|
|Tom Ford CONCEALING PEN||Stick||Light to Dark||No||Check Price|
|Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer||Liquid + felt tip||Light||No||Check Price|
|COVERGIRL Clean Invisible Lightweight Concealer||Liquid||Light to Light Medium||No||Check Price|
|Formen Facial Concealer for Men: 3-in-1 Corrective Cream||Cream||Light||No||Check Price|
6 Best Concealers for Men: Detailed Reviews
Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5.0
This is a good all-purpose concealer that comes in a lot of shades. It’s a medium coverage option, which means that it works for large and small blemishes. Medium coverage is also often the best option for covering under-eye bags.
It’s not non-comedogenic, unfortunately. That means it should be used with care if you have sensitive skin, or are prone to acne.
It’s rated for most skin types, including both dry and oily skin.
This concealer is also designed for a natural-looking finish. As opposed to high coverage options that generally look like you’re wearing makeup (though you can’t tell why or how much), this concealer should blend in with your natural skin.
It’s also one of the most versatile options in terms of skin tone, with 22 shades suitable for almost all ethnicities and skin tones.
This concealer was a clear choice for top pick, despite not being a luxury brand, because of it’s natural finish and wide color range. If you’re looking for an effective concealer without wanting to advertise that you’re wearing makeup or just something that hides blemishes for a clear face before putting your makeup on, this is a good option.
The darker shades aren’t quite as dark as we would prefer, a common problem in the concealer world. But they are there, which we appreciate. Many of the best concealers, unfortunately, only come in the lightest shade combinations.
We would have liked to see a non-comedogenic formulation of this product. It also could have won more points if there were multiple coverage options. But the ability to blend and layer this concealer makes up for some of those faults.
|Color Range: Light to Dark|
|Includes: 22 shade options, 12-hour formula, felt tip applicator included|
|Lots of color options|
|Easy to use and apply|
|Reasonable amount of product per bottle|
|Easy to use applicator|
|Can cause acne, or make it worse|
|Requires makeup remover to wash off|
|Can increase the appearance of wrinkles|
Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5.0
Christian Dior is one of the biggest names in makeup, although you might be more familiar with his like of perfumes and colognes. It shouldn’t be surprising that one of his concealers is such a good option.
This is another medium coverage, liquid, natural finish, concealer.
But we chose this concealer less for its big-name support or type, after all, liquid concealers are easy to find. While widely popular, ever concealer on this list needed to stand out in some other way.
Diorskin’s concealer made this list because it’s a good liquid option for men with aging skin.
Instead of making wrinkles and other aging skin imperfections more obvious, it reduces the appearance of those marks. It’ll smooth your whole face to a more even (young) presentation.
We also appreciate that, while this is a big-name concealer brand, it’s on the more affordable side of high-end cosmetics. A little goes a long way, so you can expect that this bottle with last a good long while.
|Color Range: Light to Dark|
|Volume: .2 fl oz per bottle|
|Includes: 24 shades, applicator included|
|Works well for aging skin|
|Helps to hide scars and other blemishes|
|Can cause or contribute to acne|
|Not as good on younger skin|
|Less selection in darker skin tones|
Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5.0
The unique pen design behind this concealer makes it the perfect choice for men who don’t want to worry about a makeup learning curve. Plus, the brand’s owner and producer has been a long time makeup wearer himself and has a strong understanding of what men need in their makeup.
The blending tip makes it easy to apply. But it also means that this is a more difficult concealer to layer for additional coverage.
It’s also only available in an extremely limited selection of colors.
|Color Range: Light to Dark|
|Includes: 10 shades|
|Easy to apply|
|Designed for men’s faces specifically|
|Offers medium coverage of blemishes|
|Colors designed to suit men best|
|Incredibly limited color selection|
|A little expensive|
Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5.0
Another concealer with its own specially designed applicator pen, this concealer might not have been created with men in mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it.
A slightly different shape on the applicator makes this concealer a good alternative for men that didn’t like using the Tom Ford concealer pen.
Available in 16 shades with a natural finish, and 5 shades with a matte finish, there’s a little more to choose from in terms of look and color. If you tend toward naturally oily skin, a matte finish might help to even things out, so you don’t look shiny halfway through the day.
This concealer is also a full-coverage concealer, which means it’s suitable for darker circles under the eyes, bigger and more noticeable blemishes, and other problem areas.
|Type: Liquid + felt tip|
|Color Range: Light|
|Volume: .13 oz|
|Includes: Felt applicator tip|
|Total of 21 shades in 2 finishes|
|Designed to be easy to apply|
|Works well for dark circles|
|Different applicator shape for fine detail and broad strokes|
|Has a product window so you can see how much is left|
|Very feminine packaging|
|Applicator takes some getting used to|
Editor’s Rating: 4.3/5.0
We know, a product from a brand named Covergirl probably doesn’t appeal at first glance. But Covergirl is one of the better drugstore makeup brands. While many of their products are targeted at teens and women, their concealers are one of the best affordable options out there.
Our biggest complaint with this concealer is that it has an incredibly limited shade selection, only 5. That means that this is a good option for men with light skin. But it isn’t an option at all if you have medium or dark skin. (Sorry Covergirl, but the ‘Medium’ in this product line just isn’t.)
Best of all, this product is incredibly affordable, easy to use, and highly blendable. If you’re lucky enough to be a reasonable match for the Covergirl line, this product is a great way to find out if you want to use concealer.
It’s also a good affordable option for men who don’t want to spend a lot on makeup products.
|Color Range: Light to Light Medium|
|Volume: .32 oz per container|
|Includes: 5 shades|
|Easy to use|
|Extremely limited shades|
|Product may wear off through the day|
|Doesn’t cover under-eye circles well|
Editor’s Rating: 4.3/5.0
This is another concealer that’s designed specifically for men. It’s also one of the best options on this list for men with acne or sensitive skin since it’s non-comedogenic.
It’s a three-tone concealer, which gives you a little more flexibility if you need to apply concealer to multiple areas of your face.
Unfortunately, those three tones are the only shades available, and you cannot buy them individually.
That means that, while this is a good option for light-skinned men, there isn’t a good alternative for medium and dark shades.
But, you’ll be able to hide the shadows under your eyes, as well as blemishes, and even minor contouring, with one concealer palate. Assuming you’re a good match for their color.
Formen also has a cool color correction palate that is a superb addition for men with a few more coloration problems.
|Color Range: Light|
|Includes: 3 concealer shades, 1 small portable palate|
|Three shades in one palate|
|Versatile for several different skin issues|
|Designed for men specifically|
|Only one palate/shade set|
|Can be a little more difficult to use|
|Takes time to blend|
This brand would get a better rating if it came in more color options.
How to Effectively Apply Concealer
There are two different kinds of application you need to worry about. Applying concealer around your eyes and applying it to cover imperfections anywhere else. That can include pimples, moles, age-spots, shaving scars, and other small spots.
Concealer should never be applied over a scab or open scratch or spot.
Try to pick a shade or two lighter than your main skin tone to cover dark circles around your eyes. This concealer will also work to highlight your eye and bring more attention there.
Apply lightly under your eye. Liquid concealers usually only need a few drops or dabs under the eye, while stick and creak concealers may need to be applied more heavily. Then, using a brush, makeup sponge, or the tip of a finger, blend the concealer into the rest of your skin.
You want to blend it up immediately under your eye. Blend out the other edges until there are no harsh edges. Try to avoid rubbing the concealer into wrinkles by blending against the flow of the wrinkle.
For spots and other blemishes, match your concealer as closely to your skin tone as possible. You may also need a color correcting concealer or primer if you tend to have wide areas of discolored skin.
Apply directly to the spot and blend out. While you can build concealer up to get better coverage, it’s a good idea to buy at the coverage level you need. If you have a lot of spots, or the blemishes you want to cover tend to be very different in color than the rest of your skin, go for a high-coverage blend.
If you have less you want to correct, or your blemishes are close to the rest of your skin in appearance, you can go for a lighter coverage option.
Blending is an art all its own. Small circular motions are a good way to blend, but you’ll need some practice to figure out how much product you need, and how much pressure and blending is effective.
Try different methods and tools, like brushes and sponges, until you see what works best for your concealer and skin type.
Start with circular motions and then try short straight strokes radiating out from the spot you want to conceal.
The goal is to blend the concealer in to your natural skin (or other makeup) so that it can’t be seen.
- How to Match Your Concealer to Your Skin
- Skin Type
- Concealer Type
- 6 Best Concealers for Men Comparison Table
- 6 Best Concealers for Men: Detailed Reviews
- 1. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self Setting Concealer (Top Pick)
- 2. Diorskin Forever Undercover Waterproof Concealer (Best Value)
- 3. Tom Ford CONCEALING PEN
- 4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer
- 5. COVERGIRL Clean Invisible Lightweight Concealer (Best Budget)
- 6. Formen Facial Concealer for Men: 3-in-1 Corrective Cream
- How to Effectively Apply Concealer